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Place-Based Art Education

Hello, my name is Anna Arielle Chapman. I am an artist and educator passionate about the intersection of art, education, ecology and healing. I believe that interdisciplinary approaches to education are necessary to meaning-making in the Anthropocene. My work is inspired by postcolonial, indigenous, and post-human frameworks, aiming to (re)evaluate extractive relationships to materiality, community, and environment in Western culture.

Please explore this website to learn more about my work. .


Why ?

Meaning-Making in the Anthropocene

Today, in the midst of the 6th mass extinction and extreme wealth inequality, beings world-wide contend with the impacts of the Great Acceleration fueled by the fossil fuel economy. As the consequences of extractive lifestyles and objectifying ideologies come home to roost in the shape of global warming, many of us are questioning the historical narratives we are on the receiving end of. How can we discern a meaningful and sane way of engaging with the world today? In an era when we must scale back, can we find sanctuary within limitation? I believe art and education are critical tools that can help us mobilize toward reconciliatory relationships to place, community, materiality, and voice. The social and environmental problems we face as a culture are entangled, we must meet these trials in entangled ways. Inspired by post-colonial, post-human, and indigenous frameworks, my courses aim to cultivate reconciliatory relationships to materiality, community, and environment through art practices. 


My practice is devoted to helping artists and art educators find meaningful ways of engaging with their practice in light of a rapidly changing world. I provide personal insight and collected resources that I have gathered through my own research and praxis in art, education, healing, and ecology; as well as resources and frameworks woven in through partnership with the Center for Art Education & Sustainability ( To see more of my own creative practice, go to, or connect with me on instagram @owl_and_apple



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Sustain(ability) & the Studio course

6 session course

This course prepares artists and art educators to develop ways of thinking about sustainability. We discuss the implications of a place-based practice and question the function of art to inform what a meaningful practice can entail today. Participants also become familiar with various natural art processes: charcoal, natural pigments, inks and dyes, handmade paper, and recycled materials. Participants pursue their own creative projects informed by course content.

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Place-Based Art Education

6 hr workshop

Place Based Art Education has the potential to renew and strengthen cultural identity while building community and working towards sustainability. In this workshop teachers will be introduced to the concept of place-based art education. We will discuss sustainable art materials, local relationships, and curriculum content. In the first half of class we will review related concepts, theories, practical strategies and resources. In the second half of class we will workshop strategies to implement place based art education in participant specific contexts.

DIY Art Supplies Workshop

3 hour workshop

In this workshop we review approaches and resources to that will help you begin the journey of making your own art supplies. Participants will be encouraged to critically evaluate their relationship to materials as artists and art educators. We will consider the practice of making art-materials can inform the way we relate to the world outside of the studio/classroom. We’ll take a look at artists such as Nick Neddo and Caroline Ross, who wild-craft their art supplies and learn about companies such as Kremer pigments who provide materials for making your own materials. Further, we will try out some wild-crafting of our own and discuss opportunities to learn more through organizations such as the Center for Art Education and Sustainability (CAES). 

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Limits & Sanctuary

15 week course

Today we contend with impacts of the fossil fuel economy, which have lead to global warming and a 6th mass extinction event. To proceed we must ask ourselves: What is the consequence of our actions? 


This course is geared toward creatives reckoning with their relationship to place, materiality, and voice in this complex time. Together we will examine the implications of a bioregional perspective and consider how we might cultivate socio-ecological literacy through our art practice. We will critically evaluate our relationship to materials in the art making process alongside bioregional investigation and creative expression. 


Student Work



“I committed to a more sustainable art practice with a specific focus on materials in Autumn of 2021. I have collected, catalogued and created my own materials in the Cleveland area for six months. Materials include acorn ink, walnut ink, mineral pigments, beeswax crayons, and charcoal. The shift in my attention enabled me discover treasures like beautiful ochre rocks on my walk or receive black walnuts from friends. I’m grateful to Mother Earth for placing them in my path. Making these materials has deepened my studio practice.”
IG: @susansnipesart



“During the Covid quarantine I became conscious of the harmful impact I was making with my art on the environment. I switched from acrylic paints and cheaply mass-produced canvases to all natural paints on natural substrates. I am currently experimenting with different natural paints and eco-friendly substrates. I am making my own paper from my kids daily-discarded math worksheets and I use raw organic cotton canvas hung and sticks I find in the forest. I paint on these with casein paints (a milk product based paint), tempera paints (egg yolk plus natural pigment) and walnut oil with natural pigments."



Nicole organized a community art making event in a small village in Goiás, Brazil. The goal was to bring the community together and embrace their local knowledge of art, food and medicine making processes, learning from and engaging with the local cerrado. 


IG: @nicoletakasse



As an aspiring art educator, Karla created her own curriculum and facilitated her own class around topics discussed in the course relating to sustainability, interconnectedness, and community resilience. Inspired by traditional approaches to art-making using found objects, Karla embraced her Mexican heritage, creating folk art from discarded materials.

IG: @hechaxkarlillagalletilla




Ig: @lizzystorm





IG: Owl_and_Apple

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