Drawing is energy with Louise Rainbow

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About this course

Push the boundaries of your own drawing practice and go deeper to develop your own mark-making, surface development, form and composition using still life and nature as inspiration.

Course Description

An experimental drawing course where you will be encouraged to learn playful drawing techniques alongside more focused observations considering scale and composition. You will be guided to work intensely, rapidly, abstractly and prolifically using a variety of materials. You will learn how to make simple drawing tools and how to experiment with them. Your inspiration will be still life and nature.

This course is suitable for experienced students and beginners alike, where you will find confidence in working with new techniques and a wide variety of captivating drawing mediums to create artworks, shifting from minimal to maximal approaches to rethink aesthetics.

This is an opportunity to reconnect deeply with creative practice, build confidence and skills whilst encouraging spontaneity, experimentation and learning, often with unexpected and exciting results. You will be supported and guided by your tutor throughout.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials, including a chunky soluble graphite pencil, watercolour and cartridge paper per student and some newsprint, lining paper, sugar paper, willow charcoal and some chalk pastels to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • A variety of drawing materials, including:
  • A variety of graphite pencils (HB, 2B and 4B)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Chunky graphite stick
  • Putty rubber
  • Black Indian ink, white ink, ink dip pen
  • Conté sticks in black, brown and white and a black Conté pencil
  • Coloured drawing inks
  • A flat brush and a round brush
  • A sketchbook and notebook

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials are available to buy, including paper, sketchbooks, graphite pencils (HB, 2B and 4B), pencil sharpeners, chunky graphite sticks, putty rubbers, black Indian ink, white ink, ink dip pens, Conté sticks in black, brown and white, black Conté pencils, coloured drawing inks, flat and round brushes.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

General Information


Louise Rainbow

Louise Rainbow has been teaching art for 25 years working in ceramics, drawing, painting and printmaking. She trained in contemporary arts at Bretton Hall, Leeds University and has experience teaching at all levels.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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