​​​​​​​​​​New Partnership

Citizen Artist and Ecological Society of America (ESA)

We are very excited to announce:  Citizen Artist™ is an Approved Scientific Content Provider for ESA's Certified Ecologist Program. 

If you are an ESA certified ecologist seeking CEUs, you can earn 2.25 CEUs by completing the 6-session Citizen Artist™ online course, 'Deep Immersion into ABPE.' Learn this transdisciplinary approach to scientific practices and ways of thinking and explore how they are expanding the boundaries of innovation and transformation at an individual and collective level. 
For more information about this partnership, go to:  ESA's Professional Certified Ecologist Program.

Citizen Artist™ -a participatory science research platform, employs Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) research methodologies to study

ecological systems change. With a focus on divergent ways of knowing, the non-conventional and integrative research methods (ABPE) are grounded in

multimodal knowledge systems and sensory-based learning and offer underrepresented populations an opportunity to get involved in science.

​The​​​​ Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program 

      If you are interested in an in-depth, focused, and one-on-one engagement with Dr. Woolery to learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies and explore their application to your area of study, then the 9-month Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program will be a good fit for you. Either virtually or in-person, study alongside Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, who pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies. 
      The Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program follows a rolling start date to coincide with your scheduling needs. 
It is highly recommended that you complete one of the 'Citizen Artist™ courses or other trainings first before starting the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. However, we do make exceptions. If you have previous studies or experience in the natural sciences or environmental studies you would be a perfect fit for the Apprenticeship. There is no need for an art background or art experience to enroll in the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. Click HERE for more details on the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship ProgramOr send your contact info and questions  HERE. 

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"Dr. Woolery is so incredibly knowledgeable in this topic. Not only is her own experience and research vast but she is incredibly generous with her time."

"I feel strong connections between this methodology (Art-Based) and Indigenous methodologies and Decolonizing methodologies. I am currently seeing how I might bring everything together, how these methodologies (ABPE) might better support pedagogical research for Native and Indigenous students."


"On the topic of important differences between science-based and art-based qualitative research, the one that stands out most to me is that art-based includes different ways of knowing or understanding and recognizes that there are valuable truths in forms of knowledge that are typically outside the 'standard academic research' realms."

"Getting to know a plant form through its shadow was so engaging – the concentration put me in another zone."

"In this course, I was able to take a more creative approach to science that allowed me more flexibility than the science and data I have engaged in from a ‘western science’ angle. I will take that curiosity into my work in approaching research questions from a more creative and broader lens."

"This course was amazing and really mind-opening." 

"The ABPE methods spark creativity, fuel my curious mind, and lead to discovery. They opened my senses, heightened them and fine-tuned them."

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NEW Citizen Artist Summer Course starts June 5

'Deep immersion into Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods'

NEW Hybrid format - experiential, live/virtual instruction, and discussion-based class.
3-weeks, 2 - 90 min. sessions per week, total of 6-sessions

*This is a 3-week course with 6-sessions. You must sign-up for all sessions.

*Dates and Class Schedule:
Wk 1)
 - Wed. June 5.  8:00 am – 9:30 am (MST) and Thrs. June 6.  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (MST)*
Wk 2)
 - Wed. June 12.  8:00 am – 9:30 am (MST) and Thrs. June 13.  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 
Wk 3)
 - Wed. June 19.  8:00 am – 9:30 am (MST) and Thrs. June 20.  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

*Must sign-up for all sessions.  *All classes (MST) - reflects Phoenix, AZ, US time zone

Weekly Schedule:
Day 1 - WED. – 1.5 hr. live/virtual class with instruction in ABPE protocols.  

12 hrs. of field-based immersion using the ABPE protocol. 
Day 2 - THRS. – 1.5 hr. live/virtual class – review the week's experience and learning.  

THRS. PM to WED. AM - 5 days of field-based immersion engaging in the ABPE protocol. 
* Field-based immersion refers to each participant engaging in the ABPE protocol in their local habitat.

​The classes are scheduled in the (MST) Phoenix, AZ, US time zone. Be sure and check your time zone at this conversion site for confirmation and compatibility with your schedule: timeanddate.com

What you will learn:

In this online and field-based experiential course, you will be introduced to Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) research methodologies, non-conventional field-based research methods grounded in multimodal knowledge systems, sensory-based learning and framed within ecological and biological principles. The ABPE methods and tools have application to studying changes in ecological systems addressing such critical issues as biodiversity decline, habitat loss and effects from climate change. ABPE also proves successful addressing eco-social community-based issues. 

The 6-session online course will include: 

 - Two weekly 90-minute live/virtual instruction and discussion-based sessions led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery.

 - Instruction to 3 ABPE research protocols via synchronous and asynchronous platforms.  

 - The course also covers the history, theory, and methodological foundations of art-based research (ABR) and art-based perceptual ecology (ABPE) research methodologies. 

- Participants commit to an experiential component, whereby weekly, they deeply engage in the ABPE protocols at their own pace in their local habitat.  
- A cohort of like-minded professionals, absorbed in an immersive experience outside and in diverse habitats.

- Upon completion of the course, membership to the global cohort and think tank, Citizen Artist™ Café (over 170 members).

- There is no need for art experience or art skills to take this class.

- Cost for the course: $175 USD.

Who is this course for?
Educators at all levels, students in secondary education, PhD and graduate students, participatory and community-based researchers and conservationists, environmental educators, any leader in community conservation. Art-based researchers, artists, and polymaths.

​Register  HERE.

For more information on the course or answers to your questions about ABPE, go HERE and fill out the contact form.​