Classes & Workshops
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
Italian Language Classes with Guido Farina
Saturdays, beginning January 4
All are welcome to attend. The classes are held each Saturday from 9-11am. The time is split between beginners and intermediate students, so please contact Guido before attending your first class. Classes are offered courtesy of Guido Farina with the only requirements that you
- are a member of the Cultural Center
- purchase Guido's language book from the gift shop or directly from him
ALL LEVELS ARE INVITED. For registration or more information,please call Guido Farina at 508-398-0675
Painting with Watercolors, with Jean Tucker
6 Mondays, Feb. 24-Mar. 31
9:30 a.m. - 12:30p.m.
In this class we will work from individual objects and concentrate on creating a strong light source. We will gradually move on to simple still life subject matter, landscapes, and perhaps to abstraction, depending on the interests of the participants. I love painting fruit, vegetables, cups, pitchers and other things from the kitchen. These everyday items can make charming paintings. If you want to bring flowers, we will be painting them one at a time and then in groupings. Please bring your special objects to add to the painting session. Suitable for all levels of painters. Cost: $165, $135 members.
Fundamentals of Drawing with Craig Caldwell
Tuesdays, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 & April 8. 10am-12:30pm. 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, $120 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.
Printmaking Collage Workshop, with Donna Davis
March 11 and 18 at the Guyer Barn in Hyannis, March 25 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Donna Davis uses printmaking techniques from mono printing to screen printing to create her final collaged works. This class will teach the basics to create a final piece of artwork on wood ready to hang. Supplies will be provided. Bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We will begin by mono printing the first layer the work. Bring textural objects--leaves, onion bags, pressed flowers or use the instructor’s collection. In the next weeks, the activity will involve screen printing including additional images you will bring in, and assemblage of the final piece. $100. To register, visit the Cultural Center at 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, or call 508-394-7100.
The Early Religion of Ireland: From Pagan to Christian, with Mary Ann Eaton
8 Wednesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 (snow date April 30). 3-5 p.m.
The ancient Irish worshipped their divine through the unique practice of Druidism until Christianity began to be preached in the 5th century. In this course, we will look at Druidism in the life of the ancients; the uniqueness of the early Christian Church in Ireland along with some of its saints (Patrick, Brigid, Brendan); why monastic life at Clon MacNois, Michael Skellig, and Iona flourished and contributed much to society; and we will end the study with a glimpse into the beauty and uniqueness of Celtic spirituality.
Course readings are a combination of handouts (small charge payable to instructor) and books ordered by student from online sources. The booklist will be emailed to registered students. Classes Fill quickly – Register early ! Cost $85. Call the Cultural Center to register at 508-394-7100.
A Trio of Salsa Dance Classes
March 11, 18, & 25. 7-8pm
Come learn Beginner Salsa, the dance that makes everyone want to get up and shake those hips. It may be cold outside, but we’ll heat up the dance floor, shake off those cabin fever blues, and get some great exercise as well. Instructor Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss has been teaching professionally now for over 14 years, so come and learn from an instructor who makes it easy for you to get out on the dance floor as quickly as possible. $60 per couple and $36 per single. Call to register. 508-394-7100.
Color and Composition with Suzanne M. Packer
Wednesdays, Mar. 19, 26, Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23.
Create paintings that have visual movement, paintings that have the viewer's eye move across and around the canvas, this is the focus of the class. Learn to develop a composition that works within the plane of the canvas. Learn to use color harmonies, color temperatures, textures and composition to create visual interest. All skill levels are acceptable as there will be much individual instruction and tutoring along with group discussions and critiques. $180/$150 for members of the Cultural Center. (Note: a $40 yearly individual membership will nearly pay for itself with registration for this class.) Call 508-394-7100 to register.
Creations Using Black Outline, with Jean Tucker
Saturday, April 5. 9:30-3:30pm
Using a limited color palette, with bold black line and strong flat colors, we can create stunning works. Using acrylic paints, our images can replicate art deco or retro art works. We will work from your own ideas or still life objects. Please bring your own references (photos etc.) $120, $100 for members. The fee for this workshop will include one full size sheet of 140lb w/c paper per student (we will use 1/4 or 1/2 sheets) the use of some acrylic colors, and one mat. Supply list will be provided upon registration.
“A Springtime Color Bonanza”
April 6, 2-4pm
Join us for a fun workshop! Kathleen Sullivan, a fashion advisor with over twenty years of experience, will teach the latest trends in scarf tying, the best jewelry for you and the most beautiful colors to wear every day. The workshop is informative, inspiring as well as interactive. Kathleen has a real "flare for fashion", so let her "spark" the inner fashionista in you! If you want to know how to wear one of your favorite scarves, feel free to bring it along. $10.00 per person, $8 for members. Limit: 20 people. Call 508-394-7100 to register.
Painting with Watercolors, with Jean Tucker
6 Mondays, April 7-May 12
9:30-12:30. In this class we will work from individual objects and concentrate on creating a strong light source. We will gradually move on to simple still life subject matter, landscapes, and perhaps to abstraction, depending on the interests of the participants. I love painting fruit, vegetables, cups, pitchers and other things from the kitchen. These everyday items can make charming paintings. If you want to bring flowers, we will be painting them one at a time and then in groupings. Please bring your special objects to add to the painting session. Suitable for all levels of painters. Cost: $165, $135 members. Call to register.
Annual Antiques Seminar of the Cape Cod Antiques Dealers’ Association
April 8, 8:30-3pm
$25pp. Includes seminar, morning coffee, and lunch. Featuring Andrew Jacobson (Scrimshaw-Occupational Art); Lorraine German (antique and vintage Christmas decorations from Pagan beginnings through the mid-20th century); Stanley Godwin (Antique Images: Identification,, dating, preserving and pricing); James Claflin ("Lighthouses and Life Saving Along Cape Cod”). Advance registration is required by April 4 by calling the Cultural Center or by sending checks payable to CCADA to Barbara Adams 289 Old Main Street., S. Yarmouth, Ma. 02664
A Six-Week Acrylic Painting Class with Jean Tucker
Six Thursdays, April 10-May 15, 9:30am-12:30pm
In addition to using acrylic in the traditional manner, like oils, students will embrace the inventiveness of today’s most versatile medium. Whether you paint landscape, still life, or choose to develop your own creative imagery, acrylics will bring you to a new level of exploration. Thinned with water, straight from the tube or thickened with a medium, acrylics allow us to play with water media effects, texturing, subtractive technique, glazing and collage. Because these paints are compatible with a wide range of materials, we can create mixed media art with endless possibilities. $165 / $135 for members. Call to register and for a supplies list.
Words and/as Art: A Workshop with Poet/Artists Elizabeth Bradfield and Melanie Braverman
April 26, 10 am – 4 pm (break for lunch) $90 pp
From Keats’ “Ode to a Grecian Urn” to Barbara Kruger’s words in neon, writers and artists have long engaged in the interplay between images and words. In this day-long workshop we will play with various modes of artful words—both collaboratively and independently. We will lead forays into using words as design, ekphrastic poetry (poems inspired by or descriptive of visual art), erasure poetry, and broadsides. Time will be set aside for sharing and also for independent exploration. Bring a poem of your own and one that you admire by someone else to use. Participants are encouraged to bring with them whatever seems ripe with potential for making: notebooks, magazines, pens, pencils, watercolors, glue sticks, fabric, laptops, cameras, photographs or other visual images. It’s our hope that the experience of playing together will open new avenues when we return to our solitary work of creation. All levels of writers and artists welcome.
Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of two poetry collections: Approaching Ice and Interpretive Work. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Orion, The Believer, Poetry and elsewhere. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org), she lives on Cape Cod, works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships, and is the current Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at University of Alaska Anchorage.
Melanie Braverman is the author a novel East Justice (Permanent Press, 1996) and the poetry collection Red (Perugia Press, 2002), winner of the Publishers Triangle Audre Lorde Poetry Award. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, American Poetry Review, and other journals; visual work is currently in exhibitions at the Leslie+Lohman Museum in New York and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.
Call to register.
Color and Composition: A 3-Day Painting Workshop with Suzanne Packer
May 28, 29, 30. 9:30am—3pm
Still life paintings that have visual movement, paintings that have the viewer's eye move across and around the canvas, this is the focus of the workshop. This three-day workshop will use the still-life set up as the starting point to develop a composition that works within the plane of the canvas. The use of color harmonies, color temperatures, textures and composition will be taught as ways to make the still life painting create visual interest. There will be two still life set-ups, giving the students the chance to concentrate on one painting for the three days or to work on two paintings. Each still life set-up will give different challenges. A lot of individual instruction is given to each student during the workshop. The days end 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. $300 / $250 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. www.suzannempacker.com
Painting Demonstration by Doris Mee
May 27, 10am-noon
Doris will give us a preview of the strategies she will teach in her upcoming class entitled “Design with Mixed Media / Collage.” She will show us unusual methods to produce dramatic results. No charge, but please reserve a place in advance by visiting the Cultural Center or calling 508-394-7100.
DESIGN WITH MIXED MEDIA/COLLAGE with Doris Mee
4 Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Have fun with collage and mixed media. Students may choose to use either water-based media; watercolor or acrylic. Also, enhancements to a work can incorporate use of pastels, colored pencils or bits of fabric. Discover unusual methods to produce dramatic results. Doris uses a variety of rice papers from the Orient, along with found papers for her abstract and representational collages. Additions of torn-up “old” watercolor paintings are sometimes used to add a surprise element. She generally uses 300 lb. watercolor paper as a support for the collage, but 140 lb paper or small canvases may also be used. Students work in an informal and supportive atmosphere. The instructor uses brief demonstrations on a variety of papers. The emphasis is on good design, strong value contrast, and visual movement. In-progress critiques are used to encourage experimentation. The session ends with a review of each student’s work. student skill level: beginner to advanced. $100 members, $120 non-members.
Register at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, or call 508-394-7100.
From Photo to Fine Art: Creating Fabulous Compositions that are Uniquely Yours, with Gail Speckmann
3 day workshop, August 19-21, 9:30-4. (Bring Your lunch). Advanced beginners on up. All painting media, but instructor will demonstrate in water color.
You will utilize your photography as a springboard for creating dynamic compositions and make your own unique choices within the framework of well-established design guidelines. We begin by going out with our digital cameras or phone cameras to take the best photos possible, shooting from several angles. (Cameras will be provided if you don't have one.) You will learn techniques that allow you to work through your design options in a stream-lined manner, using among other things a projector and/or computer to enhance your creativity. You will learn to create a significant pathway through your composition, enhance an area of greatest interest and contrast, harmonize supporting elements, shift from lesser to greater element such as color, size, etc), create energy and momentum, find a sense of balance within the piece, establish rhythmic elements by using alternation (i.e. light/dark/light/dark, etc), establish a dominant theme, style, coloration, etc. create variations of particular aspects, elements, or objects, and pull the elements all together into a finished painting. Gail is a great believer in befriending the tools and materials that are available to us, instead of thinking that we have to go it all alone.... they also help teach us how to be able to “ride our own bikes without the training wheels.” The more we are able to discover/ “try on” our choices, the greater becomes our own unique artistic expression.
Gail taught a very successful and popular watercolor workshop here last year. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with her!
$295. To register, call 508-394-7100.