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Summer Studio for Teens: Trees Mend Us, August 3-7

deCordova Summer Studio for Teens is a new art intensive program for teens, designed to encourage innovation and creativity while exploring art making techniques. Individual and collaborative projects will be fueled by art in the Museum and Park, as well as nature on deCordova’s grounds. Each week, professional artists and teachers will guide teens to engage with big ideas and hone their creative practice. 

Trees Mend Us, August 3-7, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

Trees, like humans, are complex beings. They have memories, conversations, friends, family members, and creative energy, just like people do. This workshop explores the ways in which nature can help us cope with our rapidly changing lives and with our increasingly complex world.  What can we learn from trees about the possibilities of our new reality? How can trees help us to be thriving, creative, and generous members of our communities?   

In this class, we will explore how to stay connected in these unusual times through art. Specifically, we will focus on community, relationships and communication. By drawing inspiration from Josephine Halvorson’s Measure (Tree) and from Karl Blossfeld’s photography, along with a larger diverse group of makers, writers, and performers from deCordova, we will discover, analyze, and learn from nature’s influence on our lives.   

Teacher Bios: 

Maura Clarke has been working in arts, education and conflict transformation for over twenty years.  She has been particularly focused on using writing and theatre as a tool for community development, cultural exchange and generating civic dialogue.  She has run writing and theatre programs in the United States and the Middle East, developed arts-based conflict management curriculum and conducted workshops for educators, and trained groups in public narrative, based on Marshall Ganz’s methodology. She received her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, her M.A.T. from Tufts University and Shady Hill School Teacher Training Program and her B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Tracie Dunn has taught studio arts at the high school level in Massachusetts' public schools since 2001. Her instructional practices encourage positive interpersonal experiences and substantial learning opportunities through the process of making art. She has also designed arts opportunities for under-served children and families living in New York City, taught in Virginia's Summer Residential Governor's School, and launched "Rivers and Revolutions" at Concord-Carlisle High School. In addition to teaching, Tracie has led Professional Development at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and continues to explore and improve her professional practices through Art21’s Summer Institute in New York City. Tracie holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and an M.A. from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. 

This interactive workshop is open to students age 13 and up. It is limited to 12 participants and is offered via zoom.   

Materials List:   

  • Scotch tape 
  • Brushes & watercolors 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Black sharpie or similar marker 
  • Sketchbook or paper 

Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for further information.