Innovative Educators Institute

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

Innovative Educators Institutes

Join the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, and Dr. Liz Rex, art education lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as we conduct a study of visionary art environments and the ideas that sprout from the locales in which they are created.

Take a deep dive into the curricular possibilities that art and the environment can provide for your students in this valuable opportunity that takes a closer look at the enduring relationship of art and science. Take advantage of an educators-only invitation to the Mary Nohl art environment from site tenant Alex Gartelmann. Explore how Nohl incorporated themes of nature, culture, and whimsy in the world she created. Visit the studios of artists who have received the Mary Nohl Fund Fellowship Award and examine possibilities of bringing teaching artists into your classroom.

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$50 per day, price includes lunch and curriculum binder
Receive 20% off for purchasing all three days*
Art/education students receive 20% single days and the three-day package*

*To use discount codes, please contact a Guest Services member at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center by calling 920-458-6144.

Registration after July 6: $65 per day

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Scholarships are available! Contact Jen Balge at education@jmkac.org for information.

Wednesday, July 25, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center

Day 1: Drawing inspiration from art and nature.

Spend a day at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center! Go on a curator-led tour of the Unseen Forces exhibitions, work with Exhibition Artist-in-Residence Sarah Luther and complete the learning circle with a hands-on workshop with curriculum for you to use in your own classroom. Meet the designers from tres birds workshop (CO) and discuss art in public spaces and their Connecting Community arts project. Go on a tour of the arts-based Preschool at the Arts Center and see how galleries are translated for learners of all ages, early childhood and beyond.

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Thursday, July 26, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
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 our classroom, start the day with your “field guide” sketchbook hands-on workshop and then hit the road! Take advantage of an educators-only invitation to the Mary Nohl art environment hosted by site tenant Alex Gartelmann and learn how Nohl incorporated themes of nature, culture, and whimsy into her home and yard. Visit the studios of Mary Nohl Fund Fellowship Award recipients and explore the possibilities of incorporating art-environment builders and contemporary artists in your curriculum and classroom.

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Friday, July 27, 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
1111 E Brown Deer Rd, Bayside, WI 53217

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

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

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Receive 20% off for purchasing all three days (early bird registration discount is already applied) before July 6!

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