Unlike traditional studio art classes, Musketaquid educational programs focus on looking outside of the classroom to cultivate an awareness of the natural world. Through exercises in observation, experimentation and invention, participants grow to appreciate nature’s infinite variety of colors, textures, volume and material, and to view it as both a refuge and a source of inspiration. These programs are a wonderful complement to all studio classes, as well as our seasonally themed Wild Walks.
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & BOOK CLUB
3:30-5pm, $5 per participant
Weekly art and nature activities, held either at The Musketaquid Room at 40 Stow Street or in Hapgood Wright Town Forest
Musketaquid Book Club: 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. Books selected reflect the 2020 Musketaquid Earth Day theme, “Water”-- a focus offering rich choices for this first year of reading together. Share your thoughts and experiences via Facebook, or come to our quarterly Potlucks to discuss the book with fellow readers and invited speakers.
Ninjas in Nature (ages 8-12): Ninjas in Nature, an outdoor education program that combines exposure to the natural environment with the introductory arts of the ancient ninja.The Ninjas in Nature program, led by Mark Roemke and Ken Clarkson, focuses on connecting children to nature and improving self-confidence and resilience through skill-building activities. Starting in 2019, the popular program is also being expanded into a new Ninjas in Nature Summer Camp, with different instructors and themes each week.
Wild Walks: Led by artists/naturalists, and co-sponsored by the Concord Land Conservation Trust, these seasonal outings explore local conservation lands and teach outdoor and art skills. Some walk themes have included canoeing, orienteering, and tracking.
Basket Making: Debra Rolfe, gifted artist and instructor, offers two classes each semester, suitable for beginner and more experienced weavers. Students work with both traditional reed materials as well as local natural materials such as day lilies and grape vine. In each class, students learn a new technique and take home a finished product.