Citizen Artist, a new participatory science research opportunity employing art-based research methods, empowers citizens who might not otherwise engage in participatory science research to get involved, with the potential of positively transforming our current environmental problems.

Citizen Artist Goals

-Get citizens (citizens of the earth) outside and involved in science research with a focus on environmental issues. 

-Inspire new audiences. Open to other ways of knowing. Provide an accessible platform by using multimodal knowledge systems offering opportunities for underrepresented groups who would not otherwise participate in conventional science research.

We at Citizen Artist believe in inclusivity and that the advancement of science to the exclusion of alternative perspectives may leave out an entire population of creative co-collaborators.  We believe, as artist and activist Joseph Beuys expressed, “All citizens have the potential to creatively transform society.”  

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​​Comments from students who completed a recent Citizen Artist & Art-Based Research Methods course.

"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 and my zoom sessions with her were very helpful and inspiring."

" This was amazing and really mind opening." 

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

"The ABPE protocols are amazing!"

"I have never had a professor so dedicated to both her work and the audience who received it. I believe she has been one of the most helpful professors I have ever had. She challenges you and guides you in those challenges, making it the most thrilling journey of growth I have had in my education career. "


'Introduction to Citizen Artist &

Art-Based Research Methods'  

6-week On-Line Course with weekly live/virtual 90-minute classes.

Just a few spots left. Register today!


Thursday, January 27 - March 3  

4:00-5:30 pm (MST-Tucson, AZ, US-time zone) 


​Registration Fee: $175

​Learn alternative field-based science research methodologies
applicable to your community driven participatory science research project. 

  • This hybrid class format will include synchronous and asynchronous platforms as well as experiential field work.
  • 90-minute live/virtual weekly class on zoom platform led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery
  • Live and recorded demonstrations of (4) Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) research protocols. 
  • Small class size, opportunity for discussion with other class participants. 
  • The asynchronous material will include written and video instruction for Citizen Artist protocols, audio content, scholarly research papers, and other readings.
  • Each week, participants will engage in the ABPE protocols at their own pace in their local habitat with opportunity to apply the learning to their local community driven environmental and social justice issues.

This course is designed as an introduction to alternative science research methodologies that have application to field-based studies in ecological systems change. The ABPE protocols may also have application to your participatory research or citizen science projects. *No need for an art background or art experience.

This class is for you if you are a citizen science project manager, leader in community conservation, environmental educator, graduate or Ph.D. student or a classroom teacher and you are interested in exploring research methodologies that are grounded in multimodal knowledge systems, a pathway to bring underserved populations to science.

This course is taught by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, Research Director at Citizen Artist. With a focus on divergent ways of knowing,  Dr. Woolery pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology, (ABPE) an alternative research methodology for conducting scientific field-based ecological research.  Dr. Woolery holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a master’s degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information on Dr. Woolery and her research go to: About Dr. Woolery​​

If you are interested in a more focused study of Art-Based Perceptual Ecology and it's application to your area of study, ask about the 10-month Citizen Artist Apprenticeship Program. Send your information here in the Contact Form