The Academy of Nature and Wildlife Arts was developed to fill the need for professional atelier style art education for the public. With the current educational focus on just science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and major educational cutbacks which eliminated many programs in the arts, the Academy was developed to create and support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) as an approach to studying real world issues in natural history from a very traditional approach of both science and art, together.
This approach allows children and young artists to build art perspectives into the more traditional approaches as they are presented. For the adult learner, the Academy builds on their traditional science background and experiences while providing new perspectives of familiar concepts. For both audiences, the program encourages self exploration and self expression as both a means to learn more about one's self while at the same time relieving stress of that self.
Combining the arts and sciences provides unique service opportunities within current culture. Arts and sciences combine nicely in working with issues in the natural world with the arts providing the picture "worth a thousand words" and science providing a thousand measurements to create a more complete picture of our world. The Academy and its students support service projects combining the arts and sciences in support of natural history.