Photo: "The Thompson Preserve" by Kathryn Dunham

Hopewell Valley’s premiere land trust and art studio will join together starting this month to offer a series of art and nature family workshops with proceeds to support a new outdoor space at Hopewell Elementary School (“HES”). At the pilot session, families will create leaf monoprints under the guidance of Julie Rosenthale at her Art Spark studio in Hopewell Borough using leaves gathered from a local Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (“FoHVOS”) preserve.

“As part of our mission, FoHVOS seeks unique ways to connect families with nature,” shared FoHVOS executive director Lisa Wolff. “Art is a great vehicle and Julie from Art Sparks makes it so engaging. Best of all, the finished product is a fantastic keepsake from the day.”

The program is designed for a parent and child to enjoy nature and create art together. Weather permitting, FoHVOS will lead an optional pre-session to collect leaves from their Thompson Preserve. Leaves will be supplied for families who skip the nature walk.

“Interacting with natural and art materials allows adults and children alike to exercise imagination, de-stress, and develop a respect for the beauty surrounding them,” added Julie Rosenthale, owner of Art Sparks. “We’re hoping people will take advantage of a wonderful afternoon to bond together in this way.”

Hopewell Elementary School STEM coordinator Helen Corveleyn said, “Creating art is such an important way to express and appreciate nature’s beauty.  HES is so very appreciative of the community connection that FoHVOS and Art Sparks brings to supporting our new reflective, creative outdoor space.”

Leaf Monoprint Workshop Details:

  • Saturday, October 26, 2019
  • $25 suggested donation per child/adult pairing (limited to 12 pairs)
  • 3 – 3:40 pm Leaf gathering walk at Thompson Preserve (optional & weather permitting)
  • 4 – 5:30 pm Family Workshop at Art Sparks Studio, 33 Railroad Place, Hopewell
  • EVENT REGISTRATION HERE or visit the event page at

About Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS)

FoHVOS is an accredited nonprofit land trust dedicated to conserving the Valley’s character by collaborating with the community to preserve land, protect natural resources, and inspire a new generation of conservation. Since our inception, we have preserved over 7,500 acres of land and inspired thousands of partners and volunteers. To learn more about FoHVOS, call 609-730-1560 or visit

About Art Sparks:

Art Sparks is an art studio in Hopewell, NJ where children explore a wide variety of art media through classes, camps, workshops. To learn more about Art Sparks, call (609) 466-5437, visit, or email

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