Art, Nature & Wellbeing

Susan Erskine-Jones

A 10-week creative course for young people exploring themes of art and nature. The programme is designed to support young people aged 12–16 living in the Milton Keynes area who may be feeling the effects of depression, anxiety, loneliness or other conditions upon their physical and mental wellbeing. Each week young people explore a new art medium, taking inspiration from nature, in a calm and welcoming space. Previous sessions have included pottery, textiles, natural dyes and printmaking, delivered by a team of artist professionals with support from Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

What to expect

In the next instalment of workshops artist Susan-Erskine Jones will be encouraging an awareness and appreciation of the natural world through creativity to support wellbeing; taking inspiration from, and using materials found in the calming surroundings of Milton Keynes Arts Centre and grounds of Great Linford Manor Park.

Over the 10 weeks, Susan shall also be introducing other artists, so providing opportunities for participants to get hands-on experience of making ceramics, books, textiles and natural dyes; as well as of working with collage, printmaking, painting and drawing.

Who is this course for?

The programme is particularly designed to support young people ages 12–16, in the Milton Keynes area who may be feeling the effects of anxiety, loneliness, depression or other conditions upon their physical and mental wellbeing.Please note these workshops are suitable for those with mild physical and mental health challenges and provide a supportive environment to meet like-minded young people of their age only, they are not suitable for those seeking professional support from art therapists. Spaces are limited and will be designated on a first come, first served basis with a record kept for those wanting to take part in any future programmes*.


Wednesday's – 26 April; 3, 10, 17; 24 May (31 May - Half term no teaching) 7, 14, 21, 28 June; 5 July 2023




Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Great Linford Manor Park, Parklands, MK14 5D. Please note wheelchair access is via an external ramp only.

Taking part

If you know a young person who might be suffering with feelings of loneliness, anxiety or depression and might benefit from taking part in these creative workshops, please get in touch.

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About the Artist

Susan Erskine-Jones is a painter, printmaker and art tutor with ten years’ experience in delivering mixed media workshops to students of all ages. Her interest is in overlooked objects and the common place.