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Be inspired – hear straight from our students about their creative experiences at
St Ives School of Painting.

After every course we ask students for their feedback and if we are not getting it right we take action. We are consistently rated as good or excellent by 99% of our students each year with nearly 2/3 being recommendations or repeat visitors. Have a browse of some their comments.

Brilliant tuition and demonstration from Gary, well done for using this new way of communicating artistic learning and enjoyment.

William Stephens

From Sketch to Painting – Portraiture

So much food for thought and further experiments with oil paint. My mind is full of shapes, lines, colours and textures. Fully immersed in St Ives School of Painting and Ben Nicholson.

Sophia Blackwell

The Art of Keeping it Simple


A very stress free weekend. 

Roz Harwood


Jill was wonderful- so supportive, so enthusiastic and incredibly generous with her knowledge – which is extensive!

Annie Lewandowski

Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice


It actually exceeded my expectations. I hoped that I would learn about painting seascapes (which I did) but I also felt that my practice as an artist and painter was revitalised by the course and, in particular, by Gary the tutor.

Christopher Harris


The course adverts really don’t get across the inspirational elements of the experience. It reawakens the artist in everyone.

Liz Grindrod


Absolutely love the way the course is designed and taught. Very encouraging, compassionate and multifaceted experience, and most definitely coming back! Thank you for your support, light energy and smiles.

Yulia Krautsova

Expressive Watercolour Landscape


It was really interesting to see how Gary linked his preliminary sketches with painting. I feel I have learned a lot and look forward to ‘attending’ more demonstrations.

Christine Devereux

From Sketch to Painting – Portraiture


A great course and great value for money. I really liked the fact that it was a packed 2 days and I really learnt a lot and had so much fun. Will be back!!


Expressive Watercolour Landscape


Very gentle class, helpful tutor, good teaching progression. Delightful environment, will come again.

Maggie Hardwick


Just the course I needed to give me confidence to start drawing. Taught enthusiastically with interesting references to the St Ives artists and their legacy. 

Oliver Peterken

Developing Drawing Skills


I liked the group. I also liked the town, the centre d’arte, and as always Liz is a very intuitive, stimulating tutor. Very well researched course that was constructive as well as being fun.

Sally Holman

Spirit of Tuscany


I loved the multi faceted approach and Liz’s ability to react to individual needs and approaches. I loved the way that she highlighted a range of artists and also how she directed our gaze to each other’s work as potential for ideas. My understanding of the whole artistic process really improved and I feel more able to respond in a deeper way to mine and others work. Incredible experience.

Catherine Hale

St Ives Harbour and Town


Greg gently pushed me into attempting things I would probably never try otherwise

Geoff Evans

Oil Painting for Beginners


Loved this morning’s workshop! Model Kerry was brilliant with the poses!

Rachel W

Saturday Life Live – Inspired by Gustav Klimt

I found the course inspiring and immensely enjoyable!! Liz was so supportive and encouraging, calming nerves and nurturing our creativity.

Melanie Fielder

If you want a course with excellent tuition, a well planned fast moving course – choose this one! It’s the best course I’ve been on. I’ve learnt so much in four days. Thank you Kerry and Marion. 

Sally Holman

Pushing the Boundaries


I cannot believe how much I have learnt on this course. Watercolours are so versatile and I cant wait to explore this further. Thank you so much Hilary!

Erika Vessey

Getting Started with Watercolour


I’ve really loved watching and doing the watercolour practice sessions with Hilary over the last 4 sessions. I’ve watched again several times via the recordings which was so helpful when practicing at a slower pace. Thanks so much for running these.

Nicky Grove

Studio Practice Session on Watercolour Fundamentals – Tone and Wash


I learned so much from this course – Gary is everything I want from a tutor. He demonstrates and inspires, then leaves me to develop. Super tips on colour mixing and technique. Loved it!

Elizabeth Whitehouse

The Figure and Expression


‘I can honestly say that it was one of the best presentations I have ever seen, either live or online.  Jill knew her subject intimately and was so well -prepared and so brilliant in her demonstrations. 

Her love for colour and complicated colour theory  shone through her talk and the depth of her knowledge was obvious but presented in an interesting and easily assimilated way’ 

Linden Smith

Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice

Feb 2021

A great course. Very useful. Packed with good tips and trials to progress ones work. 

Chloe Gerhardt

Ocean Light and Water


I thoroughly enjoyed this three day workshop – would love to stay for another three! Hilary was relaxed, informative and inspiring and I feel invigorated to continue to develop the new skills i’ve learned. 

Sandra Apps


Peter gave 110%, each of us had affirming feedback and guidance, delivered with humour!

Cressida Pryor

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