Our Workshops and Events

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Our approach in each of our art workshops is to ‘paint from the heart’ as an expression and a dialogue-starter about climate and nature — and then allow that to enable us to become advocates for protecting and preserving the things we love. In our events, we share educational resources, learn about regional environmental efforts, and discuss how to have conversations about climate change. In our gallery exhibitions, we show and explain our commitment to protect the things we love. In our public events, we encourage everyone to act to preserve our world.
Here is where you can see us in action. 

To view the galleries and more information for each workshop, click the title or any picture.

(To see current and upcoming events, check out our Upcoming Events page!)

Banneker Kids Camp 2023

On a warm week in July of 2023, two Artists for Climate Awareness members led participants of Banneker Kid’s Camp in Bloomington, IN in outdoor craft activities related to the environment.


Anne Farley Gaines Ceramic Demonstration

ceramics by Anne Farley GainesChicago artist Anne Farley Gaines and Artists for Climate Awareness were invited into into the Ivy Tech Ceramics Studio on June 17, 2023 for a free one-day demonstration in which Anne produced a lively ceramic work based on one of her watercolors of nature. The participants created small works of their own. Anne Farley Gaines uses the emotional language of art with thematic environmental education. Her subjects focus on her passions: disappearing coastlines of the Great Lakes, decaying trees uprooted by rising waters from glacier melt, animal species being pushed by climate change to unprecedented areas, forest fires, violent storms, and their aftermath.

A display of Anne’s work is on the Ivy Tech campus in the Fine Arts area, and at The Waldron Arts Center.  All will be available for viewing throughout June and July of 2023.
Learn more about Anne Farley Gaines at https://www.annefarleygaines.com/.



Gallery Show – “Conserve Bloomington”

      “Mutations,” by Karen Holtzclaw

A gallery show May 12 – June 11, 2023 at Arts Alliance Center in Bloomington, IN provided environmentally themed art and music to the Bloomington Community. This gallery exhibition, coordinated by Artists for Climate Awareness, was open to all artistic mediums and depicted aspects of nature, environment, and climate change. Artistic expressions on display could be abstract or realistic and could consist of works that evoke experience such as: caring and hopes of preservation; depiction of changes over time; description of what has been loved and lost, “wake-up” call-to-action, and more. Climate art is intended to be a dialog-starter to raise public awareness and thought about climate change.



“From Watching Birds to Sketching and Painting Them”

Alex Warnick teaching   painting of Ruby Crowned Kinglet bird by Alex Warnick

On Thursday, April 27, internationally known bird artist Alex Warnick delivered a workshop called, “From Watching Birds to Sketching and Painting Them.” The presentation and demonstration largely focused on artistic techniques. During the workshop, there were also conversations about being connected to nature, how we can help wild birds, as well as the importance and interconnectivity of birds with the environment.


“Painting Nature in Wet Pastel”

Avon Waters teaching art  Seascape painting by Sara Steffey McQueen

On March 24 and 25, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana, Artists for Climate Awareness participants learned how to use soft pastels with various mediums to create works in “wet pastel.” The group experimented with new techniques while sharing stories and learning about caring for the environment.


“Elements: An Exhibition by Artists for Climate Awareness”


Ten members of Artists for Climate Awareness displayed their artwork in the Education Gallery at the John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., Bloomington, IN, from March 3 – April 11, 2023. The show is in conjunction with two environment-related exhibitions by climate groups and individuals,  named “Climate Shock” and  “Stone Soup: From Nature to Politics.” 


“Painting Deserts in Watercolor”

In “Painting Deserts in Watercolor,” on February 25, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana, Artists for Climate Awareness people enjoyed painting together, learning about desert conservation, and talking about how to be an advocate for better climate change communication. 


Climate Change in My Backyard: Art from the Heart”

St. Louis workshop participant - 2022 Photo of St. Louis Arch

Artists for Climate Awareness members convened in Carol Carter’s Studio in St. Louis, Missouri on September 24, 2022 for painting, sculpting, and climate education.






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