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Thu, Jun 27


Harvest Preserve

Nature Artwork: Art as a Mindful Way to Connect with Nature

Find peace and creativity through mindful nature journaling.

Nature Artwork: Art as a Mindful Way to Connect with Nature
Nature Artwork: Art as a Mindful Way to Connect with Nature

Time & Location

Jun 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA

About the Event

Most people hurry through the woods counting calories burned. Artists take a slow approach, with bare feet on ground, sketchbook in hand, and an eye ready to enjoy everything around them.

Deeply connect with the outdoors through journaling and observation. This class is perfect for those looking to enhance their creativity and well-being.

Any participant can submit oak-themed artwork or poetry to the "Iowa Oak Project" and receive a $20 stipend for their submission. More information will be provided during the class.


  • Standard attire and sun protection for hands-on outdoor learning: hat, jeans, sunscreen.
  • Sketchbook and/or journal and drawing/painting/writing media of your choice.
  • Water for drinking.
  • Outdoor seating; e.g., lawn chair (or just sit on the ground if you want to be extra connected with the earth).


Sliding scale fee: $15 - $5, based upon your access to resources.

Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount. Learn about Backyard Abundance membership.


Call 319-325-6810 to reach the educator.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Jacob Lesan, an artist from Coralville, Iowa, is renowned for his nature-inspired landscapes and plein air paintings. As an instructor, Jacob shares his expertise and passion, inspiring students to connect deeply with nature through art. He has a rich background in art and music from the University of Northern Iowa.


Harvest Preserve: 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City. We'll gather in the pond house.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please  frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of  time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

  • Traditional Resources

    This fee is for people who have the resources they need to make ends meet and can attend our classes at full cost.

  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.




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