Banish Fear of Failure Webinar in 2 Parts -Process, Tips + Insights

Abstract / Beginners / Figure / Landscape / Still Life

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Maybe it’s time to liberate yourself from your fear of getting your painting wrong? In this series of confidence boosting webinars artist Kerry Harding will share with you the tips and techniques she has developed over years of studio practice and teaching to banish those fears that stop you giving it a go.

Kerry in her studio

Kerry has been one of our lead artist for several years on our year long course called Porthmeor Programme. She has developed effective techniques with students to help break through personal confidence barriers to reach creative potential. In these two webinars she will share insights as well as tasters of the techniques she uses for herself and her others.

We will record sessions and make them available for two weeks after each webinar for you to revisit.

Whether you are a beginner or more experienced artist you will enjoy Kerry’s insights into how to banish that voice that holds you back.

After each webinar Kerry will share with you a task to do at home so you can play around with the ideas explored.

Webinar Series

Webinars start at 4.30pm BST/London time.

Webinar Part 1 Thursday July 9th

Understand what we think failure looks like when we are being creative, where might it come from and how it impacts us in the studio as a block. We will look at how successful artists develop tactics to banish those doubts and share some practical tips that you can try for yourself.

Webinar Part 2 Thursday July 16th

Looking deeper into the School’s teaching methods, other artists and Kerry’s own practice, we will explore how to manage your creative process in order to grow confidence and positively use ‘failure’ instead of being obstructed by it.

How does a webinar work?

Once you have booked a session, we will send you an invite to the session so you can register with Zoom and join us. It’s a good idea to register straight away and Zoom will then send you a link that you keep safe ready to use to get access to the webinar on the day.

You can put questions to Kerry using the question and answer function during the webinar. We plan to record them so you can revisit the session to refresh your memory for up to two weeks after. You will also be invited to join our new Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

Who would this webinar suit?

These will be a great for beginners who are curious to know how to boost confidence so you can get started. Equally you might be keen to liberate yourself from doubts that might be stopping you working productively.

Banish Fear of Failure Webinar in 2 Parts -Process, Tips and Insights

Abstract / Beginners / Figure / Landscape / Still Life

Book Selected Date

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‘Giving permission’ and ‘making transparent’ is what I try to do every time I teach. This inevitably leads to the reward of witnessing a small epiphany or pivotal direction change in a student’s approach. I enjoy teaching at the school as it has no set ‘school’ approach, each course is put together and taught from the tutors own practice. This has the benefit of enabling me to be both tutor and student within this process.

What to Bring

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on as the presenter will be hard to see when she shares her screen with you. You don’t need to bring any materials with you to the webinar, perhaps some paper to make notes. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it. The exercise to do at home we will also email to you afterwards.

Timings and Breaks

Follow the link Zoom will send you at about 4.15pm. We will play a video with audio in this waiting time so you can check you are connecting. Any issues get in touch via email at, we will do our best to help. As soon as we open the webinar at just before 4.30pm you will then automatically connect. We expect each session to last about one hour. If you have any problems receiving your link email from us and Zoom email us and we can get that sorted before the start time. In the session if you have questions you can use the chat function and we will do our best to advise.



Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

If its a webinar no webcam is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. So far no equipment has been necessary but this will depend on individual sessions.

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

The link will have been emailed to you at the time of booking. If you cant find your confirmation email please contact and we will resend it.

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

The video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked and all who registered for the webinar. You will have two weeks from the date of the webinar to watch it.

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 2 days if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can pay a £60 deposit with the balance 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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