Energising and experimental exercises both in the studio and landscape will fire up your drawing confidence and open up a whole new way of looking at the world.
Let our artist tutor guide you on this accessible and unique sketching journey around St Ives. Fill your St Ives School of Painting sketchbook with experimental drawings of iconic sites. Capture famous views from the harbour to the rugged outcrops of Porthmeor beach with techniques inspired by famous St Ives artists.
Boost your confidence with new ways into drawing, ideal for total beginners or those needing an artistic refresher. Come away with a lively sketchbook full of your memories of place, mood and time.
Some of the walk will involve drawing for short periods of time whilst standing. Please note St Ives is hilly and to fully appreciate this stunning location we will be walking to high points in the town.
Meet at the Island Centre – directions given on booking.
Booking recommended as numbers are limited
Linking my method to the landscape, I take students on Porthmeor Beach to make experimental drawings in the sand, bringing them back to some of man’s first marks and symbols. My teaching is grounded in an understanding for people and their desire to learn. I feel I have a genuine understanding of how nervous and apprehensive prospective students can sometimes be and am able to help them relax and enjoy being creative.
What to Bring
We will provide you with all the drawing materials you need and a souvenir sketchbook to keep.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for spending a significant time outside walking and standing.
Timings and Breaks
We will meet at the Island Centre at 10am to collect materials and set off on our sketching tour, returning at 1pm.
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.
You might also like...
Developing Drawing Skills
Mon 5 - Thu 8 Dec - 4 days
Liz Luckwell + Hilary Jean Gibson
Learn to master the power of the simple line. Working from subjects in and around the studios, create compelling observational drawings and equip yourself with a entirely new creative toolbox.
Painting the Coast Path (2 days)
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Jul 2023 - 2 days
Have you ever noticed how your best ideas come about while walking? Boost your creativity and step out with us into West Cornwall’s landscape with inspirational tuition in drawing and painting.
Where Sea Meets Land - Winter Storm (Recording)
Fri 30 Sep - 2.5 hr
Learn to convey the drama and energy of a stormy sea encountering the land in oils. Capture the movement of the sea as it clashes with an iconic Cornish harbour.
Ways forward with Collage + Montage
Mon 7 - Thu 10 Nov - 4 days
Marion Taylor + Liz Luckwell
Explore the many benefits of using collage and montage in your working process on this hands-on, fast moving and exciting course.
Postcards from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (online recording)
Fri 30 Sep - 1.5 hours
Hilary Jean Gibson
Follow in the footsteps of St Ives artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and explore her unique approach to painting and drawing the rocks and waves of the famous rugged coastline of St Ives.
Mon 17 - Thu 20 Apr 2023 - 4 days
If you're drawn to abstraction but aren't sure where to begin, this course shows you how to express your ideas using drawing, sculpture and painting.
Woman in the Window
Tue 2 - Thu 4 May 2023 - 3 days
Join us for this three-day studio course looking at this recurring theme in art. Explore this ever-changing motif and see how it has been adapted over time.