Soil Painting

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Date(s) - 04/22/2015
6:00 pm

Dickinson County Nature Center


Earth without art is just eh.

Dickinson County Conservation environmental education coordinator Karess Knudtson certainly thinks so. An artist herself, Knudtson sees the profound impact when people realize the connection between art and nature.

The conservation board is hoping to educate people on this connection through a new series called Art & Nature being implemented at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji.

“Using ‘Art & Nature’ together becomes a vehicle for understanding and a way to achieve awareness of the environment,” Knudtson said. “I want people to come to one of our new programs, learn something by experiencing the beauty and fascination that lies between the science of the natural world and the act of creating something with their own hands. In our hectic lives it is simply a matter of allowing ourselves a chance to stop, pause and then stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones just a little bit.”

Creative workshops and classes will be held monthly at the nature center.


  1. Jenny on March 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Not a lot of information on Soil Painting. Is this something for children, age range, a workshop, fee, length of time, explanation of what it is?


    • kiley on March 31, 2015 at 8:37 am


      Information on the soil painting class is included in the Glenda Drennen post on the front page of the website. Here is the information:

      Environmental education coordinator Karess Knudtson will also lead art classes throughout the year. A soil painting class will be held 6 p.m. on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, a part of Global Soil Awareness Week.
      Knudtson will show a variety of soils from different places and will speak about the importance of it.
      “It’s how we grow our food. It goes to the most basic level of what we need,” Knudtson said. “It’s easy to take soil for granted. Those of us that do not make a living growing things can tend to take it for granted there will be food in the grocery store that is safe and healthy.”
      Then the class will get to try their hands at painting with different types of soil.
      “We use a very small amount of soil in the process of painting with it,” Knudtson said, describing it as similar to watercolor painting with soil. “It is a fun and interesting process. The end results have a unique texture. When people are done, they’re usually amazed at what they can do with soil.”
      Knudtson’s classes are limited to 20 people, ages 9 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must call 712-336-6352 or e-mail naturecenter@co.dickinson.ia.uscreate new email to register. The soil painting class does not have a fee.

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