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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Winter 2019

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: Hanging Wall Baskets
In this class you will have the opportunity to create two baskets that can be hung on a wall.  One will be rectangular and one will be round.  Using basic construction techniques, students will have the opportunity to create their own unique version of each basket choosing from various sizes and colors of reed, as well as embellishments.  
Instructor: Debra Rolfe      
Location: The Umbrella, 40 Stow Street
Ages: Adult 16+ 
Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm, February 7, 14, 21
Cost: $90   Materials $12

Basket Making: Flared Seagrass Basket
Weaving with a mix of seagrass and rattan, students will learn how to shape a rectangular basket with flared sides.  This basket is perfect for a desktop to collect mail, for filling with flowers, or for just looking at!  Built in handles are optional.  As in every class, additional materials are provided to spark creativity, allowing each student to create their own unique version of the basket.
Instructor: Debra Rolfe 
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Ages: Adult 16+
Time: Thursdays, 6-8pm,  February 28, March 7, 14
Cost: $90  
Materials $12

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 16),  
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, February 10, 1:00– 3:30 pm
Location: The Umbrella Room 109
Cost: $40 per person

Wild Walk: Winter Woods Walk – Tracking and Foraging
Join survivalist Tim Swanson in Concord Land Conservation Trust’s SIMON WILARD WOODS to learn the art of navigating the winter woods -- reading the forest for animal life and shelter, what to eat, how to stay warm, and how to stay dry. 
Instructor: Tim Swanson
Sunday, March 3: Concord Land Conservation Trust October Farm
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, January 20, 1:00–3:00pm
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Simon Willard Woods
Cost: $5/individual, $10/Family


Tuesday Early Release: Bird’s Eye View: Map Making
What does our home town look like from a bird's eye view? From a turtle's? We will explore different kinds of maps, including pictorial, 3-D, linear, and traditional. We will map both places and experiences, using maps as a medium for storytelling. 
Ages: 8-12
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3pm, 6 weeks, January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, and 26
Location: The Umbrella Room 109
Cost:: $150    
Materials: $10

Thursday Afternoon Drop-In 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 16 -  March 28 (no class February 20), 3:30–5:00 pm
Location: The Umbrella Room 109
Cost: $5/class or $50/semester

Ninjas in Nature (Ages 8-12)
Come learn the ancient nature-based arts of the ninja. This 8 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 of each level test, students will receive a rank certificate, with an option to purchase a rank shirt and patch from Pathways Dojo (
Instructor: Ken Clarkson
January 15 - March 15
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Newbury Field
Cost: $240  Optional Materials Cost(t-shirt, patch): $35

Ninja Training Group: Winter 2019
This weekly indoor "dojo style" self defense/martial arts class  will follow a specific belt/rank curriculum under the licensing of Pathways Dojo. Students will also make ancient charcoal drawing pencils from willow and grapevine, learn kanji/calligraphy and plant/animal/landscape drawings that pertain to the study of ninjutsu. For more details on the intention behind this art element and how it pertains to the study of ninjutusu, see this video by Soke/Grandmaster of Ninjutsu Masaaki Hatsumi. Students would be expected to purchase the training videos that coincide with the rank progression so they can train at home and accelerate their belt progression. Ages 7-14 
Instructor: Ken Clarkson 8 Weeks;  Early Release Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45pm,  
January 15, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 26; Mar 5, 12
Location: The Umbrella Annex 
Cost: $120 | Materials: $0

Musketakids Drop-In 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: Mondays, 3pm - 4:30pm Cost: No charge, registration required

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