On Fridays September 14th, 21st and 28th, 2018, I'll be teaching a new course on this theme at the Royal West Academy in Clifton, Bristol. You'll learn watercolour skills along with guidance on a range of creative and imaginative techniques that I use in my own practice to draw out the feelings and ideas that are lurking inside me. You'll be supported to explore what's going on in your internal and outer environment through mindful art exercises that help to enhance wellbeing.
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Saturday 17 November, 10.30am - 4.30pm, and Sunday 18 November, 11am - 4pm
Illuminate your life! From jewel like medieval manuscripts to present day graphic novels, word and image can complement each other in beautiful and imaginative ways. Join award winning 'graphic novelist in progress' and comics artist Emma Burleigh to explore the interplay of word and image, and tease out your own personal stories. Draw on myth, folk tale, poems and life experience for inspiration. By the end of the course you will have completed your own graphic short story in inks, paints, pencils or another media of your choice.
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Art is "creating something from a feeling within" (Nitin Sawnhey)
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 am also a tutor with the Royal West Academy and I 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 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 drawing and painting in watercolour and mixed media (acrylic, inks, collage, brusho, gouache, oil pastel, charcoal and more). Themes I regularly offer include:
In summer I also offer outdoor 'art and nature connection' workshops.
Workshops can be built around just about any theme to suit you and can be tied in with a curriculum or business based theme...from creative problem solving and mindful self-resourcing workshops to an exploration of our world, be that plants, trees, birds, insects, wildlife, architecture, dreams, landscape, figures, life stories, portraiture or whatever you may have in mind. I also regularly teach life drawing workshops.
I can 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.
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
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.
Comments from participants at my recent 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."
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