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

Registration Deadline 03/30/2018
Payment Deadline 03/30/2018

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, Teen and Youth programs.


Basket Making: Small Gathering Basket

This round gathering basket has a 10” diameter and is approximately 7” high. It has two small side handles. It is ideal for holding small projects, fruit, or organizing paperwork.  
Instructor: Debra Rolfe      Location: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Ages: Adult 16+ Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, February 1, 8, 15 Cost: $90   Materials $8

Basket Making: Leaf Basket
This basket is a Japanese style traditional serving tray used for buns, fruit, hors d’oeuvres, etc. It is woven in a twill weave and finished off with a knot to hold everything together at the top. Students should have the opportunity to make more than one. A fun basket to make!
Instructor: Debra Rolfe 
Location: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Ages: Adult 16+ Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, March 1, 8, 15,  Cost: $90   Materials $5

Story Studio with Jeannie Abbott

Through the confluence of Art & Environment we connect more fully with the natural world and each other. These informal Wednesday evening gatherings are an opportunity to explore how art intersects with nature. Bring a writing and/or art project reflecting the natural world that you are working on plus the desire to spend time with others. Curiosity and sharing encouraged.
Ages: Adult 16+ Day/Time:  Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 (first class January 10),  Cost: free


The Art of Tool Making: Handcrafted Wooden Spoons (Teens & Adults)|
Using local, sustainably sourced wood (e.g., cedar), survival skills instructor Tim Swanson will teach you the ancient art and practice of spoon carving. After considering use, shape, size and depth for your design, you'll learn how to safely use carving knives and sandpaper to craft your own spoon.
Instructor: Tim Swanson
Sunday, March 4, 3:00– 5:30 pm
Location: The Umbrella Annex
Cost: $40 per person

Wild Walk: The Art of Winter Adventuring – Fire Starting, Winter Edibles, Shelters, and Cordage
Join survivalist Tim Swanson in Concord Land Conservation Trust’s Hallenbeck Land to learn the art of winter survival: what to eat, how to stay warm, and how to stay dry. You'll learn to use a bow drill and other tools to start a fire. In addition, learn to make cordage from natural fibers -- the ancient form of duct tape that comes in handy in any situation.
Instructor: Tim Swanson
Sunday, January 28, 1:00–3:00pm
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Hallenbeck Land
Cost: $5/individual, $10/Family

Wild Walk: Tracking – Reading Wildlife and the Winter Woods
Andrew Joslin will teach us how to use both sight and sound (and sometimes smell) to interpret animal movements and behavior. In addition to recognizing common tracks, learn to observe wintering bird flock behaviors and study animal signs like burrows, digging, and pecking. Listen for animal sounds and communication -- what are they doing or saying? What can wind and weather tell us when we're in the woods? How does weather impact forest ecosystems and animal -- and our own -- decision-making in the winter woods? Geared to enthusiasts of all ages.
Instructor: Andrew Joslin
Sunday, February 11, 1:00–3:00pm
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $5/individual, $10/Family


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 Annex–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 website and facebook page. Winter activities include: Recycled art: light bulbs, collages, tiny houses, and animals; snowflake mobiles; dioramas; and snow sculptures.
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
10 Weeks; Thursdays
January 18 -  March 29 (no class February 22), 3:30–5:00 pm
Location: The Umbrella Annex or outdoors in conservation areas if weather permits
Cost: $5/class or $50/semester

Ninjas in Nature (Ages 8-12)
Come learn the ancient nature-based arts of the ninja. This 4 week course will cover the Level 1 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, rank shirt, and patch from Pathways Dojo (
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2:00–3:30pm
Location: Old Rifle Range Conservation Area
Cost: $90 | Materials: $35

Musketakids Teen Public Art Program
What community and environmental issues do you care about?  Design individual and collaborative outdoor art projects.  You'll experience the role and impact of public art, and take a field trip to Artists for Humanity in Boston.  We will explore local trails and make art along the way. Last year’s projects included: “Stress ReLeaf” interactive sculpture, art materials/journals for Syrian Refugees, and bicycle sculptures.
Ages: Open to youth grades 7-12 Day/Time: Tuesdays, 3pm - 4:30pm Cost: No charge, registration required

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