Our Approach

Art at Strawtown takes many forms: fine art, earth art, and craft. Art is how we express ourselves, how we see, and how we relate with the world and each other.


Discovering Ourselves in the World

Strawtown has been developing nature art programming for over 15 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.


We create art with natural materials harvested from the places we explore.

The Strawtown Nature-Connected* teaching method is place-based.   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.


We integrate science that explains the workings and interrelationships of the world.

Through this sensory approach to learning, students develop a love for nature, and see themselves as a part of it.  From a place of caring, the next step is stewardship. 


Our instructors love being with children, and know how to meet them where they’re at. 

Our approach is not just about what we do, it’s about how we do it, and this is where our staff comes in.  We allow for open discovery, and at the same time engage students’ interest with lessons that are creative and relevant to their experiences.

Our thoughtful staging of materials, tools, and processes lets students know that they matter.  Learning to see how each moment is full of new possibility is not only an art skill, it’s a skill for life.  Students come away with a greater sense of their own abilities, and are nourished by the supportive community.  One of our mottos is Connect, Create, and Thrive!

*Strawtown, the Strawtown logo, and Nature-Connected are trademarks of Strawtown Art & Garden Studio, Inc.

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