Arts & Environment Classes

Unlike traditional studio art classes, The Umbrella Arts & Environment 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.

During the pandemic, most classes and workshops will be held virtually using Zoom and Google Classroom depending on the teacher’s preference. Some classes will include 1 or 2 field trips to local Concord-area conservation land, where students will practice the skills they learn virtually. During these field trips, everyone will be required to wear a mask and appropriately social distance. Any questions about social distancing protocol can be sent to Caroline Provost at caroline@theumbrellaarts.org. 

This Earth Day we are celebrating all of the creatures of the air! There are so many amazing animals that call the sky their home, like songbirds and ... Learn More »
Instructor:
Abby Cramer
Day/time:
Saturday, April 17 at 1:00pm
This workshop has expired! Thanks to everyone who came out to make windsocks with us -- and to teacher Abby Cramer and photographer Ron Mann!We welcome community... Learn More »
Instructor:
Abby Cramer
Day/time:
Saturday, April 10 at 1:00pm
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... Learn More »
Instructor:
Caroline Provost
Day/time:
Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm
Come learn the ancient nature-based arts of the ninja. This 8 week course will teach a combination of awareness, movement, survival skills, stealth and... Learn More »
Instructor:
Ken Clarkson
Day/time:
Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm
In this workshop students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed rattan (... Learn More »
Instructor:
Kimberley Harding
Day/time:
Saturday, May 8, 1-5pm
There is so much going on in our lives right now -- things to look forward to, things to worry about, things that are changing.  Sometimes it can be hard to... Learn More »
Instructor:
Maura Clarke & Suzanne Siner
Day/time:
Sunday, May 16, 2:30-4:30pm