Sempervivus LLCArt and Design

Sempervivus Art and Design

Sempervivus Art and Design was founded twenty years ago by artists Darwin Nordin and Rebecca Watson. Initially our work focused on garden design but has evolved over the years to encompass teaching, curriculum design and development, exhibit and graphic/web design.

Education has always been an essential part of our work. Finding ways to bring: a client, a teacher, a child - closer to understanding a concept or idea and to see that blossom into something unique is how we ultimately hope to impact the people we work with.

Darwin has nearly twenty years experience as a teaching artist and has been actively working as an artist-in-residence for the past eleven years. Rebecca has worked intermittently as a teaching artist and is currently working as a Web Designer/Developer for King County Public Health in the Emergency Medical Services division where she works on the design and development of course content for the online training program for EMT's and Paramedics.

We continue to consult and do design work on a project by project basis. If you are interested in talking to us about a project please contact us.


Centrum Workshops
Happy New Year

Darwin and Rebecca wish everyone – joy, peace and wonder in the New Year! May it be better than the last.

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Centrum Workshops
Centrum Workshops (upcoming Spring 2013)

Water World, Grades 5-6, April 28 - May 3, 2013 (See the PTMSC Blog)
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington (map)
Learn more about youth projects at Centrum


Centrum WorkshopsTeachers and Writers Collaborative

Pages from Darwin's artbook, Centers Speaking and Disappearing Orbits, are featured on the cover and back of Teachers and Writers Magazine (volume Winter 2010-2011).
View Centers Speaking and Disappearing Orbits


Centrum WorkshopsMercer Island June Arts Tour & Art Walk

Kristin Tollefson & Darwin Nordin
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 17th, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Aljoya, 2430 76th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA
See the announcement (pdf)


Centrum Workshops
Centrum Workshops

Explorations, Grades 7-9, March 7-12, 2010
Water World, Grades 5-6, May 2-7, 2010 (See the PTMSC Blog)
Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Washington (map)
Learn more about youth programs at Centrum


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Discover Dance

McCaw Hall April 24, 2010 at 2:00 Learn more...
Pacific Nowrthwest Ballet Community Education Program showcases work by elementary and junior high school students in collaboration with PNB teaching artists. Adrien Miller and Darwin work with students from Graham Hill Elementary to liven up the stage.


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Art and Poetry Genius Camp

Writer Arni Adler joins Darwin in this fun filled exploration of language and images.
Session 1 - June 28 - July 2, 2010, Graham Hill Elementary (map), Grades 3-5
Session 2 - August 2-6, 2010, John Muir Elementary (map), Grades 3-5
..... photos from last year ..... learn more ..... download brochure .....


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Collage and Assemblage

Shell Lake Art Center, July 11-16, 2010
Explore the techniques and materials that will create unique works of art, incorporating collage, assemblage and printmaking. Learn more...