How to find us

St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios, TR26 1NG



Nearby car parks: The Island, Porthmeor Beach and the Sloop.

For a map of car parks please click here



Mainline to St Erth then 15min taxi ride or branch line to St Ives operated by Great Western Railways


What to Bring

All art materials are provided but you might like to bring a favourite set of brushes if you have them.

Remember to wear old clothes and think about comfortable shoes and warm outerwear if your course involves working outside.

Access to the School

What facilities do you have?

The School studios can be accessed by a lift from the ground floor. There is a disabled toilet on the lower floor accessed by the lift. If the front door is locked there is a bell on the bottom of the steps to let us know in the studio that you need access.

I would like to come on a course but I can’t walk far.

If you give us a ring in the office we can talk you through the different kinds of courses we have. Some of our landscape ones stay nearby the studio so might be suitable. Students in the past have hired a mobility scooter that helps them get around the town more easily.  HSC Mobility (01736 755927) can drop a mobility scooter off for you in St Ives and collect at the end of your stay.

We also run many studio based courses covering still life and figure.

I’m sensitive to solvents, what do you use at the School.

Many of our courses are water based so these are ideal if you are sensitive to solvents. However if you would like to use oils we do use low odour spirit and we keep its use to a minimum. If you let us know about your sensitivity ahead of time we have an alterative non solvent product called Zest It that can be used.

I’m hard of hearing or deaf, will this be a problem?

We have had many students who are hard of hearing or deaf enjoying our courses. Some of the smaller courses with only eight students are ideal as there is lots of time for one to ones. We also have volunteers who can come in and scribe for students. This can be useful to follow group discussions and demonstrations more easily.  Let us know beforehand if you think this would be useful for you.