Homeschool Days at the Lynden Sculpture Garden
In 2016-2017, 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 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
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.
2016-2017 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.
Buy the entire series at a discount: 5 Homeschool Days for $200/$150 members. Registration deadline is October 13, 2016. Please note that there are no refunds for missed days.
Single sessions: $45/$35 members
Balance in Art & Nature
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9 am-2 pm
What we now think of as Lynden's grounds used to be flat, nearly tree-less, and covered with cornfields. When trees began to be placed on the property, it was done with the intention of creating a beautiful landscape, with much attention to composition, symmetry, and balance. We will explore these elements in the location of Lynden's mature trees, in the carefully tended bonsai trees of the Milwaukee Bonsai Society, and in a series of drawings and prints we will make of the trees.
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9 am-2 pm
Henry Moore is one of several artists whose work in the Lynden collection refers to natural forms and processes. We will connect our observations of these forms in the garden to Moore's sculptures and his ideas about art, and use carving tools to create our own landscape-inspired sculptures.
Building & Ornamentation
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 9 am-2 pm
Squirrel feeders are the focus of our annual winter wood workshop. We'll learn the basic carpentry skills necessary to build squirrel feeders and--unfettered by practicalities--some furniture for the future tenants. Additional ornamentation and sculptural enhancement will transform these ordinary objects into unique squirrel dining spaces.
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 9 am-2 pm
We will mark the arrival of the spring equinox by observing the passage of time at Lynden, and its effects on the land and the sculptures. We will record our observations in zines, and celebrate the new season around an outdoor fire pit.
Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9 am-2 pm
Eliza's Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities is artist Fo Wilson's interpretation of what an imaginary mid-nineteenth-century enslaved woman might have collected in her living quarters. The structure on Lynden's grounds is both slave cabin and cabinet of curiosities, a place to consider the history of slavery as well as the way our memory of the past can shape the future. Like Eliza, we will create our own collections of objects, each of which tells a story, and compile our own field notes.