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Plein Air Outdoor Arts [pr. PLANE air] was started by artist, educator, and nature worshipper Nikki Martens. Collaborators include artists Lane Shordee and Tom Brown, environmental educator Monica Gehrig, as well as a rotating roster of expert artists, scientists, and outdoors enthusiasts.
The idea to combine art, ecology, and education began in the schoolyard. It was clear that more time spent digging, planting, and drawing up dream gardens increased student engagement, creative expression, and overall well being.
Since then, Plein Air Outdoor Arts has designed and led everything from afternoon workshops, 8 week in-school residencies, to summer camps. Our focus is understanding and relating to the living ecosystem through hands-on, artistic exploration.