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Painting Materials and Methods
Fri, Apr 28 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

This course is for beginning and returning painters who want to acquire fundamental painting skills and new approaches to painting with oils or acrylics. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Jill Pottle’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether picking up a brush for the first time or the hundredth, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for painting.

Some basic drawing experienced is preferred.

Please note that space in this class series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Arm in Arm Presents, 'An Evening with Charles Dew'
Sat, Apr 29 | 8-10PM

Charles B. Dew teaches the history of the South and the Civil War and Reconstruction at Williams College, where he is Ephraim Williams Professor of American History. He is the award-winning author of four books. His books on the Civil War have twice received the Fletcher Pratt Award, given by the Civil War Roundtable for New York for the best non-fiction book on the Civil War in the year of publication. One was awarded the Organization of American Historians' Elliott Rudwick ...Prize, and was a Finalist for the Lincoln Prize. His latest book -- part memoir and part chronicle of the slave trade -- is The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade. Of Racist, The Washington Post wrote: "When you consider the sheer inhumanity it took for people-- good Christians all, in their own estimation -- to buy other people, or sell other people, or rape other people, or cheat and restrict other people, or just to kill other people outright with a bestial sadism you wouldn't inflict on an ailing dog...Why? What was it in white Southern mores, folkways or history that made this such an indelible -- though not unique--characteristic of theirs, that allowed to many of them to do such things or simply to stand in complicit silence, without a peep from conscience, as such things were done all around them? Why? It is the triumph of Dew's book to pose that question at long last."

Dew will speak at the Fruitlands museum on Saturday, April 29th, at 8:00 p.m. This talk, hosted by Arm in Arm in partnership with the Bromfield student organization Common Ground, and funded through the support of the Harvard School Trust, is free and open to the public. Seats for 150, first come, first serve. Dew's talk will be followed by a Q&A. Afterward, Dew will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.

For any questions please contact harvardarminarm@gmail.com or Emma Franziem at 978.456.0066





Wednesday Wonderings
Wed, May 3 | 10-11AM

The first four Wednesdays in May, join us on the hillside to hear a story, make a craft, and explore the museum and grounds with your pre-schooler. Each week we will read stories based on a new theme. Each story will be accompanied by a craft or exploration that will illuminate the wonders of the natural world and history of Fruitlands Museum.

May 3rd- Rooting for Trees
May 10th- Baby Birds
May 17th- Then, Now, and Into the Future
May 24th- Charley Eliot and Forest Adventures

Reserve your spot today by pre-registering children and adults for each session you plan to attend!

 





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, May 4 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Painting Materials and Methods
Fri, May 5 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

This course is for beginning and returning painters who want to acquire fundamental painting skills and new approaches to painting with oils or acrylics. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Jill Pottle’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether picking up a brush for the first time or the hundredth, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for painting.

Some basic drawing experienced is preferred.

Please note that space in this class series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Artist Talk: Greg Lookerse
Sat, May 6 | 2-3PM

Join Artist in Residence, Greg Lookerse as he discusses his work featured “Literary Soil,” in Fruitlands Museum’s Art Museum.

Greg Lookerse creates sculptural artwork joining conceptual rigor with thorough craftsmanship. It is not enough for him to read texts by influential authors including St. Augustine, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, and Annie Dillard. Once read, the pages of his personal copies become visual art. In a process that often evolves through performative consideration, the ideas held within the pages become activated and made public in a way they wouldn’t if they remained on a bookshelf, in a library. Lookerse folds the pages of Dillard’s The Living (1992) into an elaborate, mandala-like relief resembling the window of a Gothic cathedral. Pages of Thoreau’s Walden become a winding path on the gallery floor with a simply-hewn prayer bench at its center. Melville’s Moby Dick becomes simple, blunt paintings as the artist systematically covers all but chapter headings with rows of white pigment.





Forest Bathing: Taking in the Forest Atmosphere
Sat, May 6 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

Breathe, Relax, Wander, Touch, Listen, Heal. Peel the layers of stress away and support healing by experiencing the medicine of the forest on a Shinrin Yoku walk with Certified Forest Therapy Guide, Nadine Mazzola. Shinrin Yoku is a term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." It is unlike any nature walk you have experience before. We focus on our senses to develop an immediate connection with the forest. This is a very relaxed, slow, and mindful way of walking that has many proven health benefits. It's fun, easy and relaxing! We’ll do a series of activities to engage our senses, hone intuition and connect with the natural world around us. Over time we have started to lose our connection with nature as more technology creeps into our lives. Wash away some of the technology induced stress of modern life and reconnect to nature.

The walk will still be on if it's raining, unless it is a really big downpour or violent storm. If it is raining it's important to have a waterproof shell including pants, and many people bring umbrellas also. Rain often enhances sensory experience and makes for some of our most memorable walks.

Please note that space in this program is limited and pre-registration is required.

About Our Instructor:
Nadine is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide and Mentor through the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs and founder & Director of New England Nature & Forest Therapy Consulting. Her training includes special knowledge in guiding people of all ages in Shinrin Yoku, "Forest Bathing," walks and the body of scientific knowledge demonstrating the benefits of spending time in nature as a wellness practice and an effective way to manage and reduce stress. As a cancer survivor, practicing good self-care is Nadine's most important guiding principle for herself. She has come to know the healing and support that nature can offer us through her own personal wellness journey. A Massachusetts native who loves spending time wandering and exploring in nature, she is joyous to be sharing Forest Bathing with the community and creating environments for Forest Therapy. Her website is www.nenft.com.





Painting with Pastels
Tue, May 9 | 6-8PM

This course is for beginning and returning artists who want to acquire fundamental skills and new approaches to painting with pastels. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Joelle Feldman’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether trying the medium for the first time or building on experience, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for making art.

Please note space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Wednesday Wonderings
Wed, May 10 | 10-11AM

The first four Wednesdays in May, join us on the hillside to hear a story, make a craft, and explore the museum and grounds with your pre-schooler. Each week we will read stories based on a new theme. Each story will be accompanied by a craft or exploration that will illuminate the wonders of the natural world and history of Fruitlands Museum.

May 3rd- Rooting for Trees
May 10th- Baby Birds
May 17th- Then, Now, and Into the Future
May 24th- Charley Eliot and Forest Adventures

Reserve your spot today by pre-registering children and adults for each session you plan to attend!

 





Candlelight Yoga
Thu, May 11 | 6:30-7:30PM

This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Painting Materials and Methods
Fri, May 12 | 9:30AM-12:30PM

This course is for beginning and returning painters who want to acquire fundamental painting skills and new approaches to painting with oils or acrylics. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Jill Pottle’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether picking up a brush for the first time or the hundredth, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for painting.

Some basic drawing experienced is preferred.

Please note that space in this class series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Marmee's Mother's Day Party
Sun, May 14 | 11AM-2PM

Come by the Fruitlands Farmhouse to celebrate Mom with this Little Women themed Mother's Day Party. Listen to live reading of excerpts from Louisa May Alcott's classic novel. Make a craft. Try on period dress up clothes and play historic games. Enjoy live fiddle music as you step back in time. 

This event is free with Museum Admission and on Mother's Day all Mothers are admitted for free!

Extend your Mother's Day museum experience with brunch in the Fruitlands Museum Cafe. Tables book up quickly. If you plan to attend brunch, you must make a reservation by calling 978.456.3924 x242.

 





Painting with Pastels
Tue, May 16 | 6-8PM

This course is for beginning and returning artists who want to acquire fundamental skills and new approaches to painting with pastels. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Joelle Feldman’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether trying the medium for the first time or building on experience, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for making art.

Please note space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.





Wednesday Wonderings
Wed, May 17 | 10-11AM

The first four Wednesdays in May, join us on the hillside to hear a story, make a craft, and explore the museum and grounds with your pre-schooler. Each week we will read stories based on a new theme. Each story will be accompanied by a craft or exploration that will illuminate the wonders of the natural world and history of Fruitlands Museum.

May 3rd- Rooting for Trees
May 10th- Baby Birds
May 17th- Then, Now, and Into the Future
May 24th- Charley Eliot and Forest Adventures

Reserve your spot today by pre-registering children and adults for each session you plan to attend!

 





Create a Personal Mandala
Thu, May 18 | 6:30-8PM

Mandala in Sanskrit means “Sacred Circle.” It is a spiritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing our universe. In this 2-session workshop, artist and instructor, Susan Ginouves will guide participants in making their own personal mandala. Your mandala will use elements and features that are personally meaningful to you. Such elements may include shapes, colors, symbols, key words, numbers and other elements that are passionate to you. A wide variety of materials will be available for participants to use for creating a mandala that will represent your own ideas and visions. The workshop is suited to both artists and non-artists alike. With a playful mind and a sincere intention your mandala will be a creation straight from your heart and a very personally meaningful creation.

Susan has been leading mandala workshops for several years. She is a professional watercolorist and a master level Reiki practitioner and teacher.

Please note that space in this two-part program is required. Please register by Monday, May 15th to secure your spot.





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