Innovative Educators Institute

Join other educators and enhance learning, lesson plan development, and your own creative practices through numerous resources and hands-on experiences.

Gateways to Art Environments: Innovative Educators Institutes

Presented by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and facilitated in collaboration with Dr. Liz Rex, art education instructor at UW-Milwaukee.

  • Discover the wonder of art environments
  • Access exclusive curriculum resources
  • Get creative with innovative hands-on art making
  • Connect with creative professionals

Friday, June 23,  8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Nick Engelbert’s Grandview in Hollandale, WI

Think big and learn strategies to develop curricula based on art environments using enduring concepts. Explore Nick Engelbert’s transformed home and surrounding gardens. Inspired by the environment, “use your head” to create a one-of-a-kind, concrete sculptural form.

This event will take place at:

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


Friday, July 21, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips, Wisconsin

Delve deeper into curriculum development based on these art sites. Immerse yourself in Fred Smith’s astounding Wisconsin Concrete Park, featuring over 230 sculptures. Inspired by Nebraskan artist Emery Blagdon’s “Healing Machine,” harness the powers of the earth and make your own kinetic, mixed-media mobile.

This event will take place at:

Wisconsin Concrete Park
N8236 State Hwy 13
Phillips, WI 54555


Saturday, August 5, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Tour THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED exhibition series featuring the art-environment builders and create inspired curricula. Respond to the work of Stella Waitzkin by creating an alginate and wax casting assemblage. Step outdoors to view the work of Carl Peterson and then off to the James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden.

This event will take place at:

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


Register for one, two, or all three days. (Price includes lunch and curriculum binder.)

Early registration cost: $65 per day

Registration after June 8: $80 per day

20% off for art and education students

20% off for registering for all three days

First 20 WAEA members to register receive one free day. Call the Arts Center at (920) 458-6144 to speak with a Guest Services Representative. Join the Wisconsin Art Education Association today!

All sales final, no refunds.