Creative watercolours

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

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.

Course content

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 vibrant flower studies 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 feedback through individual learning plans, one to one discussions. The course will end with a group review of work.

Additional costs and requirements

For the first class please bring:

A small A5 watercolour pad. The Langton brand are best and can be bought from the Topsham art shop or online.

Optional: a larger A4 watercolour pad.

Both pads should be Cold Pressed and at least 140LBs.

Roll of low tack tape (Scotch or Magic Tape is best).

HB pencil and sharpener

Watercolour paints will be initially supplied but please also bring any you may already have.

Your tutor will advise you on other materials that you will need later in the course.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Some painting exercises and research studies related to the course theme will be set.

About the tutor

Along with working as a fine art tutor for Learn Devon Louise Banks also runs her own drawing and painting courses and workshops in local community centres and galleries. This includes running weekly Life Drawing classes around Devon. 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 in London, Hampshire and Bristol galleries and art fairs. Current artwork reflects her interest in estuary village life and sea scenes produced in loose watercolour wash and line. Media work includes an interview and demonstration on Channel four’s The Afternoon Show and a feature in Country Living Magazine.

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 with a focus on experimenting with materials to discover their unique qualities and learn how each material can best describe form.

“Paintings are but research and experiment. I never do a painting as a work of art, all of them are researches. I search constantly.” This Picasso quote informs much of her teaching.

The spontaneous and academic are not seen as mutually exclusive, both expressive and traditional skills are covered. Learning to ‘see’ rather than just ‘look’ is at the core of every course.

While a personal art website is in progress, examples of work can be seen on the Devon Artists Network website

Current artwork and projects can be seen on Instagram @lou_inst_art

Examples of both Devon adult learners’ class work and her own work can be found on

Start date06 Nov 2018
End date04 Dec 2018
Start time10:00
End time12:00
Concessions not available