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

Registration Deadline 06/22/2018
Payment Deadline 06/22/2018

Through an integrated program of classes, community celebrations, and public art, we encourage community members of all ages to reflect on, celebrate, and explore nature through the arts -- and the arts through nature -- to reconnect to place and community. See below for Adult, Family, Teen and Youth programs.

Adult Classes

Penobscot Tote (Intermediate size)
A perfect size tote to grab and go! Base measures 9” x 4” and it stands approximately 6” high.   Shaker tape straps secured into the body of the basket make this tote sturdy enough to carry heavier items.
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
3 Weeks; Thursdays, 6pm-8pm, April 5, 12, 19
Location: The Umbrella, Room 110
Cost: $90 | Materials $10

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.
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
3 Weeks; Thursdays, 6pm-8pm April 26, May 3, 17
Location: The Umbrella, Room 110
Cost: $90 | Materials $10

Arts & Environment Book Club: Re-Wild Your Reading List!
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. Books selected reflect the 2018 Musketaquid Earth Day theme, “Gathering Places,” and a sub-theme of Trees -- a focus offering rich choices for this first year of reading together. Share your thoughts and experiences via Facebook, or come to our quarterly Potlucks to discuss the book with fellow readers and invited speakers.
Spring Selection: The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring, by Richard Preston.
May 16, 6-8pm, Potluck and discussion with local arborist, tree-climber, and Wild Trees illustrator, Andrew Joslin

Cost: Free


Beading, Baskets, and Quipu: Stories told through craft  (Ages 7- 11)
Working with natural materials, learn the traditional indigenous crafts of basket making, beading, and Quipu talking knots.  Listen to stories while working, tell stories with your creations.
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
8 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3pm,  April 3, 10, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Location: The Umbrella, Room 110
Cost: $180 Materials $10

Musketakids Teen Public Art Program (Teens grades 7-12)
What community and environmental issues do you care about? Each year this teen group picks 2 or 3 topics to focus on during the year and then designs public art campaigns around those themes. You'll learn about the role and impact of public art, and have an opportunity to work with local Umbrella artists.
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
Tuesdays, 3 - 4:30pm, starts April 10
Location:The Umbrella, Room 110
Cost: Free

Ninjas in Nature (Ages 8-12)

Come learn the ancient nature-based arts of the ninja. This 4 week course will cover the Level 2 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 from Pathways Dojo (
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
May 22 & 29, June 5 & 12, 2:00– 4:00pm
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Wright Woods
Cost: $120 

Thursday Afternoon Art and Nature Play 
Ages: 2-4 years w/adult; 5 - 10 can be dropped off.
Drop in the studio Thursday afternoons to create and play with seasonal art activities. All ages welcome. Weekly activity calendar will be posted on website and facebook. Spring activities include: map making, garden planting, nest building, puppets on a stick, earth floats, and more!
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
10 Weeks; Thursdays 3:30 – 5:00 
Cost: $5/class, or $50/semester


Tree Bark Clay Bowls (Ages 8-10)  
Join us on a short walk to look at various trees and their bark; colors, textures, thickness, peeling - can we identify trees from their bark? What does bark do? We will make tree bark impressions in pieces of clay, then return to the Umbrella to form ceramic bowls from our bark-textured clay. There will be colored underglazes available for immediate use if desired. The instructors will fire the pieces and they will be yours to take home in a week or two!
Instructor: Liz Newell & Kim Ahern
Location: Room 110, 40 Stow Street
Saturday, April 7, 1-3pm
Cost: $15  Materials $5

Vernal Pools with Bryan Windmiller  
Join Bryan Windmiller, a local wetlands biologist and Director of Conservation Programs at Zoo New England, for an exploration of vernal pools. Using waders, nets, and buckets, Bryan will help us search for the organisms that call this environment home. With a chance to see tadpoles, caddisflies, predaceous diving beetles and water scorpions, our investigation is bound to captivate kids of all ages. We’ll close out the session with small scale water colors you can pin on your fridge.
Instructor:Bryan Windmiller
Sunday, May 6, 1-3pm
Place: Concord Land Conservation Trust Hosmer Land/Brown’s Pond
Age Range: Open to All Ages
$5 per person/$10 per family,

Earth Float, Parade Making, and Puppet Refurbishing Workshops at the Umbrella
Stop by to make a costume, headdress, puppets, and/or floating tributes to the Earth for the Earth Day Celebration!   Or help us refurbish some of our favorite giant puppets:  Otter, Pileated Woodpecker, Owl, Eagle, Gray Fox, and Blue Jay!
Instructor: Morningstar Medaye
Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 2:00-5:00 pm
Thursday, April 26, 6:00-9:00 pm
Place: Room 110
Age Range: Open to All Ages
$5 per person/$10 per family,option to pay at the door

Fairy Houses at Fairyland Pond (All Ages)
Our 5th Annual Fairy House outing to the Town Forest!  Stop by the Fairyland Pond path in Hapgood Wright Town Forest for an hour or two.  Observe Umbrella artists at work on their own creations, and make your own magical space for visiting fairies and other natural spirits. Using sticks, bark, leaves and other found natural objects, build a house, a garden, and/or furniture to make a welcoming home. 
Instructor: Musketaquid/Umbrella Artist/Naturalists
Sunday, May 19, 1-4pm, Hapgood Wright Town Forest
Cost: $5/person, $10/family 

Bird Walk with Peter Alden
Led by naturalist Peter Alden, this walk will explore Concord Land Conservation Trust’s Miller Farm in search of birds, butterflies, bugs and flowers. This property includes forest, fields, and wetlands, creating the opportunity to see a diversity of wildlife and plants. Bring binoculars (if you have them), rubber boots, and insect repellant.
Instructor: Peter Alden
Sunday,  June 3, 2018, 4-6pm,
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Miller Farm
Age Range: Open to All Ages
Cost: $5/person, $10/family

Summer Solstice, Riverfest, and Cardboard Boat Race Challenge
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Join us for an afternoon of activity at The Old Manse!  
3-6pm Cardboard Boat Race Challenge: Celebrate Riverfest and take part in the challenge to build and race a cardboard boat in the Concord River! Bring your team, imaginations, and intrepid spirit. Boat-making materials provided. Race winner categories include: First to cross finish line in boat; Most creative Concord River habitat design; Most spectacular sinking.

Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact The Umbrella Community Arts Center for further information.