EcoArt Expeditions

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'Art As a Way of Knowing' Workshops

Registration starts April 2nd


New classes and workshops start in May and are held at Pima County Natural Resource sites and parks, including - Desert Discovery Center (DDC), Canoa Ranch (CR) and Cienega Creek Natural Preserve (CCNP)To Register for classes click on: Pima County-Activities and search by class code or instructor.

Art As a Way of Knowing the Sonoran Desert

Instructor: Dr. Lee Ann Woolery
Engage your senses - breathe, listen, touch, observe - while walking among 100 year-old saguaros at Desert Discovery Center,  or mesquite bosque at Canoa Ranch and riparian areas at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve. Engage your creativity - draw, paint and write the desert’s story in this mini-course with guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. Learn about the flora and fauna in this unique desert biome and how to translate these place stories to a visual language in multiple art mediums. New material is introduced each week in the 5-week and 3-week classes.  No art experience necessary. Chose this class as a 5-week class or 3-week class. Or choose a 1/2 day workshop. Materials fee payable at first class- $15 (5-wk class) $10 (3-wk class or ½ day workshop) or bring your own materials.

Class Code     Location      Dates                          Time                        Fee
8924                  DDC               Wed 5/1-5/29        9 am–Noon        $285 - 5-week class
8925                  CR                    Fri 5/3-5/17            9 am–Noon        $180 - 3-week class
8926                  CR                    Mon 5/13                 9 am–Noon        $65 - 1/2 day workshop
8927                  DDC                Sat 5/25                    9 am–Noon        $65- 1/2 day workshop
8928                  CCNP             Thu 5/30                   9 am–Noon        $65- 1/2 day workshop
8929                  CCNP             Thu 6/6                      8:30-11:30 am       $65- 1/2 day workshop
8930                  CCNP             Tue 6/25                    8:30-11:30 am       $65- 1/2 day workshop
8931                  CR                     Sun 6/30                   8:30-11:30 am       $65- 1/2 day workshop
8932                  CCNP             Tue 7/2                       8:00-11 am       $65- 1/2 day workshop
8933                  CR                     Sun 7/7                      8:00–11am       $65- 1/2 day workshop
8934                  DDC                Sat 7/13-7/27        8:00–11 am      $180 - 3-week class
8935                  CR                     Thu 7/11-7/25      8:00–11 am      $180 - 3-week class
8936                  DDC                Tue 7/16                    8:00–11 am      $65- 1/2 day workshop
8937                  CCNP             Tue 7/30                    8:00–11 am       $65- 1/2 day workshop


‘Forest Bathing’ Among Giant Saguaros

Instructor: Dr. Lee Ann Woolery
Go to the Forest. Walk slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing, the restorative power of simply being in the forest. Research has shown many health benefits of spending time in nature and for centuries artists, while working in nature have expressed a sense of being one with the natural world. Walk among 100 year-old saguaros at Desert Discovery Center next to Saguaro National Park West. Engage your creativity -  draw, paint and write your Forest Bathing experience with guided art-based mindfulness instruction taught by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. No art skills necessary. Materials fee payable at first class- $10 (3-wk class or ½ day workshop) or bring your own materials.

Class Code      Location      Dates                          Time                        Fee
8940                   DDC               Sat 5/4-5/18           9 am-Noon        $180 - 3-week class
8941                   DDC               Mon 5/20                 9 am-Noon         $65 - 1/2 day workshop
8942                   DDC               Sun 5/26                   9 am-Noon         $65 - 1/2 day workshop
8943                   DDC               Tue 6/4-6/18         8:30-11:30 am      $180 - 3-week class
8944                   DDC               Sun 6/23                   8:30-11:30 am      $65- 1/2 day workshop
8945                   DDC               Sun 7/6                      8 am-11 am         $65- 1/2 day workshop
8946                   DDC               Tue 7/9                      8 am-11 am         $65- 1/2 day workshop


Art and Science: Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert

Instructor: Dr. Lee Ann Woolery
Learn non-traditional ways of knowing and combine art-based research practices with Western science methods to study the desert’s biodiversity. Engage your senses – breathe, listen, touch, and observe, while walking among ancient saguaros at Desert Discovery Center and mesquite bosque at Canoa Ranch to learn the desert’s gestures, codes, logos, and signs. Engage your creativity – draw, paint and write the desert’s story in this mini-course with guided instruction in Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methods taught by ABPE pioneer, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, ecologist and artist. New material is introduced at each class. No art or science background necessary. Chose this class as a 5-week class or 3-week class. Materials fee payable at first class- $15 (5-wk class) $10 (3-wk class) or bring your own materials.

Class Code      Location      Dates                          Time                        Fee
8938                   DDC               Sat 6/1-6/29           8:30-11:30 am         $285 - 5-week class
8939                   CR                   Thu 6/13-6/27       8:30-11:30 am         $180 - 3-week class