John Grund is a comics artist, ceramicist, and community gardener. He makes comics about nature, technology, and the city. When hes not drawing or sculpting, he can be found wandering the city, people watching, or planting a seed.

Leah Yassky is a movement artist working in NYC. With a foundation in contemporary choreography, Leah creates classes, performances, films, and commercial work. Leah loves growing cacti and everyday herbalism. 



The goal of this workshop is to observe and understand our relationships to our environment. Through a mixed practice of breathwork, observation, note-taking, and drawing, we will find a sense of place and form new understandings of how places change. This class will use drawing as a way to see the world.

Participants will begin with a grounding breathwork practice led by Leah. Then, drawing exercises with John will serve as warm-up before finally making an observational comic of their surroundings. What do you see around you? Any animals? Any plants? What are they doing? What sounds do you hear? What does the sound look like? Where is it coming from? What just happened? What happened next? These are the kinds of questions we are looking to answer in this class. Both classes will be independent from one another, but related and sequential! Come to both if you’d like to advance the comic you make in the first class.



– Paper

– Coloring Pencils

– Rulers



– Imagination

– Observational skills

– Mark making utensils you like to draw with (Optional)

– Paper you want to draw on (Optional)

– Sketchbook or notepad (Optional)