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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Winter 2020

Registration Deadline 04/30/2020
Payment Deadline 04/30/2020

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 is one of the most widespread crafts across the history of civilizations and one of the few crafts that remains purely homemade. Come and learn the techniques that people have used for thousands of years to make useful and beautiful items. Both classes are open to beginner and experienced basket makers.

Pack Basket
This medium sized pack basket is a classic design.  The base measures 5”x 8”. The front of the basket “bellys out” to approximately 8” and stands 15” tall.  The flat back is topped with a small handle to make it easy to pick up. Add back pack strapping and it is the perfect basket for a stroll in the woods!
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
4 Weeks; Thursdays
January 9, 16, 23, 30 6:00–8:00pm
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: $120 | Materials $30 for weaving material, additional cost for straps $25.00

Gathering or Market Basket
Starting with the same base and handle, you can decide whether to make a gathering basket (lower sides) or a market basket (higher sides).   Students will have the opportunity to be creative in their weaving designs as the teacher will provide various sizes and colors of reed to work with.
Instructor: Debra Rolfe
3 Weeks; Thursdays 
February 13, 20, 27, 6:00–8:00pm
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: $90 | Materials $20

Beginning Baskets, Beading and Weaving
Learn the basic skills of these traditional arts and the variations across cultures and history. Projects include making a small gathering basket, beading a hand-sewn bag, and weaving a wall hanging. We will also try our hand at Quipu, telling stories with knots.
Instructor: Nancy Lippe
6 weeks, 1pm - 3pm
February 11 - March 24 (no class February 18)
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: $180,  Materials: $20


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
January 16 -  March 29 (no class February 20), 3:30–5:00 pm
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: $5/participant/class or $50/semester

Art Stretch - Expand Your Creative Reach!
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, 3:30-5:30pm
March 4 - April 29 
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: No cost

Ninjas in Nature (Ages 7-12)
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 14 - March 10
Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust
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 14, 21, 28; Feb 4, 11, 25; Mar 3, 10
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center 
Cost: $120 | Materials: $0


Hand-craft 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 8, 2:00– 5:00 pm
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
Cost: $40 per person

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, Room 109
Cost: $30 per person

Wild Walk: Tracking Winter Wildlife and Wild Edibles Tim Swanson 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. What does the winter forest offer us to eat? Geared to enthusiasts of all ages.

Instructor: Tim Swanson

Sunday, February 2, 1:00–3:00pm

Location: Concord Land Conservation Trust Chamberlin Woods

Cost: $10/individual, $20/Family

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, 12, 19, 2:005:00pm
Thursday, April 23, 5:008:00pm
Location: The Umbrella, Room 109
$5 per person/$10 per family

Community Events

Winter Solstice: Fire and Drum Sing-A-Long (All Ages)
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 6:007:30pm
The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA
Warm the spirit on the longest night of the year at the candle and bonfire lit evening on the back lawn of the Old Manse.  Sing along with Voices for the Earth Chorus and dance to the drum rhythms. Hot cider and the makings of s’mores provided. Free and open to the public. Free parking available at the Old Manse parking lot, the Old North Bridge lot, and the Minuteman National Park Visitor Center lot. 


Earth Day 2020: Saturday April 25
Celebrating the Confluence of Art & Nature
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. More details to follow in the spring catalog and online.

Earth Month Exhibit April 12May 6, “Water”
Artist Reception April 22, 6:008:00 pm

BASKET MAKING: : Pack Basket - January 09, 2020 to January 30, 2020
Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00pm
BASKET MAKING: Gathering or Market Basket - February 13, 2020 to February 27, 2020
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Beginning Baskets, Beading and Weaving - February 11, 2020 to March 24, 2020
Tuesdays, 1-3pm
Thursday Afternoon Drop-In Art and Nature Play - January 16, 2020 to March 26, 2020
Thursdays, 3:30 - 5pm
Art Stretch - Expand Your Creative Reach! - March 04, 2020 to April 29, 2020
Wednesdays, 3:30pm- 5:30pm
Ninjas in Nature - January 14, 2020 to March 10, 2020
Tuesdays, 2 -4:00pm, CLCT Newbury Field
Ninjas Training Group - January 14, 2020 to March 10, 2020
Tuesdays, 4:45 - 5:45pm
Ninjas in Nature - Ninja Training Group Van transportation - January 14, 2020 to March 10, 2020
Tuesdays, 4-4:45pm
Handcrafted Wooden Spoons (Teens & Adults) - March 08, 2020 to March 08, 2020
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2-5:00pm
Tree Bark Clay Bowls - March 22, 2020 to March 22, 2020
Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3pm
Wild Walk: Tracking Winter Wildlife and Wild Edibles with Tim Swanson - February 02, 2020 to February 02, 2020
Sunday, Feb, 2 Concord Land Conservation Trust October Farm Land
Earth Day Parade and River Ceremony - April 05, 2020 to April 23, 2020
Sundays, 2:00-500pm, Saturday 4/11, 2:00pm-5:00pm, Thursday April 23, 5:00-8:00pm
Winter Solstice: Bonfire and Drum Sing-Along - December 21, 2019 to December 21, 2019
Saturday December 21, 6:00-7:30pm
Earth Day: SAVE THE DATE! - April 25, 2020 to April 25, 2020
Saturday April 25, 10:00am-2:00pm
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