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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Fall 2017

Registration Deadline 12/22/2017
Payment Deadline 12/22/2016

Through an integrated program of classes, community celebrations, and public art, Musketaquid promotes a discovery of the arts, a connection to place and nature, and environmental activism. See below for Adult, Family, Teen and Youth programs.

ADULT CLASSES

Basket Making:  Cache baskets
Make cordage out of day lily leaves to use in the weaving design of several small storage or “cache” baskets.  These baskets are great as a container for potted plants, organizing items on your desk or dresser, or as a “catch all” by the front door.  Once the student understands the basic set up, baskets can be designed for a specific size
Ages: Adult 16+ Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, October 12, 19, 26 Cost: $90   Materials $8

Basket Making: Open Weave
From a woven bottom, weavers spiral upward creating a basket that has open space between the rows.  Add the rim and a handle and the basket can be used as hanging storage for onions, garlic, or fruit.  After creating the first small basket to learn the technique, students can choose to weave a different size and style using open weave construction.
Ages: Adult 16+ Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm , November 16, 30, December 7,  Cost: $90   Materials $8

Story Studio with Jeannie Abbott
This rich and provocative theme will guide us as we write, draw, make maps, sculpt, and tell stories. At each gathering, we will take a different look at the subject of time and the environment through prompts like, "What will you do with your one wild and precious life?" (as borrowed from Mary Oliver). Through this confluence of art and nature we make a deeper connection with the natural world and each other. All welcome at any of these evening gatherings.  

Ages: Adult 16+ Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 (first class October 4),  Cost: free


FAMILY EVENTS & WILD WALKS

Art Ramble Closing Picnic 
Celebrate the closing of the Art Ramble exhibit and onset of fall with a midday walk and picnic in the woods. Chat with the artists and observe them taking down their pieces.  Make a sculpture of your own to leave behind. Sunday October 1, 1pm Guided Walk, 12 noon picnic,  at benches at Fairyland Pond.  Donations welcome!

Wild Walk:  Tree Stories
Arborist/Artist Andrew Joslin will lead a discovery of trees in the Nashawtuc Hill conservation areas.  He will teach you how to read a forest for its history, use strategies to identify trees, and share his knowledge about trees as communities.  Make tree bark rubbings to take home – make mud faces to leave behind on the trees.
Ages: All welcome Day/Time: Sunday, September 10, 1-3pm,  Cost: $10/family, $5/individual 

Wild Walk:  Find Your Own Way: Map Reading and Map Making in Newbury Field 
Survivalist Tim Swanson will teach you how to read a map, use a compass, and orient yourself in unfamiliar terrain.  Learn about different kinds of maps and make one of your own using a variety of natural and human-made materials.  Emphasis on illustrated guides that highlight the area’s distinctive features.
Ages: All welcome Day/Time: Sunday, October 15, 1 - 3pm Cost: $10/family, $5/individual

TEEN and YOUTH CLASSES

Native American Arts & Crafts
Working with natural materials, learn traditional Native American arts and crafts: weaving, basket making, beading, and Quipu talking knots.  Listen to stories while working, tell stories with your creations.
Instructor: Visiting Musketaquid Artists/Naturalists
8 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3pm,  September 12 & 19,26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Cost: $180, Materials $25

Nature Sculpture Outdoor Adventures
Explore the Town of Concord’s Old Rifle Range to create ephemeral art and creative spaces.  Each week we will build, weave, and/create, sculpt, and more, creating a gallery of outdoor art.  Learn how to climb trees with Arborist Andrew Joslin. 
Ages: 11-14  Day/Time: Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00pm: September 12 & 19,26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31   
Cost: $180, Materials $15

Musketakids Teen Public Art Program
What community and environmental issues do you care about?  Design individual and collaborative outdoor art projects.  You'll experience the role and impact of public art, and take a field trip to Artists for Humanity in Boston.  We will explore local trails and make art along the way. Last year’s projects included: “Stress ReLeaf” interactive sculpture, art materials/journals for Syrian Refugees, and bicycle sculptures.
Ages: Open to youth grades 7-12 Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3pm - 4:30pm Cost: No charge, registration required

Puddlestompers Nature Exploration 
Our Child/Adult classes are fun and educational for kids and parents! A PUDDLESTOMPERS naturalist will acquaint children and adults with the seasonal changes occurring in their own backyards! Participants will learn what they can do to support the needs of their local wildlife throughout each season through hands-on investigation, visual learning and a take home craft project that will continue their learning all season long!
Instructor: Melissa Roberts
Ages: Toddler/Preschool with Parent  Day/Time: Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30, Start October 5, Cost: $216

Thursday Afternoon Art and Nature: Wild Play
Drop in the studio -- or local conservation area -- Thursday afternoons to create and play with seasonal art activities. All ages welcome. Weekly activity calendar will be posted on website and facebook. Fall activities include: garden harvest, map making, leaf and stick art, natural dyes, and nature prints
Ages: 2-4 years w/adult; 5 - 10 can be dropped off Day/Time: Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00, Starts September 21 in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest Cost: $5/class, or $50/semester


Sections
BASKET MAKING: Cache baskets with Debra Rolfe - October 12, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
BASKET MAKING: Open Weave Basket with Debra Rolfe - November 16, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Story Studio with Jeannie Abbott - October 4, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm
Wild Walk: Tree Stories with Andrew Joslin - September 10, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Sunday, 1-3pm, Simon Willard Woods Trailhead
Wild Walk: Find Your Own Way: Map Reading and Map Making with Tim Swanson - October 15, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 1 - 3pm, Newbury Field
Nature Sculpture Outdoor Adventures - September 12, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Meet at Old Rifle Range Conservation Area, Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00pm, Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Puddlestompers Nature Exploration - October 5, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Thursdays 9:30-10:30, in conservation land, inclement weather at Umbrella Annex
Musketakids Teen Public Art Program - September 12, 2017 to December 19, 2017
Tuesdays, 3:00pm- 4:30pm
Thursday Afternoon Art and Nature Play - September 21, 2017 to December 21, 2017
Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
Native American Arts & Crafts - September 5, 2017 to October 31, 2017
Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:00pm, Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Art Ramble 2017: Slow Eyes, Solace & Site Closing PIcnic - October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017
Sunday, 12-2pm
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