Join artist Martha Holmes for this two part webinar course on oils following her sell out show at The New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives, Between Land and Sea.
Inspired by the Cornish masters and contemporary painters with a strong resonance with St Ives – Patrick Heron, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, William Scott and Lucie Bray; Martha will take you through how this has led her own development as a painter sharing with you some key techniques you can use for yourself. Start with exploring how to understand the landscape through colour. The emphasis will be on the importance of ‘looking’ within the landscape, and how that allows us to form a deep connection with our subject matter as painters.
Working from a video recording of the local coastline, learn to break down the landscape to form a colour palette of that location, leading to a number of small oil colour studies on paper by the end of the first session. In the next session scale up and widen your palette. Learn how to harness large flat areas of colour to create a sense of abstraction and how to translate your own experience into colour and expressive mark making.
Once you have booked the webinar, you will receive a link for the resources & materials list and both recordings of Session 1 & 2, which you can watch on demand immediately.
You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with our community of fellow students from around the world.
You can watch the recordings on demand as many times as you like for up six months after. This way you can pause a scene, rewind and finish your painting.
Session 1: Recording
This is a recording of the session broadcast on 16th July. You can watch on demand and catch up with Martha creating a colour palette and work on a series of small studies.
Session 2: Recording
This is a recording of the session broadcast on 23rd July. You can watch on demand and explore with Martha shape and form, moving from focused colour studies to working on a larger scale.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in art and design and the work of St Ives artists. Ideal for beginners and intermediate painters looking for ways to freshen up their painting and move more into abstraction. A great way to build your confidence in creating an evocative but simplified colour palette.
What will I learn?
A deeper understanding about the visual structure of landscape and how this can be translated on to surface through paint.
How to upscale from smaller studies.
How to create shape and form through colour.
How does an online session work?
Once you have booked, we will send you the recording of both sessions, which you can watch as many times as you like on demand,
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.
You will be able to watch again at your leisure as many times as you want for up to 6 months. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
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 revisit as often as you like for up to 6 months after broadcast via the same links as the live events.
What our students say
Martha Holmes is wonderful about demystifying painting and giving confidence to the student.
Martha covered so much, but in a straightforward and accessible way, with loads of helpful detail about techniques and materials. This was my first experience of St Ives School of Painting, but I definitely will be back for more.
Online Art Courses
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 email@example.com 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.
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