Photograph by Cat Lane
Exploring Art in
Nature: Summer Art Camp for Young People
31 July, 7 August, 14 August and 21 August 2021
Participants are invited to book the camp as a whole or as single sessions
£30 per session
We are booking up to 12 people on this course, on the understanding that from 21 June all social distancing measures will be relaxed. If this is not the case, we will ask the last 6 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course.
We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.
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Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Children do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What will be covered in the class?
Join horticultural artist Katie Ellen Fields for our 4-week Summer Art Camp for Young People, exploring artforms and opportunities in nature within the beautiful grounds of Milton Keynes Arts Centre in Great Linford Manor Park.
Young people are invited to attend all 4 sessions, but these can also be booked individually where this is not possible. Each participant will receive a sketchbook to document their work and take home with them to continue using.
Week One: Flora and Fauna
During our first session, students will be given a sketchbook to use for the rest of the camp. We’ll explore the garden and look for colours, textures and shapes to create a collage of the environment and decorate our sketchbooks.
Week Two: Land Art
Taking inspiration from artists like Nancy Holt and Richard Long, we will gather natural materials together to create a large piece of land art. We’ll enjoy and interact with the work ourselves and document it in our sketchbooks, then invite others to use the work before it melts back into nature.
Week Three: Natural Colours
During this session, we’ll look at all the colours and pigments that nature can offer by making wild-inks and paints from foraged materials. These colours will then be used in our sketchbook work and on canvases found from nature. We’ll also use these colours to make something to take home.
Week Four: Outdoor Exhibition
We will create an interactive outdoor sculpture, for everyone to enjoy! Taking inspiration from artists like Yayoi Kasuma and Ugo Rondinone, we’ll use our sketchbooks, wild-inks, collages and installation skills.
All tools and materials are included. Students will be given sketchbooks as part of the fee, whether they are joining us for the entire four weeks or just one session.
Students will need to wear clothing suitable for making art and for changeable weather. Each session includes a short, accessible walk in the grounds of Milton Keynes Arts Centre and an artist-led ‘outdoor rest’ with healthy refreshments.
We will be using our outdoor spaces and Open Garden as much as possible. We will use our gallery space if the weather requires.
Katie Ellen Field’s practice explores the creation and reverence ofobjects, particularly those used in rituals and ceremonies. Materiality is a frequent starting point; the green and granite of Milton Keynes in particular.