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Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858). Suijin Shrine and Massaki on the Sumida River (Sumidagawa Suijin no mori Massaki), no. 35 from 100 Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1856. Woodblock print, 14 3/16 × 9 1/4 in. (36 × 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.35. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Educator Workshop: Picturing Green Space

Thursday, April 11, 2024

4:30–7:30 pm

April 11: Brooklyn Museum, Education Studios, 1st Floor; May 2: Brooklyn Botanic Garden


Educators: join us for a two-part professional development workshop hosted with Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Explore the design, history, and cultural significance of urban green spaces—from 19th-century Tokyo to present-day Brooklyn—and develop strategies for helping students cultivate meaningful connections with nature. 

In the first session, held at the Brooklyn Museum, consider the importance of public parks and other green spaces within urban environments. Visit Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami) and hear from Joan Cummins, Senior Curator of Asian Art, about Hiroshige’s depictions of nature in 19th-century Tokyo (then called Edo). Then, through group discussion and independent exploration, analyze how artists reflect on the role of nature in their communities. 

In the second session, held at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, gain tools for looking more closely at the natural world and discuss gardens’ unique role in city life. Tour the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, learn about its design, and try hands-on activities to observe and document the landscape and flora. Then, stroll through the Cherry Esplanade and consider the history and symbolism of cherry blossoms. 

Registration is $20 and includes both sessions. Financial assistance is available; email teacher.services@brooklynmuseum.org to learn more.