Joan Eardley Estate

Joan Eardley- The Calligraphy of People + Place

Mixed Media / Abstract / Beginners / Figure

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Explore the calligraphic mark making of Joan Eardley and learn how as artists today we can find inspiration for our own painting.

Joan Eardley ; Two Children; Glasgow Museums;

Join artist Jill Eisele over two online sessions each one lasting one hour, to explore the mark making of painter Joan Eardley. With a focus on her work produced in Glasgow and her fascination with the calligraphy of the city; its graffiti, street signs, the people and particularly the children.

Delve into Eardley’s fascination with the use of text and collage to capture the essence of people and place. Learn how as artists today we can be inspired by Eardley’s approach, how to embrace the rich space between realism and abstraction, and a playfulness with text, collage and figures.

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

You can watch the first session – a recording from Friday 17th September – immediately on-demand and the live link for the second session will be sent to you at the same time.

Session 1: WATCH NOW

Session 2: Friday 24th September, 5pm – 6pm

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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 don’t need to join in with the live session if you would prefer to watch and review later. If you would like to do the homework you can do experiments using whatever you have to hand. Basic materials to have would be gouache, oil bars, inks and pastels. Collage materials like sweet rappers, tissue, newspapers and brown paper. PVA glue. Jill will work on heavy cartridge or hot pressed 300gsm (smooth) watercolour paper.

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.

Timings and Breaks

You can watch the first session immediately, we will send you the link to view it on booking. We will start the live webinar on Friday 24th at 5pm and work for 1 hour. You can pose questions to the artist using the chat function.

Your recordings are at the same links as the live events and you can revisit these as often as you like for up to six months after broadcast.

How does an online session work?

Once you have booked a session, you will receive a link to view. All you need to do is follow the link. 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.

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 mark making that you can use to inform your own practice.


Online Broadcast

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 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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