Investigate key ideas that feed the making of mixed media painting inspired by landscape. Through 5 Sessions over 5 months explore what gives a painting its special personal approach, learn to instil into your work something unique to its maker.
Through a comprehensive series of practical tasks and techniques to explore and widen your mixed media skill set, each monthly session builds on from the last. The aim is to cover the journey from starting out, abstracting from the landscape to finishing and self-critiquing your own work.
Each class lasts one and a half hours and you will be set a task to complete or think about between them. There will be an opportunity for you to pose questions to Liz during the sessions.
Spanning five months the course gives you plenty of time in between each session so you will be able to embed what you learn. A great monthly motivator to ensure making art is part of your 2021 routine. We look into how other artists have tackled the problem of how to tap into our unique voice by examining their paintings and the thoughts behind them. Not just inspirational but also full of practical tools you can use as part of your own practice
You can watch the sessions live or later. We record them so we can let you revisit them to refresh your memory and you can watch on demand as many times as you like, for the duration of the course and for one month after.
This 5 month online course will suit anyone who wishes to push their work on, developing a deeper meaning into their practice, and will be as equally rewarding for someone who finds themselves stuck and wanting a new fresh approach.
You will see Liz as she shares with you demonstrations, art history and tasks for you to work on in your own time with handouts provided for each session you get to keep. You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the chat function on You Tube. Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting
Please note you will be sent your link to the session 30 minutes before the start time.
Over 5 sessions over 5 months, Liz will be working in the studio live. Questions will be taken at different points in the session. We expect each one t0 last around one and a half hrs. Timings are in London time.
Session 1 March 3rd – Live broadcast, 4:30 pm – 6pm
Getting Started. Thinking about place, thinking about what is abstraction, use examples of experimental drawing techniques and mark making.
Session 2 – April 7th – Live broadcast, 4:30 pm – 6pm
Colour and Place. Less is more. Taking from the ‘Ingredients for Success’ list and looking at a limited palette using five line reduction and working in a series.
Session 3 – May 5th – Live broadcast, 4:30 pm – 6pm
Motif and Composition. What is a motif? How different artists have used this and woven it into a sense of place.
Session 4 – June 16th – Live broadcast, 4:30 pm – 6pm
Developing Ideas. Using different techniques and exercises to push further into abstraction. Start to have greater confidence with materials. Learn to work from a transcription, an interpretation of a painting.
Session 5 – July 7th – Live broadcast, 4:30 pm – 6pm
Leaving you in Control. A check list of composition and meaning. When is a work finished and how to self critique your own work.
What will I learn?
How to develop ideas on from one painting to another, leaving you more in control
Understand how to use colour and how this can effect the illusion of place
How to work in a series for impact
Using motifs and how this can give meaning in your work and the importance of composition
How to tackle the challenge of self-critiquing your own work and hopefully answer the biggest question of all “When is a painting finished?”
How does an online session work?
We will send you a link on the morning of the session so you can join in live. These sessions will be broadcast on You Tube and all you need to do is follow the link. You can watch this on a Smart TV, PC or tablet and even cast to your TV from your phone.
You can put questions to the tutor using the chat function on You Tube. We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, for up to a month after. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
Is this the right course for me?
This 5 month You Tube course will suit anyone who wishes to push their work on, developing a deeper meaning into their practice, and will be equally as rewarding for someone who finds themselves stuck and wanting a new fresh approach.
Ideal if you enjoy working in mixed media painting at home but feel you would benefit from some structured learning to help you create stronger work. A great monthly motivator to ensure making art is part of your 2021 routine
Abstraction – Landscape a Sense of Place
Drawing / Landscape
What to Bring
Once you enrol we will send you a materials list to get together. To give you a general idea you will be working with mixed media – drawing, collage charcoal, inks, pencil, oil pastel acrylics, acrylic mediums and oils. (Although not all at once!)
You will need access to the internet and either a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable however cast your phone to a Smart TV.
Timings and Breaks
At 4.15 pm please click the link to join the live session.
We will start teaching at 4.30 pm and expect each session to last one and a half hours.
We will be sending you a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for the duration of the course and for up to a month after the course ends..
What our students say
I just wanted to say how brilliant Liz is – she is a great teacher – so calm, kind and inspiring – can’t wait to get out there with my camera!
Your teachers seem to have a unique ability that I haven’t found often in being able to direct their teaching to both beginners and more advanced students. Keep going and thank you!
Such a fascinating process and challenging!
I just wanted to say how brilliant Liz is – she is a great teacher – so calm, kind and inspiring – and I can’t wait now to get out there with my camera!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.
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.
You might also like...
Light + Landscape
Mon 23 - Wed 25 Aug - 3 days
Have you ever noticed that being in some landscapes can feel as though you are in a painting by Turner or Rothko? How did it come about that a landscape reminds you of a painting and not the other way around? Discover how to evoke the engulfing experience of being in the landscape.
Dynamic Landscape in Oils
Mon 9 - Wed 11 Aug - 3 days
Paint en plein air on the cliffs and beaches around St Ives and create intuitive expressions of landscape using oil paints and bars. An ideal course for generating ideas.
Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape
Mon 31 May - Thu 3 Jun - 4 days
Liz Luckwell + Camilla Dixon + Jill Eisele
This inspiring course offers exciting new ways to creatively absorb your spectacular St Ives surroundings. With an encouraging and experimental approach, establish a solid foundation in mixed media painting.
The Sensory Coast
Fri 13 - Sun 15 Aug - 3 days
Take a step beyond the visual with instinctive drawing and painting exercises on the beautiful beaches and cliffs outside our studio and create artwork that powerfully connects with the coastal elements.
Expressive Watercolour Landscape
Mon 16 - Fri 20 Aug - 5 days
Inspired by the cliffs and rock formations of Porthmeor, reveal the dynamism and energy of watercolour. Develop your colour mixing skills and experiment applying washes, pattern, texture at different scales.
Ocean + Abstraction
Mon 6 - Wed 8 Sep - 3 days
Using painting and abstraction depict your emotional, and sensory responses to Porthmeor Beach, just outside our studio.Consider how artists, past and present, have used paint to capture the ocean.
Developing Drawing Skills
Sat 31 Jul - Sun 1 Aug - 2 days
Learn to master the power of the simple line. Working from subjects in and around the studios, create compelling observational drawings and equip yourself with a entirely new creative toolbox.