Arizona Daily Star - Johanna Willett, March 14, 2019

Get out of your head and into nature with a workshop that fuses science and art

Imagine sitting on the banks of the Santa Cruz, listening to the water stream by and the wind dance through the cottonwood and mesquite trees overhead.
Then imagine turning your observations, your sensory experience  into art.
That's what Lee Ann Woolery, expedition leader of EcoArt Expeditions, wants to help you do. 


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Artizein - Arts & Teaching Journal

Special Edition - Arts, Ecology & Education


Art-Based Perceptual Ecology: An alternative monitoring method

in the assessment of rainfall and vegetation in a cienaga community

By  Lee Ann Woolery, Ph.D.

ABSTRACT

As an artist, educator, researcher, and scholar, with a focus on divergent ways of knowing, I use art-making as a way to connect with the natural world. In the following article, I explore the making of an image with my hands when practicing Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) as a way of extending my understanding and ecological knowing of the natural world, or what will also be referred to as the landscape. ABPE methodologies may offer the means by which humans reconnect to a pre-discursive (mimetic) language, a sentient language our ancestors used to communicate with the animate world. In addition to art educators, this article may be of interest to ecologists and others studying environmental global change. Developing an art-based longitudinal study alongside traditional Western science methods, to record historical changes in vegetation in a riparian community, could provide outstanding results and contribute to the further understanding of biospheric changes at similar stream communities around the world.


Download this article as a PDF here.

Additional journal articles and conference papers can be found at Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lee_Ann_Woolery

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