Find out about some of my work in this Grist article: School or be schooled: How Gen Z is mentoring their elders on climate action

I believe we learn differently when we engage all of our senses, and that fostering tactile connections in the learning process helps students retain information and understand complex material. This has led to research on how we learn from images.

I teach classes in American Government, Public Policy (including American, Environmental, and European), Research Methods, Climate Change, Food and Sustainability, Marine Debris, and Environmental Studies. 

My students routinely engage in community-based service-learning and often collaborate with me on research projects.


I often use the arts to teach scientific, civic, and policy concepts.

I ask students to integrate research with printmaking– here students were asked to create prints of endangered species.

Learn more about how to create a woodblock print by watching a short demonstration video here at the Research Gate page devoted to a workshop on this topic from the Association of Environmental Science and Studies annual meeting in Washington, DC, summer 2016.

As a part of the PAYCE grant, these students were asked to create comics of the colonists’ grievances from the Declaration of Independence.

I love using the arts to engage students and get them thinking about material in new ways.

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  1. Hello Katharine Owens,
    I am very interested in your art and about bringing you to our library in the Fall to present to families.
    Please contact me, if you are interested.
    Thank you,
    Maura Gualtiere, Children’s Librarian
    Plumb Memorial Library

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