Who is this course for?
This course is for both absolute beginners who would like to explore the simplest techniques of watercolour painting and for those who wish to build on basic core skills. The sessions will be relaxed, friendly and supportive.
Creating something new, using your hands, learning a new skill and making friends can help us to feel less isolated, can increase our self esteem and encourage us to use our time more productively, giving us a greater sense of wellbeing. “No one can give wellbeing to you. It’s you who has to take action,”Professor Stewart Brown
You will be exploring the possibilities of watercolour; colour mixing, producing colour washes and then going on to create vibrant effects using masking fluid and wax crayons. Inspiration will come from both natural forms such as flowers and shells along with creating patterns from your imagination.
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
All basic materials are provided at the session. If you wish to extend your range of supplies you can bring your own watercolour materials.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
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 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.