Art Workshops

The "Art of Science" is a series of environmentally focused workshops interweaving science and art to illustrate nature's beauty, key environmental concepts, threats, and solutions to pressing issues.

Each workshop will focus on a different theme and medium and be taught by a team of scientists and artists. Workshops will include  a scientific presentation, a short outdoor field trip, creating an art piece with one-on-one instruction, and prepping for an exhibition, showcasing the workshop's theme, process, and focus.

Support for this program is provided through generous funding from the Arts and Sciences Project Grant. Participation scholarships available. Please contact Melissa or call (928) 779-1745 to apply.


Birds of a Feather, March 10th 8:30am-3:30pm

Art workshop will focus on birds. Participants will learn about avian natural history, endangered and threatened local species,  field  identification, and other birding skills from Rocky Mountain Research Station Conservation Education Coordinator Brenda Strohmeyer. After the presentation and a birding field trip, participants will learn several techniques for drawing birds with local artist and long time birder Zack Zdinak.

Medium: Pencils (provided). Please bring your own sketch pad (we will have plenty of extras).

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm (1 hour lunch break on your own).

Cost: $45/participant or $35/Willow Bend Members 

Presenters:  Zack Zdinak has been a local Flagstaff artist, naturalist and birder since 1985. He started out working as a wildlife biologist and interpreter with the National Parks, National Forests and US Fish and Wildlife Service in Utah and Arizona. In 1998 he founded Life Drawing & Education, a company offering wildlife art, graphic design services and environmental education programing for parks, nature centers, museums, schools, and publishers. He served on the Northern Arizona Audubon Society board and has led multiple art workshops, classes and birding adventures. You can view a sample of Zack's work at

Brenda Strohmeyer is a Biological Science Technician and Conservation Education (CE) Coordinator for the Wildlife Program at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.  She has been with the Station for over 20 years supervising and assisting with on-going field research studies for the Wildlife Program and serving as CE coordinator for the Station.  Brenda loves researching animals to find out more about them and also loves to inform youth and the community of the importance of the wildlife species studied at the Research Station.  Brenda is involved in the community through Flagstaff Festival of Science, as Board Secretary - Camp Colton - Station Conservation Education Council - In School Programs and Educational Kits – The Coconino County Fair - Every Kid in a Park- Middle School Mentors - Flagstaff Community STEM - Flagstaff Science Alliance and more.

Pollinators, April 28th 9am-1pm

Art workshop will focus on pollinators. Participants will learn about the fascinating world of pollinators, including an introduction to the many (hundreds) of native bee species, threats, and ways we can assist their survival from entomologist and PhD candidate Lindsie McCabe. After the presentation and a short walk around the gardens highlighting ideal locations for bee homes, participants will create unique “bee hotels” with mixed media artist Travis Lurato.

Medium: Wood, natural materials

Time: 9am-1pm.

Cost: $45/participant or $35/Willow Bend Members

Presenters:  Travis Lurato graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, and attended the University of Barcelona School of Art in Spain. Originally from New York, most recently, Iurato co-founded the New Age Drinks Contemporary Art Gallery in Rimrock where he curated a handful of contemporary art projects. Iurato mostly works in mixed media, painting and sculpture.

Lindsie McCabe is a third year PhD student in the department of Biological Science at Northern Arizona University. Lindsie’s research includes understanding how insect pollinator communities change along an elevation gradient and how these communities might be affected by climate change. Lindsie graduated with her Bachelors of Science in 2012 from Old Dominion University and received her Masters of Science in 2015 for Northern Arizona University. Lindsie has always been passionate about bees from a young age and loves to share her passion with the community.

Basket Weaving, May 19th 10am-1pm

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Stone Wall Building, June 26th-28th (all day)

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Fiber Arts, June 30th Time TBA

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