PETERSBURG, AK Students at Petersburg’s Rae C. Stedman Elementary school have been spending their mornings outdoors, writing down observations and creating plein air paintings of the trees and plants around the school. Students are learning technique from visiting artist Andie Thrams, who hails from a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills in Northern California. Thrams has been in the Petersburg area for about a month, teaching workshops at the Tongass Rainforest Festival and creating some new work on her own.