Homeschool Days at the Lynden Sculpture Garden

In 2017-2018, the Lynden Sculpture Garden will offer five Homeschool Days for children aged 6-15. Designed by art educator Jeremy Stepien and naturalist Naomi Cobb, these workshops integrate our collection of outdoor sculpture and temporary installations with the natural ecology of 40 acres of park, ponds and woodland, creating a unique, hands-on, small-group experience of art and nature. Two workshop activities are offered each day, one focusing on three-dimensional artmaking and the other on the natural environment. Participants are divided by age, and switch between the appropriate two-hour workshops with a lunch break at midday.

Jeremy Stepien, Director of Education
(414) 446-8481
Needs-based fee subsidies and tuition waivers are available.

Become a member of the Lynden Sculpture Garden today to receive a discount on Homeschool Day registration.

2017-2018 Homeschool Day Schedule

Registration deadline for all Homeschool Days is one week prior. Space is limited, please register early.
Dress appropriately for the weather; much time will be spent outdoors in all seasons.

Single sessions: $45/$35 members

Color: Contrast and Camouflage
Thursday, September 28, 2017
9 am-2 pm
Nature uses color to signal or for protection. We will look at the ways that color is used in art and nature to mimic, camouflage, and attract. Collecting fall leaves and other natural materials, we’ll sort them into a color palette and use them to create ephemeral seasonal sculptures.


Observed and Imagined
Thursday, November 16, 2017
9 am-2 pm
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Artists and scientists look closely at the natural world, record their observations, and use them to reveal patterns and unearth ideas. What happens when we look from a new or surprising vantage point? What would a turtle who lived on the leaves of the tree tops look like, or an aquatic rabbit? Taking up our new vantage points, we will blend reality and fantasy to reimagine the adaptations of animals that call Lynden home.

Winter Light
Thursday, January 18, 2018
9 am-2 pm
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Gary John Gresl’s installation, The Body Farm at Lynden, considers the ephemerality of the materials he uses to make his assemblage sculptures and, by extension, the works themselves. We will visit these shrine-like works with the artist to observe the effect of the winter climate on the installation. In the studio and workshop, we will use found objects to make our own hibernal installations. We’ll make candles in the studio and use hand tools in the shop to fashion wooden candelabra.


Narrative Space
Thursday, March 15, 2018
9 am-2 pm
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People from all over the world visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Most visit to view the sculptures, but some come to see the unique trees or gardens. During its history, Lynden has been a farm, a private home, and a public museum, and it has been the site of many individual experiences of place. We will explore our own experiences and memories of place--here at Lynden, at our homes, in our communities—and will alter postcards that describe, advertise, and celebrate these spaces. Bring an address of someone who lives out of town: we’ll finish our project by mailing our artwork to a friend or family member.

Living Beauty
Thursday, May 17, 2018
9 am-2 pm
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Last spring, the Milwaukee Bonsai Society opened a new exhibition garden at Lynden. We will learn about the ancient ideals that inform Japanese aesthetics--and are employed in art, gardening, and daily life--while observing these principles in action at the bonsai pavilion and among some of Lynden’s Japanese sculptures. We will also practice suminagashi, a traditional Japanese form of paper marbling practiced not only as a craft but as a form of self-discipline, concentration, and control of unpredictable elements. Combining text and image, we will write haiku to describe our experience.

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