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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03/18/2015 - Ikebana
Japanese Flower Arranging-Ichiyo School

Ikebana combines the use of Line, Color, and Space to create beautiful arrangements using a minimum of flowers and branches.  In this class we will discuss the basic rules of Ikebana with a demonstration of arrangements.  Students will then create their own arrangements.

Wednesday, March 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $25, plus $5 materials fee for flowers

Instructor: Mary Deitch
Ages: Adults
No experience required.
Bring flower clippers and a medium sized low container.  If you have a "frog" (kenzan), bring one that will fit in your container to hold the flowers in place.  If you don't have a "frog," you can indicate that on an email reminder you'll receive before the class.



Chalk Paint 101- Back by Popular Demand!

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.

Wednesday, March 18,  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



02/25/2015 - The Art of the Horse: Basic Anatomy, Motion and Expression  CLASS IS CLOSED

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.


03/12/2015 - Getting Ready to Write  NEW DATE

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.  This class does not require sharing of personal information, rather, how to play with words.

Thursday, March 12, 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

03/26/2015 - ULTRA: Codebreaking in World War II

An exploration of the importance of Allied codebreaking in the victory over the Axis forces in WWII with a brief look at earlier code making and breaking methods. Emphasis will be on the historial aspects of codebreaking rather than the mathematical intricacies of codes with some attention being paid to the workings of the infamous Enigma machine used by the Germans to create their encrytped messages. We'll also look at the Chincoteague connection.

Thursday, March 26, 2015  7-9pm
Cost: $10  free for Chincoteague Veterans

Instructor: Jerry West
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.
All supplies included

04/02/2015 - Swing Into Spring

Join us for a lively evening of East Coast Swing dancing - a fun, energetic dance with great music from different decades.  Couples and singles will learn lead and follow and some stylish moves. Taught by Cookie Bell, a well-known professional dance instructor from northern Virginia.

Thursday, April 2, 2015  7-9pm
Cost: $25 

Instructor: Cookie Bell
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.  Participants should dress in comfortable clothes and wear shoes with smooth soles.

03/25/2015 - You Can Do Better Than Stick Figures: Drawing People

Nancy West will teach a one day workshop for beginners and more experienced artists focusing on drawing the human figure,

Wednesday, March 25, 2015  1-4pm
Cost: $35

Instructor: Nancy West
Ages 18 and up
No experience required.
All supplies included

05/05/2015 - The Most Beautiful Melodies Ever Sung

This class is a guided listening experience through some of the most memorable and popular arias of the most widely respected operas of the Western music tradition. Video performances by some of world’s famed opera stars will provide the music. The setting for each aria will be described along with the plot of the opera in which it is performed. During the discussion of the arias, answer to these questions will be explored: 1) What is opera? 2) How does opera differ from Broadway musicals? 3) What is the difference among opera Seria, opera buffa, grand opera? 4) What are the components to opera: overture, recitative, aira, chorus? 6) How does singing opera differ from singing pop songs? The class will open with an exploration of how traditional folk song styles informed the development of European opera. In particular the class will hear three styles that informed the invention of opera: the troubadour tradition of Occitana, the bardic traditions of the Near East and the sean-nos style of Irish ballads.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cost: $30 
Instructor: Bill Troxler
Ages 14 and up
No experience required.
All supplies included