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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.

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

Capturing St Ives


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


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


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


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 )


A big thank you to Hilary and Liz – a fantastic course! I look forward to continuing at home all I have learnt and will certainly be back for future courses. 

Janet Jones

Developing Drawing Skills


Amazing! Thank you, you have open up my love of art and given me the confidence to start! Liz and Marion were inspirational and motivational. P.s. All staff very friendly and helpful.

Wendy Bougen

Approaching Painting


Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you! 

Jack Friskney- Adams

Pushing the Boundaries


The best three days since I last attended a course there.

Christopher Harris

Painting The Coast Path


Multiple drawing exercises in a short time frame was just what I hoped for and will provide the foundations for further practice and tuition.

Colin Shaw

Developing Drawing Skills


Bursting with excitement to put these new ideas into practice – I have a renewed confidence! Many of the new techniques will go a long way to combat ‘stuckness’/creative block – i’ve also learnt to work quicker! Many thanks Iain.

Vanessa Fletcher

Abstract Art Experience


It was great to have 3 days to develop skills at a good pace, lots of skills and techniques very clearly explained and demonstrated. It was like a foundation in 3 days! Greg was very supportive and gave advice and direction when needed. I enjoyed the ‘field work’ but loved the studio time, a luxury for a painter like me. Thank you i’d love to come again next year.


The Sensory Coast


Had a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days learning to work in a totally new way. it was lovely to work amongst so many other talented people and very inspiring.

Jane Warner

Abstract Colour in St Ives


I love the supportive and creative atmosphere at the school. It was well equipped and a joy to work in. Both Ilker and Liz were excellent tutors in their own individual ways and complimented each other very well.

Amy Fitzgerald


Both rooms at the school provide an excellent learning space and I love to think of the history and who else has worked there – it is inspiring to be a small part of that story for a couple of days.”

Jacqueline Ford


A joy to have a tutor with deep knowledge, professional experience and a sympathetic manner. 

Peter James

Painting Landscape with a Palette Knife


It was brilliant! We worked on series and were encouraged to discover what is emerging from the work, what is persistent. Peter was a wonderful tutor, bringing each persons individual artistic qualities out. Thank you!

Rosanna Gardner

Drawing Out Your Voice (4 )


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

Cressida Pryor

Drawing Out Your Voice (4 )


Ilker has been a fantastic course leader, and his course was a real joy. I didn’t want it to be over! He is really generous, insightful and encouraging. I’m excited to be brave with making art.

Dinah Mason

Unlocking Your Creativity


Practising and experimenting with watercolour and trying different techniques has given me the confidence to develop my own style and detect the pleasure of painting. 

Gisela Borkert

Turner Sea and Sky


With no painting experience whatever – this course was relaxed and inspirational. A small group so personal attention from a very patient tutor. I really enjoyed the course and I learnt a great deal. Thank you Hilary! 

June Briggs

Getting Started with Watercolour


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 very stress free weekend. 

Roz Harwood


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