Starting with the Natural World

Darwin Nordin The artist Darwin Nordin has spent virtually his entire life at the edge of water. From the Great Lakes to the ocean, Dawin has found inspiration and work fishing, bird-watching, practicing biology, and doing laboratory work, Darwin brings his love of the natural world and scientific inquiry to his work as a visual artist.

Darwin's embodiment of both art and science is why we asked him to be one of the artist faculty for our Water World workshop
for 5th and 6th graders in April.

"Darwin is incredibly versatile as a visual artist," says program manager Martha Worthley. "He
starts with the natural world in all of his work. From there, he layers imagery in very interesting ways. Maybe it's the echo of bug casings, or perhaps the shape of a leaf–it's all very interesting and incredibly beautiful."

Darwin has worked collaboratively with poets, writers, actors, dancers, filmmakers and set designers. He has facilitated the creation of large, mixed-media artwork for organizations like The Children’s Museum, Port of Seattle, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Museum of Glass. His integrated approach to art and learning has led to work as an arts integration consultant, and he provides professional development to teachers and teaching artists. He has taught for Washington State Arts Commission, Powerful Schools, Gage Academy of Art, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and is an adjunct instructor for Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Space is still available in our Water World workshop. For more information, contact Martha Worthley at 360-385-3102 x 120, or email her at

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