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Trees Mend Us (Grades 6-8)

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Explore the ways in which nature can help us cope with our rapidly changing lives and with our increasingly complex world.

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Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 8 & 10 and June 15 & 17

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?  

Let's use the power of art to stay connected during these unusual times and to explore our sense of community, relationships, and communication. A diverse group of makers, writers and performers will inspire our work, including Josephine Halvorson and Karl Blossfeldt, who are currently exhibiting at deCordova. Join us for a creative experience that will open your eyes and heart to new ways of making art and experiencing nature. Note: No previous art experience necessary.

For grades 6-8, all levels and interests welcome

Class is capped at 12 students to allow for individualized feedback and interaction through Zoom.

Materials: For the first session, gather paper, and some drawing or writing utensils. Over the course of the class we’ll use different types of materials around your home.

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.

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