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Art History with Marilyn: Ancient Times through the Middle Ages
Mar
27
2:00 PM14:00

Art History with Marilyn: Ancient Times through the Middle Ages

Explore art with Marilyn Rossi in the second installment of her Art History series! In this 6-class course taught in a fun and relaxed setting, you'll examine art of prehistoric and ancient times and travel through the centuries, ending in the late Middle Ages, just before the dawn of the Renaissance. 
Art History with Marilyn explores the familiar as well as lesser-known masterpieces through two-and-a-half millennia of art, where you will surely find some new favorites! 
Led by Marilyn Rossi, an experienced art educator, museum guide, and historian who has studied extensively in Italy and has been affiliated with Boston's MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Wednesdays Mar 27-May 1
2:00pm-4:30pm in the Schoolhouse

6 classes $225/$191.25 members

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Creating Better Reference Photos for Future Paintings w/ Susan Simon
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Creating Better Reference Photos for Future Paintings w/ Susan Simon

Many painters start their studio work from photos they have taken, often with their phones or a small point and shoot camera. This workshop is designed to help them take better pictures as a starting place for future art. Learn some tips for improving your composition skills and advance your ability to get the most from your phone camera. A couple of inexpensive apps will be recommended, but much of this workshop, taught by a fine art photographer, will be about learning how to visualize your shot and then how to get the picture you want to use to launch your easel arts. 

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Printmaking Play! w/ Eileen Casey
Apr
2
9:15 AM09:15

Printmaking Play! w/ Eileen Casey

Printmaking Play!

Instructor: Eileen Casey
Days: Tuesdays – Class begins April, 2nd 2019
Time: 9:15am-12:15pm
Cost: Members $120 | Non Members $150 OR $25 drop-in rate per class (please pay office day of drop-in)

Creative fun with what can be the most painterly or most graphic printmaking techniques… monoprints and monotypes, with and without a printing press! The surprising results may be works of art in themselves, or inspirational underpaintings for other media.

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Three Steps To A Stronger Paintingw/ Mary Moquin
Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Three Steps To A Stronger Paintingw/ Mary Moquin

Three Steps to A Stronger Painting

Instructor: Mary Moquin
Day: Tuesdays (8 Classes) Beginning April 2nd, 2019. (Class meets on 4/2/19, 4/9/19, 4/16/19, 4/30/19, 5/7/19, 5/14/19, 5/21/19, 5/28/19). NO CLASS ON 4/23/19
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Price: Members $180/Non-Members $200

This highly structured class will focus on what it takes to find your voice as an artist and learn ways to express it. The class is broken into three topics: composition, value and color… which are the building blocks to stronger paintings.

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Learn My Processing Secrets! Using Topaz to Craft Your Images and Give Them Impact w/ Betty Wiley
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Learn My Processing Secrets! Using Topaz to Craft Your Images and Give Them Impact w/ Betty Wiley


Day: Tuesday, April 2nd
6pm – 9pm
Members $55 | Non-Members $75

Topaz from Topaz Labs software has become one of the most popular plugins today and it’s easy to see why. This software can be used as a stand-alone program or with Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop and it can give you many, many different looks without spending a lot of time in front of a computer. In this class, I’ll cover a number of the plug-ins that Topaz offers such as Adjust, BW effects, Remask, Texture Effects and Impression as well as the fairly new Topaz Studio which consolidates many of the existing Topaz plug-ins into one, easy to use application. While Topaz Studio and many of the effects that it offers can be downloaded for free, you can also purchase their pro adjustments for use with this software which can give you the ability to remove noise and sharpen without removing too much detail, add radiance and glow effects, apply dehaze which removes haze, and a clarity adjustment which is just amazing. Topaz also has a terrific and very effective masking feature built-in to the program which allows you to edit images selectively and you will also see how easy it is to replace a sky – all without having to go into Photoshop. This is a hands-on class and therefore students are encouraged to bring their laptops and I will provide practice images where you will add textures, drop in a sky, and add painterly, artistic effects and much more. Basic computer skills are required for this class – students MUST know how to operate their computer and locate files and how to perform basic commands such as copy and paste, save, save as etc.

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Bonding with Bulbs - Mixed Media with Ellen Duarte
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

Bonding with Bulbs - Mixed Media with Ellen Duarte

Wednesdays (5 weeks). Class begins April 3, 2019. NO CLASS 5/1/19
Time: 9am-11:30am
Cost: Members $92 | Non-Members $116

Study the world of bulbs (or rhizomes, or corms) and how they grow. Choose your favorite bulb plant and document its growth with drawings and paintings by starting with a rendering of the bulb and, after planting the bulb, adding foliage and flowers as they occur. Compose a beautiful pen and wash illustration of the plant’s development.

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Budding Artists with Ellen Duarte at the Cape Cod Art Center
Apr
3
12:15 PM12:15

Budding Artists with Ellen Duarte at the Cape Cod Art Center

Budding Artists – Watercolor

Instructor: Ellen Duarte

Day: Wednesdays (5 weeks). Class begins April 3, 2019. NO CLASS 5/1/19

Time: 12:15pm-2:45pm

Cost: Members $92 | Non-Members $116

Spring is budding out all over! Many trees, bushes, and flowers will be coming to life, so join me in exploring some of our local plants and their emergence from the winter cold. We will study their shapes, forms, and colors as they grow and change. Follow natures transformation from cool, bland winter to warm, vibrant spring while honing your drawing and painting skills.

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The Accidential Masterpiece by Ed Chesnovitch
Apr
3
1:00 PM13:00

The Accidential Masterpiece by Ed Chesnovitch

Day: Wednesdays (6 weeks), class begins April 3, 2019
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $135 Members | $150 Non-Members

Striving for perfection leads to paralysis! Let go and allow your art to take place without preconceived notions. The journey an artist strives for is to arrive at a place where discoveries happen. Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting. Give yourself permission to play! This class will focus on paintings that have light, color and attitude! Working on various grounds, we will explore shapes, edges, patterns of light and dark, positive and negative space, bold vs. neutral color, underpainting techniques, and fearless mark making to push your paintings further. Learn to simplify your approach, and develop a personal style where happy accidents are welcome! Individual attention and group discussions of student work and contemporary painting practices. ALL MEDIUMS, and mixed media welcome. You bring the supplies you want to work with. Any questions, contact Ed at ecart@comcast.net
*Not a beginner’s class
Bring what you can afford! Don’t worry if you don’t have everything!

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Irish Myths & Sagas with Mary Ann Eaton
Apr
3
3:00 PM15:00

Irish Myths & Sagas with Mary Ann Eaton

IRISH MYTHS & SAGAS

with Mary Ann Eaton

Wednesdays, beginning April 3
8 weeks from 3-5pm $85 per person

From the mists of Irish Literature come ancient pre-Christian tales and sagas that are unique to Ireland-Stories of her goddesses and gods, her heroes and villains of Ulster, her warriors, kings, and queens, along with her epic Tain Bo Cuailnge.

The class is taught by Mary Ann Eaton who has a BA in English and has attended University College Cork, Cork City Ireland, concentrating her studies in Irish and Celtic Literature. Mary Ann will contact students regarding materials/book.

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Civil War in Ireland with Sean Murphy
Apr
3
7:15 PM19:15

Civil War in Ireland with Sean Murphy

CIVIL WAR IN IRELAND

with Sean Murphy

Wednesdays, beginning April 3
4 weeks from 7:15-8:15pm $75/$70 members

The split over the Anglo-Irish Treaty led to the Irish Civil War (1922-23). In 1922, its two main Irish signatories, Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, both died.  Collins was killed by anti-treaty republicans in an ambush at Béal na Bláth in August 1922, ten days after Griffith's death from heart failure which was ascribed to exhaustion.

The Irish Civil War broke out with the "Battle of Dublin" in which Cathal Brugha was killed. The anti-Treaty forces initially outnumbered the Free State Army which was concentrated in Munster. Within a few months the Free State Army had taken all the strategic sites in Ireland and this was followed by a period of guerilla warfare.

Following the deaths of Collins and Griffith the Free State introduced draconian measures that led to the execution of more leaders of the Republican movement than the British had done during the 1916-1921 period. Erskine Childers was executed for possession of a revolver that Michael Collins had presented him with.

Following the killing of a member of the pro-Treaty Dail the Free State executed four leaders of the anti-Treaty forces that had been in prison since the outbreak of the war - Liam Mellows, Rory O'Connor, Joseph McKelvey and Richard Barrett.

In April 1923, Liam Lynch was killed. This was the "effective end" of the Civil War. His successor as anti-Treaty commander, Frank Aiken, called a ceasefire on 30 April and a month later, May 24, ordered his men to "dump arms" and go home.

All students will receive a PowerPoint presentation for each class.

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Mixed Media Drawing w/ Ann Guiliani
Apr
4
1:00 PM13:00

Mixed Media Drawing w/ Ann Guiliani

Mixed Media Drawing
Instructor: Ann Guiliani
Days: Thursdays (6 weeks), class begins April 4th, 2019
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $110 Members | $140 Non-Members

Maybe you are not sure about drawing or feel that you can’t draw a straight line. Or maybe you are interested in learning a completely new way to approach drawing or maybe you are stuck in the quagmire of depending on one media and afraid to use your drawing skills with a different media.

This course is for the rank beginner as well as the advanced student. You will receive the basics in drawing with sighting skills, perspective and shading and composition, but you will also have the opportunity to explore different media…even with brush and ink as a drawing tool. There is an aesthetic to Drawing that is worthy to explore and will also enhance your own Art Appreciation.
There is no limitation on the media you use. Even collage. The choice is yours. We will explore a wide range of approaches to drawing. “There is No One Way to Draw”
We will also explore a wide range of subjects from still life, to landscape and the human figure.
You will also learn how to draw from observation as well as using photo references.

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The Joy of Iphoneography -One day Workshop w/ Meri Walker
Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

The Joy of Iphoneography -One day Workshop w/ Meri Walker

The serious and deliberate use of a smartphone for image capture, digital editing, and exhibition is a rapidly developing new art movement that offers practitioners extraordinary access to their personal creativity, radically expanded vision and deep joy.

The right apps and some new skills are needed to achieve consistent clarity and beauty from iPhone (and iPad) images, but time spent learning is fun and so worth the investment.

In this full-day workshop you will learn to use three different camera replacement apps in ways that will show you why the popularity of iPhoneography is skyrocketing. You will also learn the basics of mobile digital editing and get a start on creative image compositing using the dynamic app, SuperimposeX. Expect lots of hands-on practice under the trained eye of Meri Walker, a widely shown and globally awarded iPhone artist who has worked only with mobile devices for the last decade.

About her own creative process, Meri says: “Capturing, editing and sharing mobile images is a rich, highly pleasurable meaning-making process that takes time. Sometimes quite a lot of time. Other times, it’s so fast it makes me laugh out loud. My efforts bring a sense of joy and a depth of emotional and intellectual connection to my life – and to the lives of others – through images I never might have imagined were possible before I started using an iPhone to make “serious” pictures.”

Participants need to purchase and install these apps on their iPhone and/or iPad BEFORE arrival: ProCamera, Camera+2, Hipstamatic, SuperimposeX and ExifWizPro Wizard Pro.

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White Line Print Workshop with Suzanne Packer
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

White Line Print Workshop with Suzanne Packer

White Line Print Workshop with Suzanne Packer

Saturdays, April 6 & 13, 10am-3pm

Artist Suzanne Packer will lead a two-day workshop where she will give an overview of the history of the white line print and instruct participants on how to create a print. Participants learn how to transfer a design, carve, and create a unique artwork to take home.

contact Jennifer Nemec, 508-428-7581, ext. 5: $250, $225 for museum members, limited to 16 participants, please bring materials from list that will be provided.

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The Art of the Short Story with Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Tyrese Coleman
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

The Art of the Short Story with Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Tyrese Coleman

Have you ever wanted to write short stories? Join us for a conversation with Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Tyrese Coleman as they discuss varied elements of Fiction and read from their own work. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Topics to be covered: building tension, developing characters, plotting, cross genre, fantastic vs. realism, importance of theme, hot topics in fiction, regionalism/sense of place, submitting/the market, fostering a unique voice, editing, and much more

Bios:

Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer whose debut story collection, White Dancing Elephants, was a best book of 2018 for Kirkus Reviews, included as a ‘best book’ for fall 2018 and the year by BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, The Rumpus, The  Millions, and many other publications. White Dancing Elephants was a finalist for the PEN American Robert Bingham story collection prize.  Her work has been published in Tin House, Narrative, Michigan Quarterly Review, Lit Hub, Electric Literature, Jellyfish Review, and elsewhere.

Tyrese L. Coleman is the author of the collection, How to Sit, a 2019 Pen Open Book Award finalist published with Mason Jar Press in 2018. Writer, wife, mother, attorney, and writing instructor, she is an editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, an online journal dedicated to flash fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in several publications, including Black Warrior Review, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, and the Kenyon Review. She is an alumni of the Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University and a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. Find her at tyresecoleman.com or on twitter @tylachelleco.

Free to the public. Registration is appreciated! Email sturgisreference@comcast.net, call 508-362-6636, or

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Mastering Mobile Artistry w/ Meri Walker
Apr
8
to Apr 12

Mastering Mobile Artistry w/ Meri Walker

To be held off-site at a location on Rt 6A in Yarmouthport- directions will be sent to you

This workshop is for intermediate level students

Unstrapping your big cameras and liberating yourself from hours at a desktop computer editing your digital images are big steps for serious photographers and digital artists. Many of your photographer and artist friends can and will laugh; some may do their best to discourage you.

Yet it’s entirely – and joyfully – possible to make professional quality photographs and beautiful multimedia artwork using only the high-end shooting, editing and painting tools available for your iPhone and iPad. You need to master the right apps. You need to create your own disciplined workflows that can yield superior quality prints from stacked apps. And you need to learn how to use your eyes all over again.

But Mobile Artistry is so doable. And so much fun!

Meri Walker, aka iPhoneArtGirl, has been a photographer, printmaker and teacher for 50+ years. Since early 2009, she has used only her iPhones and iPads to make and sell her award-winning images. Meri bought and tested 900+ image-making apps and she’s figured out for herself which are simply shiny toys and which are fully-capable, reliable digital image-making tools.

For five days in April, Meri and a small group of committed mobile photographers and artists will take a group learning journey through the best shooting, editing, painting and compositing apps available in 2019. You’ll make sure you know how to get the best shots out of Camera+, ProCamera, Blackie and Hipstamatic. And you will master powerful editing routines using iColorama, Procreate, Leonardo, Filterstorm, Stackables, SuperimposeX, LightBrush and other high-end apps that can ensure your finest inspirations will be fully realized in large prints. Best of all, working hands-on every day, you will learn some new ways to use your eyes while developing creative friendships that will strengthen your personal mobile artistry for years to come!

Participants will work together and also enjoy a 45-minute private conference with Meri during the week’s activities. Come prepared to play hard!

During the week we will provide fun activities such as dinners together, special outings, and group activities. More details will be coming as we get nearer to April.

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Ink Drop Floral Workshop w/ Mary Wojciechowski
Apr
13
9:30 AM09:30

Ink Drop Floral Workshop w/ Mary Wojciechowski

Alcohol Ink is a highly pigmented and quick-drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on a non-porous surface such as Yupo. This workshop will explore the unique qualities of this painting medium that may be used for flowing abstracted works, representational images and subjects that incorporate both. Flowers will be the primary subjects during this class, taking full advantage of these vibrant colored inks that intermingle in ways that create unique textural effects, often with unexpected results.

This workshop is experimental and explorative and the very nature of the inks offers a sense of creative playfulness during the process. Class time will be divided between demonstrations and students creating many paintings on a variety of sizes of Yupo.

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Cape Cod Landscapes:  The Art of Seeing Creatively w/ Mark Bowie
May
2
to May 5

Cape Cod Landscapes: The Art of Seeing Creatively w/ Mark Bowie

Photographically, what makes Cape Cod landscapes so special, is how light interacts with this convergence of land and sea. Learning to see the possibilities and then translate them into images can elevate our picture-taking from the commonplace to the artistic. Professional landscape photographer and night shooting expert Mark Bowie will lead this power-packed workshop to explore the Cape from pre-dawn to deep night, visiting some of its finest scenery: the ocean, beaches, dunes, coastal waterways, lighthouses and fishing villages. He’ll cover in-depth the fine art of seeing, offering innovative strategies, tips and techniques for looking deeper, refining your personal vision to creative images with feeling, that come from the heart.

We will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset each day, and other times as favorable lighting conditions present themselves. We’ll also photograph the moody blues of twilight and the Cape’s magnificent night sky. The landscape, so varied and photogenic in daylight, becomes ever-more mysterious and enchanting at night. Our schedule and selection of shooting locations will remain flexible to take best advantage of the weather and lighting conditions.

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Fluid Art:  Acrylic Paint Pouring w/ Joyce Groemmer
May
4
9:30 AM09:30

Fluid Art: Acrylic Paint Pouring w/ Joyce Groemmer

Interested in abstract painting, but don’t know where to start? Acrylic pouring is a fun way to loosen up and create beautiful paintings in a short period of time. Fluid art dates back to the 19th century but gained public recognition with American abstract expressionists such as Jackson Pollack. Today, fluid acrylic pouring artists use new mediums and a wide variety of techniques to achieve intriguing effects and textures. The process is a delicate balance of planning, surprise and manipulation.

In this workshop, Joyce will provide an overview of fluid painting mediums, recipes and paint mixing. She will show examples of paintings created using different pouring techniques, and then demonstrate three techniques. With Joyce’s guidance, students will try each of these on their own, completing at least three 8×10 paintings to take home

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Landscape Photography w/ John Klingel
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Landscape Photography w/ John Klingel

Location: Held off-site in Eastham. Location will be emailed by instructor

There’s a lot more to landscape photography than pushing the shutter button. All of us have experienced the joy of seeing a fantastic landscape scene, only to discover later that our camera didn’t capture it. This workshop is designed to teach you how to capture the beauty that inspired you.

In this workshop, John Klingel will cover good landscape composition, appropriate camera settings, choice of lenses, achieving good focus, scouting locations, planning (incl. helpful apps), really working a scene and dealing with bad weather and poor cloud cover. In addition, John will discuss bracketing and HDR, panoramas, black and white landscape photos, and creative landscape photography. There will also be tips about post processing landscape photos and an extra bonus session on sky replacement.

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Embrace the Practice:  Daily Painting Workshop w/ Lisa Daria Kennedy
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Embrace the Practice: Daily Painting Workshop w/ Lisa Daria Kennedy

This one-day intensive workshop combines demos, in-class assignments and individual instruction to teach students the techniques Lisa Daria Kennedy uses to create fresh, deliberate marks. Using acrylic paint (or oils) students will discover approaches to simplify the process of painting and ways to stay inspired and motivated. Continuous painting is by far the most effective way to improve creativity and image making skills. She will share examples of how the discipline of daily painting produces personal growth. The class will delve into the principles of design, composition, value, and color. We will examine color mixing, mark making, and personal voice. Lastly, we will discuss practical strategies for painting every day (or almost every day).

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Ink Drop Landscape Workshop w/ Mary Wojciechowski
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Ink Drop Landscape Workshop w/ Mary Wojciechowski

Alcohol Ink is a highly pigmented and quick-drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on a non-porous surface such as Yupo. This workshop will explore the unique qualities of this painting medium that may be used for flowing abstracted works, representational images and subjects that incorporate both. Landscapes will be the primary subjects during this class, taking full advantage of these vibrant colored inks that intermingle in ways that create unique textural effects, often with unexpected results.

This workshop is experimental and explorative and the very nature of the inks offers a sense of creative playfulness during the process. Class time will be divided between demonstrations and students creating many paintings on a variety of sizes of Yupo

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Watercolor Workshop w/ Larry Folding
Jun
1
9:30 AM09:30

Watercolor Workshop w/ Larry Folding

Start 9:30 AM sharp.
Composition: Brief explanation of composition and design
Values: Lights and darks and everything in between
Palette: Mixing colors, warms and cool colors, color wheel,
Painting wet into wet: Viscosity of pigments
Painting wet into dry: Transparency and opaqueness
Techniques and tricks

Demonstration by instructor

Brown bag lunch

Students copy the instructors demo painting or paint from their own photos with instructors input.

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Waves and Wildlife Workshop w/ Susan Simon
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Waves and Wildlife Workshop w/ Susan Simon

Capturing motion is something a camera does exceedingly well. With the right settings, we can actually see what our eyes cannot, freezing motion in a fraction of a second or blurring motion to emphasize the passage of time. These techniques are often used to shoot waves and wildlife where shutter speed is key to capture movement. This workshop will begin in the classroom where we will learn techniques to do both and then we will go out to a beach to try our hands at the skills we’ve learned. Please dress in layers as temps will drop and bug spray is encouraged.

Materials:

Bring your camera and tripod (if you have one). Phone cameras are not ideal for this kind of photography

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Crazy Mixed Up Media for Students 5-8 years
Jun
25
1:30 PM13:30

Crazy Mixed Up Media for Students 5-8 years

Crazy Mixed up Media: Ages 5-8

Instructor: Karen Shortsleeve

Day: Tuesdays (6 weeks). Class begins June 25th

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Cost: Members $100 | Non-Members $125. Includes materials

Description:

Build self-confidence and cultivate art appreciation through this creative experience.

Students will explore a wide variety of subjects from robots and rockets to mermaids and sea creatures. They will be introduced to famous artists as inspiration for their projects in paint, drawing, collage and sculpture. A variety of media and subjects will be explored in a new project each week.

Artist Bio:

BFA from the University Of Hartford. MFA from Anna Maria College. I have over 30 years of experience teaching studio art and art history at all grade levels. In my own work, my preferred media is oil paint, oil pastel, and a combination of watercolor with colored pencil. I strive to capture images that touch the viewer in a personal way. In my seascapes and landscapes I attempt to go beyond pure representation and paint not only the place, but communicate the feeling of being in that space. I try to capture the elusive space between representation and the emotions felt from the experience or memory of a place.

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Smart Art Ages 9-12
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Smart Art Ages 9-12

Smart Art: Ages 9-12

Instructor: Karen Shortsleeve

Day: Wednesdays (6 weeks). Class begins June 26th

Time: 9am-11am

Cost: Members $100 | Non-Members $125. Includes Materials

Description:

This class will focus on famous artists, artistic styles and important periods in art ranging from the Renaissance to Impressionism to Abstraction. Students will learn color theory and painting techniques by observing the works of great masters to help enable them to find their own artistic voice

Artist Bio:

BFA from the University Of Hartford. MFA from Anna Maria College. I have over 30 years of experience teaching studio art and art history at all grade levels. In my own work, my preferred media is oil paint, oil pastel, and a combination of watercolor with colored pencil. I strive to capture images that touch the viewer in a personal way. In my seascapes and landscapes I attempt to go beyond pure representation and paint not only the place, but communicate the feeling of being in that space. I try to capture the elusive space between representation and the emotions felt from the experience or memory of a place.

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Gardens of Cape Cod Photography Workshop w/ Charles Needle
Jun
26
to Jun 30

Gardens of Cape Cod Photography Workshop w/ Charles Needle

Late June/early July on Cape Cod is a garden paradise! Some of the most beautiful gardens in America can be found here. Join award-winning California-based flower and garden photographer, Charles Needle, on a tour of several breathtaking public and private gardens on the Cape at the peak of summer growing season.
Charles will guide you through the technical craft of flower and garden photography, and you’ll receive lots of personalized hands-on instruction from him, both in the classroom and in the field. Learn tips and techniques for capturing unique close-ups and intimate garden landscapes. Topics covered will include: Impressionistic flower and garden photography, creative macro, in-camera multiple-exposures, soft-glow montage and creative smartphone photography. There will also be field demos, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

All skill levels and camera formats welcome, including smartphone cameras. Students should also have basic proficiency in post-capture image editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Snapseed.

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Crazy Mixed Up Media Ages 8-11
Jun
27
1:00 PM13:00

Crazy Mixed Up Media Ages 8-11

Crazy Mixed up Media: Ages 8-11

Instructor: Karen Shortsleeve

Day: Thursdays (5 weeks). Class begins June 27th. NO CLASS ON JULY 4TH

Time: 1pm-3pm

Cost: Members $83 | Non-Members $104. Includes materials

Description:

Build self-confidence and cultivate art appreciation through this creative experience.

Students will explore a wide variety of subjects from robots and rockets to mermaids and sea creatures. They will be introduced to famous artists as inspiration for their projects in paint, drawing, collage and sculpture. A variety of media and subjects will be explored in a new project each week.

Artist Bio:

BFA from the University Of Hartford. MFA from Anna Maria College. I have over 30 years of experience teaching studio art and art history at all grade levels. In my own work, my preferred media is oil paint, oil pastel, and a combination of watercolor with colored pencil. I strive to capture images that touch the viewer in a personal way. In my seascapes and landscapes I attempt to go beyond pure representation and paint not only the place, but communicate the feeling of being in that space. I try to capture the elusive space between representation and the emotions felt from the experience or memory of a place.

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Creative Flower Photography w/ John Klingel
Jul
13
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Flower Photography w/ John Klingel

Location: Workshop will be held off-site in Eastham. Address will be emailed by instructor

Description:

This workshop will cover a wide variety of techniques designed to capture the beautiful colors, textures, lines, and curves of flowers and will cover in-camera as well as post-processing techniques. In-camera discussion and demos will include selective focus, focus stacking, multiple exposures, close-up and macro photos, camera movement, shooting through materials, slow shutter speeds, and other techniques. Post-processing demos will include focus stacking, texture blending, creating painterly effects, creating blur and movement with software, processing multiple exposures, and other techniques. Both in-camera and post-processing will include coverage of how to create painterly flower photographs. We’ll also spend time on composition, using a Lensbaby, extension tubes, lenses, and other equipment, and creating portable backgrounds for in-garden photography. I’ll be using and discussing various software packages and plug-ins including Lightroom, Photoshop, NIK Color Efex, Topaz Impressions, Texture Effects and others. This workshop will be entirely in the classroom but participants should bring camera equipment as there may be time to photograph flowers in my garden.

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Creative Coastal Photography w John Tunney
Jul
24
to Jul 26

Creative Coastal Photography w John Tunney

Come learn the art of creative fine-art photography while exploring the beaches, dunes and harbors of the Lower and Outer Cape and the Cape Cod National Seashore. In this workshop, photographer John Tunney will take you to some of the Cape’s most beautiful locations and give you ideas on how to “see” a scene, discover its creative potential and produce a creative and expressive fine-art image. We’ll go on field shoots in the mornings and late afternoon into evening, plus one night shoot for the Milky Way (weather depending), and have midday classroom sessions for editing and reviewing pictures.

Who’s it for:
Anyone with basic understanding of camera controls and Lightroom and/or Photoshop or the equivalent software.

What you’ll learn:
– How to create impressionistic images using long exposures, camera
motion, depth of field and multiple exposures
– The creative use of wide angle and telephoto lenses
– How to see and use the elements of design in composing your images
– Low-light photography tips
– Processing tips to fine-tune your compositions for better control of light and color, added expressiveness, dimensionality and finish.

What to bring:
DSLR or mirrorless equivalent
Wide angle and telephoto lens
Neutral density filter – 8-10 stop (optional, but recommended)
Polarizing filter (optional, but recommended)
Sturdy tripod
Remote shutter release
Flashlight
PhotoPills App (optional)
Computer loaded with Lightroom, Photoshop or equivalent software.

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Creative Post Processing w/ John Klingel
Jul
27
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Post Processing w/ John Klingel

Location: Off-site held in Eastham. Instructor will email you the address

Digital photography gives us an opportunity to take relatively normal photos and turn them in to masterpieces. In this workshop, we’ll go beyond normal post processing and look at creative post processing.

We’ll start by looking at post processing in general. We’ll first discuss corrections that might be needed to improve composition. The next goal will be to help you understand how to look at a photo to determine what needs to be done. One of the basic objectives is to determine where you want the viewer’s eye to go. So we’ll discuss how to direct the viewer’s eye. And as often there are distracting elements pulling the viewer’s eye where you don’t want it, we’ll discuss ways of removing elements or reducing their intensity.

Then we’ll review a number of tools that you can use in creative post processing and demo how these tools can be used to maximize a photograph’s potential. These tools will include Photoshop, Lightroom as well as, a number of plug-ins and pre-sets, including NIK, DxO Optics Pro, Topaz, On-One and others. You’ll be amazed at how much punch and “wow factor” you can add to your photographs. While most of the discussion will center on post processing color, the workshop will also cover B&W conversion and combining B&W with selective color.

This session is designed to stimulate your creativity and help you create photos that have that “wow” factor.

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Becoming More Skilled in Digital Photography Workshop w/ John Klingel
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Becoming More Skilled in Digital Photography Workshop w/ John Klingel

Location: Offsite in Eastham (Location will be emailed by instructor)

If you have a digital camera and you’re interested in improving your photographic skills and knowledge, this workshop offers an overview of various areas you need to learn more about. If you want to do more than point-and-shoot with a digital camera, you need to learn about various aspects of digital cameras and the techniques used to take a good photo. The primary objective of this seminar is to show you all the various aspects of digital photography that you will eventually need to learn to master if you’re interested in improving your skills. This seminar is for people who don’t use manual settings, don’t shoot in RAW, don’t understand depth of field, don’t understand basic composition and don’t use software to post process their photos. And it’s also a good introduction to digital for people who have always used film.

We’ll start with the camera and talk about some of the important features of digital cameras that many people don’t use but should. Topics will include: An explanation of why cameras don’t see what the eye sees. Why shooting in RAW is important. Why you need to use manual settings to achieve proper exposure and understanding depth of field. What white balance and ISO settings to use and why the quality of light is more important than the quantity of light. You’ll also learn how to read a histogram and why it plays so important a part in producing good photographs.

I’ll also discuss some of the basic aspects of composition along with what’s involved with shooting back-lit objects, motion, bright objects, macros, and other difficult shooting situations. Most shots, even by professionals, can be improved significantly with post-processing. We’ll go through many of the adjustments you can make in post-processing. The focus here will be on giving you an understanding of what you can easily do in post-processing and how to develop skills in this area. And we’ll review various software packages that are available for post-processing .

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Watercolor in the Garden w/ Wennie Huang - two day workshop
Aug
17
9:30 AM09:30

Watercolor in the Garden w/ Wennie Huang - two day workshop

Day: Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm, each day
Cost: Members $85 | Non-Members $95

In this two-day workshop, participants will magnify garden flora to capture the shifting hues of summer light on leaves and petals, and discover the luminous effects of watercolor paints, a favorite portable color medium of plein air artists, such as the Impressionists. Each session will begin with a focused demonstration followed by individual guidance throughout the session while participants explore various techniques and visual approaches for translating their observations with this versatile and expressive, and sometimes unpredictable and surprising medium. Workshops will be conducted outside, weather-permitting.
In case of rain, flowers from the garden will be taken indoors.
For all levels.

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The Nature of Cape Cod w/ John Tunney
Sep
6
to Sep 8

The Nature of Cape Cod w/ John Tunney

Location: Orleans based (location will be emailed by instructor)

Join us for a special workshop photographing the natural beauty and wildlife of Cape Cod, including whales, seals, shorebirds and more. Instructor John Tunney will guide you from dawn to dusk through some of Cape Cod’s most scenic and fertile shooting grounds. Exploring the Lower and Outer Cape on land and water we’ll photograph unspoiled beaches, marshes and landscapes rich with coastal flora and fauna. The workshop includes a whale watch tour to photograph whales and other sea life, and a private boat tour through one of the Cape’s most scenic bays to photograph seals, birds and coastal scenes. Along the way you’ll learn techniques and tips for using your camera and lenses, composition and editing that will help take your images to a new level. The workshop also includes critiques and brief technical sessions with information about Cape Cod’s landscape and wildlife.

This workshop always sells out so book early!

What You’ll Photograph:
Beaches, birds, seals, whales, dunes, boats, harbors and marshes

What You’ll Learn:
Tips and techniques for nature, landscape and wildlife photography, and editing with Lightroom and Photoshop

What to Bring:
– Lenses: A range of wide angle to telephoto. Bring a macro if you have one
– Extra memory cards
– Extra battery and battery charger
– Tripod (It’s optional during the day, but you’ll need it for evening shoots)
– Remote shutter release (optional. your self-timer can be used instead)
Filters – Recommended, but not required: polarizer, UV and a neutral density filter or filters for long exposures
– Flashlight
– Bug spray
– Clothing – Typical summer stuff. Think layers. It will probably be warm to hot in the daytime and little cooler in the evening and early morning. Bring a poncho or other rain gear. A hat comes in handy.
– Footwear: Sneakers or sandals should be fine for most locations. A pair of duck shoes could be useful, too. We’ll often be near water, so there’s a good chance your feet may get wet.
– Laptop loaded with Photoshop, Elements or Lightroom, or your editor of choice
– Flash drive
– 10 +/- -pictures from home. These can be a combination of good, bad and
ugly. We learn from mistakes – our own and those made by others – so don’t be shy.

The cost includes the workshop, whale watch and chartered harbor cruise. Meals and lodging are not included.

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Wet into Wet (watercolor) w/ Evelyn Bernal
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Wet into Wet (watercolor) w/ Evelyn Bernal

Open to all levels

Join award-winning artist Evelyn Bernal for this exciting “Wet into Wet” watercolor workshop. This day will focus on water and the landscape. Evelyn will discuss how water and pigment move with a focus on using wet into wet techniques. The morning will consist of demos, exercises and ultimately painting waterfalls. The afternoon will be focused on painting the landscape and trees with continued demo and instruction on allowing the paint and water to move freely.

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Acadia, Schoodic & Mount Desert Isle Photography w/ John Tunney & Betty Wiley
Oct
6
to Oct 10

Acadia, Schoodic & Mount Desert Isle Photography w/ John Tunney & Betty Wiley

Join us for a special 5-day/4-night workshop on the beautiful coast of Maine as we photograph Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island. The workshop includes lodging for four nights and all meals (except one lunch and dinner in Bar Harbor) and a lobster dinner (alternatives available).

We’ll be based at the Schoodic Institute near Schoodic Point. Known as the quiet side of Acadia, the Schoodic Peninsula offers a variety of opportunities to experience Maine’s rugged coast – from the cliffs at Raven’s Nest to the summit of Schoodic Head along a spruce and fir trail to the giant slabs of pink granite that extend into the open Atlantic at Schoodic Point. Seaside villages such as Birch Harbor, Prospect Harbor and the quaint Corea feature scenes of classic downeast Maine – fishing boats, lobster traps, working docks and more. On Mount Desert Island, we’ll explore picturesque locales such as Bar
Harbor, the Acadia coast, Jordan Pond, Eagle Lake, as well as places off the beaten track.

Most days will begin with a sunrise and morning shoot, then break and free time around lunch, editing classroom lessons, discussion and reviews in the afternoon, and a late afternoon/early evening shoot.
We’ll also have an optional night shoot. The weather, sun, moon and tides will guide our itinerary.

With two instructors and a limit of 12 students, you’ll have plenty of time for personalized instruction. John and Betty will offer tips and techniques in the field and classroom to help you get the most out of
your workshop and develop your skills. Instruction includes:
– Classic and creative landscape photography
– Long exposure and camera movement
– Depth of field
– Night photography
– Use of filters
– Processing in Lightroom, Photoshop and other programs.

What’s Included:
– Four nights lodging at the Schoodic Institute. All participants will have their own private bedroom in a shared apartment. Accommodations include WiFi, DirectTV, hard line telephones, fully equipped kitchens, as well as dining and living rooms.
– All meals except one lunch and one dinner in Bar Harbor.
– Instruction with two experienced teachers and a low student:teacher ratio

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Cape Cod Landscapes:  The Art of Seeing Creatively w/ Mark Bowie
Oct
17
to Oct 20

Cape Cod Landscapes: The Art of Seeing Creatively w/ Mark Bowie

Photographically, what makes Cape Cod landscapes so special, is how light interacts with this convergence of land and sea. Learning to see the possibilities and then translate them into images can elevate our picture-taking from the commonplace to the artistic. Professional landscape photographer and night shooting expert Mark Bowie will lead this power-packed workshop to explore the Cape from pre-dawn to deep night, visiting some of its finest scenery: the ocean, beaches, dunes, coastal waterways, lighthouses and fishing villages. He’ll cover in-depth the fine art of seeing, offering innovative strategies, tips and techniques for looking deeper, refining your personal vision to creative images with feeling, that come from the heart.



We will typically shoot for several hours around sunrise and sunset each day, and other times as favorable lighting conditions present themselves. We’ll also photograph the moody blues of twilight and the Cape’s magnificent night sky. The landscape, so varied and photogenic in daylight, becomes ever-more mysterious and enchanting at night. Our schedule and selection of shooting locations will remain flexible to take best advantage of the weather and lighting conditions.

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 Macro/Tabletop Photography Workshop w/ Susan Simon
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Macro/Tabletop Photography Workshop w/ Susan Simon

Day: Sunday, March 24th
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: Members $85 | Non-Members $100

Macro and still life photography both depend on learning to pay attention to details. Whether you use natural light from a window or create your own set up with studio lighting, you can develop your own skills for composing shots where you have control of all of the elements. This class will explore different types of lighting, composition, and backgrounds, and develop your ability to visualize macro and table top shots that surprise the viewer. We will spend the first part of the day in the classroom learning the technical and compositional skills necessary to create macro and tabletop shots. Later in the day we’ll break out the cameras and use objects, produce, flowers, and a variety of lighting to practice the skills learned. Join us for an exciting day and develop your vision. 

Bring the camera that you like to use, a tripod if you have one, lunch, and your creativity. Come see the world up close and in detail!

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Fantastic Furniture Painting at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Mar
19
1:30 PM13:30

Fantastic Furniture Painting at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Turn that old side table into a masterpiece or that ugly chair into an heirloom! Transform old, unwanted, or unused pieces of furniture into works of art! If you can hold a paintbrush, you can master the techniques taught in this class. You will use acrylic paints to learn a number of basic painting techniques that will turn your piece into a unique expression of your creativity. Please join us to have some fun creating your own piece of fantastic furniture!

Participants are required to bring one sanded and primed piece of furniture -- small table, chair, candlestick, frame, jewelry box or any other wooden item of your choosing. Your piece should be structurally sound before you start to paint it. Instructions on sanding and priming your piece and types/sizes of paintbrushes will be provided prior to class. Nancy will provide instruction and a variety of acrylic paints. If you have a specific color palette in mind and have paint you would like to bring, please do so.

Tuesdays
Mar 19-May 7
1:30-4:00 pm 
in the Art Studio
8 classes
$225/$191.25 members

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Lost & Found:  The Art of Letting Go w/ Jackie Reeves
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Lost & Found: The Art of Letting Go w/ Jackie Reeves

Loosen up and stretch your creative muscles! The goal of this workshop is to explore a variety of mark-making techniques with an emphasis on finding what works for you. Playfully experiment with drawing marks, painting spills, drips, drags, imprints (etc), and collage. The idea is to let go of control, get out of your own way and push your limits, allowing the materials to take the lead as you aim to develop a small series of artworks. With step by step guidance from Jackie, you will develop your skills with design and composition as you begin editing and composing images through a process using mixed media collage.

Slide show presentations of contemporary and historical artworks will be given to demonstrate how cutting, ripping, masking, glazing, and layering paint will add intrigue to your images.

All levels welcome

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Guitar Classes for Adults with Steve G, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts
Mar
15
4:30 PM16:30

Guitar Classes for Adults with Steve G, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts

Learn to play the guitar in this Friday evening 101 class for newbies, beginners, and wannabe rock stars. You'll learn basic chords and strumming patterns to songs that you already know (and might like to sing along to!) with experienced music educator Steve Gregory. Fun and absolutely not intimidating, this class will get you started on your musical journey!

For adults and kids aged 12 and older. Younger kids may participate, too, if taking the class with a parent.Please bring your own guitar.

Fridays March 15 - May 3 4:30 - 6PM

upstairs in the Black Box

8 classes - $160/$136 members

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Photo Retouching Clinic Using Light room & Photoshop w/ John Tunney
Mar
9
1:30 PM13:30

Photo Retouching Clinic Using Light room & Photoshop w/ John Tunney

In this hands-on workshop you will learn to use the rich assortment of editing tools in both Lightroom and Photoshop to correct problem images and give your landscapes, scenics and portraits a new level of finish. Working first with sample images and then with your own pictures, you’ll learn techniques to fix exposure and color problems, remove sensor dust, power lines, lens flare and other distractions; move people, skies and other elements; add “pop” and dimensionality and more.
Who is it for?
Anyone with basic knowledge of Lightroom and/or Photoshop (including Elements) who wants to learn and practice techniques to improve their images.
What to Bring?
A laptop already loaded with Lightroom and Photoshop (or Elements) and
3-5 images on your computer. You should bring both edited and unedited
versions of the pictures.

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Mastering Light & Color with Light room & Photoshop w/ John Tunney
Mar
9
9:30 AM09:30

Mastering Light & Color with Light room & Photoshop w/ John Tunney

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to control light, shadow and color to strengthen the mood and emotional impact of your pictures. We’ll look at the work of various photographers and painters and examine how they used light and color to make their images work. We’ll then turn to Lightroom and Photoshop to discuss and practice specific techniques, including:

– Luminosity Masks in Photoshop
– Advanced techniques with the Adjustment Brush and HSL sliders in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw
– Dodge & Burn techniques to add dimensionality and “pop”
– How to enhance and add colors for a natural look
– How to deal with blown highlights and blocked shadows
– Matching and replacing colors

Who’s it for
Intermediate and up photographers with experience with Lightroom and
Photoshop. You should know how to import and do basic edits in
Lightroom, and have some experience with Photoshop.

What to bring
A laptop already loaded with a recent version of Lightroom and
Photoshop, and 2-3 unedited pictures and a flash drive.

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Anglo Irish Treaty 1921
Mar
6
7:15 PM19:15

Anglo Irish Treaty 1921

ANGLO IRISH TREATY 1921

with Sean Murphy

Wednesdays, beginning March 6
4 weeks from 7:15-8:15pm $75/$70 members

The Anglo-Irish Treaty was an agreement signed in London on the 6th of December 1921 between the government of the of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and representatives of the Irish Republic that concluded the Irish War of Independence.

It provided for the establishment of the Irish Free State within a year as a self-governing dominion within the "community of nations known as the British Empire", a status "the same as that of the Dominion of Canada". It also provided Northern Ireland, which had been created by the Government of Ireland Act 1920, an option to opt out of the Irish Free State, which it exercised. The Irish plenipotentiaries were Arthur Griffith, Edmund Duggan, Michael Collins, Robert Barton, and George Gavin Duffy.

Éamon de Valera called a cabinet meeting to discuss the treaty on 8 December, where he came out against the treaty. The Dail cabinet decided, by four votes to three, to recommend the treaty to the Dáil on 14 December.

The contents of the treaty divided the Irish Republic's leadership, with the President of the Republic, Éamon de Valera, leading the anti-treaty minority. The main dispute was centered on the status as a dominion (as represented by the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity) rather than as an independent republic, but partition was a significant matter for dissent.

The Dáil voted to approve the treaty but the objectors refused to accept it.

All students will receive a PowerPoint presentation for each class.

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Saint Patrick with Sean Murphy
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Saint Patrick with Sean Murphy

SAINT PATRICK

with Sean Murphy

Wednesdays, beginning March 6
4 weeksfrom 6-7pm $75/$70 members

Saint Patrick is the most famous person associated with Ireland. He is the Patron saint of Ireland and is recognized as having played a major role in the Christianization of Ireland.

There are many myths and legends associated with Patrick. This course will look at the historical record based on available facts and accepted understandings.

Patrick was kidnapped in Britain by Irish slave traders and taken to Ireland as a slave at age sixteen. He escaped after six years. He returned as a bishop in his forties and spent twenty five years ministering to the existing Christian community in Ireland - mostly foreign slaves and refugees - and helped to convert the indigenous Irish.

This course will examine the historical context of his mission in Ireland. This includes a review of the development of Irish society prior to his arrival; an overview of the history of Christianity in England and Ireland; an examination of the crises in Europe as the Roman Empire collapsed and how this impacted the situation in Ireland in the fourth and fifth centuries.

The class will also review the work that Saint Patrick carried out in Ireland. A special part of the class will be an examination of his writings.

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Make and Shake:  A Shekere Building Workshop
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Make and Shake: A Shekere Building Workshop

Learn to build and play an Afro-Cuban shekere (pronunciation: SHAY-kuh-ray) with musician Sam Holmstock and artist Nancy Wilde. 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. It can be played by shaking, tapping, or by rubbing or pulling on the net with the hands, and the effect is sonically similar to maracas or other shaker instruments.

The shekere is found in various forms in a wide variety of West African and Caribbean musical genres, both traditional and contemporary, and is also a mainstay in certain genres of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. Because the shekere is made of natural materials, including (usually) a real gourd, each individual instrument can vary substantially from the next in shape and size, which also affects the tone of the instrument. Part craft, part musical instruction, all FUN, the class will focus on the construction of the beaded skirt and playing the instrument after the skirt is finished.

All materials and tools, including a hollowed gourd, all beads, string, and top rope, will be provided for a $50 fee payable to Sam at the first class.

6 classes

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CapeCodCan:  Ocean Crafts with Keyhole Studio
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

CapeCodCan: Ocean Crafts with Keyhole Studio

Join CapeCodCAN and Jane Kelly, Keyhole Studio's founder/designer and creator of Plymouth's popular Fairy Door Trail, who will lead us in two sea-inspired projects using items from nature and mason jars. First a tiny faux aquarium perfect for a mermaid with a seashell decorated lid. Next. an "I Spy" beach jar with treasures fit for a pirate.

You may take your creations home or exhibit (or sell!) in the CapeCodCAN HyArts Shanty Art Show, June 13-16.

Students age 16+ of all abilities
Limit 8 students

Check out Keyhole Studio's offerings https://www.keyholestudiocreations.com

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Macro/Tabletop Photography Workshop w/ Susan Simon
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Macro/Tabletop Photography Workshop w/ Susan Simon

Macro and still life photography both depend on learning to pay attention to details. Whether you use natural light from a window or create your own set up with studio lighting, you can develop your own skills for composing shots where you have control of all of the elements. This class will explore different types of lighting, composition, and backgrounds, and develop your ability to visualize macro and table top shots that surprise the viewer. We will spend the first part of the day in the classroom learning the technical and compositional skills necessary to create macro and tabletop shots. Later in the day we’ll break out the cameras and use objects, produce, flowers, and a variety of lighting to practice the skills learned. Join us for an exciting day and develop your vision. 

Bring the camera that you like to use, a tripod if you have one, lunch, and your creativity. Come see the world up close and in detail!

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What's Your Story, Morning Glory:  Writing Class
Mar
2
9:00 AM09:00

What's Your Story, Morning Glory: Writing Class

Have you always wanted to write but worry that your story's not that interesting? Do you own a collection of blank journals that you never write in because your story's not important enough? Love to write but need a little structure to get back in the habit? What are you waiting for?

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 — also sharing through reading aloud, if you choose.

(Almost) Every damn Saturday! Drop in or buy a 6-class card — give it a try — the world requires your story.

Saturday mornings
no class Feb 23, April 27

9:00 AM -11:00 AM in the Schoolhouse Meetingroom (park at the rear left of the parking lot and follow the path near the Admin Building)

Buy 5 get 1 free! 6-class punchcard just $100 (pick up card at Box Office)

Drop-in Rate: $20 per class

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Mixed Media Level 2 with Jackie Reeves
Feb
28
1:00 PM13:00

Mixed Media Level 2 with Jackie Reeves

Don’t stop now! Keep the momentum going with this opportunity to work on your art in a relaxed, supportive, and fun studio environment. Continue developing what you started in previous classes or begin something new. Jackie will provide inspiration by showing slides, videos and books of contemporary and historical art practices and will coach individually while you work in the medium of your choice (drawing, painting, collage, fiber arts, 3D… ). There will be time for group discussions on each student’s progress throughout the 6 weeks. Take advantage of learning from others, engaging in art conversation, getting feedback on your art, meeting new people and gathering with friends to create. The Art Studio at Cotuit has a long history of bringing like-minded people together that have fostered lasting friendships and community connection. Come join us!

Materials:The studio has drawing paper, newsprint, art boards, easels, some brushes and basic drawing materials for use. All other materials must be supplied by students.

Prerequisite: mixed media class or workshop with Jackie or with special permission

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Drawing People:  Parts to Whole with Jackie Reeves
Feb
28
9:30 AM09:30

Drawing People: Parts to Whole with Jackie Reeves

Learn to draw the human figure every Thursday morning with artist and Chalkboard Studio co-founder, Jackie Reeves. Each week, we will focus on different parts of the human form: hands, feet, and portrait. Beginning with drawing from handouts and plaster casts, we will develop skills in seeing shapes, perspective, line, and form in a relaxed and fun 3-hour class. Gradually we'll assemble the shapes and parts and consider the figure as a whole, finishing the class sessions with a live model. 
Students are open to draw in any medium and are welcome to experiment with different approaches to drawing (demonstrations provided). Draw formally or keep it loose, it’s up to you. Jackie will help you reach your individual drawing goals. 

Artists of all skills welcome. Bring your own materials. Easels, masonite boards with clips and newsprint are provided.

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Watercolor Wednesdays with Rosalie
Feb
27
11:00 AM11:00

Watercolor Wednesdays with Rosalie

Contrary to popular belief, watercolor is very forgiving. It has a fluidity and transparency unlike any other medium. Prior to beginning a beautiful painting, artist and long-time instructor Rosalie McCarthy will guide you in sketching the subject (no prior drawing experience necessary). Then you'll learn glazing, brush loading, color mixing, paint lifting, and control techniques as you gradually develop your painting, allowing for adjustments along the way.

There will be ongoing individual guidance, instruction, and demonstrations in a supportive, non-intimidating, and fun atmosphere. Various papers, brushes, and equipment will be discussed together with helpful handouts to assist you on your painting journey. Beginners to advanced skill levels welcome.
$10 materials fee. If bringing your own materials, a list of necessary supplies is listed below.
Note: Pencils, brushes, water cups supplied by the instructor.

Material List

  • Masking Tape (Not Colored)

  • 9 X 12, 140 Pound, Cold Pressed Pad Watercolor Paper

  • UNGLAZED Paper Plates, Used for Palette (If glazed, paint will bead up)

  • Paper Towels

  • Grey Kneaded Eraser

  • Smock Or Old Shirt

Paints

Box of 18 Watercolors (in smaller boxes the colors too limited). Suggested brands: Marie, Reeves, Phoenix.

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Cloud Yoga:  Intro to Breath Work and Sound Meditation
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Cloud Yoga: Intro to Breath Work and Sound Meditation

Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Utilizing 2000 year old breathing techniques and cutting edge sound technology, CLOUD YOGA delivers a 2-hour, curated, mind and body experience like no other.

The curative effects of CLOUD YOGA’s deep breathing patterns, *Bionueral beats and *Solfofgeo sound waves offer a respite from our fast-paced life.

Through the use of Harmonic Tones, Quartz Crystal Bowls, and Symphonic Gongs, CLOUD YOGA creates a “Sound Bath” which provides the participants the guided opportunity to deeply connect to their inner world and completely release emotional stress, excessive mind chatter, and physical tension allowing the mind and body to re-balance. Tune in and unwind into bliss.

The Ancients discovered the amazing healing element of sound thousands of years ago. Today, the scientific community is uncovering why these simple rituals have powerfully lasting effects.

Every Wednesday through April 17

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Intro to Photoshop with Bob Singer
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Photoshop with Bob Singer

Photoshop is a wonderfully versatile program for manipulating your photos and creating unique designs all by editing pixels. Taught by juried master photographer/instructor Bob Singer, this class is ideal for photographers, bloggers, designers, and creatives of all types!

In this class, you’ll learn how to adjust and modify your images to take them from good to amazing. Prepare to dive in head first and tackle all of Photoshop’s most powerful tools. Discover best practices that every photographer and photo retoucher will benefit from. Never look at the dozens of tools and their endless amount of options the same way again.

Please bring your laptop and download at least the trial version of Photoshop. 

5 weeks

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Photography 101 Winter 2019 with Sue Simon
Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

Photography 101 Winter 2019 with Sue Simon

The secret to taking better pictures rests in discovering how to more effectively use your camera, regardless of what kind of camera you are using. All cameras work by recording light that passes through a lens to fall on a digital sensor, capturing the pictures that you have arranged and exposed. Learn how to use your controls, adjustments, and abilities to help you take and make better pictures.

Join fine art photographer/photography instructor Susan Simon in this five-week class as you uncover the essentials of photography from equipment to techniques that can help you produce better results. You’ll gain a better, fuller understanding of:

  • What your camera’s or device’s controls do and when and how to use them

  • The various program settings and what they do.

  • The important relationship between size of your lens opening (f/stop), shutter speed and ISO setting

  • Effectively capturing a scene’s or subject’s full tonal range

  • Controlling noise (graininess)

  • The basics of composition and how to apply those guidelines to improve your images

  • What to include and avoid…and why

  • Ways to improve your artistic vision and translate it into images with impact.

You’ll become more comfortable with your camera, cell phone, or tablet as you refine your skills to “catch the moments” that will leave you with improved skills and better images!

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Photoshop:  A Crash Course w/ John Tunney
Feb
23
1:30 PM13:30

Photoshop: A Crash Course w/ John Tunney

Learn the essential tools and techniques to make your photos look their best using Adobe Photoshop (or Elements). Working with sample images, you’ll learn how to adjust exposure and colors, make precise local adjustments, remove everything from dust spots to telephone lines and people, replace skies and more, including key editing tips and tricks used by professional photographers to give their pictures extra pop and finish.

Who is it for?
Anyone new to Photoshop, including Lightroom users who want to get started using Photoshop and those who need a refresher course.

What to Bring
A laptop pre-loaded with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and basic computer skills. Bring 3-5 unedited images in jpeg or RAW format.

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Making Art with your Android w/ Laura Cosgrove
Feb
23
1:00 PM13:00

Making Art with your Android w/ Laura Cosgrove

Laura Cosgrove is a digital artist who works with her Android phone to create atmospheric images and portraits. In this workshop, we will share with you the apps that work best for Android users and give tips for how to use them and combine them with other amazing apps to produce unique digital art images.

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Acrylic Painting-Intermediate/Advanced w/ Odin Smith
Feb
22
9:30 AM09:30

Acrylic Painting-Intermediate/Advanced w/ Odin Smith

Find out why acrylic is one of the hottest trends in making art. Become familiar with the techniques to best use this exciting medium. Learn to use stronger values, better composition, and more dynamic color to give your work strength, depth and interest. Beginners to intermediates will learn to use this expressive medium to bring light and life to their paintings, and most importantly, bring a sense of self to their work.

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New!  Mixed Media Drawing w/ Ann Guillani
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

New! Mixed Media Drawing w/ Ann Guillani

Maybe you are not sure about drawing or feel that you can’t draw a straight line. Or maybe you are interested in learning a completely new way to approach drawing or maybe you are stuck in the quagmire of depending on one media and afraid to use your drawing skills with a different media.

This course is for the rank beginner as well as the advanced student. You will receive the basics in drawing with sighting skills, perspective and shading and composition, but you will also have the opportunity to explore different media…even with brush and ink as a drawing tool. There is an aesthetic to Drawing that is worthy to explore and will also enhance your own Art Appreciation.

There is no limitation on the media you use. Even collage. The choice is yours. We will explore a wide range of approaches to drawing. “There is No One Way to Draw”

We will also explore a wide range of subjects from still life, to landscape and the human figure.

You will also learn how to draw from observation as well as using photo references.

DRAWING IS THE PERSONAL AND MOST DIRECT PATHWAY TO EXPRESSION. My job as an instructor is to introduce this multi-faceted approach to drawing that actually frees you up so you can dis­cover that you really can draw.

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One on One Oil Painting w/ Sean Cassidy
Feb
21
9:30 AM09:30

One on One Oil Painting w/ Sean Cassidy

This course is for the beginner or the advanced beginner. Students will be asked to work from still life and from photographic reference of their choice. The goal is to understand how “to see” the world in a new way and learn to express that through the medium of oil painting. Sean will give individual instruction to you as he walks around to critique your work and give individual attention.

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New!  Painting with Pure Pigment:  Pastels 101 w/ Eileen Casey
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

New! Painting with Pure Pigment: Pastels 101 w/ Eileen Casey

Find your own artistic voice and become a pastel painter!

Learn pastel basics about available materials, including various hard and soft pastels, sanded and prepared surfaces, as well as pastel painting techniques. There will be a focus on drawing, design and composition, using value studies and quick color exercises. Enjoy the process of working with pastels with one-on-one support.

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Beginner/Intermediate Acrylics w/ Oden Smith
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

Beginner/Intermediate Acrylics w/ Oden Smith

Find out why acrylic is the hottest trend in making art. Become familiar with the techniques of this exciting medium. Beginners to intermediates will learn to use stronger values, better composition, and more dynamic color to give your work strength, depth and interest. Learn to use these expressive mediums to bring light and life to your paintings, and most importantly, bring sense of self to your work.

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The Accidental Masterpiece w/ Ed Chesnovitch
Feb
20
1:00 PM13:00

The Accidental Masterpiece w/ Ed Chesnovitch

Striving for perfection leads to paralysis! Let go and allow your art to take place without preconceived notions. The journey an artist strives for is to arrive at a place where discoveries happen. Leave your comfort zone, and enter a world of exciting and expressive painting. Give yourself permission to play! This class will focus on paintings that have light, color and attitude! Working on various grounds, we will explore shapes, edges, patterns of light and dark, positive and negative space, bold vs. neutral color, under painting techniques, and fearless mark making to push your paintings further. Learn to simplify your approach, and develop a personal style where happy accidents are welcome! Individual attention and group discussions of student work and contemporary painting practices. ALL MEDIUMS, and mixed media welcome. You bring the supplies you want to work with. Any questions, contact Ed at ecart@comcast.net

*Not a beginner’s class

Bring what you can afford! Don’t worry if you don’t have everything!

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New!  Colors of Winter:  Drawing and Painting Nature w/ Ellen Duarte
Feb
20
12:15 PM12:15

New! Colors of Winter: Drawing and Painting Nature w/ Ellen Duarte

Winter can make the natural world seem dreary and gray, but there is still plenty of color to be found. Find pleasure and inspiration in winter colors, whether it be earth, or sea, or sky. Exercise and hone your observational and color mixing skills as you work to render your chosen subject in watercolor. Demonstrations in drawing, tonal study, and watercolor techniques, along with discussion and critique, will guide your progress, expand your knowledge, and strengthen your art making skills.
All levels are welcome.

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The Experimental Masters w/ Mary Moquin
Feb
20
9:15 AM09:15

The Experimental Masters w/ Mary Moquin

You have the basic skills, you can paint what something “looks” like with relative ease, but now it’s time to expand your artistic vocabulary and that comes through experimentation. We often fall into patterns of working and develop limiting beliefs of what painting is “supposed to be”. I will challenge those beliefs and ask you questions to help you figure out that direction your work wants to go in. All mediums are welcome and there is also a press so print-making techniques can be explored and incorporated.

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Branching Out Drawing Nature with Ink and Washw/ Ellen Duarte
Feb
20
9:00 AM09:00

Branching Out Drawing Nature with Ink and Washw/ Ellen Duarte

Explore texture and color in the many branches, dead leaves, and small animals of winter through drawing and painting. Strengthen your observation and drawing skills with graphite and ink in this mixed media class. Add color with watercolor washes to complete the drawings. Demonstrations in graphite, micron pen, crow quill pen, and watercolor will provide basic tools for creating beautiful art and illustrations inspired by nature.
All levels welcome.

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