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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 70% being recommendations or repeat visitors. Have a browse of some their comments.

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


Explored a range of techniques in a safe creative environment nurtured by the school itself and Liz’s deft personal guidance.

Dynamic Botanical (old copy)

I really enjoyed the course, I learnt a lot – feel inspired to carry on. The tutors were lovely and very knowledgeable and friendly. The organisation of the course was very good and the facilities and location great. Thank you. 

Celia Keeping

Approaching Painting


Tom was informative, adaptable, supportive, and engaging. He was very patient and pleasant. A great experience.

Bruce B

Still Life: Surface and Space

Jill was incredible. So generous with all her knowledge. Creative and adaptable delivering a fun and informative three days in a great environment.

Revitalising Colour


Absolutely adored this course and didn’t want it to end. Maxine is a wonderful and inspiring teacher, so full of energy and passionate about painting. A great group of people on the course and feel like I learned so much and confident to get practicing on my own. Thanks, I will definitely be coming back for more courses in future.


Gestural Landscapes

I thought I knew how to draw but during the three-day course I discovered new approaches to the use of pencil and charcoal!

Pat T

Love Drawing Landscape

Gary is a wonderful instructor. Realistic expectations, great demo of creating a palette, consistent individual tutoring and considerate professional knowledge.

Betty Connelly


What an inspirational course. Liz Hough took us through the process in a most helpful and accessible way – we just didn’t want it to end. Many, many thanks. 

Val Hargreaves

Lanyon’s Landscape (5)


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

Chloe Gerhardt

Ocean Light and Water


I have attended many courses here and they have always been excellent. But this was superb. The tutor was so inspirational and I shall draw on her generous knowledge over and over again. Jill catered to a range of experiences and her style was so approachable.


Dynamic Landscape in Oils

Such a fascinating process and challenging!

Judith M

Abstraction – Landscape a Sense of Place


The tutor was enthusiastic and encouraging. He gave us plenty of help and inspiration to develop our ideas.


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


The course was very well organised, Kitty was very experienced and enthusiastic. The experimental side was fantastic. Thank you!

Abstracting Nature

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

Geoff Evans

Beginners Oil Painting


It completely transformed my understanding of painting. From working obsessively on single canvases in a derivative realist manner, I’ve been given the confidence to experiment with techniques completely new to me. It was an incredibly rich and exciting experience.

Greg Hall

Poetry of Process


‘I wanted to just say how ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT Jill’s course is!!!

 There is no way i can do all the tasks she has set because she is SO interesting and has covered so much ground – but I have notes on everything and am researching masses of stuff. It’s been truly wonderful so far! 

 I Have colour wheels done, collage work, colour charts, notes on the painters she has referred to – and have lists and lists of wonderful tasks to do for months hence!

 Can’t wait for part 2 on Friday.  please extend my appreciation and thanks to her. It really is fun and have spent all day glued to my painting table – one day I will actually come to the School again! Until then – this is GREAT!’   

A. Stuart

Hearts and Minds – Awaken your eyes to colour (recording)

Feb 2021

I wanted to free up my art. I hoped my choice of course ‘Gestural Landscapes’ would do this, and it really did. I learnt new techniques and took away lots of ideas that I can use in my art.

Sue S

Gestural Landscapes

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


Alice is an inspirational teacher. She gave us solid practical advice, and a good demonstration. She was encouraging and although my painting must have been the worst she did not make me feel despondent – quite the opposite! I like the smallish group and the amazing space to work in.

Sarah Blomfield

After Matisse


Jill was incredible. So generous with all her knowledge. Creative and adaptable delivering a fun and informative three days in a great environment.


Revitalising Colour


Tom was great and offered good tips. The whole feel was nice. The other staff were always smiling, helpful and friendly. The view was lovely too. All materials were provided, and it wasn’t a problem that I was a novice to oils.

Katy H

Still Life: Surface and Space

Thank you for an exceptional course – Peter has given us four brilliantly conceived days and real individual insight and guidance. I’m very grateful and inspired and have learnt so much.

Maggie Smith

Drawing Out Your Voice (4 )