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


Basket making
Spring Yard Cleanup - Garden Wattle Fence
Join Debra and fellow classmates to learn how to repurpose bush, vine and tree trimmings to create a flower bed border. 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
Thursday, May 14, 6-7pm
Location: Zoom Call
Cost: $15 


Thursday Afternoon Art and Nature Play (Children ages 2-4 years must be accompanied by an adult; children ages 5 - 10 may be dropped off)
Stop by the Musketaquid Room–or weather permitting, conservation areas–Thursday afternoons to create and play with seasonal art activities. All ages welcome. Weekly activity calendar will be posted on the Umbrella Arts & Environment Facebook page and Instagram account. Winter activities include: weaving, beading, knitting, animal tracking, tiny houses, snowflake mobiles, dioramas; and snow/ice sculptures.
All ages welcome. Youth under 6 bring an adult.
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
10 Weeks; Thursdays
April 2 - June 11 (no class April 23), 3:30–5:00 pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Room 109
Cost: $5/participant/class or $50/semester

Art Stretch - Expand Your Creative Reach! (Ages 14-18)
This creative opportunity is an open-ended exploration in which your interests, and/or the group’s collective interests, will determine what is made in response to a specific place.

We will meet on Wednesday afternoons to explore the relationship between the outdoors and the studio. Both are spaces of infinite possibility and opportunity to discover new horizons that reside within ourselves and the world around us. 

With sketchbooks in hand to record our journey, we will begin with an exploration of a diverse track of land in West Concord that includes a series of "micro-cultures". At one end is Damonmill, a renovated mill building that was one of the area's first mills to provide iron goods to early New England settlements, such as Concord. At the other end is the Wheeler-Harrington House, a nationally recognized historic home that sheltered some of Concord's earliest farming families. Connecting the two is a stretch of the Assabet River that is nationally protected by the "Wild and Scenic Act" of 1968. Along the river's edge is a trail system that rambles through town-owned land that includes a community garden, a family-operated farm, conservation land, a newly planted pollinator meadow, an historic home, and wetlands. 

After being introduced to this storied landscape, we will return to the studio to review our journals and consider ways to creatively respond to what we have seen and learned. How might this dynamic location inspire an artistic response? Would we like to make something edible like honey from the hives at the farm? Something useful like candles or clothing? Or will we write poetry or a play to be performed outdoors? Or make collages based on our nature journals? We can do some of this, all of this, or something yet to be imagined. Each individual and/or the group will decide what we make in response to this place! 

Prerequisite: No previous experience in art required, just a curiosity about the outdoors and willingness to be creative. 

Instructors: Tracie Dunn, Maura Clarke, and other artists
Ages: High School Students
8 weeks, Wednesdays, 3:00-5:00pm
March 4 - April 29 
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Room 109
Cost: No cost

Nature Journaling and Drawing (9-12)
This class is an opportunity for students to learn and improve their drawing skills and to spend time outdoors. Our activities will include outdoor trips to draw in Nature, including to Fairyland Pond, the Old Manse, and community gardens. We will also draw still life of plants and natural materials as a way to develop basic drawing and to consider composition. Students will maintain a sketch book and brings new sketches to class every week.  

Part of our class will include sharing our work and discussing what we enjoy about spending time outside and what we enjoy about drawing and art. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style and approach to drawing. At the end of the class, students will have an instinct for how to approach drawing and a greater appreciation for nature.  

Instructor: Caroline Provost
Ages: 9-12
8 weeks, Mondays, 4:00-5:30pm
March 30 - May 25 (no class April 20)
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Room 109
Cost: $180


Tree Bark Clay Bowls
Experiment with imprinting different barks into clay and learn techniques for highlighting textures and patterns from nature. Make a bowl and/or wall hangings!
Instructor: Liz Newell
Sunday March 22, 1-3pm

Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Room 109
Cost: $30 per person

Earth Day Parade and River Ceremony Workshops (All ages)
Get ready for the April 25th Earth Day Celebration! Make puppets, costumes, musical instruments, banners, Earth Floats and more.
Sundays, April 5, 19, 2:005:00pm
Saturday, April 11, 2:00-5:00pm
Thursday, April 23, 5:008:00pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Room 109
$5 per person/$10 per family

The Art of the Mindful Ninja: Exploring Nature Through the Five Elements of Primal Awareness
Spend a day exploring awareness through the elements of Earth, water, fire, wind, and void. In this special day-long retreat, participants will experience story & meditations that connect us to nature within and around us. Participants will also learn movements from Qi Gong and Ninjutsu traditions that connect us with the Five Elements to awaken the body and soothe stress. We will awaken our senses in nature through fun awareness practices, hands-on nature skills, and ninjutsu activities. We will combine experiences from exploring the landscape with creative expression through calligraphy practice of the kanji for the five elements.

The Five Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space) are viewed in many Wisdom traditions as the primordial building blocks of Nature. By connecting with them, we discover potent access points that help us connect to our own deepest potential and creativity.
Instructor: Josh Lane and Kenneth Clarkson
Saturday, April 18, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $150
Email Nancy Lippe at for financial aid. 

Collage Workshop with Healing Crayons (Teens & Adults)
What if you could see yourself the way you see the natural world? You might behold yourself with acceptance, respect and even admiration but no judgment.  In this class, we will borrow some of that compassion for nature and direct it toward ourselves.  Using an assortment of papers and natural materials, each participant will create a collage based on a message of self acceptance.  You will leave class with a ready-to-hang 6x6 inch collage. 
Instructor: Therese Roeser
, May 2, 1:00–2:30pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord
Cost: $10/individual, $20/Family

Fairy Houses at Fairyland Pond (All ages)
Our 6th 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: The Umbrella Arts teachers
Sunday, May 17, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location: Hapgood Wright Town Forest
Cost: $5 donation

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 2020 Musketaquid Earth Day theme, "Water Runs Through It." Share your thoughts and experiences via Facebook, or come to our quarterly Potlucks to discuss the book with fellow readers and invited speakers. 
Wednesday, June 10, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord, Room 109
Cost: Bring a contribution to our potluck!

Community Events

Musketaquid Earth Day 2020 (All ages)
Celebrating the Confluence of Art & Nature
Join us at the newly renovated Umbrella Arts Center to celebrate the Earth and Musketaquid, visit the Earth Month Exhibit, sing and launch your Earth Float in the River Ceremony, romp in the Parade, and taste, listen, and learn at the Festival. Saturday, April 25, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
, 40 Stow Street, Concord

Earth Month Exhibit: “Freshwater and Our Watershed”
Showing April 15 - May 20
Artist Reception April 21, 6:008:00 pm

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