The Eric Sloane Museum in Kent has announced the programming theme for this year -- "Eric Sloane and New England Stone."

The museum will highlight traditional, dry-laid stonewall architecture of New England and Eric Sloane's treatment of it in his books and paintings.

A highlight of the season will be a series of hands-on courses taught by master stonemason Carl Dill.

Upcoming events will include an informational session about the hands-on courses April 11 at 9 a.m. at Kent Town Hall on Kent Green Boulevard; stone classes with Dill May 9 and 16 and July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with additional courses to be announced later this year; a book signing, lecture and stonewall tour by Robert Thorson, author of "Stone by Stone and Exploring Stone Walls: Field Guide to New England's Stonewalls," May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the museum's annual art show and sale, based on art that reflects or incorporates New England stone, July 25.

In other news, the museum will offer custom engraved paving bricks as a fundraiser, with bricks to be installed within a finished stone wall.

The fee is $50 for a one-day course with Dill.

For more information, call the Route 7 North museum at 860-927-3849 or visit www.friendsoftheericsloanemuseum.org.