Joan Eardley, The Sea IV, c. 1960 and Audrey Walker's photograph of Eardley painting facing the sea on the shore at Catterline, 1950s.

Joan Eardley- A Painter's Painter (recording)

Mixed Media / Abstract / Beginners / Landscape

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Join artist Jill Eisele as she takes us with her on an artists journey to Joan Eardley’s Catterline on the wild east coast of Scotland. Explore how Eardley continues to inspire painters today.

Winter Day, Catterline, c.1957-60, oil on calico, laid on board.
Private collection. ©Joan Eardley Estate

Joan Eardley- A Painter’s Painter (recording)

Mixed Media / Abstract / Beginners / Landscape

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This is a recording of a live webinar which took place in March 2021. You will be able to watch and replay this session as many times as you like until the expiry date on 31st December 2021.

As part of International Women’s Day, we celebrated women artists that inspire us at St Ives School of Painting. Our books on Eardley in our library here in Porthmeor Studios are well used. Tutors will often point students towards her work for inspiration. Her depiction of wild seas and expressive landscapes and her deep connection to place resonate with us here in Cornwall.

In this one hour webinar, tutor Jill Eisele takes you through her pilgrimage to visit the studio of Eardley at Catterline on the east coast of Scotland. She explores how Eardley’s work has inspired her and shares approaches and techniques ranging from Eardley’s bold mark making to her insights into abstracting the landscape.

This year is the centenary of Joan Eardley’s birth. You can find out more about her life and the centenary celebrations on the website

To join the International Women’s Day conversation you can share your work in response to the session using the tags #IWD2021. We will also be looking out for work tagged #SchoolofPainting and #WomenArtistsInspire

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View Jill’s Work

My practice begins with drawing, often taking me to wild and wonderful parts of Cornwall, capturing fleeting moments where light and colour create atmosphere and expression. These underpin my largely figurative paintings, which convey a sense of incompleteness; of place and mystery.

What to Bring

You will receive a task sheet with your recording and Jill will perform a demonstration of techniques during the session.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, Smart TV, 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 they share their screen with you.

Who would this course suit?

A great session if you would like to learn more about Joan Eardley from an artist’s perspective. Learn more about the process she used around abstraction and mark making that you can use to inform your own practice.



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 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.

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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