Chincoteague Island - CCA Classes - Art Music & More

FALL 2014/WINTER 2015 (more classes soon, check back often!)

CCA offers great hands-on classes. Learn a new skill, take the next step in an art you know, or just satisfy your curiosity. Classes are held at the CCA Headquarters unless otherwise noted in the class description. Register with a credit card online or in-person (cash or check only) at Sundial Books on Main Street. Be sure to subscribe to our E-Newsletter to keep informed of upcoming events. Check this page often for new classes or changes...

For more information, read about our instructors and see our current class offering is listed below.
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BYOF (Bring Your Own Fruit) Still Life Oil Painting

Nancy Richards West introduces students to the basic techniques of oil painting.  You bring some fruit to arrange for a still life and some brushes, and Nancy will get you started using oils.  You'll leave with your own work of art and a snack.

Tuesday November 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $35, plus $15 materials fee

Instructor: Nancy Richards West
Ages 18 and up
No experience required. Some drawing experience is helpful.
Instructor will supply all paints, canvases, solvents.  Students should bring some fruit for a still life and brushes.


Chalk Paint 101

Have you ever seen a worn out piece of furniture with good bones and said I wish I could save that?  Chalk paint is an amazing way to repurpose old furniture for a fraction of the cost of new.  The color choices are limited only by your imagination.  This class will be for the beginner, but be warned, it is addictive!  We will learn what chalk paint is, how to make our own (another way to save) and paint and wax a small piece of furniture.

Thursday, December 4, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $35, plus $10 materials fee

Instructor: Cindy Faith Oehm
Ages 12 and up
No experience required.
Instructor will supply all materials except for gloves which may be used while sanding, and a small piece of wooden furniture like a small end table or chair


The Art of Dying Well: Write Your Own Advanced Directive

Deborah Ullmann will facilitate a class where you write your own Advanced Directive, a legal document which directs who will make your health care decisions when you are unable and what powers and instructions they should follow. We all want to prepare for the future and not be a burden on our families. By drafting your own Advanced Directive, you can insure that a person that you trust will be making decisions when you are unable due to unconsciousness, Alzheimer’s, or dementia. You can also give instructions to your health care agent concerning feeding tubes, respirators, pain medication, and other important decisions. Ms. Ullmann will be providing a form Advanced Directive which has been approved by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. This Advanced Directive is also valid in Virginia health care facilities. Ms. Ullmann is donating her instructor's fee to the CCA Building Fund.

Thursday, January 15, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $25

Instructor: Deborah Ullmann
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.
Instructor will supply all materials.  Students should bring contact information (name, address and phone number) for the people that you are considering appointing as your health care agent.


The Art of the Horse: Basic Anatomy, Motion and Expression

Whether you want to paint horses close up and personal or have them in the far corners of your work, this class will help you make them believable.  We will explore what to look for, and what to leave out.

January/February 2015  Date and Time TBA one 3-hour session
Cost: $35

Instructor: Lynne Lockhart
Ages 12 and up
No experience required.
Class is open to all media, from pencil sketch to oil.  Students should bring their own supplies, sketch book, canvas or paper

I Always Wanted to Play That - Banjos, Diddley Bows, Bouzoukis and More...

Join John Beam and Bill Troxler, two of Chincoteague's best musicians, for a two-hour romp exploring musical instruments. John and Bill will demonstrate a variety of acoustical instruments, explain the history of the instruments and speak about how the instruments fit within musical traditions.  Whether or not you aspire to play, this class will also be a house concert delivered by two master musicians with decades of performance and recording experience.  There will be time available for hands-on experience with a guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, autoharp, whistle, ukulele, concertina, diddley bow, hammer dulcimer and bouzouki.

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $25

Instructor: Bill Troxler and John Beam
Ages 14 and up
No experience required.
Instructor will supply all materials.

I Had No Idea - A Beer Tasting   This Class is Closed!

We can all be beer drinkers now! Now that craft brewing in the U.S. and elsewhere has become more than a cottage industry, there is literally a style available for everyone.
To find your inner beer drinker, join Daryl and John as they introduce you not only to the various styles of beer, but how to drink them, and what to drink them with.  Gain a much-welcome appreciation for the substance that some believe is an ingredient of, or maybe even the cause of, civilized life

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost: $25, plus $10 materials fee

Instructor: John Beam and Daryl Chrisman
Ages 21 and up
No experience required.
Instructor will supply all materials.