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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Spring I Classes 2021

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

Nature Journaling Club: Grow with Us (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 club, build skills in a fun and relaxing way. Sensory rich experiences and art lessons 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.

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: Caroline Provost
8 Weeks, Mar. 9 - Apr. 27
Tuesdays, 11am-12:00pm
Location: Zoom

Cost: $10/class or $50/semester


Wild Art Walk: Hallenbeck Land
(Kids & Families)
Gather your adventure boots, magnifying glasses, and sketchbooks, because we are off on wild walk through Hallenbeck Land! In this art & nature workshop, Laney Wilder of the Concord Land Conservation Trust will teach us about the skunk cabbage and peepers that grow and live in the spring soil of the meadow. Caroline Provost will show how to create a page in your nature journal about the amazing plants and animals you discover on our adventure together! 

Materials: boots, warm clothes, a sketchbook, journal, or notepad, graphite pencil, colored pencil, or other art materials, and a sense of adventure! 

Instructor: Laney Wilder & Caroline Provost
Sunday, March 21, 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Hallenbeck Land, Concord MA

Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Wild Art Walk: Upper Spencer Brook Valley (Kids & Families)
Gather your adventure boots, magnifying glasses, and sketchbooks, because we are off on wild walk through the Upper Spencer Brook Valley! In this art & nature workshop, Laney Wilder of the Concord Land Conservation Trust will teach us about the skunk cabbage and peepers that grow and live in the spring soil of the meadow. Caroline Provost will show how to create a page in your nature journal about the amazing plants and animals you discover on our adventure together! 

Materials: boots, warm clothes, a sketchbook, journal, or notepad, graphite pencil, colored pencil, or other art materials, and a sense of adventure! 

Instructor: Laney Wilder & Caroline Provost
Sunday, April 18, 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Upper Spencer Brook Valley

Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Art and Nature Drop In (4-10)
Let's create and play with seasonal materials together on Thursday afternoons. Each class, we will make a new craft that combines natural materials, scientific exploration, creativity, and reflection on our nature adventures. All ages welcome. Semester activity calendar and supply list will be posted once we are closer to the class start date. 

Materials: No additional materials required. 

Instructor: Katrina Paxton
Ages: 4-10
8 weeks, Mar. 11 - Apr. 29

Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Location: Zoom
Cost: $50

Workshops

April 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 
Ages: Kids & Families
Date: Sunday, April 11 at 1-4pm
Location: Concord Conservation Land at Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Ninja Rendezvous (Ages 9-14)
Greetings Ninjas!It's been way too long! With spring approaching,  we are excited to get together with our fearless clan of NiN students for a "ninja rendezvous" on Sunday March 28, 2-4 pm for a couple hours of games, awareness activities, and ninja skills. We are sending this invite out to all the ninjas from recent seasons who have participated in our after school or summer camp programs. We are intentionally keeping this small and space will be limited to 14 ninjas. We will meet at Chamberlin Woods (our usual spot, parking off of Lowell Road). We are working on plans for a late spring after school NiN session beginning sometime in April. Stay tuned for more details on that.

Instructor: Ken Clarkson & Rob Riman
Ages: Kids & Families
Date: Sunday, March at 2-4pm
Location: Concord Conservation Land at Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $25

Earth Day Workshop: Windsocks (Kids & Families)
A windsock blows in the breeze, but what does it signal about the oncoming weather? In this Earth Day workshop, we will show you how to make your own windsock out of recycled materials. You will learn about the science of wind power and weather and how air is a vital factor in our planet's health. In a community-wide project, we will hang our windsocks together to signal the importance of clean air. 

Families are encouraged to sign up ($5/individual kid, $10/family). To limit numbers, we will divide sign ups into two groups. One at 1-2:00pm and one at 2:00-3pm. Everyone who attends this outdoor workshop must wear a mask and appropriately social distance. For questions on COVID safety protocols, please email Caroline Provost at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.

Materials: The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program will supply materials for all workshop activities including recycled materials and paint. 

Instructor: Abby Cramer
Ages: Kids & Families
Date: Saturday, April 10 at 1-3pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
Cost: $5/individual, $10/family

Earth Day Workshop: Bird Kites (Kids & Families)
This Earth Day we are celebrating all of the creatures of the air! There are so many amazing animals that call the sky their home, like songbirds and chickadees, blue jays and cardinals, and red-tailed hawks and owls. In this workshop, we will make kites painted with the designs of your favorite bird. We will learn about how to make a flying kite using air mechanics and will also learn about how birds travel through the air. 

Families are encouraged to sign up ($5/individual kid, $10/family). To limit numbers, we will divide sign ups into two groups. One at 1-2:00pm and one at 2:00-3pm. Everyone who attends this outdoor workshop must wear a mask and appropriately social distance. For questions on COVID safety protocols, please email Caroline Provost at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org.

Materials: The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program will supply materials for all workshop activities including recycled materials and paint. 

Instructor: Abby Cramer
Ages: Kids & Families
Date: Saturday, April 17 at 1-3pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
Cost: $5/individual, $10/family

Flower Basket Weaving Workshop (Adults)
Learn some basket-making basics and create a lovely Japanese-style basket with a bud vase that is a perfect gift for any occasion. Choose from a range of hand-dyed rattan weavers in vibrant colors. You will weave a square base that is secured with twined reed, turn up your weavers in a sweeping curve and finish with waxed linen knots to fasten the groups of weavers around a small vase. The provided materials kit includes hand-dyed rattan spokes in vibrant colors, a twining weaver, waxed linen, glass vase, and a weaving template. Finished size: 5” wide by 4” tall.

Required Supplies: 12-18” ruler, A basin or bucket of water, Sharp scissors or pruning shears, 4 strong clips or clothespins, Tape, pencil

    Instructor: Kimberley Harding
    Ages: Adults
    Date: Thursday, March 25, 4:30-6:30pm
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $30 and $10 for materials

    Polish Bread Basket Weaving (Adults)
    In this workshop students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed rattan (reed) in a small diameter for a lovely basket suitable for display and use with fruit, rolls, cookies and the like. Students will receive a printed pattern and a choice of colored reeds. Finished dimensions: 8.75” diameter, 2” high

    Required Supplies: Pruning shears or sturdy sharp scissors, small hand towel you don’t mind staining
    Recommended Supplies:
     Apron or smock to protect your clothes, pencil for taking notes

    Instructor: Kimberley Harding
    Ages: Adults
    Date: Saturday, May 8, 1-5pm
    Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
    Cost: $60 and $20 for materials

      Writing Out Loud Workshop (7th-10th graders)
      There is so much going on in our lives right now -- things to look forward to, things to worry about, things that are changing.  Sometimes it can be hard to find the space for expressing your thoughts and ideas in a creative format, and yet doing so can make us feel much more connected to ourselves and the people around us. We are offering a series of three Sunday afternoon workshops focused on self-expression and creative fun through writing and the arts. We will draw upon all of our senses to feel more alive and in the moment.   

      We will use objects and sensory materials to help generate our creativity and develop group connections.  We will write our own stories and poems, collaborate on group poems, and engage in energizing improvisational and experiential activities to loosen up our minds and help our ideas flow more freely.  We will also bring in nature and find ways to celebrate the change in seasons and the promise of more light. No prior writing experience is needed -- just a willingness to try new ideas and be a supportive member of the class. We will meet virtually on zoom with the possibility of meeting in-person when the weather gets warmer. (Remote learning will remain an option even during in-person meetings.) 

      The Writing Out Loud Workshops are part of a series of writing workshops on March 7, April 11, and May 16. Students have the option to sign up for one, two or all three sessions.  We will provide more specific directions for each session once a student is signed up.

      Instructors: Maura Clarke & Suzanne Siner
      Ages: 7th-10 graders
      Date: March 7, 2:30-4:30pm
      Location: Zoom
      Cost: $30


      Art and Birding Workshop (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, March 27, 10:00-11:00am
      Location: Zoom
      Cost: $20

      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.
      Wednesday, June 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm
      Location: Zoom
      Cost: Free


      Sections
      Nature Journaling: Awaken Your Senses! - March 09, 2021 to April 27, 2021
      Tuesdays, 11am-12:00pm
      Drop In: Nature Journaling - March 09, 2021 to April 27, 2021
      Tuesdays, 11am-12:00pm
      Wild Art Walk: Hallenback Land - March 21, 2021 to March 21, 2021
      Sunday, March 21, 2-3:30pm
      Wild Art Walk: Upper Spencer Brook Valley - April 18, 2021 to April 18, 2021
      Sunday, April 18, 2-3:30pm
      Art and Nature Drop In - March 11, 2021 to April 29, 2021
      Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
      Art and Birding Workshop - March 27, 2021 to March 27, 2021
      Saturday, March 27, 10-11am
      Writing Out Loud Workshop - March 07, 2021 to March 07, 2021
      Sunday, March 7, 2:30-4:30pm
      Earth Day Workshop: Windsocks - April 10, 2021 to April 10, 2021
      Saturday, April 10, 1-3pm
      Earth Day Workshop: Bird Kites - April 17, 2021 to April 17, 2021
      Saturday, April 17, 1-3pm
      April Ninjas Festival - April 11, 2021 to April 11, 2021
      Sunday, April 11, 1-4pm
      Ninja Rendezvous - March 28, 2021 to March 28, 2021
      Sunday, March 28, 2-4pm
      Flower Basket Weaving Workshop - March 25, 2021 to March 25, 2021
      Thursday, March 25, 4:30-6:30pm
      Polish Bread Basket Weaving Workshop - May 08, 2021 to May 08, 2021
      Saturday, May 8, 1-5pm
      Musketaquid Book Club - March 10, 2021 to March 10, 2021
      Wednesday, March 10, 6:00-7:30pm
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