T.C. Steele State Historic Site: Where Nature's Beauty Meets Artist's Canvas
Experience how the rolling hills, scenic vistas, majestic trees and landscape inspired noted Hoosier painter T.C. Steele and his wife, Selma, to build their home and cultivate beauty and art in Brown County. The 211-acre site includes five hiking trails, the Dewar Log Cabin and the 92-acre Selma Steele Nature Preserve.
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Academic topics covered:
- Visual arts
- Early 20th century culture
- Natural history
SCHOOL GROUP TOURS
If the group size is larger than 50, reservations are required two weeks in advance.
Tour the House of the Singing Winds & T.C. Steele’s Studio
Grades PreK – 12
Fee: $1 per participant for site tour only; $3.50 combo fee for site tour and art program
In 1907, T.C. Steele and his wife Selma were inspired by the picturesque scenes he encountered in Brown County and built their home and the Large Studio to accommodate Steele’s art. Selma Steele created several acres of gardens around the home that our visitors can enjoy today. This tour can also include the grounds, cemetery and Dewar Log Cabin. An art project can finish the day.
Art and Orienteering
Grades 4 – 12
Fee: $2.50 per student. A combination program and site tour is available for $3.50 per student.
Use compasses, maps and clues to locate reproduction images of paintings and historical objects related to the Steeles. Objects are contained in waterproof boxes in historically significant sites around the property. A “challenge course” is also available for high school students.
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS — On-site and Outreach
Fee: $2.50 per student.
A combination program and site tour is available for $3.50 per student.
Steeles: Technology Pioneers in Brown County
Grades K – 5
Discover how the same binary code in today’s computers was used during the Steele’s time. Students discover the math and science behind this theory while playing games, decoding messages and creating their own paisley design. A large group (100+) price break is available.
Art on the Go: Discover the Hoosier Group of Artists
Grades 3 – 8
Meet the Hoosier Group artists from Brown County who helped shape art in Indiana and the Midwest. Students will create their version of an impressionist painting. A large group (100+) price break is available.
Arts and Crafts Moments: Simplicity in Design
Grades 3 – 12
Explore the American Arts & Crafts movement and its influences on T.C. and Selma Steele, including home furnishings, art collection, textiles, gardens and architecture. Includes an art project and language arts activities.
Changing of the Seasons
Grades PreK – 3
Focusing on the natural beauty that influenced Steele's paintings, students will explore the grounds to identify various plants and trees and discuss the cycle of seasons. Program inclides a seasonal art project and/or nature activity.
NEW! Homeschool Thursdays
$3 per student
Special art, history and nature activities will be available every first Thursday of the month starting Sept. 6, 2012. Individual registrations are accepted from independent homeschool educators for the monthly programs. Homeschool co-ops with a minumum of 12 participants may schedule a program of their choice for an alternate date. Please contact the site for information on specific programs.
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