About us
St Ives, one of the most stunning locations in the world, has long been attracting artists. For 80 years we have been running art classes in Cornwall in Porthmeor studios overlooking the ocean.

Class sizes are limited and our tutors are practising artists with many years teaching experience; tailoring their approach to enable anyone at any level to develop their skills.
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Our Courses
We provide quality tuition suitable for all levels from complete beginners to those with more experience.

From landscape to life, oils to watercolour we’ll help you find the approach that’s right for you.

Well planned and structured. Everyone’s abilities were encouraged and nurtured. We had a chance to produce a great deal of work.

Marna - Inside Outside

Great having access to lots of materials and a tutor with experience in using all media! Lots of space to work.

Rachel - Towards Abstraction

Gary Long is an excellent tutor – very much enjoyed my time.

Joe - Where Sea Meets Land

A helpful knowledgeable tutor, who guided, corrected in a constructive, gentle and friendly manner.

Gillian - Insight into the Figure

Once again a thoroughly inspiring course – have already booked the next one! Can’t wait. Each time we learn more interesting ways of working and seeing.

Katie - Bonnard the Revolutionary

The most informative art course I have attended – amazing teaching and energy – I loved it.

Jeanne - Inside Outside

Encouraging, enthusiastic style of teaching meant I relaxed quickly and confidence was heightened and I felt gently pushed to experiment.

Hilary - Winnifred Nicholson and Colour

Very intensive, very stimulating, changed the way I look at figures.

Andrew - Liberating the Figure

To go from pencil, charcoal, ink, printing, acrylic and oils in one course was exhilarating, and you could get a feel for which ones you liked best.

Alex - Introduction to Mixed Media Painting

Stretching, challenging, but Liz enabled us all to have good results.

Paul - Lanyon's Landscape
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CW - Drawing Out Your Voice 23/11/2019
23rd Nov - 24th Nov (2 days)

Tutors: Peter Skerrett


Explore how working in a series, rather than with a single image, can reinvigorate and extend your art practice. Through engaging exercises, discover how to open up new…


13-18 & LIKE ART?

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