Spring Calendar

March 2nd, 2015 Comments Off



Although it may look like the depths of Winter, the calendar tells us all that the miracles of Spring are on their way!  Please read below and mark your calendars for our fresh Spring programs and events.  With the arrival of Spring, comes the arrival of a lot more SPACE!  Hooray!  We are currently prepping the Farmhouse, Apple Shed and Play and Grow Gardens for our events and classes.  And, the Schoolhouse is getting its great, big Spring cleaning!  We are ready to create!


For more information about these programs, visit the website’s sidebar.


March 3 at the PCA:  First rehearsal for our Spring Musical:  The 12 Dancing Princesses

March 10 in the Schoolhouse and Farmhouse Studios:  NEW session of Springtime afterschool art and craft classes begins

March 12 in the Farmhouse Studios:  Junkbox Mainstreet 9-noon or 9-3 Workshop Day

March 20 in the Farmhouse Studios:  First Day of SPRING Adult Painting Workshop from 7-9:30 New Beginnings:  Painting the Springtime Garden

April 4 and 5 on the Farm (and in the Farmhouse, Schoolhouse and Apple Shed!):  The Great Big Easter Egg Hunt from 10am-11:30am Prizes, Animals, Art, Nibbles and More!

May 1 and 2 on the Farm:  May Faire Vintage Homegoods and Art Market at the Farm!

May 4 in the Schoolhouse and on the Farm:  FINAL session of afterschool art programming begins for the 2014-15 school year


NEW! Preschooler Drop-off Class at the Farmhouse

February 21st, 2015 Comments Off

Our new headquarters!

Farmhouse Fridays:  Fairytails!  Caregiver Stay OR Drop-off Art and Storytime for ages 3-5


March 13-April 17 (Fridays)

9:30am-11am in the new Rumphius Artspace:  The 1754 Farmhouse on Meadowbrook Farm

$12 per artist.


Join Emily Piper of Rumphius for storytime, puppet play, creative play and fairy”tail” animal art in the spacious new home of Rumphius!  We have three big rooms of fun – the storyroom, the art studio and the playroom.  You can drop-off, or, if you would like to stay and have tea and coffee while your little artist explores Emily’s world of animals and creativity, you are more than welcome to enjoy our new waiting area.


Email Emily at rumphius@creativityunhinged or call 978.995.7002 to register.

February Workshops

January 28th, 2015 Comments Off


February 4th VALENTINE-A-THON! 

1-3pm at the Rumphius Recycled Schoolhouse

We will stamp, sticker, glitter (and Cricut!!) up a storm!  Please send your child either with a list of family members or a class list for valentine-making.  Kids will learn how to make beautiful and creative cards using funny sayings and overlapping materials.  This is a half-day for Westford Schools.  Ages 5 and up (We split into Jr. And Sr. Tables) from 1-3pm $25 or $20 with friend/sibling discount.To sign up, email Emily at rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002



Sign up for all 5 and receive Friday Free!

Have more than one child?  Sign up for four workshops per family, and receive the 5th FREE!

Sign up for all 10 for only $200! (This is like a camp- they can bring their lunch.)

Need extended day?  We offer 8am-5pm.  $7 per hour per child

To sign up, email Emily at rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002




MORNING THEME of the WEEK:  The Art of Play!

AFTERNOON THEME of the WEEK:   Literary Art


Monday, February 16:  Morning:  Painting Playful Polka Dots!

Afternoon:  Alice in Wonderland Mixed Media


Tuesday, February 17:  Morning: The Play Kitchen!

Afternoon:  Harry Potter Spellbooks


Wednesday, February 18:  Morning:  The Duct-tape Dollhouse (two-storied masterpieces!)

Afternoon:  Kiki and Cocoa in Paris and The Making of a Rag Doll


Thursday, February 19:  Morning:  Dolly Day!

Afternoon:  Little Women Dollhouse


Friday, February 20:  Morning:  Playful Ponies!  (with pony rides!!!)

Afternoon:   The Invention of HUGO Cabret Magical Boxes

January Workshops

January 1st, 2015 Comments Off





Monday, January 19 : Theater Workshop at the Parish Center for the Arts- a special workshop in the Main Hall and upstairs classroom of the PCA.  Theater games, music, and skits with Emily Piper and guest artists.  9am-3pm for ages 4-12.  We will split into three age categories:  Junior (4-6) Intermediate (7-9) and Senior (10-12)  At 2:30. families are invited for a final ALL FAMILY SING-ALONG AND THEATER GAME FEST! 9am-3pm at the PCA $45 or $40 with friend/sibling discount


Tuesday, January 20:  FROZEN Art Playset at the Schoolhouse   “Let it go” with paint, glitter and more creating a sparkling winter world!  We will also make all of the dolls (Elsa, Anna, Sven, Olaf and Christophe!)  We love creating miniature worlds in the Schoolhouse, so it was only a matter of time before we created Elsa out of pipecleaners!   for ages 5 and up TWO time options!  9am-noon ($30 or $25 with friend/sib discount) or 9am-3pm ($60 or $50 with friend/sib discount)


To sign up, email Emily at rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002

Sign-up for our 2014-2015 Classes!

August 4th, 2014 Comments Off

cat art!


(Workshops and Adult Programming soon to come!)

We are very excited to share our BRAND NEW 2014-2015 classes for kids.  Just click on CLASS OFFERINGS to take a look!  And, this HUGE and fabulous cat was created last Spring in our Mixed-Media class for our pre-teen and teen artists.  Four BIG canvases and a lot of paint, glue, glitter and tissue paper!

Junior Pony Drop-in Times this Summer

June 18th, 2014 Comments Off

Yeehaw!  The summer is here, and Meadowbrook Farm is hosting a Junior Pony Drop-in Story, Craft and Ride on Wednesdays at the barn!  Hosted by Lanea Tripp and Lori Caouette and of course, Waffles and the ponies of Meadowbrook!  Wednesdays 10:15-11:30 for ages 3 and up (younger sibs are welcome to come and craft) hosted at the barn.  This is drop-in with parking at the barn and across the road in front of the Apple Shed.


July 2 – no program
July 9 PAINT A PONY (Literally)
July 16 TBA
July 23 TBA
July 30  TBA
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The Ponies are Coming! The Ponies are coming!

May 8th, 2014 Comments Off

Yes, it is true!  The Schoolhouse is getting three ponies, and we are so excited!  Visit our website in the upcoming weeks for pony events!horsebooks

Think Spring and Sign-up for Spring Break Workshops at the Schoolhouse!

March 10th, 2014 Comments Off

Springtime Shower 2




Sign up for all 5 and receive Friday Free!(That’s $100!)

Have more than one child?  Sign up for four workshops per family, and receive the 5th FREE!

Sign up for all 10 for only $200! (This is like a camp- they can bring their lunch.)

Single workshops are $30 each, or, $25 with the friend/sibling discount


MORNING For Ages 5 and up from 9-12

Animalia!  Our third year of animal-inspired art for Spring Break!

Monday, April 21:  Here Kitty, Kitty!  Mixed-Media Kitties on Canvas

Tuesday, April 22:  Horsin’ Around!  Make a Dollhouse-style Stable with Ponies

Wednesday, April 23:  Hippity Hop!  Sew-A-Bunny to Cuddle

Thursday, April 24:  Picasso Puppies!  Painting Dogs Ala our Favorite Famous Artists

Friday, April 25:  Cock-A-Doodle-Doodle!  Animal Drawing and Painting on the Farm


AFTERNOON For Ages 7 and up from 1-4

Art Around the World!

Monday, April 21:  Parisian Painting

Tuesday, April 22:  Egyptian Mummies

Wednesday, April 23:  Fashions of Milan

Thursday, April 24:  African Masks

Friday, April 25:  Russian Matryoshkas (nesting dolls)6343006-fresh-spring-and-easter-borders-isolated-on-white-eggs-daisies-daffodils-and-green-grass


February 27th, 2014 Comments Off


We have lots of fun in the Rumphius Theater Troupes!  This Spring, it is all about

MUSIC!  So, if your child loves to sing and act, this is the place for them!  And,

this year, there is an historical element to each show.  This is a fun way to learn

about American history!


To register, reply to this email or call 978.995.7002.




Long Road Home: Kids Sing and Tell the Story of Us!


Tuesdays from 3:45-5:15 at the Parish Center for the Arts Main Hall and Music Room

March 4-May 23

For ages 5-12 (ages 5-7 and 8-12 will be split at rehearsal)

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performances: Friday, May 23 at 5pm and 7:30pm at the PCA


We will take a trip back in time telling the story of American children from the

early settlers through today. There will be lots of singing, fun costume changes

and a time-traveling storyline for those who love drama!  We will visit the early

days of swing music, 50s poodle skirts and even learn pre-Civil War spirituals.

There will be Jazzy flappers, 60s hippies and yes, we will even visit the 1980s!

(and MORE!) This will be a great learning experience for all who love history and

music.  Emily Piper directs with Christina Kennedy as musical director.


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Thursdays from 4:30-6pm at the Parish Center for the Arts

March 6-June 6

For ages 10-adult

Fee: $225 or $200 with friend/sibling discount

Final Performance: Friday, June 6 at 7pm at the PCA (cabaret style with nibbles!)


Ahhh, Gershwin- my fave!  Students will perform a solo cabaret song as well as take

part in duets, trios and group numbers.  AND, we are adding short funny plays ala

the 1920s Follies for those who also love to act!  Everyone will get all dolled

up for a vintage night never to forget!  Christina Kennedy is the musical director

with staging by Emily Piper.


All events are with Emily Piper and Christina Kennedy who are CPR and First Aid

trained and CORI certified.

February Break Workshop Week is almost here! Sign up today!

January 12th, 2014 Comments Off

Petite Parisian Painter!

Our third year of workshop weeks is here!  To sign up, email rumphius@creativityunhinged.com or call 978.995.7002.

Sign up for all 5 and receive Friday FREE!
Fabulous Fairytale Magic Playsets, Painting, Sewing and More!


Junior Workshops are for ages 5-7 and are from 9am-12pm

Senior Workshops are for ages 8-12 and are from 1pm-4pm

Workshops are $30 or $25 with the sibling/friend discount

Make it a mini-camp and sign up for the week for only $100!

Monday, February 17:  Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (a board game on canvas)

Tuesday, February 18:  Hansel and Gretl (the witch’s tasty house with dolls playset)

Wednesday, February 19:  Little Red Riding Hood (illustrate the book)

Thursday, February 20: Cinderella (fabulous doll sewing)

Friday, February 21:  The Little Mermaid (underwater painting on canvas with easels)

our mission…

Henry David Thoreau could not have said it better than in his quote, “The World is but a canvas to the imagination.” At Rumphius, we provide the canvas in a communal, eco-conscious and grassroots setting, and you provide the imagination!