Who is this course for?
This course is for both absolute beginners who would like to explore the simplest techniques of drawing the figure and for those who wish to build on basic core skills. Sessions will be relaxed, friendly and supportive.
Drawing from the life model you will be starting with gestural marks in response to poses. Then the 5 main elements of drawing: line, tone, form, space and proportion will be covered. Both expressive and academic approaches will be encouraged.
Support and feedback
Learners will get individual feedback and the course will end with a group review of work.
Additional costs and requirements
For this month’s class we will be focusing on TONAL drawing so please bring a white pastel pencil, white chalk or pastel and charcoal pencil. Large sheets of mid tone paper will be provided.
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?
For these monthly workshops, regular personal drawing practice outside the class is advisable.
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.