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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.

As a cook, to see the magic of the process of paint choices, applications, washes and light in a “recipe”, develop inspired by great painters from this very place and Hilary’s patience teaching us all about technique, colour, materials in 3 days was fantastic!

Angela Collins

Beginners Watercolour

14/05/2018

Thank you very much. I achieved all of my objectives and learnt many new skills as well. I was pleased to be back at the school again.

Jane Sanderson

28/08/2018

I’m glad I came, the course was challenging and fun and the facilities were great.

Beth Cave

Contemporary Landscape

19/10/2020

Jill, our tutor, is an exceptional artist who imparted a phenomenal amount of knowledge on colour. She encouraged each student to reach beyond the potential they thought they had and succeeded. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Maggie Thompson

Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice

12/10/2020

Jill, our tutor, is an exceptional artist who imparted a phenomenal amount of knowledge on colour. She encouraged each student to reach beyond the potential they thought they had and succeeded. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Maggie Thompson

Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice

12/10/2020

Kerry is a fun, helpful, encouraging and enormously talented teacher!

Rebecca Morris

Contemporary Landscape

19/10/2020

It was just what I needed – from working on large pieces over along time at home – this has been valuable to focus on colour/balance, composition In a free but structured way – thank you Liz you’ve been great. 

Lorraine Thorne

Abstract Colour in St Ives

20/08/2018

I loved my tutors! The range they showed – between accurate drawing and having fun with different materials – was superb! 

Andrea Huggenberger

Developing Drawing Skills

28/10/2019

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

Maggie Hardwick

28/08/2018

Hilary was knowledgeable, patient and inspiring. She led us on a structured journey to understand watercolours. Thank you.

Caroline

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

09/09/2019

There are many art teachers out there and i’m sure some are really good. But I trust the St Ives School of Painting which is why I am willing to travel so far and incur the extra cost in doing so. A fabulous experience in an amazing location.

Sadie Greenall

17/05/2017

Camilla so skillfully met the individual needs of all the right participants. My confidence was boosted through her genuine interest and understanding in what I have been doing.

Jill Richards

Inspiring course, well guided and paced. Excellent tutor who helps you get the best out of your painting experience.

Sally Holman

Paths to Abstraction

02/11/20

Adrian was a great teacher; very clear, kind and encouraging. He was good at delivering via zoom, making sure each person had an opportunity to talk and ask questions.

Katie

Modern Japanese Wood Block Printing

Excellent session. Thank you so much Alice and Eleanor for your honesty and sharing such personal details of your own and the women in your family’s experience of being artists.

Sandra S.

What Shapes an Artist’s Thinking?

12/03/21

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

26/02/2018

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

16/07/2018

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

04/01/2019

Greg was very generous with his time and knowledge…Best experience for a long time

Jaci Richards

Oil Painting for Beginners

2019

A dynamic 4 day course led by two very experienced teachers. I felt pushed to the edges of my creativity at times but both teachers influenced me forward to complete pieces of work I would have never thought I was capable of.

Sheila Sloan

24/06/2019

Ilker being a great listener made everyone feel important, talented and able. His excitement was truly infectious. Making me feel all is possible. Gently pushing and challenging in a way that made me feel – yes! He never felt flippant – his comments never generic – always 100% giving of his own creativity. What a great mentor.

Lydia Knights

Finding your Viewpoint

29/04/2019

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

Liz Grindrod

Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape

02/09/2019

a fantastic experience – it exceeded my expectations and has inspired me to unleash my creativity!

Shana Tam

Oil Painting for Beginners

2019