Who is this course for?
This course is for both absolute beginners and those who wish to build on basic skills. Sessions will be relaxed, friendly and supportive.
You will be exploring the exciting possibilities of watercolour – experimenting with colour mixing, creating a variety of effects starting with abstracts and working towards producing loose still life compositions and landscapes. The approach is very much materials led, so personal sketchbooks to record colour and technique researches will be an important element of this course. Some mixed media work will be covered. We will be looking at contemporary artists along with traditional watercolour artists for inspiration.
Support and feedback
Learners will get individual support and feedback from the tutor. Group conversations about project ideas will be encouraged.
Additional costs and requirements
Please bring · a small A5 watercolour pad. The Langton brand are best and can be bought from the Topsham art shop or online. Alternately these can be purchased from the tutor. Larger A4 watercolour pad. Both pads should be Cold Pressed and at least140LBs. Roll of low tack tape (Scotch or Magic Tape is best). You will be supplied with paints and brushes initially and advised about the basic watercolour materials you will need to buy for the rest of the course.
You may be eligible for a learner bursary if you can demonstrate that attending a course will improve your wellbeing. Eligibility is determined after a short interview with a member of our learning support team. You must be aged over 19 on 31st August 2017 and your household income below £15,276 to access this fund. Contact your local centre for more details.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
There will be some homework and learners will be encouraged to try out techniques and explore ideas covered in class, in their own time.
About the tutor
Along with working as a fine art tutor for Learn Devon Louise Banks also runs her own drawing courses and workshops in local community centres and galleries. She runs a regular Life Drawing class at Thelma Hulbert Gallery. Having trained at Goldsmiths’ College London she has over thirty years’ experience of teaching art to children and adults.
As a practising artist she has exhibited work in London, Hampshire and Bristol galleries and art fairs. This includes venues such as the Air Gallery in Dover Street and The Affordable Art Fair, London. She mainly works in oil paint and inks. Media work includes an interview and demonstration on Channel four’s The Afternoon Show and a feature in Country Living Magazine.
While a personal art website is in progress, examples of work can be seen on the Devon Artists Network website http://www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk/
Examples of both Devon adult learners’ class work and her own work can be found on https://www.facebook.com/LouiseBanksArt
Having been taught by a pupil of Cecil Collins she has been very influenced by his particular ideas and methods and incorporates these into her own drawing courses. The aim is to provide a calm space where risk taking and exploration of techniques and materials are encouraged. It is a process-led approach.
“Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art, all of them are researches. I search constantly.” Picasso
The spontaneous and academic are not seen as mutually exclusive, however, and traditional skills are covered. Learning to ‘see’ rather than just ‘look’ is at the core of every course.