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.
ADULT and YOUTH CLASSES
Introduction to Nature Journaling (Adults)
Take a look at the natural world around you and use the medium of art to translate your experience onto the open page. In the company of this supportive class, build skills in a fun and relaxing way. Sensory rich experiences and art assignments enhance your awareness of details. Learn new ways to incorporate the breath of a landscape and curvature of the earth onto paper. Examine nature’s inclination for rhythms and patterns. Become in tune with air currents to create a contoured analysis of the space around you. No prior experience necessary. In addition to a weekly zoom class together, opportunities will be provided for students to take a guided independent field trip and adventure.
Materials: Journal with mixed media paper (heavy weight for watercolor painting, drawing, and pen and ink), and drawing materials of your choice (such as colored pencils, graphite pencils, pocket-sized watercolor paint set, pen and ink, and micron pens). Feel free to use materials you have at home and your own preferred brands.
Instructor: Alicia Herman
3 Weeks, Dec. 1-15
Nature Journaling for Kids (9-12)
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 workshop, we will explore local conservation land, draw what we find, and play with shapes, color, and perspective. Families should bring a sketchbook for drawing. This is an in-person, socially distanced workshop Concord-area conservation land where we can discover new plants, animals, and more!
Materials: Everyone should have a sketchbook, graphite pencils, and coloring pencils.
Instructor: Caroline Provost
3 weeks, Dec. 2-16
Winter Umbrella Ninjas Festival (Families)
This winter, practice your nature ninja skills at the Winter 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
Sunday, December 13, 1-4pm
Location: Concord Conservation Land at Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family
Writing Out Loud Workshop (7th-10th graders)
Instructors: Maura Clarke & Suzanne Siner
Ages: 7th-10 graders
Sunday, December 13, 2-4pm
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
Winter Solstice Ornament Workshop (Kids & Families)
Join us for an hour of joymaking as we craft winter decorations. Using a combination of natural and recycled items, we will small "evergreen" trees, lily-stem stars, and cranberry wreaths.
Materials: Not applicable
Instructor: Therese Roeser
Ages: Kids & Families
Dates: December 20, 2-4pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family
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. 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. This class will be very interactive and allow for questions about local birds that participants are seeing and hearing.
Materials: pencil, paper, eraser; binoculars and field guide to birds helpful but not required
Instructor: Becky Harris
Ages: Kids & Families
Saturday, December 12, 10:00-11:00am
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 Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald.
Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm