Approaching Intuitive Painting (recording)

Acrylic / Oil / Abstract


Course details

Join large-scale painter Caroline Robinson as she explores her practice of painting intuitively.

Have you ever wondered how artists paint intuitively?  Where do the ideas come from for a painting, how do you interpret those ideas onto canvas? What colours do you use to convey your feelings? Learn how to tap into inspiration from physical experiences and places familiar to you. See how to make those first marks, use colour to express emotion and learn to let go and have fun!

Caroline will encourage you to be brave, go big and explore mark making on a larger scale. (She will be working on surfaces that are A1 plus, when we say ‘go big’ this could mean scaling up from A5 to A3 or you could go much much bigger. The principals that she teaches during this webinar will still apply). 

Looking at artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Monet, this webinar will be fun and explorative and will help to give you the confidence to paint what you feel. You will work with either acrylics or oil paints and Caroline demonstrates that there is not one ‘correct’ way of painting and encourages a freer way of working. 

Joan Mitchell once said, ‘My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields… it’s more like a poem… and that’s what I want to paint’.  

Taking Mitchell’s approach to intuitive painting, see how this style of painting offers a fresh approach to your painting practice. For this webinar, we recommend that you sit back, relax and enjoy watching Caroline guide you from our historic studios in St. Ives. Then, in your own time you can explore the techniques learnt in the session and re-visit the recording for inspiration.

Joan Mitchell, Caroline Robinson
Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992, © Estate of Joan Mitchell

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for both absolute beginners and those with more experience, looking to build confidence in intuitive painting.  Aimed to help you step out of your comfort zone and loosen your approach to drawing, painting and making larger work.

What will I learn?

1. How to find inspiration to translate into an intuitive painting

2. How to approach larger pieces of work

3. How to trust the process by gaining confidence in your mark making

4. Tips on choosing colours and finding balance in your work 

5. How to find ways in to painting when you have a creative block.

How does an online session work?

We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, for up to 60 days after purchase. This way you can pause a scene, rewind and finish your painting.

You will be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your work and get feedback from fellow students around the world.

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

Approaching Intuitive Painting (recording)

Acrylic / Oil / Abstract


Taught by


View Caroline’s Work

As a large-scale intuitive painter, I am often greeted with comments of admiration for the confidence to approach a large canvas, and being free enough to create at that scale. There is huge joy in creating immersive work and I hope I can pass on some of my experiences and knowledge I have gained to others and inspire more confidence in trusting your intuitions.

What our students say

Caroline is such an engaging tutor, I really felt we were sharing her process with her as it actually happened. Watching her paint was both relaxing and inspiring.


Caroline moved me so much and has given me the confidence to finally give intuitive painting a go and not be scared. Her advice was fantastic and really resonated with me.


Caroline was excellent – very lovely and welcoming presence, and despite it being a ‘lecture’ over video she manage to impart a sense that you were in the studio with her, not just at the end of a screen.



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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

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet and 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.

All the art materials and equipment needed to participate in the course will be listed in full on the online learning platform, for live webinars this will be a minimum of two weeks before the session starts.

I have registered for the webinar but I can't find my joining link

You can access all the resources and joining link for your webinar via our online learning platform. You will need to have set up an account on our online learning platform in advance. You can do this during the checkout process when purchasing your webinar. If you are having trouble accessing your online account, please contact [email protected]. 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, how can I watch?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and you can access the recording on our online learning platform until it expires. Usually 60 days for a webinar, 90 – 180 days for multipart webinars or online courses.

Studio 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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