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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
The Cultural Center's free Saturday Morning Italian Classes will start again in September with Advanced Italian 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.

The Early Religion of Ireland: From Pagan to Christian
An 8-week course. Wednesdays, 3pm-5pm, from Oct. 15, 2014 – Dec. 17, 2014. (No Class Nov. 12 or 26). 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. Instructor: Mary Ann Eaton.

Cost $85 - Course readings are a combination of handouts (small charge payable to instructor) and books ordered by student from online sources. The book list will be emailed to registered students. Classes fill quickly. Register early! Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Sumi-e by Roberta Silbret
Sumi-E -- The Breath of the Brush

A Chinese Brush Painting Class with Roberta Silbret. Three Mondays, 10am-noon. December 1, 8, 15. Roberta Silbret, art therapist, has 30 years of experience as an art educator. In this class, students will explore their creativity and achieve tranquility through this light, airy, freeing method of the Chinese brush stroke. Students will learn linear brush style known as Mo Ku, painting bamboo, places, people and things in a serene atmosphere to relaxing music. All materials will be supplied by the instructor. $105 / $90 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Exploring Watercolor, with Jean Tucker
Six Mondays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9.  9am-noon.
This class will show how to work quickly, capture an impression and enjoy the fresh and exciting use of watercolor. We will work from individual objects and concentrate on composition, value and color. We will gradually move on to creating simple still life subject matter and landscapes. Different techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. Learning to be comfortable and experimenting is the only way to discover the beautiful luminous quality of this medium.

Exploring Watercolor with Jean TuckerPainting fruit, vegetables, cups, pitchers, jars and other things from the kitchen can be fun and challenging. (just think, you can practice at home) These everyday items can make very charming paintings. We can also add flowers to the mix. Photographs too, it is necessary to have some reference I do however strongly encourage referencing the MASTERS. Please bring your special objects to add to the painting session. Jean Tucker graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA degree. For over 30 years she has exhibited widely across New England as well as nationally and has received numerous awards for her paintings.In addition to creating her Fine Art work, she owns her own print business and frequently works as a free lance design contractor. Jean also has a wealth of experience teaching at different venues across Cape Cod. See more at: www.jean-tucker.com. $180, $150 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.

Tuesday Night Swing Dance Classes
There are a variety of swing dance styles, including the Jitterbug, East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing. The Jitterbug came from a radio announcer covering the 1936 Harvest Moon Ball who said that the dancers looked like “jitterbugs” thanks to the fast and fancy footwork, lifts and aerials. The Jitterbug can be described as single swing (rock step, step, step), perfect for fast swing music.  This is the style you will dance to the faster style Swing music, and the pre-cursor to East Coast Swing, also known as triple count swing. 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:

Session 1: January 6, 13, 20, and February 3
Session 2: February 10, 17, 24, and March 3
Session 3: March 10, 17, 24, 31
Session 4: April 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 5: May 5, 12, 19, 26.

Call to register: 508-394-7100.

Suzanne Packer
Color and Composition with Suzanne M. Packer
Six Wednesdays, January 7-February 11. 9:30am-12:30pm. 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.

French for Adults – Beginner Review/Advanced Beginner
Instructor: Jeni Landers. For students with basic knowledge of the language. Six weeks starting Monday, January 12. 5:30-7pm. $120, $100 for members. Call to register.

Silk PaintingTurn Your Silk Painting into a Piece of Clothing!

February 16-19, 9am-12pm.
Must attend all 4 sessions. $100. Limited to 6 students.
Students ages 10-14 will learn about the process of painting on silk and 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 is a member of SPIN - Silk Painters International. For more information about Cassia, visit CassiaMaiaFineArtOnSilk.com. Call to register.

Irish History

A six-week class. Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 6-7:30pm. Sean Murphy, instructor. This class will cover six major topics: 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; Irish people as slaves and indentured laborers; the Penal Laws; 1798-1916:Rebellion. $100, $85 for members. Call 508-394-7100 to register.

Craig CaldwellIntroduction 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.