Food, Arts, & Island Living

Photography Fundamentals: Capturing Springtime 
Instructor: Maria Thibodeau

This class is an introduction to the basics of photography. The course will cover everything that the beginning photographer needs to take control of their camera and move beyond the “auto” settings — including exposure, light, composition, and post-processing. It is recommended that students have a DSLR camera with manual controls in order to take full advantage of the class material. 

Maria Thibodeau is a professional photographer who lives year-round on Martha’s Vineyard and works in a variety of photography contexts, including journalism, event photography, family photography, and studio photography. She regularly photographs a range of community events and portraits of local and not-so-local people for the Vineyard Gazette. Her photos have also been published nationally in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post More work can be seen on her website: www.mariathibodeauphotography.com.

6 Mondays, 5:50-7:30PM
April 1, 8, 22, 29 | May 6, 13
MVRHS: 511
Fee: $175

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Leadership in a Democracy & My Responsibility (required textbook: see below)

Instructor: Marge Harris 

What is a good leader and what characteristics do good leaders possess?  This course will review four former U.S. Presidents and their struggles with personal and professional crises. 

Students will read presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s latest book Leadership, In Turbulent Times, and discuss the elements of leadership as found in these histories. Students will discuss common traits, characteristics, and events that shaped the leadership of four U.S. Presidents. Students will also discuss how leadership transcends politics and influences a plethora of other arenas including the classroom, large and small businesses, farm & field. 

Discussions will be based on the REQUIRED TEXT: “Leadership; In Turbulent Times,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Students are required to purchase the book by the start of the course. 

Marge Harris is a retired professor from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to university teaching, she was a social studies teacher at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for 27 years. She has her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, earned three master’s degrees in the social sciences and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the co-author of Reading with writing in mind: A guide for middle and high school educators. 

6 Thursdays, 6:00-7:30PM
March 14, 21, 28 | April 4, 11, 25
MVRHS: TBD
Fee: $150

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POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2019


MV Museum Presents The Vineyard and the World (beginning January 29th) – February 12th Class cancelled due to weather. Class will resume Feb 19th. 

Instructor: Bowdoin Van Riper

Come and learn in the beautiful backdrop of the new Martha’s Vineyard Museum!  Students will spend five weeks exploring the history of the Vineyard’s relationship to the rest of the world, from wandering Vikings and marauding redcoats to far-flung whalers and Portuguese immigrants.

Everyone but the Wampanoag came to Martha’s Vineyard “from away,” crossing the waters that separate the Island from the mainland? Vineyarders have also, for centuries, crossed the same waters as they fanned out across the world in search of wealth, adventure, or a better life. This five-week course is a fast-paced survey of the history of the Vineyard that follows those two intertwined stories exploring how our Island shaped . . . and was shaped by . . . the wider world.

Week 1: Erickson, Gosnold, Mayhew & Pease, 1000-1650

Week 2: The Vineyard and the Atlantic World, 1650-1800

Week 3: Far from Home: Vineyarders Abroad, 1780-1940

Week 4: Come From Away: Portuguese Immigration, 1780-1940

Week 5: Lifeline to America:  Boats, Trains, and Automobiles, 1865-yesterday

A. Bowdoin Van Riper is self-described “third-generation wash-ashore,”  Bowdoin (“Bow”) first came to the Vineyard at the age of 4 months, and has been a year-round resident since 2011. A history professor for 21 years, he’s now Research Librarian at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, and editor of the MVM Quarterly. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 17 books, including the photographic history Edgartown (2018).

5 Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30PM February 12th Class cancelled due to weather. Class will resume Feb 19th. 
January 29 | February 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Martha’s Vineyard Museum, 151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven
Fee: $150

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Cake Decorating

Instructor: Val Stoyer, Val Cakes 

Learn how to pipe frosting like a pro! Borders, stars, shells, rosettes and basket-weave. Take home the tricks of the trade, along with your own decorated mini-cake. Chef Valerie of Val Cakes will work with you so you can learn to create your own confectionery masterpiece.

Valerie (Val) Stoyer is a pastry chef and owner of Val Cakes, gained a following for her beautiful wedding cakes and delicious French macaroons. Stoyer also creates delicious cookies including favorites like chocolate chip, sugar, peanut butter and flavored shortbreads. 

3 Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
March 21, 28 |April 4
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $135, includes materials

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Indian Cooking – 

Instructor: Uma Datta

Learn to cook Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, appetizers and snacks from different parts of India using all fresh ingredients without preservatives! Enjoy the flavors of curry and saffron with fresh ingredients like vegetables, lentils, and chicken. Students will also learn about the medicinal properties of the many spices she incorporates.

Uma Datta is a caterer and has a rich history of hosting cooking classes on the Island.

5 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm (7.5 hours)
February 6, 13, 20 | March 5, 6

Please note the March 13th class was rescheduled for March 5th. An email was sent to all students. 

MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $189, includes materials

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Artisan Breads from Around the World 

Instructor: Teri Culletto, The Village Baker

Artisan bread is best described by thinking about the individual who makes the bread. The artisan baker is a craftsperson who is trained to the highest ability to mix, ferment, shape, and bake a hand crafted loaf of bread.

This fun, interactive class will teach you methods and techniques to produce excellent yeasted breads that will impress your family and friends. Bake savory and sweet breads, learn about various flours, grains and the nutritional values associated with each and kitchen tool tips and tricks! Come and break bread with us!

Teri is a professional baker who appreciates the experience of baking with and for family and friends. She has received her training at Johnson and Wales and the King Arthur Baking School in Norwich, VT.

5 Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm
February 7, 14, 21 | March 7, 14
MVRHS: Culinary Arts Kitchen
Fee: $189, includes materials

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