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

ADULT and YOUTH CLASSES

Trees Mend Us (12-18)
Come join our virtual arts studio at Trees Mend Us,where we draw on the power of the arts and the natural world to explore creativity and ignite imaginations.  This summer,Trees Mend Uswill offer four online modules, each one providing a range of activities that encourage participants to get outside and interact with the natural world, and to dig into their creative spirits as they work on arts-related projects. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different forms of expressive arts, and develop new communication skills. No prior experience in making art is necessary, but being open to discovering and developing one’s own creative talents and instincts will be essential.

Beginning in mid-July, Trees Mend Us will publish modules designed for different level learners. Each module will explore and deepen our understanding of a shared theme and line of inquiry through creative activities such as journaling, painting, drawing, sculpting, poetry, essays, spoken word, and performance.  This summer’s content and activities will examine physical attributes and functions of trees to inspire self-reflection and creative pursuits. For example, after investigating what a tree’s roots system looks like and how it works, students might consider their own root systems and find ways to express it through artistic means.  

At the completion of a module, students will be invited, but not required, to post their work in a shared online gallery and be part of a wider community.

Instructors: Tracie Dunn and Maura Clarke
4 Weeks
July 13 - August 7
Location: Virtual Classroom 

Cost: $100/module or $300 for all 4 modules

Nature Journaling and Drawing (Families, kids ages 10+ and adults)
This class is an opportunity for kids and adults alike to learn and improve their drawing skills and to spend time outdoors. Storytelling through nature journaling will be our big project. Students will learn how to fold a zine and use this format to tell a story about nature. By the end of class, students will have a completed zine full of their drawings and a better appreciation for how our environments change around us. 

During class times, we will work on drawing skills that students will use for their zine projects. Everyone will keep a sketch book for class drawings and bring new sketches to class every week. Our class times will focus on reviewing drawings we create outside of our weekly class meeting time. Class time will also include drawing exercises that will integrate ideas about plant biology and ecology for students to consider when they go outdoors to draw. 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 deeper appreciation for nature.  

Google Classroom will be our primary way of connecting with each other. We will use Google Classroom’s video function for class times, and additional content and instruction will be available outside of class times through Google Classroom. Class will meet twice a week for two weeks in July. Students will work on short assignments between Monday and Wednesday, and longer assignments over the weekend. 

Instructor: Caroline Provost
Ages: Families, kids ages 10+ and adults
2 weeks, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
July 13-22
Location: Google Classroom will be our primary way of connecting with each other. We will use Google Classroom’s video function for class times, and additional content and instruction will be available outside of class times on.
Cost: $60

The Art of the Ninja (Age 7 and up)
Awakening the creative ninja! Activating the body and mind through movement and agility skills in nature. Honing our nature observation  by training the 5 senses (and 6th!). then translating the experiences into art through calligraphy and nature journaling. 8 online sessions with instructor- guided lessons and instructor response to submitted work.
Format

  • 2 lessons per week (accessible at your convenience), with prompt/response format
  • Optional opening and closing zoom sessions
    • Opening Zoom on Monday, July 13
    • Closing Zoom on Friday, August 7

Instructor: Ken Clarkson
Ages: 7 and up

4 weeks
July 13-August 7
Location: Zoom
Cost: $160

Ninjas in Nature Level 1 (Age 7 and up)
Earn your beginning level Ninjas in Nature patch and certificate by successfully mastering the first four Ninja skills! Go at your own pace using video content created by Instructor Ken Clarkson.
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
Ages: Ages 7 and up
4 weeks
July 13-August 7
Location: Google Classroom
Cost: $49 

Workshops

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

Art and Birding (Kids & Families)
In this workshop, we will take the opportunity to learn about the birds in our backyards, 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 backyards, including some common songs and calls that make identification so much easier and quicker.  Binoculars and a field guide are helpful, but not necessary. 

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. 
Instructor: Becky Harris
Ages: Kids & Families
Date: Saturday, July 18, 10:00-11:30am
Location: Zoom
Cost: $25

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


Wild Child Artdoors Classes

Farm to Ferment (11 and up)
This course will introduce students to food preservation through fermentation (primarily lacto-fermentation). Students will learn about this widely used technique where helpful microbes create an acidic environment for foods to transform into something more flavorful and healthier. Students will make traditional sauerkraut among other tasty foods. By the end of the course, students will be ready when gardens and farmer’s markets are flowing with fresh produce that can be fermented to enjoy for the rest of the year!
Week 1: What is fermentation? 
How it all works, why it’s so amazing. A simple brine for pickling, and traditional sauerkraut.
Week 2: Hot sauce!
Many foods have a fermented alter-ego, like hot sauce, salsa, and even soda. We’ll make fermented hot sauce and talk about other foods you didn’t know were (or could be) fermented!
Week 3: Yogurt! 
Combine yogurt culture and heated milk to make your own yogurt. Learn about what’s going on as your yogurt incubates.
Week 4: Bread!
Did you know bread relies on living microorganisms? We’ll bring flour and water to life with yeast in our final workshop.
Materials: We will post a list of ingredients each week based on the recipes we share.
Format
Your Wild Child Artdoors teacher will post a weekly assignment to SeeSaw every Monday in July. Students will have a week to work on the prompt independently and share their creations with their teacher. Teachers will respond with personalized feedback to each student. Many summer courses will also use Flipgrid and Zoom as teaching tools for students to connect as a group and share ideas.

Instructors: Leah Wang and Kevin Smith
Ages: 11 and up
4 weeks
July 6-31
Location: Seesaw Classroom
Cost: $100

Found in Nature (Age 11 and up)
Week 1: Observing
We step out into the open green spaces and start to observe details of natural elements through photography– closeups of textures, forms, colors etc.
Week 2: Collecting
We wander around collecting many objects like stones, twigs, bark pieces of varying forms and sized. We create compositions on a white paper to share. 
Week 3: Balancing
The material collected last week is used to create stacks of stone often seen in connection with mindfulness practices. 
Week 4: Painting 
This week we collect soft natural materials like grass, leaves, a springy bark and use them as “brushes” to paint and create textures as observed in week 1.
(All the above exercise helps calm the mind, connect it us nature and can help build perseverance through accepting qualities like impermanence.)
Materials: Camera, paper, natural objects, sticks and stones, paint.
Format
Your Wild Child Artdoors teacher will post a weekly assignment to SeeSaw every Monday in July. Students will have a week to work on the prompt independently and share their creations with their teacher. Teachers will respond with personalized feedback to each student. Many summer courses will also use Flipgrid and Zoom as teaching tools for students to connect as a group and share ideas.

Instructor: Mudita Pasari
Ages: 11 and up
4 weeks
July 6-31
Location: Seesaw Classroom
Cost: $100

Magical Movement (5 and up)
Magical Movement explores five different dance forms from around the world: tai-chi, qigong, capoeira, yoga, and West African dance. Work with Jon to learn about the styles of dance through movement, storytelling, and history. Self acceptance and growth are cornerstones of this class! This course is also available in Spanish.
Important Reminder! - Recordatorio Importante!
-Magical Movement is accessible for everyone! Alternative movements/curricul as well as translations in Spanish will be provided for anyone who would like it!
-¡El Movimiento Mágico es accesible para todos! ¡Se proporcionarán traducciones en español y movimientos / currículum alternativos para cualquiera que lo desee!
Week 1: The Basics of Magical Movement…Your Energy!
-To start our course, we will first look at martial arts movements and history from China and Korea
-Students will be guided to access their core strength, graceful movement, healthy posture, and calm center
-Students will learn about how practices like Tai-Chi and Qigong are used by Martial Artists and everyday people for health and happiness.
Week 2: Circle of Power
-We will be exploring the Brazilian dance/martial art form, Capoeira!
-Students will be guided to explore several movements from this beautiful traditional dance.
-Students will learn how Capoeira began as a means of resisting slavery and abuse, empowering people with the knowledge of self-defense as well as the strength and joy of community ritual.
Week 3: Your Inner Light
-This week we will be studying Yoga from the great country of India!
-Students will be guided in several postures and concepts from Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yoga Nidra style.
-Students will learn how Yoga can be used to develop themselves not just physically, but also emotionally. Self acceptance and growth are cornerstones of this class!
Week 4: Celebrating the Magic of Life!
-In our final class, we get to celebrate life with some wonderful movements from West Africa!
-Student will learn about how dance has played an important role in rituals around the world. From birth-to-death, and everything in between, cultures have developed dance forms that help them survive and thrive.
-Students will learn several West African dance movements, will gain understanding of how dance plays an important role in culture, and have a bunch of fun doing it!
Format
Your Wild Child Artdoors teacher will post a weekly assignment to SeeSaw every Monday in July. Students will have a week to work on the prompt independently and share their creations with their teacher. Teachers will respond with personalized feedback to each student. Many summer courses will also use Flipgrid and Zoom as teaching tools for students to connect as a group and share ideas.

Instructor: Jon Campbell
Ages: 5 and up
4 weeks
July 6-31
Location: Seesaw Classroom
Cost: $100

Storytelling through Art, Music, and Puppetry (Age 11 and up)
In this course, explore the magical world of storytelling by putting on your own puppet show! Students will choose (or write their own) story/fairytale/folktale, they will create their own set and characters, and they will use music, song, and sounds for a creative performance. Each student will use mixed media art and performing arts to bring a story to life!
Week 1: Story Finding
Fairytales, folktales, and story writing.
Week 2: Set Building
Painting a backdrop, playing with fabric, and found items from nature.
Week 3: Cast of Characters
Create your characters from recycled objects and natural materials found at home.
Week 4: Music & Song
Bring your puppet performance to life!
Materials: Recycled objects, natural materials, paint, fabric, and musical instruments.
Format
Your Wild Child Artdoors teacher will post a weekly assignment to SeeSaw every Monday in July. Students will have a week to work on the prompt independently and share their creations with their teacher. Teachers will respond with personalized feedback to each student. Many summer courses will also use Flipgrid and Zoom as teaching tools for students to connect as a group and share ideas.

Instructor: Anastasia Eichorn
Ages: 11 and up
4 weeks
July 6-31
Location: Seesaw Classroom
Cost: $100



Sections
Trees Mend Us Weeks 1-4 - July 13, 2020 to August 07, 2020
Trees Mend Us Week 1 - July 13, 2020 to July 17, 2020
Trees Mend Us Week 2 - July 20, 2020 to July 24, 2020
Trees Mend Us Week 3 - July 27, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Trees Mend Us Week 4 - August 03, 2020 to August 07, 2020
Nature Journaling and Drawing - July 13, 2020 to July 22, 2020
Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
The Art of the Ninja - July 13, 2020 to August 07, 2020
July 13 and August 7
Ninjas in Nature Level 1 - July 13, 2020 to August 07, 2020
Stone Weaving - July 30, 2020 to July 30, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 6:00pm
Root and Bloom Healing Crayons Workshop - July 11, 2020 to July 11, 2020
Art and Birding Workshop - July 18, 2020 to July 18, 2020
Musketaquid Book Club - September 09, 2020 to September 09, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00-7:30pm
Farm to Ferment - July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Found in Nature - July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Magical Movement - July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Storytelling through Art, Music, and Puppetry - July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
Where I Am From: Mapmaking - July 06, 2020 to July 31, 2020
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