Drawing skills

Kennaway Centre, Exmouth

Who is this course for?

This course is for those have some experience of drawing and wish to build on basic skills.

Course content

You will be introduced to the basics of drawing (line, tone, space, perspective + proportion) and for this course the focus will be on sketching your locality; figures and landscape. We will be working in pencil and pen and ink. All Drawing Skills courses include one sketching visit to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and this term we will be looking at how to produce quick, simple observations – reducing images to a few essential lines.

Support and feedback

Learners will get feedback through individual one to one discussions and notes. The course will end with a group review of work.

Additional costs and requirements

For the first class please bring:

A4 hard back drawing pad (pad of 140gm cartridge paper)

A range of drawing pencils (2B and HB required) – Derwent Sketching pencils are particularly suitable

Black fibre tip pen

Rubber and sharpener

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 drawing 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 time13:30
End time15:30
Concessions not available