The Citizen Artist™  Apprenticeship Program
This 9-month program starts November 2023!

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, our integrative research methods are grounded in multimodal knowledge 

systems and sensory-based learning and offer underrepresented populations an alternative path to get involved in science.

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​​​​If you are interested in an in-depth, focused, and one-on-one engagement to learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies and their application to your area of study, then the 9-month ​Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program will be a good fit for you. Study alongside Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, who pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies. 

The 2023-24 Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program starts in November. It is highly recommended that you complete the '
Introduction to Citizen Artist' course first before starting the Apprenticeship Program. The next 'Introduction to Citizen Artist™' course starts in February 2024. However, we do make exceptions, if you have previous experience or studies in the natural sciences. There is no need for an art background or art experience to take the course or to enroll in the Apprenticeship Program. Click HERE for more details on the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. Or send your contact information and questions to Dr. Woolery at Contact Form

​​​​​​​​​New Partnership – Citizen Artist and Ecological Society of America(ESA)

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

If you are an ESA certified ecologist seeking CEUs, you can earn 2.25 CEUs by completing
the 6-week online course 

‘Introduction to Citizen Artist™ and Art-Based Research Methods’ delivered by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery

For more information click on this link:  ESA's Professional Certified Ecologist Program.


"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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* 6-week Online Hybrid and Experiential Course - Next classes start February 2024*

​​​'Introduction to Citizen Artist and Art-Based Research Methods' 

      In this online hybrid and 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 and sensory-based learning. Framed within ecological and biological principles, ABPE methods and tools have application to studying changes in ecological systems and addressing critical environmental issues such as biodiversity decline, habitat loss and effects from climate change. Contrary to our name, there is no need for an art background or art experience to take the course.

      The class will include: a weekly 90-minute live/virtual class led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, Founder and Research Director at Citizen Artist™; synchronous and asynchronous platforms; live and recorded demonstrations of (3) ABPE research protocols; a weekly experiential component whereby participants will engage in the ABPE protocols at their own pace in their local habitat and apply the learning to their research; and opportunity for discussion with an international cohort. 

      For more information on Dr. Woolery's research go to Research Projects or About to learn more about her pioneering work with ABPE.​ At Citizen Artist™, we are building a diverse, global community trained within a transdisciplinary research framework, to mutually learn from and explore new pathways to address current ecological/social challenges. Learn more about who takes our course and this global community. 

      The 6-week hybrid course 'Introduction to Citizen Artist™ and Art-Based Research Methods' is taught three times a year: October, February and May. If you would like to be contacted when the next course registration opens CLICK HERE.