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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Fall Classes 2020

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, Community, Teen and Youth programs.


Introduction to Nature Journaling (Adults)
Nature journaling is a combination of writing and drawing in response to the wonder of experiencing nature. It is a fun and relaxing activity- a form of creative meditation - that increases drawing, writing, and observation skills. Journals are a reflection of your own style, thought process, and joy in the natural world. We will talk about illustration styles, methods, and materials, but this class is primarily an introduction to the possibilities offered by starting a journal. Looking, questioning, rendering, writing, connecting, and sharing will all be part of the journey. 

Materials: Let's start simply. You may have most of these supplies. You can buy a journal ( I use a spiral Stillman & Birn 6 x 9" mixed media journal). Or even start with a newsprint pad or composition book. Smaller size is best. A couple of pencils (#2) with erasers, colored pencils, black ink pen, and a small water color kit. If you have experience in drawing and/or watercolor - you already have an idea of the medium(s) you like to use. 

Instructor: Patty Brayden
5 Weeks
Sept. 22 - Oct. 20
Location: Zoom with the possibility of one or two distance "field trips."

Cost: $75

Nature Journaling for Kids (Ages 8-14)
Can you count all the leaves on the trees? No, but you can draw them! Nature journaling encourages wonder, creativity, and appreciation for the environment while also teaching drawing skills and scientific inquiry. In this class, we will visit outdoor locations in Concord and explore these landscapes, drawing what we find and experimenting with shapes, color, and perspective. Students will keep a dedicated sketchbook throughout the class and will develop their own style and approach to drawing.

Materials: Everyone should have a dedicated sketchbook, graphite pencils, and coloring pencils. Altogether these materials will cost $25 - $30.

Instructor: Caroline Provost
Ages: 8-14
8 weeks, Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00pm
September 30 - November 18
Location: Conservation sites in Concord, weather permitting. Google Classroom will serve as our back up. 
Cost: $120

Art & Nature Drop-in (Ages 4-10)
Let's create and play with seasonal materials together on Thursday afternoons. We'll meet outdoors, weather permitting; virtual classroom otherwise. All ages welcome. Semester activity calendar and supply list will be posted on website. Fall activities include: mandalas, leaf people, natural dyes, herbal sachets, harvest art, rock collecting and painting, Thanksgiving centerpiece.

Materials: Not applicable

Instructor: Nancy Lippe
Ages: 4-10
10 weeks, Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm
September 24 - November 19
Location: Meetings held outdoors at the Umbrella, weather permitting. Otherwise virtual.
Cost: $50

Art and Birding (6-12)
Fall is a wonderful time to explore the natural beauty of Concord, and discover all of the migratory bird activity that is right in our own backyards. This class will meet for 8 weeks, alternating locations each week between the Hapgood Wright Town Forest and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. We will explore these habitats, looking and listening for the many species of birds that use them, and draw at least one bird each week, either from life or from photos. Students will receive laminated photo checklists to keep track of the bird species that they find.

Materials: pencil, paper, eraser; binoculars helpful but not required

Instructor: Becky Harris
Ages: 6-12
5 weeks, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
October 6 - November 3
Location: Outdoors in-person, meeting at the Umbrella, weather permitting. Virtual otherwise.
Cost: $75

Outdoor Creative Sketching and Painting
Drawing and Painting inspired by the outdoor environment, with your choice of these materials: pencil, oil pastel, pen, marker, watercolor and/or acrylic paints. Realism and abstraction are both appropriate, experimentation and self expression are encouraged.
Explore line, color, and texture in nature
Investigate visual atmosphere and mood in the natural environment  
Practice drawing techniques, color mixing, and more
Guidance and instruction is provided by the instructor  
Additional Options dependant on indoor or outdoor class site:
Direct printing from natural objects
Incorporating Collage elements 

Materials: 14x11" Sketchbooks for water media, varied pencils, oil pastel sets, pens, colored fine point permanent markers, watercolor and acrylic paints, varied brushes, small matte medium tube or container, artist eraser(s). 

Instructor: Jenn Wood
Ages: Adults
4 weeks, Thursdays, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Oct. 1 - 22
Location: Most or all classes will be outdoors. If weather does not permit outdoor meeting, we will meet virtually.
Cost: $60

Everything Reptiles and Amphibians (5-12)
In this unique interdisciplinary class learn a wide range of studio arts techniques and the science of reptiles and amphibians. Build and construct turtles in clay using hand building strategies, make camouflage paintings applying color theory and design principles, experiment with snake-like textures to make prints! Each day is an adventure!

Materials: clay, clay tool or reusable spoon/fork, thick paper, paint (primary color), paint brushes, cups for water and tray for mixing paint, recycled foam from the deli

Instructor: Dani Schechner
Ages: 5-12
6 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30am
Sept. 15 - Oct. 20
Location: Google Classroom
Cost: $135

Boulders to Biomes (5-12)
In this series, learn about geological structures, landforms, the processes by which they change over time; Learn about different biomes, ecosystems, and habitats across the globe! Through integration of science, art, and the social science imagine yourself as a geologist, ecologist, and artist! For this session, we will invent an ecosystem out of upcycled materials – considering all of the biotic and abiotic elements – animals, rocks, water. Etc. We will create an imaginary environment and inhabitants that adapt to it. Learn techniques for building, constructing, connecting, attaching cardboard and other found materials to create unique worlds.

Materials: scissors, glue, masking tape, newspaper, upcycled amterials, cardboard/cereal box cardboard

Instructor: Dani Schechner
Ages: 5-12
6 weeks, Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Sept. 15 - Oct. 20
Location: Google Classroom
Cost: $135

How does Your Garden Grow? (7-15)
Explore plants and species native to Massachusetts from the wild foliage to human made gardens. Learn how construct upcycled flower gardens, study drawing and painting techniques for creating realistic botanical illustrations, learn how to extract chlorophyll from a plant part to create prints. Exciting opportunities to investigate the science of plants while exercising your creative talents! Opportunities for connecting outdoor explorations to our in-home studio practice will be incorporated into this thoughtfully structured remote learning experience.

Materials: drawing paper, pencils, paint, colored pencils, pencil, cardboard, glue/scissors, masking tape, sharpeners, eraser

Instructor: Dani Schechner
Ages: 7-12
6 weeks, Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30am
Sept. 18 - Oct. 23
Location: Google Classroom
Cost: $135


Stone Weaving (Age 16 and up)
Join Debra and fellow classmates to learn how to weave with traditional materials and stones. Debra will also give us a tour of her garden (weather permitting). You can collect materials in advance of the class and work on project during zoom session, or you can observe and learn, and do the project later.
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
Ages: Age 16 and up
Date: TBA
Location: Zoom
Cost: $25

Fall Umbrella Ninjas Festival - F. U. N. Festival (Families)
This fall, practice your nature ninja skills at the Fall Umbrella Ninja Festival! Lead Ninjas in Nature instructor Ken Clarkson will teach how to build and tend a fire safely and how to connect with your inner flame. Rob Riman will bring his own lessons on "Wildhood" - the connection between the wilderness and your neighborhood. Try out other activities including stick carving, rope walking, and games! 

Instructor: Ken Clarkson, Rob Riman, and others
Ages: Families
Date: Sunday, October 4, 1-4pm
Location: Concord Conservation Lan
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Gathering Self-Care for the Winter (Ages 16 and up)
Winter, in the natural world, is a time for slowing down and restoration as well as a time to endure darkness and cold. In the first class, participants will be encouraged to consider what will warm and lighten the soul during the winter months. We will discuss winter solstice traditions in various cultures as well as the picture book Frederick by Leo Lionni. For the second class, participants will have gathered images, words, small objects and items in nature which will be used to decorate and fill a self-care treasure box.

Materials: Small cardboard box, modge podge or other adhesive, assorted papers, scavenged items. Minimal cost as I encourage participants to use what they have on hand.

Instructor: Therese Roeser of Healing Crayons
Ages: Ages 16 and up
Dates: Sunday 10/4 at 3pm and Sunday 10/18 at 3pm
Location: Zoom or in-person
Cost: $50

Halloween Plant Lore (Kids & Families)
Do you wish you could take Herbology 101 at Hogwarts? This is the workshop for you! We will discuss how certain plants were thought to bring luck or protection during the harvest time in fall. We will even make a talisman to keep spooky spirits away!

Materials: Herbs and fabric to cut into squares for a sachet. 

Instructor: Therese Roeser
Ages: Kids & Families
Dates: October
Location: Outdoors
Cost: $30

Art and Birding (Kids & Families)
In this class, we will take the opportunity to learn about the birds in our backyards and local habitats, and some techniques for drawing them. I’ve heard a lot of people comment that the birds seem louder and more obvious during this time of relative isolation. There may be some truth to that, as some species may be emboldened to populate more urban areas that are less crowded with people these days. But it may also be that we are more aware and tuned in to the natural world – a place of solace during this stressful time – and one of the most rewarding ways to enjoy our own backyards is to start birding! We will start by learning some of the species of birds typically seen in our area, including some common songs and calls that make identification so much easier and quicker. Binoculars and a field guide are helpful, but not necessary. This class will be very interactive and allow for questions about local birds that participants are seeing and hearing.

Each week we will focus on a different group of birds (songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, seabirds, seaducks, and raptors). I will start each week with a slideshow about each group of birds, and we will learn about birding by ear for some of the more familiar species in our area, and some of the best spots to find them. We will then pick one bird from each of these groups to draw together from photographs.

As a life-long artist and biologist, I love to teach the art of noticing – let go of what you think something should look like, and notice the shapes and darks and lights first, not the overall outline of an object. We will work on pencil drawings of birds by experimenting with techniques (shading and smudging, etc.), focusing on ways to make our drawings look most realistic. We will start by drawing from a photograph, but then take what we have learned to be able to draw birds (and other animals) from life. I have really enjoyed teaching parents and their children together – often kids feel a little more free to make mistakes if they see their parents willing to try and try again.

Materials: pencil, paper, eraser; binoculars and field guide to birds helpful but not required

Instructor: Becky Harris
Ages: Kids & Families
6 weeks, Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am
October, 17, 24, 31, and November 7, 14, 21
Location: Zoom
Cost: $90

Musketaquid Book Club (Adult)
Join us for quarterly reads and gatherings. Reconnect to the outdoors, to the printed word, and to each other through this open community book group. This season's selection reflects the 2021 Musketaquid Earth Day theme, Earth. Share your thoughts and experiences via Facebook, or come to our quarterly meetings to discuss the book with fellow readers and invited speakers. Our newest book selection is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free

Introduction to Nature Journaling - September 22, 2020 to October 20, 2020
Tuesdays, 10-11am
Nature Journaling for Kids - September 30, 2020 to November 18, 2020
Wednesdays, 3-4pm
Art and Nature Drop In - September 24, 2020 to November 26, 2020
Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm
Art and Birding Class - October 06, 2020 to November 03, 2020
Tuesdays, 4-5pm
Outdoor Creative Sketching and Painting - October 01, 2020 to November 19, 2020
Thursdays, 11am-1pm
Art and Birding Weekend Class - October 17, 2020 to November 21, 2020
Saturdays, 10-11am
Stone Weaving Workshop - September 10, 2020 to September 10, 2020
Thursday, September 10, 6-7:30pm
Gathering Self-Care for the Winter - October 04, 2020 to October 18, 2020
Sunday 10/4 and 10/18 3pm
Halloween Plant Lore Workshop - July 11, 2020 to July 11, 2020
Fall Umbrella Ninjas Festival - F. U. N. Festival - October 04, 2020 to October 04, 2020
Sunday, October, 1-4pm
Everything Reptiles and Amphibians - September 15, 2020 to October 20, 2020
Tuesdays, 10-11:30am
Boulders to Biomes - September 15, 2020 to October 20, 2020
Tuesdays, 2-3:30pm
How does Your Garden Grow? - September 18, 2020 to October 23, 2020
Fridays, 10-11:30am
Musketaquid Book Club - September 09, 2020 to September 09, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-7:30pm
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