Creative Watercolour Course

9th & 10th March £190

Tutor. Louise Banks

Creative Watercolour Course: “Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done – the dictation of materials.” Anni Albers
On this course you will be exploring the expressive possibilities of watercolour in a relaxed, friendly setting.  All abilities are welcome, the only quality required is an inquisitive approach and a willingness to take risks.
This sketchbook based approach is to experiment, understand and enjoy the medium before embarking on a sustained painting. With guidance your own creative research can develop into loose, expressive studies of plants, flowers and landscapes.  Watercolour tends to do what it wants, therefore the secret is to strike a balance between control and letting go.
Starting with a Bauhaus approach to colour theory, we will be focusing each week on a different specific hue, using watercolour techniques to create a variety of effects.
The emphasis will be on working in an abstract way with colour and trying to achieve translucent washes before making studies of real subjects and applying line and form. We will also be looking at the new movement of Urban Watercolour Sketchers.
Tutor Louise Banks studied at Goldsmiths’ College London, has taught art for over 30 years in schools, galleries and adult education centres and worked in illustration. She recently took part, through Learn Devon, in a Government Funded survey into the effects of art education on mental health and wellbeing.
Media features include a feature in Country Living magazine and a painting demonstration for Channel Four’s The Afternoon Show (Workhouse TV).
She currently runs weekly Life Drawing classes and art classes in Topsham and Honiton. Examples of her watercolour work can be found on the Devon Artists Network Website, Instagram (lou_insta_art) and louisebanksart facebook page.

Visit my website louisebanksart.co.uk for more info.

How a day works.
The day starts at 10 am and finishes at 4.30pm but the kettle is on from 9.30 so come and have a coffee and meet up.
All materials are included (unless extra ones requested). If the weather is likely to be warm we might suggest you bring a sun hat and some insect repellent.
Lunches are included in the cost of the course and always vegetarian and are cooked using our own ingredients grown in the veg plot wherever possible. If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when booking your place.
Tea, coffee and cool drinks are always on offer throughout the day.

If you need somewhere to stay – check out our accommodation page!

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