Abstract painting

Arts Centre, Bideford

Who is this course for?

Learn how to create beautiful abstract paintings on paper and canvas using a range of fun and original techniques. Taught in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Course content

You will be exploring markmaking and the emotional effects of colour. Study works on paper and a final finished larger canvas 

Support and feedback

You tutor will advise, help and support you throughout the course. 

Additional costs and requirements

You will need a stretched canvas, size of your choice, a range of brushes and any specialist paint you require. We have a limited supply. 


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 2018 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?

No – but the tutor may suggest you look at certain painters in between sessions to enrich your learning. 

About the tutor

Harry Roberts currently works on Art and Design courses for Learn Devon.

Prior to this he worked for North Devon College (now Petroc) for 12 years as a Fine Art Lecturer and Tutor. Before this he had four artist-in-residence positions in the UK and was International Research Fellow at Exeter College of Art and Frankfurt Akademie, and Junior Fellow at South Glamorgan University.

Harry has a PGCE from the University of Reading and a BA Hons (Ist class) from the Polytechnic Wolverhampton and Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon.

His current area of interest is in using paper pulp, dyes and oil paint to create large constructions that straddle the line between painting and sculpture. The current series of five works has taken four years and is due for exhibition next year.

He has held one-man shows at most large cities in the UK including two in London and has won 12 awards and prizes at local and national exhibitions and was awarded the gold medal in Fine Art in Newport, Wales.

His work is in various public and private collections including; Tarmac, Granada Television and three LEA collections.

When Harry was a student he was privileged to have Anish Kapoor as his tutor

‘I love showing people new things and materials and helping them develop their skills. I believe everyone has a creative ability. We all drew before we could speak but sometimes this creative ability gets lost or buried. I like people to find what they never really knew they had.’

Harry Roberts. Art, Craft and Design Tutor, Learn Devon.

Start date25 Feb 2019
End date25 Mar 2019
Start time18:30
End time21:00
Concessions not available