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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Fall 2018

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.


Basket Making:  Brown Bag Recycling Basket
This basket is designed around a brown paper shopping bag or reusable shopping bag.  The bag fits perfectly inside allowing you to fill easily with recyclables and then pull the bag to carry to the recycling facility.  The basket measures 17.5” H x 15” L x 13” W. It has two side handles allowing for easy movement of the basket as well. No need to hide your recycling basket in the closet!
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
Thursdays, Oct 25, Nov 1, 9, 15, 6:00pm-8:00, 
Location: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Cost: $120 |Material $30.00

Basket Making: Plaited Play
First, using paper, the class will learn the basket weaving technique of plaiting. Plaiting is an ancient weaving technique in which all the structural pieces are actively woven over and under each other. If time allows, the class will have the opportunity to try plaiting cattail leaves.
Thursdays November 29, December 6, 13, 6:00-8:00pm
IInstructor: Debra Rolfe
Cost: $90 | Materials $10.00

Story Studio with Jeannie Abbott 
Through the confluence of Art and Environment we connect more fully with the natural world and each other. These informal Wednesday evening gatherings are an opportunity to explore this fascinating subject. Bring your curiosity, your own projects,  and a desire to spend time with others who care about this subject.
Facilitator: Jeannie Abbott
10 weeks; Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00, starts October 3
Cost: free

New Moon Spoon Carving Class
Hungry? Did you just make a delicious rabbit stew but forgot your spoon to eat it with? No worries, in this class we will make wooden spoons with simple tools!
Instructor: Tim Swanson
Sunday, September 9th 3-5:30pm
Location: The Umbrella Annex
Cost: $40 per person

Wooden Bowl Carving Class
Need a bowl for that rabbit stew? Come learn how to make your very own out of local sustainably harvested wood! You will be able to use it again and again and can even boil water in it!!! We will be using knives and other simple tools.
Instructor: Tim Swanson
Sunday, October 7th 2:30-6pm
Location: The Umbrella Annex
Cost: $55 per person


Dessert Discussion with Timothy Norris on Bjork, Environmentalism, & Ecofeminism
In times of ecological crisis, how do we care for the continuity between body, soul and earth? Like many of our co-inhabitants on earth we make sound, song and music. Tim will explore how music helps us to see ourselves as ecological beings through the work of the Icelandic artist: Bjork. Her work offers an opportunity to consider how popular art communicates feminist ideas as well as tells stories about our co-existence with our living earth.  Her music offers many ways in which we can gain an understanding of how feminist perspectives link with environmental awareness in the arts.  
Monday, November 5, 2018
$5 donation at the door, bring a dessert to share

Wild Walk:  Almost-Full Harvest Moon Paddle, Cookout, and Fireside Stories
Bring your kayak/canoe/SUP (and life vests), a dinner dish to share, flashlights and headlamps! We'll paddle from Concord Land Conservation Trust Wright Woods out to Brooks Island to enjoy some nature games, a late summer moonrise cookout, and stories around a campfire.
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
Sunday  September 23 , 4:30pm –  8pm (could be the 22nd)
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Wright Woods and Brooks Island
Cost: $10 per person, $20 per family

Nature Skills Festival
Spend the afternoon learning to start a fire by friction, whittle sticks, make crafts and tools with natural materials.  Learn how to see the forest through an animal’s eyes and move with stealth; listen to and identify birds; and learn about wild edibles
Instructors: Ken Clarkson, Tim Swanson, Andrew Joslin
October 21, 1-4pm
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $10/person, $20/family


Ninjas in Nature
Come learn the ancient nature-based arts of the ninja. This 4 week course will cover the Level 1 Ninjas in Nature (NiN) skills. This class will teach a combination of awareness, movement, survival skills, stealth and camouflage, fire skills, and an introduction in ninjutsu, or the art of the ninja. This class will be a combination of movement skills through games and agility training combined with focused hands-on skill time. Upon completion, students will receive a rank certificate, rank shirt, and patch from Pathways Dojo (
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
6 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 2-4pm,  Sept  11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16,
Location: Hapgood Wright Town Forest
Cost: $180 | Materials: $0

Ninja Training Group
This weekly indoor "dojo style" self defense/martial arts class  will follow a specific belt/rank curriculum under the licensing of Pathways Dojo. Students will also make ancient charcoal drawing pencils from willow and grapevine, learn kanji/calligraphy and plant/animal/landscape drawings that pertain to the study of ninjutsu. For more details on the intention behind this art element and how it pertains to the study of ninjutusu, see this video by Soke/Grandmaster of Ninjutsu Masaaki Hatsumi. Students would be expected to purchase the training videos that coincide with the rank progression so they can train at home and accelerate their belt progression.
Ages 7-14
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
6 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45pm,  Sept  11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 
Location: The Umbrella Community Arts Center
Cost: $90 | Materials: $0

Weaving Stories with Nature
Working and playing with natural materials, learn basic weaving, basket making, and mosaics. Listen to stories while working, tell stories with your creations.
Ages: 8 - 12
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
8 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3pm,  Sept 25, Oct 2, 9,1 6, 23, 30, Nov 13 & 20
Location: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Cost: $180  Materials: $15

Teen Drop-In Public Art Program (Teens grades 7-12)
Public art is about place. You'll experience the role and impact of public art, and take field trips to the deCordova, Lot F Gallery, and Artists for Humanity in Boston.  You will explore graffiti and design individual and collaborative outdoor art projects. Instructor: Nancy Lippe and invited guest artists.
Mondays, 3:30 - 5pm, starts September 24
Cost: $5/session

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
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
10 Weeks; Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00, Starts September 20
Cost: $5/class, or $50/semester

BASKET MAKING: Brown Bag Recycling Basket - October 25, 2018 to November 15, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm
BASKET MAKING: Plaited Play - November 29, 2018 to December 13, 2018
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Story Studio with Jeannie Abbott - October 3, 2018 to December 12, 2018
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9pm
Wild Walk: Almost-Full Harvest Moon Paddle, Cookout, and Fireside Stories - September 23, 2018 to September 23, 2018
4:30-8:30 Concord Land Conservation Trust Wright Woods & Brooks Island
Wild Walk: Nature Skills Festival - October 21, 2018 to October 21, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 1 - 4pm, Concord Land Conservation Trust Chamberlin Woods
Weaving Stories with Nature - September 25, 2018 to November 20, 2018
1:30 - 3pm, Early Release Tuesdays, , Sept 25, Oct 2, 9,16, 23, 30, Nov 13 & 20
Ninjas in Nature - September 11, 2018 to October 16, 2018
2-4pm, Early Release Tuesdays, Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16.
Ninja Training Group - September 11, 2018 to October 16, 2018
4:45-5:45pm, Early Release Tuesdays, Sept 11 - Oct 23
Teen Public Art Drop-In Program - September 24, 2018 to December 3, 2018
Mondays, 3:30-5pm
Thursday Afternoon Art and Nature Play - September 20, 2018 to December 6, 2018
Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
Wooden Bowl Carving Class - October 7, 2018 to October 7, 2018
2:30-6pm, Sunday, October 7
New Moon Spoon Carving Class - September 9, 2018 to September 9, 2018
3-5:30pm, Sunday, September 9
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