Learn the secret of creating lively and contemporary landscapes inspired by Peter Lanyon.
Join artist Liz Hough for this Lanyon-inspired three-day course exploring the iconic locations around St Ives. Create dynamic compositions using paint, mixed media and collage.
Combining abstract values with radical ideas about landscape, Peter Lanyon’s abstract paintings were based on close observations of the Cornish landscape that he loved. Lanyon considered himself a landscape rather than abstract artist and saw his immersion in the Cornish landscape of capturing a sense of place through all his senses, writing:
‘By removing the static viewpoint from landscape and introducing an image constructed or in my case evolved out of many experiences the problem of landscape becomes one of painting environment, place and a revelation of a time process’ Peter Lanyon.
Taking you on a journey to some of Lanyon’s favourite painting spots, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds that inspired some the artist’s most famous paintings. Visiting Little Trevalgan, overlooking St Ives, Liz will show you how Lanyon’s landscapes involved more than geography.
Day to day plan
This is a rough indication of what to expect over the course. However sometimes the structure of the days may alter depending on the nature of the group and weather.
A short introduction to Lanyon’s work and drawing out in St Ives near to the Painting School. Gathering drawings ready to push into paint and collage in the afternoon.
In the morning, take a trip to Little Trevalgan, just outside St Ives – an iconic place where Lanyon made his ‘360° views’ paintings. Here, we will take notes, draw and experiment, bringing these findings back to the studio.
In the afternoon, push forward with what we started on the first day, developing these into slightly larger collages and paintings.
Studio-based, we will develop-on from the previous two days. In the morning, warm up from memory and start to respond in your own ways to the landscape.
In the afternoon, consider working in a series, or lengthening the composition. Take some risks!
What will I learn?
- Integrate different perspectives and create dynamic compositions using paint, mixed-media and collage.
- Loosen your approach to capturing the landscape around you.
- Learn about Lanyon and the environments where he lived and worked.
- Add vibrant colour and texture to your compositions.
- Learn to take risks in your painting practice!
Who would this course suit?
This course would suit artists at any stage in their creative journey; whether you have an established practice or are just starting out. Ideal if you are looking for ways to increase skills, experience and attitude as well as interests and mobility.
My research for the online courses helps me to contextualise the rich history of the artists and landscape in and around St Ives. It is important for students to discover what sort of artist they are; I focus on what the student has to say, helping them to develop their own language, and to “find their own voice.”
What to Bring
Our studios are fully equipped and we provide you with all the materials you need for your course. However, if you have a favourite set of brushes or any specialist materials that you would prefer to use, please bring them with you.
Timings and Breaks
The first day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm, please aim to arrive ten to fifteen minutes before the start time.
All course days after that start at 9.30am and finish at 3.30 on Sunday after a short lunch break to try an enable people to get home that day.
There are plenty of nearby places to eat and we will serve tea and coffee at break times during the day.
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For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.
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You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.
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