Past Professional Development Events



June 2017

Innovative Educator Institue
Nick Engelbert’s Grandview in Hollandale, WI

This workshop helped attendees think big and learn strategies to develop curricula based on art environments using enduring concepts. They also explored Nick Engelbert’s transformed home and surrounding gardens. Inspired by the environment, participants got to “use your head” to create a one-of-a-kind, concrete sculptural form.

Nick Engelbert’s Grandview
7351 State Hwy. 39
Hollandale, WI  53544


July 2017

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin

Attendees immersed themselves in Fred Smith’s astounding Wisconsin Concrete Park, featuring over 230 sculptures. Inspired by Nebraskan artist Emery Blagdon’s “Healing Machine,” participants were invited to harness the powers of the earth and make their own kinetic, mixed-media mobile.

Wisconsin Concrete Park
N8236 State Hwy 13
Phillips, WI 54555

August 2017

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Participants toured The Road Less Traveled exhibition series featuring art-environment builders and created inspired curricula. They responded to the work of Stella Waitzkin by creating an alginate and wax casting assemblage. They also stepped outdoors to view the work of Carl Peterson and then off to the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden.

John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081

July 25, 2018
John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Day 1: Drawing inspiration from art and nature.

Paticipants spent the day at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where they had the opportunity to go on a curator-led tour of the Unseen Forces exhibitions, work with Exhibition Artist-in-Residence Sarah Luther, and complete a learning circle in a hands-on workshop with curriculum for you to use in your own classroom. They also got to meet the designers from tres birds workshop (CO) and discuss art in public spaces and their Connecting Community arts project.

July 26, 2018
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217

Day 2: Going beyond the classroom.

Using the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center as their classroom, participants started the day with a “field guide” sketchbook hands-on workshop. Participants explored the Mary Nohl art environment hosted by site tenant Alex Gartelmann and learned how Nohl incorporated themes of nature, culture, and whimsy into her home and yard. This adventure included a visit to the studios of Mary Nohl Fund Fellowship Award recipients where participants explored the possibilities of incorporating art-environment builders and contemporary artists in their curriculum and classroom.

July 27, 2018
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217

Day 3: The changing tides of art and nature education.

Participants explored the nuances of art and nature education with this day hosted by the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Shorewood, WI. They toured the Nature Preschool and witnessed how a comprehensive early childhood education can develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking through storytelling, art making, interactions with artists and naturalists, and sensory exploration. Educators worked with students over six years of age, exploring STEAM concepts and how arts integration makes cross-curricular connections come alive. Using Lake Michigan as inspiration, everyone had an opportunity to create a small, pewter casting in a hands-on workshop.