Seeing Nature in Art, Seeing Art in Nature with Kyle Browne and Julie Bernson

Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 8:30 am–3 pm

We invite preK-12 art and science teachers to join us at deCordova this winter as we immerse ourselves in art and the natural world at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. The exhibitions and environments of the 30-acre Park and Museum galleries will provide the inspiration for developing interdisciplinary, place-based, experiential learning strategies, lesson plans, and projects: from Peter Hutchinson’s land- and garden-based collages and videos to the first winter season of Andy Goldsworthy’s permanent installation. We will explore through multidisciplinary lenses and techniques to create dialogues with places and each other from which we will develop engaging, curriculum-connected classroom activities. Our work together will include investigating and documenting the ephemeral, observing the seasonal changes of both the natural world and outdoor sculpture, and creating a sense of place through collaborative making with the season's unique offerings.

Target Audience: PreK-12 art and science teachers, and any others interested in multidisciplinary approaches to their curriculum and using the outdoors; ideal for teaching teams in the same school or district. Graduate credit available.

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Inquiries, please contact: Julie Bernson at or 617.542.7696 x4016.

Professional Development at deCordova


To receive occasional emails about teacher programs and advance exhibition information, please contact Donna Berube at or 781.259.3603.


Day-long workshops through the school-year and summer institutes co-sponsored by EDCO Collaborative offer immersive experiences for educators of art and various other disciplines.


What could an immersive and inspiring professional development experience at deCordova do for your department or school?
Half- and full-day programs are designed around your objectives and interests. Great for educators interested in experiential or place-based learning; 2D and 3D art making; and interdisciplinary connections with science, environmental studies, language arts, history, and more. Contact for inquiries and to discuss ideas: Julie Bernson at or 617.542.7696 x4016.


Preschool faculty and administrators, education professors, and museum educators are invited to inquire about professional development opportunities with the on-site, Reggio Emilia-inspired Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova's Learning and Engagement Department. Contact Lisa Canning,


DeCordova's 30-acre, pond-side campus is an inspiring setting for your own retreat. We offer special rates for schools or organizations that wish to rent our studios or meeting spaces for their own professional development or meetings. Contact Donna Berube at or 781.259.3603.