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  • The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Turns 49
  • A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
  • 3rd Annual Americana Hootenanny
  • Gallery Opening: "Earth and Sky"
  • 2nd Wednesday Theater: Trumbo
  • Beginning Adult Tap Dance

    Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman will introduce basic tap technique with her usual energy and creative style. For those who have no previous tap experience but who want to become the next Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire! Great music…great exercise…great fun!  You are guaranteed to leave the class with a smile. For more info, contact Susan at
    For more info, contact Susan at
    Tuesday mornings September 15-October 20
    11:15-12:15 in the Annex
    $90/$76.50 members

  • Salsa Dancing Fall 2015

    Salsa Dancing with Doug McHugh of Ballroom Bliss
    The Salsa is a hot and spicy dance. Hot because of its current popularity on the modern dance scene. Spicy because of the sensual body movements that will make any heart skip a beat. Salsa features lots of turns and spins as well as some intricate footwork. In three weeks, you will master the basics and turns that make Salsa so much fun to learn. For more information contact Doug at
    Sunday evenings, September 20, 27, October 11.
    6:00-7:30 in the Gallery
    Couple   $85/$72.25 members 
    Single  $45/$38.25 members

  • Writing the Young Adult Novel

    Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop with Jim Hill
    Turn your great idea into a great picture book! In six weeks, you’ll learn about plot, character, pacing, and other important elements in creating a good story. You’ll examine books to discover what makes them successful, and join your classmates in writing your own stories, learning to make them stronger via supportive critique. Questions? Please contact Jim Hill.
    Monday evenings
    6:30-8:30 in the Administration Building Conference Room
    $180 /$153 Members

  • The Writer's Craft

    The Writer's Craft: Creative Triggers That Spark the Stories in You with Ted Murphy
    Cape Cod Author and Boston College professor T.M. Murphy shares the tricks that have provided him with material for several books and a 20-year writing career. Classroom time will be devoted to various writing prompts, including, music, objects, and characters in your life. Students will share their writing in a positive environment and obtain constructive criticism to help them thrive. Aspiring writers wanted!
    Tuesday evenings, September 8- October 13
    6:30 to 9:00 at 4446 Falmouth Road
    $235/$199.75 members

  • What's Your Story, Morning Glory? Fall 2015

    What's Your Story, Morning Glory? with Christine Rathbun
    Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Join our class and discover a world of story in your day to day. Each class is structured around simple and fun writing exercises, experience mining, exploration of the personal narrative, and optional weekly take-home assignments. No judgment, no critique, just lots of writing and sharing through reading aloud if you choose. For more info, contact Christine at
    Saturday mornings, September 12-October 31
    8:00-10:00 in the Administration Building Conference Room
    $150/$127.50 members

  • Drawing Explorations Fall 2015

    Drawing Explorations with Jackie Reeves
    In this six week class, you will be given a series of drawing exercises that develop skills in design, composition, shading and freeing up your line expression. We will work from a combination of still life set ups, a live clothed model, and your imagination. You will learn skills in perspective, proportion and shading, but the ultimate goal is to loosen up your drawing by working on large scale paper and to experience freedom using a variety of dry and wet materials. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.
    Wednesday Evenings September 16-October 21
    4:30-6:30 in the Annex
    $180/ $153 members

  • Drawing for Beginners

    Drawing for Beginners with Jackie Reeves
    Has it been years since you tried to draw, and are you intimidated by the idea of taking a drawing class? Very few people realize that drawing is not a gift- it’s a skill that anyone can develop, including you. Take a leap of faith and come learn strategies to drawing that you were likely never taught as a child. In this introductory class, you will rediscover the joy of drawing and learn techniques that will give you confidence in rendering. We will cover the basics, including contour, negative and positive space, perspective, shading and portrait drawing.
    Tuesdays September 15-October 20
    1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Annex
    $180/ $153 members

  • Open Life Drawing/Painting

    Open Life Drawing/Painting

    with Jackie Reeves

    Wednesday evenings in the Annex upstairs

    June 5 - August 28 from 7pm to 9:30pm

    no class on July 24th

    ages 18+

    These sessions provide and opportunity to work in a studio environment´╗┐ from a live model in the artist's preferred medium. Artist Jackie Reeves will structure and time the model as well as be available for some basic instruction and coaching (optional for those who would like it). The  sessions begin with about 25 minutes of warm-up gesture poses and increase in time toward longer studies. Easels are provided and supplies for warm-up gestures are available (charcoal and newsprint). Bring your own materials for longer poses.

    Member pricing available for everyone!

    6 class card: $100

    Drop-in: $20 per class´╗┐

  • Navigating School Projects

     Navigating School Projects with Lenore Lyons
    Projects are coming....learn how to make them less stressful for both your child and you. Find out about clays, paints and posters in this hands-on workshop, discover what works best for which type of assignment. Your child will be set up for success with the right materials for the project.  Participants will try a variety art supplies and discover the unique properties of the different kinds of modeling materials and easy clean up tips. You will leave with a list of supplies to have on hand for those, "I forgot, I have to make a project for tomorrow!" moments.  Join in for a fast paced evening of school art help from an experienced elementary school teacher. Contact with questions.
    Thursday, November 12.

    6:00-9:00 PM in the Art Studio


  • Creative Movement for Toddlers

    Creative Movement with Miss Lori Dutra
    Ages 2-6
    Children under 6 years of age are invited to join this movement class directed by Miss Lori Dutra. Kids enjoy open play with balls, hoops, gymnastics wedges and mats, soccer nets, and more. Miss Lori will also bring out the parachute and lead a choo-choo train of exercise and fun ways to move your body.  Parents are asked to stay with their children. A great way to meet parents and other kids if you’re new in town! For more information email:
    Friday mornings September 11-October 16
    10:00-11:00 in the Art Studio
    $90/76.50 members

  • Creating Artwork Together

    Creating Artwork Together with Deb Hope Colligan
    Ages 2-5
    This class provides a nurturing environment where children and family members or caregivers can explore a variety of art materials, techniques and creative possibilities to do together. Children will develop their fine motor skills, and family members will learn ways to incorporate art at home. Children will create drawings, paintings, collages and more in a supportive environment.
    Thursday Mornings September 17-October 22
    10-11 in the Art Studio
    $90/76.50 members

  • Creative Drama

    Introduction to Acting with Karen Santos
    Ages 10-15
    Have a blast in this six week session consisting of theater games and exercises, improvisation, story building/enactment, and basic acting techniques. The class focus is on participation and experience and will culminate in a final performance showcasing what students have learned. It’s a fun class designed for your imagination and creativity!
    Saturday mornings, September 12-October 17
    10:30-12 in the Annex
    $135/114.75 members

  • The Spampinato Brothers
  • Donna Byrne in Concert
  • Trespass Music Monday: Whispering Tree
  • Pirates of Penzance: Adult Cast
  • Best of the Woods Hole Film Festival
  • Love, Loss, and What I Wore
  • Gallery Opening: Exposure; Beneath the Layers
  • Trespass Music Monday: Borello Bash
  • 15th Annual Art And Souls Costume Ball
  • Butterball
  • Sit A While with Kami Lyle 2015
  • 2nd Wednesday Theater: A Christmas Carol 2015
  • Wine and Music Wednesday October 2015
  • Wine and Music Wednesday November 2015
  • Wine and Music Holiday Singalong 2015
  • Salon of Shorts
  • 4th Annual Ukulele Celebration
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Trespass Music Monday: November Open Mic
  • Gallery Opening: Members Show
  • 2015 Members Talent Show
  • Wine and Music Wednesday September 2015
  • 2nd Wednesday Theater: If All the Sky Were Paper
  • 2nd Wednesday Theater: The Belle of Amherst
  • Drumming through Trauma
  • Key Idea Donations
  • Basic Drawing-Youth

    Basic Drawing with Terry Kole
    Ages 12-18
    Whether you're a beginner or have been drawing forever, you can always benefit from going back to the basics. In this six-session class, we will start with simple objects with simple shapes and add dramatic lighting. Textures like cloth, glass, floppy fabric and metal will be explored. The purpose is to learn to draw well with your hands what your eyes are seeing. You will also learn about the tools of the trade - and how to get great results with your tools. For more information, contact:
    Mondays September 14-October 19
    4:00-5:30 PM in the Annex


  • Cotuit All Stars
  • Makeup and Hair for the Stage & Beyond

    Makeup and Hair for the Stage & Beyond- with Tom Crutchfield
    This class is designed to give students a basic working knowledge of stage makeup and hair design, history, and application. Students will learn through demonstration and application. Have fun and be beautiful on stage and off!
    Fridays October 2-30
    2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Art Studio
    $150/$127.50 members **plus $15 materials fee to be paid upon registration

  • Finding Your Inner Fashionista

    Finding Your Inner Fashionista with Kathy Sullivan
    Visit with Fashion Adviser Kathleen Sullivan for two fashion seminars. In the first one-hour class, learn up-to-date scarf tying techniques and the best jewelry for you to wear. In the second class, discover the most expressive colors for your wardrobe, as well as some basic essentials for your closet. Bring your favorite scarf!
    Saturday September 12 &19
    2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Art Studio
    $30/$25.50 members

  • Young Artists- Fall 2015

    Young Artists with Karen Maker
    Ages 8-12
    In this eight week session, students will have fun with drawing and painting using a variety of mediums and quality materials. We will also make art for the winter holidays!
    Wednesdays October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16
    4:00-5:30 PM in the Art Studio
    $175/$148.75 members

  • Ukulele Festival 2015: A Performance Class

    Ukulele Festival 2015: A Performance Class with Steve Gregory
    Intermediate Level for Adults and Teens
    In these four sessions, students will rehearse and prepare for a performance here at Cotuit Center for the Arts on October 25th at the 2015 Ukulele Festival. Classes will cover finger picking, single note melody playing, advanced and novelty strumming patterns, tablature, jazz chords and other fun approaches to the instrument. For more info, contact
    Saturday mornings September 12, 19, 26, October 3.
    9:00-11:00 at 4446 Falmouth Road
    $100/$85 members

  • Intro to Ukulele Fall 2015

    Introduction to the Ukulele with Steve Gregory
    Adults & Teens
    Once you’ve learned a few basic techniques you’ll be on your way to playing pretty much any song you like. Especially welcome are folks with little or no musical instrument experience. Bring your own ukulele or some loaners will be available. For more info, contact
    Saturday mornings October 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5,12,19
    9:00-10:30 at 4446 Falmouth Road
    $160/$136 members

  • Sunday Student Showcase - Nov.
  • Members' Arts & Crafts Fair
  • From the Page to the Stage: Stagecraft

    From the Page to the Stage: Stagecraft and Set Design with Richard Neal

    This class will explore the process of developing visual ideas to bring dramatic three-dimensional theater concepts to life.  The method of enlargement using a scale ruler to achieve a specific ration relative to actual size will be introduced.  After selecting from several short play synopses, participants will utilize mat board and other materials to construct unique and intriguing scaled models for theater production.

    Mondays Sept 14-October 19

    4:00-6:00 PM in the Art Studio

    $220/$187 members *plus $15 materials fee to be paid upon registration

  • Advanced Acting: Tools of the Trade

    Advanced Acting: Tools of the Trade with Jim Pettibone

    In this class, we'll explore a number of specific concepts and techniques, such as subtext, the inner monologue, transitions and personal imagery, that actors use to get more fully into their characters. 

    For more information, contact:

    Saturday mornings September 12-October 17

    10:30-12:00 in the Annex

    $135/$114.75 members

  • How to Audition-Fall 2015

    How to Audition- with Jim Pettibone

    Ages 15 and up

    In this single session, we'll practice techniques that will help you make clear acting choices as well as connect strongly to your partner.  We'll also talk about what's frequently involved in callbacks and typecasting.

    Saturday, October 31

    10:30-12:00 in the Annex



  • Acting the Monologue
  • Acting the Monologue Fall 2015

    Acting the Monologue with Jim Pettibone

    Ages 15 and up

    Monologues present a distinct challenge to the actor, especially since the come in a variety of forms. In this class, we'll look at methods for 1) analyzing their structure and 2) delivering them with impact.

    Saturday mornings Nov 14, 21, Dec 5, 12

    10:30 to 12:00 in the Annex

  • Be the Belle of the Ball: Burlesque

    Be the Belle of the Ball: Burlesque 101 with Brazen Belles' Pepper Grinds

    Learn to shimmy, shake, strip and twirl as we go from Beauties to Burlesque Cuties!!! In six sessions, you'll learn the basics of burlesque history, character development, and movement as you explore and discover your own inner Tease. No experience necessary. Please bring a comfortable pair of heels and clothes to dance in.


  • Intermediate Adult Tap Dance Fall 2015

    Intermediate Adult Tap Dance with Susan Friedman
    Cape Cod master teacher Susan Mendoza Friedman brings her tap energy and creative style to every class. This is a continuation of the Beginning Adult Tap Dance class or for those with basic knowledge of tap technique. Performance opportunities may be available for those interested. A fabulously fun class and a great cardio workout…not to mention the sing-along possibilities to great music! For more info, contact Susan at
    Thursday mornings September 17-October 22
    10:30-11:30 in the Annex
    $90/$76.50 members

  • Making Clay Tiles and Other Flat Forms

    Making Clay Tiles and Other Flat Forms   with Lois Hirshberg
    Learn the skills needed to create your own beautiful decorative tiles in this ceramics workshop! Class will cover rolling out clay tiles, carving and surface techniques, making stamps,  glazing and installation.   We’ll  explore various techniques for decorating  tiles, including painting with underglazes,  carving designs and making imprints. You will leave the class with unique tiles!  Students will be encouraged to expand on what they have learned and take projects in their own direction during class.  All levels are welcome.  For  more information contact Lois at

    Wednesdays, November 4-December 9

    10:00-12:30 PM in the Art Studio

    $225/$191.25 members

    Materials fee $40

  • Intermediate Oil Painting

    Intermediate Oil Painting with Joe Diggs
    In this class, learn to paint with color, emotion and rhythm. Explore how to package concept with technique to maximize your compositions and push your artwork to new levels. This workshop encourages participants to explore their art intuitively, by using the contemporary approach of having dialogue. See your art as it has never been seen before. Let's paint!  **Contact Joe for a list of specific supplies needed before class begins:
    Thursdays September 17-October 22
    4:30-7:30 in the Art Studio
    $240/$204 members

  • Pencil Portraits

    Pencil Portraits with Rosalie McCarthy
    This class will demystify the ideas and challenges of drawing portraits.  Learn simple, effective steps to a complete portrait with line and simple shading techniques to add tonal dimension and depth. We will use a before-and-after approach so you can see what you can accomplish in just the first three hours. “It’s like magic,” said a student.  This is a fun, non-intimidating journey to portrait drawing for beginners and intermediates.
    *Please bring a pad of 11x14 drawing paper, grey kneaded eraser, and 4B artist drawing pencil.
    Please contact Rosalie for more information:
    Wednesdays September 9, 23, 30-October 7, 14, 28
    10:00-1:00 in the Art Studio
    $210/178.50 members 

  • Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 1

    Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 1 with Ed Chesnovitch
    Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting pastel landscapes that have light, color and attitude!  The focus will be on how to create strong simplified starts using big shapes of bold color, and explore various under-painting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. We explore composition, value, and color, and we will learn about how to simplify our approaches to achieve exciting pastel paintings. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! For more info, contact Ed at
    Mondays  September 14-October 19
    1:00 - 3:30 in the Art Studio
    $235./$199.75 members

  • Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 2

    Fall Pastels with a Punch! Session 2 with Ed Chesnovitch
    Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive pastel application.  This soft pastel class will focus on painting pastel landscapes that have light, color and attitude!  The focus will be on how to create strong simplified starts using big shapes of bold color, and explore various under-painting techniques, mark making, and significant color choices to push a painting further. We explore composition, value, and color, and we will learn about how to simplify our approaches to achieve exciting pastel paintings. Plenty of individual help at the easel. Get creative and have some pastel FUN! For more info, contact Ed at
    Mondays October 26-November 30
    1:00 - 3:30 in the Art Studio
    $235./$199.75 members

  • Music Appreciation: The Best of Broadway

    Music Appreciation: The Best of Broadway with David Cohen
    Discover what makes Broadway's “best” so special.  We'll review scenes from some of the top musicals of all time and discuss why these shows have captured the hearts and imagination of audiences for generations.  Each class will focus on one show with emphasis on understanding and more fully experiencing the music, lyrics, characters and plot lines.  Shows to be discussed will be some of the longest running Broadway musicals, including: The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Cats, West Side Story, and The Producers.
    Wednesdays Sept 2, 9, 23, 30, October 7, 14
    3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Art Studio
    $180/ $153 members

  • Cape Cod Drum Circle

    Cape Cod Drum Circle     
    A Drum Circle is a group of people, from just a few to say 50, sitting in a circle experiencing the spontaneous creation of music on a variety of drums and world percussion. It evokes the universal rhythm inside of us all. Anyone can participate. No experience necessary. Extra drums will be available but bring your own if you have them. Dancers and wind players are also welcome!!  For more info, contact Sam Holmstock at              
    The First Tuesday of Every Month  
    7:00-9:30 pm in the Art Studio
    $5 donation requested for the use of the space

  • Shekere

    Shekere with Sam Holmstock
    In this 10-session class, learn to build and play an Afro-Cuban shekere.  Pronunciation: SHAY-kuh-ray. The Shekere is a percussion instrument of West African origin consisting of a hollow gourd covered with a loose netting on which beads, shells, or seeds are strung. The class will focus on the construction of the beaded skirt and playing the instrument after the skirt is finished. All materials will be provided including the gourd, beads, string and top rope.
    Tuesday evenings September 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 13, 20, 27, November 10, 17, 24
    7:00-9:00 in the Art Studio
    $250/$212.50 member
    **$50 materials charge to be paid during registration.

  • Fall Acrylic Florals 2015

    Fall Acrylic Florals with Rosalie McCarthy
    Acrylics are a very forgiving and easily corrected medium to work in.  Join us and have fun in this relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere  with lots of individual instruction from the initial sketching to the layering in of paint up to the final details  Rosalie will give a brief overview of the paints, proper brushes, loading and application, as well as individual demonstrations to demystify the process. All levels welcome.
    Tuesdays, September 15-October 20
    10:00-1:00 in the Art Studio
    $210/$178.50 **plus a $10 materials fee payable at the time of registration. If bringing your own supplies, it is necessary to contact Rosalie at for SPECIFIC supplies needed.

  • Ballet Barre

    Ballet Barre with Susan Friedman
    New to Cotuit Center for the Arts! This class is for those looking for a moderate fitness workout and much more!  The class is formatted to tone the entire body with a variety of stretching and strengthening barre exercises as well as center work on the mat.   Treat yourself to an hour when you can lose yourself in beautiful music and explore your “Inner Ballerina”. Yoga mat and set of light weights are suggested. Ballet or other soft dance shoes required. Tutus optional! For more info, contact Susan at
    Tuesday mornings September 15-October 20
    10:00-11:00 in the Annex
    $90/$76.50 members

  • Art Garfunkel: $500 Wine Seats For Two
  • Art Garfunkel: $175 General Admission
  • Art Garfunkel: Balcony Seat for $100
  • I'll Eat You Last
  • Happy Hour with Celeste Howe and Larry Marsland
  • The Art of Living-French Style

    The Art of Living: French Style with Jamie Cat Callan
    Jamie Cat Callan, author of the best-selling French Women Don’t Sleep Alone and Bonjour Happiness, will bring her joie de vivre to Cotuit along with tips, including: living well with style, how French women enjoy more with less, and the art of dressing French. Bring in your favorite scarf and questions on how to bring a little more ooh la la into your life.  Jamie’s books have been translated into more than 35 languages and will be for sale after the event along with a free flute of champagne! For more information contact,
    Thursday November 5