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.
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