My next workshops on Mindful Art making at Hamilton House, Bristol will be on Sundays 8th October and 5th November, from 10 - 1:
Mindful Painting for your daily life, your inner life or your travels...Sunday 8th October
To book: https://bookwhen.com/gosketch
Come along for ideas on keeping a travel journal, dreams book or visual diary. We'll experiment with texture and colour to evoke memories, moods, dreams and places.
Artists from Howard Hodgkin to Frida Kahlo have explored their dreams, moods and memories in visual form. Artists such as Kurt Jackson or Felix Scheinberger use paint and pen to note down their impressions of the places they've travelled to, paying mindful attention to colours, smells and sounds.
In this workshop you'll be encouraged to play with a wide range of art materials to uncover fresh and evocative expressions of your experiences. We'll explore textures, colours and surfaces to help you note down feelings, memories and observations. Time for mindful sensing and contemplative reflection will be balanced with lively exercises in inks, watercolours, acrylics, gesso, pastels and various papers.
No experience is necessary - these workshops are suitable for beginners and for more experienced artists looking for fresh approaches to painting, and they're open to anyone from 11 years old to 111 years old!
The emphasis is on mindful play and experimentation. For me art is a way to explore both our inner world and our relationship with the world outside. These workshops will teach you some traditional skills but the emphasis is on using art as a contemplative and joyful, personal practice.
More about my classes and workshops in general:
I love to share my practice and you can find me teaching classes and workshops for adults and children around the city. I run regular weekend workshops at Hamilton House under the name "Art for the Afraid" with a focus on mindfulness, creativity and self-expression. I also teach weekly classes in Drawing and Painting in Winterbourne.
I have a PGCE in Art and Design from Oxford Brookes University and over a decade of experience teaching Art at GCSE, A level and Key stage three. For several years I was the Head of Art at Didcot Girls' School, as well as the Fine Art course Leader for A level at Didcot Sixth Forms in Oxfordshire.
I enjoy helping people to develop their drawing and painting skills, and to find their voice. If you're scared to pick up a pencil or paintbrush but have always longed to, my special interest is in helping you to feel the fear and do it anyway!
I deliver workshops to schools, community groups, museums, galleries, festivals, businesses and other bodies. I have a flexible approach and regularly work with folks of all ages from under 8 to over 80, including in family and mixed generational groups.
Workshops can be tailored to your interests and needs, so contact me to discuss your ideas, but I specialise in painting and drawing in watercolour and mixed media (acrylic, inks, collage, brusho, gouache, pastel and more). Themes I regularly offer include Making Colour Sing (colour theory and mixing) , Expressive watercolour, Brusho and mixed media, Inner and Outer Landscapes, Painting from Imagination (as well as from Observation), Mindful Art Journalling, Portraiture from within and without, Experimental mark-making, Space (Inner, outer and the spaces in between), Graphic Novels and Visual Story-telling, A sense of place (mood, atmosphere and emotion), Art as a contemplative practice, and Dreams, Demons, Memories and Myths. Workshops can be built around just about any theme to suit you from birds, insects, fish, and organic forms to architecture, dreams, landscape, figures, portraiture and more. I also regularly teach life drawing workshops.
I can also tutor you or your child to work towards raising your grade at Art GCSE or A Level, or to develop a portfolio for applying to Art College. I'm familiar with most Art and Design, Fine Art and other Art related exam courses and exam boards, and I regularly work as a moderator for one of the largest GCSE exam boards. I particularly relish helping students to sort out their coursework and liven up their sketchbooks!
Emma has been my art tutor for the past year. During this time she has nurtured my fragile confidence and enabled it to evolve into my own artistic voice, allowing me to find my full expression whilst also helping me to stay grounded in basic technique and method. Throughout this time she has been patient, kind and encouraging. She has overseen my transition from drawing to working with colour/paints and clearly has a great depth of experience and knowledge in the use of both. Emma has challenged me where I’ve needed it but has always remained supportive when I found myself frustrated with my own abilities. She has been very helpful in developing my sense of experimentation whilst at the same time continually suggesting other artists that I might learn from. Emma has always been happy to answer my constant questions and we have had many inspiring discussions about art, artists and the artistic process. At the end of the year I felt I had enough confidence to apply for a BA in Art, much of this attributable to Emma's support. I would therefore highly recommend her as a private tutor.
Andrew Moon, Falmouth
Emma has been tutoring my 11 year old daughter for a little while now. She has a lovely gentle manner and is clearly a very talented artist herself. My daughter regularly asks me when she will have another lesson with Emma, which can only be testament to what a great teacher she is!
Mrs. Rebecca Channock, Bristol
I really enjoyed learning Art from Emma. She is gentle and patient in her teaching approach and very encouraging. She taught me important foundation principles and techniques which helped me develop my skills and enabled me to better address some of the technical elements of painting and drawing. She has a wonderful way of working and relating to colour which I found really inspiring. She has also helped me feel more confident in my own work and creativity. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
Charlotte Johnstone, adult learner, Totnes
Comments from participants at my last course "Art for the Afraid: A course in Mindful Drawing" at Hamilton House, Bristol:
"A very enjoyable, relaxing and peaceful journey to becoming/discovering the artist within, Changing perceptions and gathering skills"
"A very enjoyable course - my confidence in my drawing skills has grown over the weeks. Looking forward to more courses!"
"My fear upon finishing the course was that I would still feel just as rubbish (about my ability to draw) as when I started: I can proudly say I have done the best drawing of a sheep and of a hand that I could ever imagine!"
"Lovely atmosphere and great support!"
Feedback from participants at my last course on "Exploring Colour" at Hamilton House, Bristol:
"Great workshop. I really enjoyed learning about art and exploring with a paintbrush again, something I've not done since primary school!"
"Life doesn't have edges. It's blurry. Exploring colour helps you feel comfortable with this."
"I am as a result of the class more relaxed, feeling more in tune with my creativity, and more confident about creating. Brilliant."
You can find details of classes I am teaching here:
https://www.facebook.com/emmaburleighartist/ (for updates on upcoming mindful art workshops)
http://www.gosketch.co.uk/adults.html (to book Art for the Afraid and Mindful Art Workshops at Hamilton House in Bristol.)
(Please note that my 'adults' workshops at GoSketch are suitable for unsupervised teens as well, and I am fully DBS checked.)
http://www.loveartclasses.co.uk/ (for info and to book onto my Winterbourne Down Art Courses and workshops, which are more traditional and aim to teach skills while still having fun!)