Chincoteague Island - CCA Classes - Art Music & More

Winter/Spring 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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02/25/2015 - 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.  This during the class we will visit the Beebe Ranch on Chincoteague and sketch directly from pony models.

February 25, 2015  1:00-4:00
Cost: $35 plus $5 model fee

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, and a digital camera or phone for reference photos. Class is limited to 12 students.



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.

Date to be Announced
Cost: $25

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


03/05/2015 - Getting Ready to Write

As part of the new Chincoteague Island Writers’ Project, Lisa Cannon, local author and creative writing teacher, will offer some first steps to writing.  Whether you are already writing for yourself or have just dreamed of writing, Lisa will guide you through some exercises to help get you started and dispel fears of putting pen to paper.  Open to all who are interested in any form of creative writing: the only requirement is your willingness to try and to share at least some portion of the exercises in this small supportive environment.

Thursday, March 5, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cost: $25

Instructor: Lisa Cannon
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.
Bring a notebook and pen or pencil

02/17/2015 - Free Writing Workshop

As part of the new Chincoteague Island Writers’ Project, CCA offers an ongoing weekly free writing workshop starting February 17, open to adults wanting to start writing or improve their writing skills in all genres: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sketch, memoir, drama.  The format will be an initial exercise to practice a particular skill.  Then members may stay and write privately in a quiet atmosphere.  The only requirement is that you be willing to share with other members of the workshop some of what you have written from class exercises or from elsewhere, and that you be willing to provide supportive suggestions to other members.  For those who wish, we plan to provide spoken word, publishing, blogging, and podcasting opportunities.  Although the workshops are free, you must register either on-line at classes@chincoteagueculturalalliance, or in person at Sundial Books.

Tuesdays, starting February 17, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Cost: free but must register in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at Sundial Books
with your name, phone number, and email address, and your starting date.
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.
Bring a notebook and pen or penci