Instruction

Beginning Guitar for Kids

Learn guitar anatomy, tuning, strumming and picking. Use tablature and diagrams to learn melodies and chords. Focus will be on good technique and practice strategy, basic music, theory, and of course, playing song and having fun!

The Art of Nature: Late Fall Birds

Study late fall birds, then paint them with Brenda Sloane in watercolor at IRWS

Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane in a monthly program that combines nature and art. We will start with a walk on the sanctuary to observe the topic of the month. We will then return to the Nature Center to create a follow-up work of art.

When: 
Saturday, November 2, 2013 1-3:30 pm

Nature Art Classes at Joppa Flats: Super Spiders

Kids will learn about spiders and webs through hands-on art at Joppa Flats Cente

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! Each series offers different themes and different materials to engage every young artist's budding creativity. Sign up for one class at a time, or come for the whole series. Move over, Michelangelo - make room for all our Joppa artist superstars!  This week we will turn our attention to spiders and their webs! Kids will make a nature weave and spider web picture, learn about spiders and look at web designs.

When: 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:45-5:15 pm

Nature Art Classes as Joppa Flats: Owls on the Prowl

Kids will make felt owls as they learn about them at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanc

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! Each series offers different themes and different materials to engage every young artist's budding creativity. Sign up for one class at a time, or come for the whole series. Move over, Michelangelo - make room for all our Joppa artist superstars!  This week we will turn our attention to the mysterious owl!

When: 
Thursday, October 17, 2013 3:45-5:15 pm

Nature Art Classes as Joppa Flats: Rocks & Pinecones

Kids will make squirrels and chipmunks out of rocks and pine cones at IRWS!

Any season is a great time to notice nature's beauty and to make it come to life with amazing works of art! Each series offers different themes and different materials to engage every young artist's budding creativity. Sign up for one class at a time, or come for the whole series. Move over, Michelangelo - make room for all our Joppa artist superstars!

When: 
Thursday, October 10, 2013 3:45-5:15 pm

Kayaking the Essex River Basin

Explore the Essex River Basin with ERBA as part of Trails & Sails 2013

Join Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA) for a guided kayak paddle the Essex River Basin!Take a 2 hour guided kayaking tour and experiennce the tranquil waters of the basin's diverse habitats with miles of estuaries, inland islands, wildlife, beaches and dunes. Part of Trails & Sails 2013.

When: 
Sunday, September 29, 2013 9-11am

The Art of Nature: Butterflies, Dragonflies, and Damselflies

Kids explore Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary with water colorist Brenda Sloane

Join watercolorist Brenda Sloane in a monthly program that combines nature and art. We will start with a walk on the sanctuary to observe the topic of the month. We will then return to the Nature Center to create a follow-up work of art.

When: 
Saturday, September 21, 2013 1-3:30 pm

Family Fun Free Day

Albert Alcalay (1917-2008), Night Fleet (detail), 1956. Oil on canvas.

The second Saturday of every month is free for families with school-aged children. Families are invited to the Activity Center to participate in art, history, and cultural activities, and explore the museum using a Seek and Find. Each month has a different theme, from exhibitions to special celebrations. With September 2013's theme 'Four Winds' families are invited to the Children's Activity Center to participate in themed art, history and cultural activities that explores the Gloucester's Rocky Neck Art Colony, its artists and sculptors. This program is free and open to the public.

When: 
Second Saturday of Every Month
Location: 
Cape Ann Museum

Guided Kayak Paddle at the Crane Wildlife Refuge

Families with kids aged 10 and up can explore the Crane Wild Life refuge.

Join The Trustees of Reservations and Essex River Basin Adventures (ERBA) for a guided kayak paddle of Crane Wildlife Refuge in Essex Bay. This introductory paddle teaches participants the basics of sea kayaking before setting out to explore what Yankee Magazine called "the best place to kayak in New England."

When: 
Saturdays & Sundays through Sept 16, 2013 2-4pm

Fun with Fiber Arts

Kids in grades 2-6 are invited to Spencer Peirce Little Farm to learn about textile artisanry! These monthly sessions are for students who are interested in or already working with fiber. Participants learn hand sewing, weaving, felting, knitting, dying wool, and carding/spinning wool, from featured guest artists. All crafts and completed projects are taken home. Students also learn how to use a sewing machine.

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