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Art Classes

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Materials lists for classes are listed at the bottom of this page. 

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POTTERY CLASSES with Nat Doane, Harry Holl Clay Studio Manager


Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery   Closed

8 weeks / Mondays, Jan 12 - March 2 / 6 - 8 pm
Members: $215   Not-yet members: $240   ($45 materials fee included in the price)
Focusing on the fundamentals of “throwing” on the potter’s wheel, these classes are an introduction to the basic visual and technical issues involving ceramic forms. Through demonstrations and individual assistance, Nat helps each student develop skills using the potter’s wheel to create functional forms such as cups, bowls and vases. These classes are appropriate for absolute beginners as well as those with some experience.


Intermediate/Advanced Pottery   CLOSED
8 weeks / Tuesdays, Jan 13 - March 3 / 6 - 8:30 pm
Members: $235   Not-yet members: $260   ($45 materials fee included in the price)

Those who have taken the beginner's class, or who have some other experiences with the wheel, will find this a great class to continue developing skills and techniques in pottery-making.


Open Clay Studio
Thursdays, Jan 15 - March 5 / 6 - 8 pm  
Per individual session: Members $30  Not-yet Members $45.00
Students must use CCMA clay.  Clay price including bisque firing is $21.00
Students must call to register for Open Clay Studio: 508-385-4477 ext 26
Previous clay experience required.

Beginning Wheel-Thrown Pottery  
8 weeks / Fridays, Jan 16 - March 6 / 10 am - 1 pm
Members: $260   Not-yet members: $285  ($45 materials fee included in the price)  Call for availability
Focusing on the fundamentals of “throwing” on the potter’s wheel, these classes are an introduction to the basic visual and technical issues involving ceramic forms. Through demonstrations and individual assistance, Nat helps each student develop skills using the potter’s wheel to create functional forms such as cups, bowls and vases.


Handbuilding with Clay
8 weeks / Wednesdays, January 14 - March 4 / 10 am - Noon
Members: $215  Non-members: $240  ($45 materials fee included in the price)

Discover the processes used to create functional clay forms with hand building. Learn the methods of construction such as coiling and slab building as well as an overview of ceramic materials, surface treatments, and glazing.  We will be making a variety of forms from tumblers to teapots. No experience needed, this course is a great intro to clay!


Introduction to Relief Sculpture with Clay  CLOSED
8 weeks / Wednesdays, January 14 - March 4 / 1 - 3 pm
Members: $215  Non-members: $240 ($45 materials fee included in the price)

Explore volume, space, line, and texture, to create an original sculptural composition in clay.  Learn clay modeling, mold casting and an overview of bas relief sculpture. Bas relief is an exciting and varied form of sculpture.  We will begin with a flat surface that can be carved into or built upon. This class is suited for both beginner and those with experience.

2015 Winter Classes   

Discovering Mixed Media & Collage
Christy King
8 weeks / Tuesdays, Jan 13 - March 3 / 10 am - Noon
Members: $155  Non-members: $175 (Price includes $25 materials fee)

    Discover the unexpected power of working with different objects and mixed media to enhance your creative expression. From collage materials to stamping and/or relief printing, utilizing various papers, and exploring transfer methods, students will be guided through a process of gathering, assembling and creating unique and compelling compositions. This class will work with altering books, small boxes, create masks and other wondrous art-making endeavors. Students can bring personal collage materials, but most supplies and materials are provided. Great fun in a creative, supportive and enthusiastic environment!



Introduction to Oil Painting
Melanie McGraw
6 weeks / Tuesdays, Jan 13 - February 17 / 1 - 4 pm
Members: $140     Non-members: $165

    This class welcomes beginning, intermediate and advanced students with an introduction to the materials and techniques of oil painting with an emphasis in classical painting techniques. Safe painting habits, preparing surfaces, composition, drawing, perspective and color theory / harmony are also covered. Specific instruction on the steps to complete an oil painting, demonstrations and individual attention is provided for each student to ensure success!  Scroll down for materials list - below classes and workshops.




Art of the British Isles
Liz Mumford
6 weeks / Wednesdays, Jan 14 - Feb 18 / 10 am - Noon
Members: $95   Non-members: $110

    Travel through time learning about the Art of the British Isles. Each session will concentrate on different eras and the art forms that reflect that time and place. You'll want to make vacation plans the minute this class is over! 
 Each class will focus on a particular era:
1. Prehistoric, Roman, and early Medieval
2. Romanesque / Norman, Gothic, late Medieval
3. Tudor & Stuart England in the 16th and 17th centuries
    The impact of the Protestant reformation
    Puritanism, Restoration, & the Baroque
4. 18th century, the Hanoverian Era
    The age of Enlightenment & Neoclassicism
5. 18th century & early 19th century
    Romanticism & the Victorian era
6. Late 19th & early 20th centuries
    Victoria through World War I
Image: Thomas Gainsborough, "Portrait of a Lady"


Liz Mumford
8 weeks / Wednesdays, Jan 14 - March 4 / 1 - 3 pm
Members: $140   Non-members: $165

Develop basic drawing skills using the elements of line, form, texture and value. Varied exercises and mark-making materials will create an understanding of essential drawing methods.


Drypoint with Monoprint & Chine Colle Printmaking  CLOSED
Leslie Kramer
6 weeks / Thursdays, Jan 15 - Feb 19 / 9:30 am - Noon
Members: $140   Non-members: $165    $25 materials fee payable to instructor

    Learn drypoint, one of the most direct printmaking techniques ,combined with  monoprint and chine colle, an elegant method of adding colored papers to your prints .  We will draw lines directly on our plexiglass plates with a pointed stylus to create the image. We’ll use Japanese rice paper and found papers as well as painterly techniques of monoprinting to add color and texture to our prints.  You will learn how to print a small edition of your work and proper labeling of prints.  You may bring line drawings with you to the first class, but we will also work on sketches during class time.  No previous experience required.  Beginner to advanced.


Woodblock Printmaking   CLOSED
Alice Nicholson Galick
5 weeks / Wednesdays, Jan 14 - Feb 11 / 9 am - Noon
Members: $165  Non-members: $190  (Price includes $25 materials fee)

    This class explores woodcut for participants with some printmaking experience. Students will use 3/8 Shina Japanese plywood (soft). Designs will be transferred to the wood with a plan for multiple prints and experimenting with monoprints. We will begin with traditional printing of our cut blocks and then discover the infinite possibilities you can explore with two designs printed together with 2-3 layers of color.
    We will cover transfer and results, carving techniques, a variety of etching and litho inks, color and transparency, registration (one print over another), appropriate papers, which could be rice papers, Kozo, Mulberry, Kitikata, or other woodblock print papers. Papers will be available for purchase or you may wish to bring your own.
    Provided: Students will have 2 blocks of Shina (choice of 8x10 or 9x12), all inks, tracing paper and brayers.
    Students should bring carving tools*, small rags, drawings or designs to work from, pencils, a notebook.

* Dick Blick Art Supplies offers very inexpensive sets of wood carving tools ranging from $16 -$34. Handles vary and look for what you think would be comfortable in your hand.


Jewelry with Precious Metal Clay - Beginning and Intermediate      
Kim Rumberger
6 weeks / Saturdays, Jan 17 - February 21 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Members: $140  Non-members: $165

    Students will gain a basic understanding about Precious Metal Clay, (PMC), which is a pliable substance that fuses into solid metal when fired. Basic techniques for forming, shaping, texturing, finishing and polishing will be covered, as well as tool use and care. Students will complete their own pieces using fine silver clay, which can be worn or given as gifts. The use of a variety of other artistic skills will be encouraged to create unique pieces. Some basic supplies will be provided, but all other supplies are not included (including PMC) and can be purchased from the instructor. This intermediate class will morph into an ongoing workshop. We will also be exploring some more advanced techniques including individual torch firing (for certain small pieces), incorporating resin as a finish, three-dimensional projects and Kuem-Boo.
Great fun, and your finished pieces will be amazing! Please scroll down for materials list.
For questions: e-mail kimrumberger@metalandbeads.com 


Acrylic Painting   CLOSED
Michael A. Giaquinto
8 weeks / Fridays, Jan 16 - March 6 / 9 – 11 am
Members: $130  Non-members: $150

    Learn the fundamentals of using acrylic paints starting with the primary colors, mixing paints, proper use of brushes, composition and more. Develop skills, improve your techniques, and create original art with individual attention and support along the way! This painting class is designed for the novice or beginner to intermediate.  It’s good studio time for those who just want to improve their painting skills.







White Line Woodblock Printing
Suzanne M. Packer
2 Mondays, January 26 and February 2 / 10 am - 3 pm
Members: $130   Non-members: $150

    White line woodblock printing is a print method which does not require a printing press or toxic inks. The prints are cut on a single woodblock. The colors, applied with a brush, are watercolors and a spoon is used to transfer the image onto the paper. This is a unique way to create original images of many colors.
    The workshop will give a bit of the history of this print method, then cover all of the steps from the initial drawing, through the cutting of the block, applying the paint and pulling the image. Each student will finish the workshop with a print ready to mat and frame. There will be much individual instruction along with demonstrations by Suzanne. Bring a lunch for the lunch break when there will be the sharing of ideas.




Please register early! Enrollment is first-come, first-served basis.

To register online:
Click on appropriate underlined price.
To register by mail:
CCMoA, P.O. Box 2034, Dennis, MA 02638
To register by phone:
508-385-4477 ext 20
CCMoA members receive a reduction in class fees. Click here to
become a member.
Adult classes are open to high school students.

Materials lists are provided below. Also see class descriptions for specific information. Questions? Call 508-385-4477 ext 20


Cape Cod Museum of Art is not responsible for materials or artwork left on the premises.

Materials Lists for Selected Classes

Introduction to Oil Painting with Melanie McGraw
Palette: preferably wood or glass; 11 x 16 is a good standard size
Oil paint colors: Titanium White, Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow (can be replaced with Winsor & Newton's Winsor Yellow Deep), Cadmium Red (can be replaced with Winsor & Newton's Winsor Red), Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue
Metal palette cups with caps (2 singles or a double)
Brushes: Natural bristles, Filbert Style - sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 
Canvas: 6 - nothing smaller than 8 x 10 and nothing larger than 11 x 14; an assortment of sizes is good. Recommended: primed canvas or linen boards, panels and primed stretched canvas
Odorless Turpenoid - 4 or 8 oz - made by Weber
8 oz - 12 oz brush washing container, metal or glass, with lid
Liquin Original (by Winsor & Newton) smallest size
Paper towels, paper trash bag


Drawing - Liz Mumford
Sketch book, pencils, eraser


Basic Acrylic Painting - Michael Giaquinto 
Colors – Carbon or Ivory Black, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cobalt Blue, Titanium White.  150ml tubes. These are 3 Primary Colors plus Black and White
Brushes: Variety of sizes for acrylic paint + 2” wide brush (inexpensive)
Canvas Boards or Stretched Canvas; 11” x 14” or 12” x 16”
12 x 16 Palette Pad
One empty coffee can for water.

Clean rags or a roll of paper towels


Beginning Acrylic Painting All Levels
Primary Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, plus White and Black,
Brushes: Variety of sizes for acrylic paint + 2” wide brush (cheap)
Canvas Boards or Stretched Canvas; 11” x 14” or 12” x 16”
One empty coffee can; for cleaning brushes
Clean rags or a roll of paper towels
Call Michael if you have any questions: 508-385-4477 ext. 11


WHITE LINE WOODBLOCK PRINTING with Suzanne M. Packer, instructor
X-ACTO knife with a #11 pointed blade
news print, small pad to make drawings on, 9 x 12
soft drawing pencil
white colored pencil or another light color
sheet of carbon paper or graphite transfer paper
water color paints in tubes
small paint brush with point
small paint brush with straight edge
china dish to mix colors on or a watercolor palette with sections
jar for water
paper towels
small piece of fine sand paper
masking tape
a photo of one of your paintings or a photo of a scene or subject you like
metal spoon
metal edged ruler, 12 inch or longer (or borrow mine in the class)
The following I will provide if you do not wish to buy in quantity:
    3/8” Shina plywood, can be cut on both sides, therefore two prints, one board, $12.00 or 12 x 12 pine board, $4.00
    3 thumb tacks, 15 cents for 3
    tracing paper, per sheet, $1.00
    Rives BFK - white, per sheet, 4 prints per sheet, $5.65, or $1.41 for one cut

Jewelry from Precious Metal Clay with Kim Rumberger
Notebook and pen for notes
Tool box/container or some kind of organizer for storing and transporting supplies
A deck of cards
2 paint brushes: size 1 round, size 2 flat
An airline carry-on bottle kit (with one spray bottle, several other liquid bottles (found at CVS, KMart, etc.)



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The Cape Cod Museum of Art is located in Dennis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. It is close to the following owns and villages:
Barnstable, Brewster,Centerville, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Harwich Port, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Marstons Mills,
Orleans, Osterville, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, Yarmouthport
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