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Musketaquid Arts & Environment - Adult, Youth, and Family Programs - Winter 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
10 Weeks, Jan. 12 - Mar. 23
Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm
Location: Zoom

Cost: $50

Nature Journaling for Kids (8-12)
Can you count all the snowflakes falling from the sky? No, but you can draw them! Nature journaling encourages wonder, creativity, and appreciation for the environment while also teaching drawing skills and scientific inquiry. In this workshop, we will explore our backyards, draw what we find, and play with shapes, color, and perspective. Students will keep a sketchbook for drawing and documenting their questions and discoveries. 

Materials: Everyone should have a sketchbook, graphite pencils, and coloring pencils. 

Instructor: Caroline Provost
Ages: 8-12
8 weeks, Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 

Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm

Location: Zoom
Cost: $120

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: Caroline Provost
Ages: 4-10
10 weeks, Jan. 21 - Apr. 1 

Thursdays, 3:30-5:00pm

Location: Zoom
Cost: $50

Workshops

February 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, and others
Ages: Families
Date: Sunday, February 28 at 1-4pm
Location: Concord Conservation Land at Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Writing Out Loud Workshop (7th-10th graders)

Instructors: Maura Clarke & Suzanne Siner
Ages: 7th-10 graders
Date: TBD
Location: Zoom
Cost: $30


Art and Birding (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, January 30, 10:00-11:00am
Location: Zoom
Cost: $20

Art and Birding: Snowy Owls (Kids & Families)
How many feathers are there on the wing of an owl? In this one-hour virtual workshop, we will take the opportunity to learn about the birds in our backyards and local habitats, and some techniques for drawing them. An Arts & Environment teacher will show how to draw a snowy owl and its habitat. Besides learning how to draw and color in our owls, we will also learn about local habitats and how they change during the winter. Why do some trees keep their leaves and others don’t? Where do owls live in the woods? What do owls eat during the winter?  

Materials: pencil, paper, eraser; binoculars and field guide to birds helpful but not required

Instructor: Becky Harris
Ages: Kids & Families
Saturday, February 27, 10:00-11:00am
Location: Zoom
Cost: $20

Art & Nature Valentines Day Workshop (Kids & Families)
Join us for a Valentines crafting session! We will learn about the symbolism of flowers while creating a bouquet of paper hearts. Next, we will weave natural elements, like foxtail grass, wheat strands, and goldenrod, onto a woven heart.  We will also have supplies to craft a valentine for the birds! A “lovely” time is sure to be had by all.

Instructor: Therese Roeser
Ages: Kids & Families
Sunday, February 14, 2-4pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Winter is for the Birds! (Kids & Families)
If winter is getting you down, why not lift your spirits by making some gifts for the birds in your yard?  In this workshop, we will be crafting a simple coffee mug bird feeder and a nesting ball. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving because you will be delighted by all the bird watching available! Please bring an old coffee mug for us to repurpose.  All other supplies will be provided!

Instructor: Therese Roeser
Ages: Kids & Families
Sunday, January 24, 2-4pm
Location: The Umbrella Arts Center
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Winter Habits and Winter Movement (Kids & Families)
Animals respond and adapt to the winter by burmiating, aestivation, hibernation, migration, and embracing the snow! Learn about all the cool ways animals thrive in the winter through interactive stations, games, creative movement, investigations of art and nature, and creating original art projects for the whole family! Families can cut, glue, and construct original printmaking blocks in the shapes of animal feet, claws, paws.  Attaching your block to your feet, print life-like animal tracks to make abstract paintings to take home.

Instructor: Dani Schechner
Ages: Kids & Families
Sunday, February 21, 1-4pm
Location: Chamberlin Woods
Cost: $20/individual, $30/family

Painting the Northern Lights (Kids & Families)
Learn about how gaseous particles combine with the Earth and sun's atmosphere to create impressive auroral colors, scattered clouds of light, and shapes in the northern and southern hemisphere!  Follow a little gild named Aurora and her caribou friend as they fill the sky with beautiful hues as we read the beautiful children’s book Aurora and the Northern Lights. Translate the brilliant forms of streamers, arcs, rippling curtains into elegant watercolor paintings. Study key painting techniques and experiment with different non-toxic medium combinations to capture our observations of nature’s magic! 

Instructor: Dani Schechner
Ages: Kids & Families
Sunday, February 7, 1-2pm
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. Our newest book selection is Vesper Flights by Helen MacDonald.
Wednesday, March 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Location: Zoom
Cost: Free


Sections
Nature Journaling: Awaken Your Senses! - January 12, 2021 to March 23, 2021
Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm
Nature Journaling for Kids - January 06, 2021 to February 24, 2021
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
Drop In: Nature Journaling - January 05, 2021 to February 23, 2021
Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm
Art and Birding Workshop - January 30, 2021 to January 30, 2021
Saturday, January 30, 10-11am
Art and Birding Workshop: Snowy Owls - February 27, 2021 to February 27, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 10-11am
Art & Nature Valentines Day Workshop - February 14, 2021 to February 14, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2-4pm
February Ninjas Festival - February 28, 2021 to February 28, 2021
Sunday, February 28, 1-4pm
Winter is for the Birds! - January 24, 2021 to January 24, 2021
Sunday, January 24, 2-4pm
Winter Habits and Winter Movement - February 21, 2021 to February 21, 2021
Sunday, February 21, 1-4pm
Painting the Northern Lights - February 07, 2021 to February 07, 2021
Sunday, February 7, 1-2pm
Art and Nature Drop In - January 21, 2021 to April 01, 2021
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Musketaquid Book Club - March 10, 2021 to March 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 6:00-7:30pm
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