PASSION FOR ART: Emma Ward is excited to be part of The Workshop’s Art School while only weeks away from opening her new studio there, located in East St.
PASSION FOR ART: Emma Ward is excited to be part of The Workshop’s Art School while only weeks away from opening her new studio there, located in East St. Contributed

Emma sees beauty in art for children aged seven and over

GIVING kids a chance to explore and develop their artistic talents is the reason behind The Workshop's art school.

The new creative Arts hub in Rockhampton's East St is opening a children's art school and Gracemere artist Emma Ward will be working with children in a round of art classes from February 16.

She's also taking up the Artist in Residence position at The Workshop and opening her own new studio there within the coming weeks.

Working with primary schools recently, and through that experience, Emma said she'd had heaps of families asking for more art opportunities of their kids.

"We have dance, sports and theatre groups here in Rocky but there has been a lack for visual arts," Emma said.

"It's a 'see a need, fill a need' scenario. It's always great to see children have an opportunity to explore and develop their talents. But also to have an opportunity to exhibit their work and for an audience to show their appreciation. It builds pride and a sense of accomplishment."

A passionate artist working in the CQ region for a few years now, Emma said her passion for art translated in many ways.

"I love seeing children and adults overcome a lack of confidence to shining with pride," she said.

"As we grow older unfortunately we seem to develop an 'I can't' attitude to drawing and painting. By developing these skills and the confidence early on, these skills can develop over a lifetime. It's not only a great skill, but great for relaxation and stress relief too."

In 2014 Emma was thrilled to hold the place of Artist in Residence at Saint Paul's school in Gracemere.

Emma's studio will be open to visitors and she'll also be running some amazing workshops there.

"I hope to encourage adults to take up painting for fun and relaxation, Emma Rose art style," she said.

Working on exposure for her art is Emma's goal this year.

"I would love to open a Real Living magazine to see one of my paintings," she said.

"I'm planning several exhibitions to be held in the Workshop's new gallery. I still hope to start a line of homewares in the future. Who knows what working in The Workshop will inspire, 2015 is the year for creativity."

KIDS CLASSES

WHAT: Kid's courses will run in conjunction with the school term over six weeks starting February 16, taking children aged seven and over

COST: $139 + student art kit.

CONTACT: To register go to workshoprockhampton.com.au or phone Vanessa Norimi on 0404 053 439 or Emma Ward 0406 883 230



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