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Classes & Workshops

The New Horizons Band Wants You!
The New Horizons Band program has chapters all over the country, for people who are 50ish and older and want to make new friends and share their love of music. The band is for those who have never before played an instrument and would like to learn in a group setting or who used to play but haven't in some time. The band rehearses at the Cultural Center every Monday at 3:30. If you're interested in joining or would just like to learn more about the band, stop by on a Monday afternoon or call for more information. New members are always welcome! Learn more

Saturday Morning Italian Classes
Free! Advanced Italian from 9-10:30am and Beginning Italian from 10:30am-noon. Students must be members of the Center and purchase "Learning Italian With or Without a Teacher" (written by instructor Guido Farina) from our gift shop or from Amazon for $19.95. If you have questions, you can call Guido at 508-398-0675.

Tuesday Night Tango Classes
Ballroom BlissThe Tango has been featured in many films and burned forever in our minds as the most earthy and dramatic social dance to date. Remember Antonio Banderes in that steamy tango scene in “Take the Lead”? Or the intense tango scene with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in “Shall We Dance?” Who could forget Al Pacino in “The Scent of a Woman?” Get ready for a sultry start to your summer with the Tango! Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 14 years. $80 per couple and $48 per single per four-week class: April 7, 14, 21, 28. Call to register.

Tuesday Night Ballroom Dance Classes
At 7pm: SWING. There are a variety of swing dance styles, including the Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing.  We will concentrate on West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop Styles of Swing.  At 8pm: Waltz. This classical ballroom style dance never goes out of style. Come get lost in the dance of royalty. Learn the proper style and technique needed to make this dance stand out. Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 15 years.

$80 per couple and $48 per single per four-week class: May 5, 12, 19, 26.  

Call 508-394-7100 to register.
Composition, Color and Contrasts, with Suzanne Packer

Composition, Color and Contrasts, with Suzanne M. Packer
Six Wednesdays, February 18-March 25
Create paintings that have visual movement using a variety of compositions, color tricks and numerous contrasts. Experiment with ways of mixing colors and ways to apply the paint. A new still life will be set up each week to be used as the starting point to create a visually interesting canvas. A lot of individual instruction is given to each student during the classes. Each class ends with a group critique, a beneficial way to learn by looking at what others are doing. Oil paints and the water-mixable oils are the materials of choice. This is a class for current and returning students of Suzanne's and painters who have some painting experience. $180 / $150 for members of the Cultural Center. A $40 yearly individual membership will pay for itself with registration for this workshop. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Exploring Water Media, with Jean Tucker
Six Mondays, February 23-March 30
Learn how to attract a viewer by utilizing some simple and effective compositions to create very colorful acrylic paintings.$180, $150 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.

Irish History

A six-week class. Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 6-7:30pm. Sean Murphy, instructor. The history of the people of Ireland is a complex one of ancient greatness, paganism, Christianity, invasion, occupation, repression, famine and attempted genocide. It is the story of the spirit of a people with a history of greatness and contribution to the development of the human race over many thousands of years. There are many examples of the recognized contribution and achievement of the people of Erin.  For example, Ireland has the Ceide Fields, Newgrange, and the Book of Kells. In the “Dark Ages” people in Ireland safeguarded and copied the great works of the ancient world. Irish people are renowned all over the world for music, dance, prose and poetry. Perhaps the most enduring legacy of Irish people is the continuous efforts of generation after generation of Irish patriots for almost a thousand years to be free from tyranny and to reestablish a free and independent Ireland. The course examines in detail the lives of a people over the past 1200 years. It includes coverage of the main political and social events that shaped the lives of each generation of the people of Ireland since the arrival of the Vikings. Sean Murphy is from Ireland and has studied the Economic and Political History of Ireland and has a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree in Sociology and Politics. He teaches Irish set and ceile dancing and traditional Irish music at venues on Cape Cod. He is also involved in promoting Irish music sessions and culture events. In 2014 he was awarded the Thomas P McCann "Altruism Award" trophy by the Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Committee for his "support and commitment to the Culture and Heritage of Ireland and its people." These are the topics that will be covered: The Vikings and their impact on Ireland;  The arrival of the Normans and the history of Ireland from the 12th to the 16th Century;  The Reconquest of Ireland: 1536 – 1691; Irish people as slaves and indentured laborers; The Penal Laws; 1798 to 1916: Rebellion. $100, $85 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Using Your iPhone Camera to Express Yourself Using Your iPhone Camera to Express Yourself
March 9, 16, and 23
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Michael and Suz Karchmer. This three-session workshop will be a hands-on introduction for using your iPhone, iPad, or other other Apple mobile device to express yourself photographically.  The emphasis will be on moving beyond the built-in (“native”) camera app in order to be able to make enhanced and creative images that reflect how you see the world. After a general introduction on how iPhone photography is different from traditional photography, a number of photographic apps with various purposes will be introduced and you will have the opportunity to practice using these with the assistance of the workshop leaders. The emphasis throughout will be on practical rather than technical issues; you don’t need to be an experienced photographer—although some knowledge of photography or art would be helpful. The goal is to show you how to make creative images on your mobile device that are more than just snapshots. $100, $85 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

More about the Workshops:
There will be three sessions: The first provides an overview of iPhoneography and the basic photographic capabilities of iPhones and other mobile devices.  A camera replacement app will be discussed and along with the reasons for using it in addition to or instead of the “native” camera. Some other powerful apps that involve filters and presets and affect the look of an image will also be introduced. Session 2 focuses on several specific apps including Snapseed, a powerful though simple to learn app that allows you to edit and modify your images.  Workshop participants will have the opportunity during this session to practice that they learn. Session 3 builds on what has been introduced in the first two sessions and introduces several more applications. Workshop participants also will have the opportunity to share the images that they have been making over the course of the three sessions.

Preparing for the First Session:
Please bring your iPhone and/or iPad (or other mobile device) to the first session. For those with the iPhone 4S or later model, or the iPad 2 or later model, we recommend that you download the new IOS 8 operating system. It is a free upgrade. IOS 8 has a more capable native camera app than its predecessors. (Apple devices purchased since the fall, including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come preloaded with IOS 8.)

Also before the first session, please download from the App Store the following apps: Camera Awesome (Camera!); Hipstamatic; Snapseed; TrueHDR; and PhotoArtista-Oil.  Camera Awesome and Snapseed may be free; the others should only be a dollar or two. (Please note that while the workshop is focused specifically on Apple devices, most of the concepts discussed should be relevant to other smart phones or tablets.)

For the second and third sessions, please download, Touch Retouch, Image Blender, XnSketch, Mextures, and DistressedFX.

Please note that downloading any of these apps is best accomplished if you are connected to a WiFi network or to a computer with iTunes. If you buy an app for the iPhone, it will be a free download the iPad (if the app is available for the iPad).

Michael and Suz Karchmer Biographical Statement:
Husband and wife photographers Michael and Suz Karchmer moved to Harwich eight years ago from the Washington, DC, area where they lived for many years. Michael was at Gallaudet University, the liberal arts university for deaf students, where he headed the research programs and served as graduate dean. Suz’s background includes sign language interpreting, floral design, and experience in continuation education.

Since moving to the Cape, Michael and Suz have focused on their photography and on being actively involved in the Cape Cod community. Michael is a past president of the Nauset Newcomers and now is president of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club. Suz served for six years on the Board of WE CAN, a non-profit agency designed to assist Cape women and is now a special advisor to that organization.

Michael and Suz have been the company photographers for the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater for 3 years; their theater images appear often in area media such as the Boston Globe and Cape Cod Times. They are members of the iPhone 9, a group of Cape artists involved with using their Apple devices for photographic purposes. Over the last year, Michael and Suz have taught several community workshops on iPhone photography. Also, their work can be found regularly in Cape Cod Magazine and Chatham Magazine.

Their photography has been exhibited in various locations on the Cape. A long-term exhibit of their theater photography can be found at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in Wellfleet.

Craig Caldwell
Introduction to Color, with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays: March 10-April 14. 10am-noon. This class will build on the basic fundamentals of drawing with a focus not only on drawing, gesture, and surface but on the interaction of colors with one another and on creating a new visual language with basic color mixtures. Emphasis will be on creating tones and gradations and color changes as well as mixing colors to create a personal palette with which to become comfortable. Continued emphasis will be on the treatment of edges and tones to create a personal visual language while working on abstract images as well as still lifes, floral studies, and basic landscapes. We will start with dry pastels and work with simple oil mediums to mix colors. Materials list will be provided at sign up or at first class meeting. $150, $125 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Introduction to Drawing with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays, March 10-April 14, 1-3pm
Craig CaldwellThis class is designed for the beginning drawer who appreciates art and has always wanted to learn to draw as well as for those looking for a refresher course. Instruction will cover the fundamentals of free-hand drawing: line, perspective, composition, understanding light and form, as well as creating illusions of depth, contrast, and texture. Different drawing material, techniques, and methods will be explored. Open to all levels of experience. A list of supplies will be provided. $150, $120 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

The Portrayal of Women in Irish Literature with Mary Ann Eaton

Eight Wednesday afternoons, 3-5pm starting March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13
Through Irish texts in mythology, fiction, biography, and short stories, you will marvel at the strength and determination of Irish women through the centuries. You will ride the roller coaster of emotions as you read their stories. You will receive book list and syllabus by email. Mary Ann Eaton has a BA in English and has studied at University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland , where she concentrated her studies in Irish and Celtic literature. $85. Call to register and receive a book list and syllabus.

Turn your Silk Painting into a Piece of Clothing
Turn Your Silk Painting into a Piece of Clothing! 

April 20-22, 9am-12pm
Must attend all 3 sessions
$100, $90 for members
Students ages 10-14 will learn about the process of painting on silk as they create their own painted silk cloth.  Then, they will learn how to cut and sew a basic piece of clothing out of the silk they've just painted.  Students will have the opportunity to model their garment at the Silk Art Fashion Show, which will be held in July 2015. Instructor Cassia Maia has 29 years of experience in silk painting.  A native of Brazil, she began her career teaching silk painting classes at Club Med all over the world.  She moved to Cape Cod in 1998 and had her first exhibit at the Cultural Center in 2005. She is a member of SPIN - Silk Painters International. For more information about Cassia, visit her website www.CassiaMaiaFineArtOnSilk.com. Call to register.

Portrait Workshop by Christopher Zhang
June 6 & 7, 2015 * 9am-4pm
Christopher ZhangThis 2-day portrait workshop with life model will begin each day with a demo followed by students painting the same pose. The instructor will show his style and techniques on canvas and share his experiences such as the values and forms, the light and colors, the brush-strokes and surface. He will focus on each individual’s canvas and give his comments and instructions as well. This workshop is open to all levels and all mediums but may prove challenging for students who have never drawn or painted the human face or figure. Tuition: $240. Call to register.

Canvas sizes: 16x20, 18x24, 20x14, 22x28, 24x30
Colors: cadmium yellow light, cadmium red, orange, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cadmium green light, sap green, alizarin crimson, cobalt blue, Prussian blue, white.
Brushes: flat brush # 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12 for oil and acrylic.

Related Activities:
The Cultural Center will host an exhibit of Christopher’s work in its Great Hall Gallery from May 20-June 14, with a reception on Friday, May 22, from 5-7pm. Christopher will also give a demonstration on Saturday, May 23, from 10am-noon. There is no admission to the exhibit or the events.

Instructor Bio:
Christopher graduated with a B.F.A. from East China University and went on to earn an M.F.A. at Rhode Island College. In the United States, he studied Western art theories and many original masterpieces from the Renaissance to modern ages. He was fascinated by Rembrandt's unique lighting and shading, Velazquez's fluent brushwork, Monet's and Renoir's brilliant coloring, and Ruben's and Delacroix's magnificent composition. This influence is apparent in the bright and delicately detailed quality of his paintings, as well as his great attention to detail, composition, and local colors. The new style generated a powerful visual effect; his work is greatly appreciated and widely collected. Christopher has served as a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut, Harvard University, numerous museums and art associations, and has had solo exhibitions throughout the United States. A distinguished member of the Copley Society of Boston, Christopher is also a signature member of Oil Painters of America and member of the Connecticut Fine Arts Academy and the Mystic Art Association. He is Artist in Residence at the Griffis Art Center and Visiting Professor of Painting and Drawing at Connecticut College. His work has been the subject of a number of one-man shows overseas and in the U.S. including shows at the Sun Cities Museum of Art in Phoenix, Arizona and another at Harvard University, Massachusetts. In 2014, Christopher won the Award of Excellence at the Eastern Regional Exhibition and the John August Dietrich Memorial Figurative Award of Excellence at the National Exhibition of the Oil Painters of America.

Oscar WildeWild about Wilde!
He was more than just a successful Irish playwright – Oscar Wilde wrote fairy tales for children; witty entertaining short stories for adults; a popular, yet shocking novel; a collection of poems and essays, some with themes of tragedy and suffering. He was a master at his craft, trying to balance his fascination for both art and decadent life. Join instructor Mary Ann Eaton for an 8-week study, through film and text, into the brilliant works and fascinating life of Oscar Wilde. Wednesdays 3-5pm. July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26. A reading list and syllabus will be emailed when registered. 508-394-7100.