Nature Art Series


The KPNC teams up with Heather Jackson, local artist, to bring you an fun and educational art workshop series.

Heather Jackson

Heather Jackson is a local artist, having lived in the Auburn area for over 36 years. Growing up, Heather attended Auburn City Schools and in 1996, graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in Visual Communications with a concentration in graphic design. Heather has worked at Auburn University for over 22 years as a graphic designer and is currently working in the Office of Communications & Marketing.

In 2015, Heather became certified as a Zentangle teacher (CZT) and has taught Zentangle classes at the Jan Dempsey Community Art Center. She is currently enrolled in a Color of Woman International Creativity Teacher Program and will receive her certification in February of 2021 with 5 paintings to add to her lifelong portfolio.

Heather believes everyone is a creative being and art is for all! She also maintains that there is no right or wrong way to create art, just your way.

Creativity is a wonderful and powerful way to express one’s self, especially creating art with intention and mindfulness. In fact, mindful art can be therapeutic, healing, and transformational. When we approach life with intention, we gather gratitude and appreciation for ourselves and all others in the world around us.

Heather has loved the great outdoors since childhood, and the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center has been a long-time favorite place for her to enjoy the aesthetic and serenity of nature.

There is a wide variety of wildlife and plants to see, sketch, and learn about. I have often envisioned bringing community together through creating art in nature, thus the idea for this Nature Art Series was born. I am excited to be teaching a monthly art series throughout 2021, in collaboration with the KPNC, that invites the community to engage in nature appreciation, education, and conservation through intentional creativity.


Create Your Own Journal
January 16, 2021 | 1 – 3 PM
Create a beautiful personalized nature themed journal using paints, pens and collage.

Create a Unique Valentine Card for Your Beloved
February 13, 2021 | 1 – 3 PM
Create a unique nature themed valentine card for your beloved on water color paper using paints and Zentangle.

Color Wheel and Zentangle
March 6, 2021 | 1 – 3 PM
Create a fabulous color wheel while learning to mix colors as well as patterns inspired by nature and Zentangle.

Recycled Plastic Bottle Critters
April 17, 2021 | 2 – 4 PM
Inspired by Earth Day, learn how to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” by creating fun planters from recycling plastic 2 liter soda bottles. Design your own critter such as a bunny, a frog, a pig, a bear, panda bear, cow, fox, dog, and cat.

Mandala Sun Catchers
May 1, 2021 | 2 – 4 PM
Create a beautiful sun catcher with mandala inspired nature designs.


Hummingbird Zentangle Art
July 10, 2021 | 9 – 11 AM
Hummingbirds are amazing creatures to watch and learn about in our backyards. Discover their unique features while creating a beautiful hummingbird art project using Zentangle inspired designs, patterns, and watercolor.

Stained Glass Butterflies
August 21, 2021 | 9 – 11 AM
Be inspired by beautiful butterflies!  Amanda Vinson, an entomology researcher at Auburn University, joins our class this month to teach us about how butterflies are vital to sustaining a healthy ecosystem.  We’ll then use our new-found appreciation for butterflies to mimic their incredible beauty with a fun “stained glass” butterfly art project.

Tree Magic
September 11, 2021 | 9 – 11 AM
Reconnect to the wonder, magic and symbolism of trees through a memorable tree story or experience. Create a beloved tree painting using acrylic, collage and Zentangle.

Tangling Pumpkins
October 16, 2021 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Come celebrate fall at the KPNC with a beautiful pumpkin craft! Tangle and paint an unique pumpkin design using Zentangle inspired patterns, acrylic paint and paint markers.

Leaf Printing
November 13, 2021 | 1 – 3 PM
Come and enjoy the colorful fall foliage at KPNC while creating beautiful leaf prints on the pavilion! We will explore fun leaf printing techniques on different kinds of paper using found leaves and acrylic paints. Please dress appropriately for painting.

Holiday Nature Ornament
December 11, 2021 | 1 – 3 PM
Join in some holiday fun at the KPNC while creating a couple of festive pinecone ornaments. You can make these beautiful handmade ornaments for yourself or create them as gifts to give out during this merry season. All materials will be provided. Please dress appropriately for painting and crafting.

Online registration is available for each class; or, you may pay “at the door” so long as there is still space available. Maximum number of students is 20. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a caregiver/parent. All attendees must wear a face covering and temperatures will be checked upon arrival. Social distancing will be enforced during the workshop. The workshop will be cancelled if we do not have a minimum of 4 participants.