Abstracting Zennor in Autumn (Recording)

Oil / Landscape

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Course details

Following Martha’s hugely successful webinar this Summer, we welcome her back to explore a rich Autumnal palette. Delve into abstract expressionism to create a landscape painting in oils with this two-part recording.  

Having previously focussed on the shimmering whites and bright blues around Porthmeor Beach in St Ives, in this session, Martha will paint from the rugged coastline of Zennor in the Penwith area of West Cornwall. Her palette will reflect the light and colours of this season – verdant greens and  rusty tones. 

Working towards one complete painting in oil, while developing a wider understanding into abstraction and colour field work, this online recording explores themes such as Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field painting, looking to artists including Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still, and St Ives artists such as Patrick Heron and Sandra Blow.   

Whatever your level of experience you will enjoy learning how to use colour to create an abstract landscape and if you joined us first time around you will enjoy further developing your skills, whilst depicting a different scene. 

Session 1: 

 The overall focus for session 1 will be to repeatedly use a limited colour palette, simplified form studying the landscape, to form small abstract studies of different sections of the landscape. Working on a smaller sale will allow us to produce a complete series of studies from which to work from in session 2.  

Session 2: 

Session 2 will take ideas and thoughts practised in session 1 and upscale them. Referencing the small studies produced in session 1, you will use the same techniques to understand the landscape of Zennor through simplifying forms and using colour.  

You will need to gather your own materials for the course and have access to the internet. You will be working from the same recorded video as Martha so you will see both Martha at work and the video on screen. We will send you a handbook on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials.

You can pause, rewind and watch again as often as you like until the session expires on date shown

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Who is this course for?

Anyone with an interest in art and design, in particular painting and keen to develop an understanding in the abstract use of colour, using the landscape as a reference. Suitable for any level of experience. 

What will I learn?

1. Understanding the use of oil paint.

2. How to upscale from smaller studies.

3. How to preliminary prepare for a painting.

4. How to mix colour and palette work.

5. A deeper understanding of abstract painting. 

How does an online session work?

Immediately after booking you will be sent the link to view both sessions, reference images, video and a materials list. You can pause, rewind and watch again as often as you like until the session expires on date shown.

You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

You can watch this on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.

Abstracting Zennor in Autumn (Recording)

Oil / Landscape

Book Selected Date

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Martha Joins us as a guest artist online to coincide with her sell out show at St Ives New Craftsman Gallery in June 2021. Her approach to teaching is to simply share her love and growing energy for her practice as a landscape painter. 

What to Bring

We will be working with oils on oil paper so you will need a selection of oil paints and brushes as well as sheets of oil paper.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on, unless you can cast to your Smart TV, as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you .

Timings and Breaks

You can pause, rewind and watch again as often as you like until the session expires on date shown.


Online Art Courses – All

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link

The link will be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have access to the course for up to six months from final broadcast date & a month for online life drawing webinars.

Our Courses

How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.

Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

Can I pay by cheque?

Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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