​​​​​​​​​​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-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.

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 starts in February 2024.

      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. Study alongside Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, who pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies, either virtually or in-person. 
      The Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program starts in February 2024 (the specific date will be agreed upon by all parties).
It is highly recommended that you complete the 6-week online 'Introduction to Citizen Artist™ course first or one of the other Citizen Artist™ trainings 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 this course. There is no need for an art background or art experience to take the course or to enroll in the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. Click HERE for more details on the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. Or send your contact information and questions to Dr. Woolery 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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​​​​'Introduction to Citizen Artist and Art-Based Research Methods

* The next 6-week Online, hybrid, experiential course starts in June 2024*

To be notified when registration starts, go HERE to fill out a contact form.

     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, sensory-based learning and framed within ecological and biological principles. The 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 6-week online class will include: 

 - A weekly 90-minute live/virtual discussion-based class led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery.

 - Live/virtual and recorded demonstrations with written instructions of (3) ABPE research protocols via synchronous and asynchronous   platforms. 

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

- A weekly experiential component whereby participants engage in the ABPE protocols at their own pace in their local habitat and apply the learning to their research or personal pursuits. 

- Membership to the global cohort and think tank, Citizen Artist™ Café (over 150 members).

- Cost for the course: $175 US.

For more information on Dr. Woolery's research go to Research Projects. To learn more about her pioneering work with ABPE go to About.​ The 6-week hybrid course 'Introduction to Citizen Artist™ and Art-Based Research Methods' is taught three times a year: October, February and June. If you would like to be contacted when the next course registration opens CLICK HERE.

At Citizen Artist™ we are building a diverse, global community trained in transdisciplinary research methods 

to mutually learn from and explore new pathways to address current ecological/social challenges.

Learn more about this global community - Citizen Artist™ Café - HERE.