Klimt’s Flower Garden - Painting

Emma Wilde

Wednesday 3 July – Wednesday 4 September 2024
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Date and Time
10 week course, Wednesday evenings from 3 July - 4 September, 6pm-8pm

Who is this class suitable for?
The course is free for adults, particularly aimed at those with mild-moderate poor mental health.
No prior experience required, suitable of all abilities.

Important: Please ensure you can commit to at least 8 out of 10 sessions before booking.

What will be covered?
Come and take part in this ten week course working with artist Emma Wilde. We will explore colour mixing using acrylic paints to make our own canvas paintings. No previous art experience needed, beginners welcome!

We will look at different ways of making marks and how to create colour, depth and texture looking at the artist Gustav Klimt's work for inspiration. A fun evening class filled with all the colours of the rainbow!

What will I need to bring?
Materials and aprons are provided.

About our creative wellbeing programme
Aimed at providing a creative outlet for people who may be experiencing mild-moderate mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression or social isolation, Milton Keynes Arts Centre’s creative wellbeing courses aim to encourage participants to take a break from everyday pressures by participating in hands on making, focusing attention on creative expression and learning a new skill. Courses are artist-led and designed to support creativity and social interaction.

Please note, we are only accepting interest in our Creative Wellbeing Courses from adults who are in need of additional support with their mental health. Once you have booked you will be sent a referral form to fill out.  

These workshops are designed to be a break for the everyday. Our team and artists are not trained therapists and the sessions should not be considered as an alternative to seeking professional help if you require it.

This work has been supported by funding from MK Community Foundation.

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About the Artist

Emma Wilde (b. 1971, London) studied at Norwich University of the Arts (First Class Honours Degree in Illustration) and Aberystwyth School of Art. (MA in Painting.) She currently has a studio in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire where she lives and works.

Emma’s practice focuses on painting and drawing. She is interested in how nature and the built environment co-exist or impose themselves upon each other and the relationships that occur between these liminal spaces. Much of her work has explored forgotten or overlooked pockets of suburban areas in Milton Keynes.

Exhibitions include MK Calling, MK Gallery, (2020), Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, (2018), The New Archive, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton (2017), The John Ruskin Drawing Prize, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London and The New Art Gallery Walsall, (2016), Efficient and imaginative use of resources, solo show at Monty’s Gallery, London (2016), ‘The Discerning Eye,’ Mall Galleries, London, (2015), ‘MK Calling 1 and 2,’ Milton Keynes Gallery, (2013 and 2015) ‘Paintings and Drawings,’ Solo show at Milton Keynes Arts Centre, (2014), ‘Drawing Biennial,’ Drawing Room, London (2013), ‘Drawings,’ Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, (2012), ‘Salon Art Prize’, Matt Roberts Arts, London, (2012)

Emma’s work is held in many private collections including a body of work for the ‘The New Archive’ at NN Contemporary Art, Northampton. In 2013 Emma was awarded the MK Community Foundation Arts Bursary to support her practice.

Since 2001 Emma has worked with regional schools providing art courses linked to the national curriculum as well as running workshops for children in collaboration with Milton Keynes Gallery’s education programme.

For over ten years Emma worked as an art tutor for the mental health charity Mind and was lead artist for the Arts on Prescription Programme with MK Arts for Health delivering art courses to adults.

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