Strawtown has been developing nature art programming for almost 20 years. It began as a way to provide more opportunities for children to relate with the natural world, and learn about themselves, in a creative community. Today, we have a full-fledged curriculum and are teaching others how to bring these experiences to their communities.
The Strawtown Nature-Connected teaching method is place-based. We create art with natural materials harvested from the places we explore. Our lessons are rooted in our local environments, history, and culture. A clay dig along the riverbank becomes a lesson in earth science. A marsh-grass painting tool provides clues to the plant’s living system in water. A student grinding pigments from stream rocks discovers geologic history.