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.

She is an Arts Producer and tutor at Dartington Trust. Louise was selected for the Hunting Prize in 2020 at the Royal College of Art and has been exhibiting and selling her work ever since she had a one-person show at Gallery Dartington in 2022 and Trenemeheere Gallery, St Ives 2023.

Louise is also teaching short courses at the West Dean London Bloomsbury campus. (Please see the link in the Short Courses toolbar on the website)

Describe your approach to teaching
I encourage students to go deeper into their own practice by exploring their energy, showing alternative approaches, and stretching the parameters of their own mark-making, form and composition. I use still life and nature as inspiration.

What inspires your own work?
When I really get into the act of making art: the physical act of pulling ink through a silk screen, pouring slip-over clay, drawing with a newly sharpened pencil on a gnarly surface or hiding and revealing layers of wax and paint, the feeling I have is truly visceral, like a collection of things, tangible and intangible, that feed your soul.

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