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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
The 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.


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.

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.


French for Adults – Beginner Review/Advanced Beginner
Instructor: Jeni Landers. For students with basic knowledge of the language. Six weeks starting Tuesdays April 21-May 26. 5:30-7pm. $120, $100 for members. Call to register.


Introduction to Color, with Craig Caldwell
Six Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16
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, May 5, 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16
1-3pm
This 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, $125 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.


Tuesday Night Ballroom Dance Classes
At 7pm: SWING
Ballroom BlissThere 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.


Irish History
A six-week class. Thursdays, May 7 - June 11, 6-7:30pm. Sean Murphy, instructor.
Next year, 2016, will be the first centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916. There will be commemorations, gatherings and celebrations all over the world. This course provides a quick overview of Irish history from the arrival of the Vikings in 795 AD to the Easter Rising of 1916.

This course will answer many of the questions people have about Irish history and Irish people. Questions such as what motivated people to rise up in 1916 to rise up against the occupation of Ireland by British armed forces and against the rule of a British parliament in London? What do the American War of Independence and the Irish War of Independence have in common? What happened in Ireland that resulted in Irish people ending up on every continent of the world? Why were so many Irish people sold as slaves in the 16th, 17th and 18th century? Why were people in such a pitiful state when they arrived on foreign shores? Why did so many Irish people die from famine and disease? What happened to the Ireland of Saints and Scholars after the Irish golden age from 500 to 800 AD?

The course will examine the effects in Ireland of invasions by the Vikings, Normans and English, and of decisions by successive British royal families and parliamentarians. It looks at the efforts of Irish clans including the O'Neill's, O'Connor's and O'Brien's, and the Fitzgerald's in trying to prevent the destruction of Celtic Ireland.  It examines the impact in Ireland of the reformation and the consequent penal laws. It gives an insight into the irrepressible spirit of the Irish as demonstrated in successive generations of Irish people fighting to gain independence from the British before and after the destruction of Gaelic Ireland. In particular the course examines the role of many, who fought peacefully and with arms, such as Patrick Sarsfield, Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmett, Daniel O'Connell, Thomas Davis, Michael Davitt, Charles Stewart Parnell and Padraic Pearse.

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 cultural 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 Re-conquest of Ireland: 1536 – 1691; Irish people as slaves and indentured laborers; The Penal Laws; Risings:1798 to 1916. $100, $85 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.


Social Media Workshop – De-Mystifying the Options
May 20, 6-7:30pm
Jody McNamara, instructor. You know that a social media presence is a modern necessity when it comes to promoting your business. You’ve read a dozen articles on its importance and, perhaps, you’ve even played around with that inevitable Facebook page. BUT… you really haven’t found a way to truly embrace this technology as a marketing tool. This workshop is for you! Bring your laptop along with you to this hands-on session and we promise to have you up-and-running on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or whatever other social media outlet you’re interested in. We’ll also have a great conversation about each platform and we’ll offer tangible tips on just how to promote your business or artistry through social media.  $25. Call to register. 


Jean TuckerWatercolor Class with Jean Tucker
Six Wednesdays, May 20- June 24, 9am-noon
In this class students will focus on simplifying shapes and understanding the benefits of visual editing. This is key. Color and contrast are important ingredients as well. Learn how to set up like a professional so you don’t develop any bad habits. Instruction will include: Imitating masters (Matisse in particular); simple shapes; color and design (composition); editing from your photos;  design; leaving whites without masking; painting dark rich color (contrast).  $180, $150 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Portrait Workshop by Christopher Zhang
June 6 & 7, 2015 * 9am-4pm
This 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.

Christopher ZhangSuggestions:
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 Wilde
Wild 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.


Pastel Painting Class – beginner & intermediate levels –  with Betsy Payne Cook
Six Tuesday afternoon, from 2-4pm, July 14-August 18
This is an ideal class for artists who paint with pastels and would like to expand their use of this versatile medium.  It is also suitable for beginners as lessons can accommodate artists who would like to explore painting with pastels.

Pastel Painting ClassPastel paint provides so are so many possibilities: using it dry, altering it to a wet medium, combining it with other mediums. And the choices of pastel sticks and surfaces just keeps growing! Each class will begin with an introductory lesson and allow for plenty of easel time with individual feedback. Instruction will include pastel techniques with hard and soft pastels, underpaintings techniques and the principles of composition & color. We will use different surfaces for painting; pastel papers,  sanded papers and sanded boards.  Some class favorites such as Canson pastel paper and sanded boards such as Sennelier LaCarte, Art Spectrum, UArt and Pastelmat. We will work from photos, still life set-ups and enjoy some time outdoors if the weather permits! Join this class and have some fun painting with pastels!

Materials List:
Sketch pad, pencils & charcoal.
Hard pastels -such as Nu-Pastels, Rembrandts
Soft pastels – such as Great American, Unison, Terry Ludwig
Foamcore board for mounting papers
Tape
Ruler
Inexpensive 1” flat watercolor brush
Apron

Paper & sanded boards will be available for purchase from the instructor, who will also have a limited supply of pastels for purchase.  It is not necessary to have a huge selection of colors to start, but a variety of values (light, medium and darks) will be very helpful. 

Locally, you can purchase pastel supplies from Woodrufts Art Store in Mashpee & ACMoore and Michaels . Additional soft pastels such as Unison, Great American & Terry Ludwig pastels can be purchased on-line from various art supply companies such as ASW, Jerry’s Artarama, Dick Blick and Dakota Art Supplies. Foam core board is sold at Staples & you can cut it to size.  Betsy uses black, but it is also sold in white; color is a personal preference.

If you have any questions please contact Betsy at betsy@betsypaynecook.com. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Tuition is $150, $125 for members.