Lust for Line

Mixed Media / Abstract

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Reinvigorate your drawing and painting with an online weekend of dynamic mark-making inspired by the drawings and paintings of Van Gogh. 

Vincent Van Gogh

You won’t be seen or heard in the session, but you can ask questions using the chat function. Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting. You can watch and participate alongside Edy in the session live or take your time to follow the course later at your own pace. We record it so we can let you revisit the session to refresh your memory for up to six months after broadcast. 

Once you have booked a session, you will receive a link on the morning of the broadcast. 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. 

Enjoy two mornings of practical and detailed tuition in expressive and intuitive mark-making. Inspired by Van Gogh’s ink and reed drawings he produced during his time in Provence, this course is designed to build confidence in the relationship between hand and eye, encouraging you to discover a new drawing and painting vocabulary that springs from inventive mark-making through observations of the surrounding landscape. 

Largely self-taught, Van Gogh believed that drawing based around simple mark-making was at ‘the root of everything’. At the start of his career, drawing was fundamental to Van Gogh’s practice and he felt it important to master black and white before attempting to work in colour. Starting with simple, loose and unrestricted mark-making, you will initially work with ink and pen, building form through marks on paper rather than through shading. Following in Van Gogh’s footsteps, artist tutor Edy Ferguson will show you how to develop your own mark-making vocabulary by following Van Gogh’s lively and energetic sketches.

Armed with a handful of drawings, on the second morning you will learn how to transform these drawings into vibrant oil paintings. Extending the mark-making techniques you learnt in the first session, you will develop your drawings into oil paintings using visible brushstrokes to recreate the sense of urgency and personal expression that Van Gogh’s painting encapsulated. Edy will show you how contemporary artists work in this immediate, open-ended and flexible way, offering you a toolbox of new and exciting skills. 

Session 1 – Saturday 21 August 10.30am – 12.30pm 

Explore texture and mark-making using a single colour and a range of tools. 

Session 2 – Sunday 22 August 10.30am – 12.30pm 

Moving into colour and creating a landscape with your tools and techniques. 

Let Edy tell you more…….

What will I learn?

Learn a new vocabulary of mark-making techniques  

How to use ink, reed and oil paint to build form and define the ‘architecture’ of landscape.  

Understanding how to make expressive mark-making through wet-on-wet oil painting 

How simple colour palettes can be used to experiment and develop personal style 

Build confidence and ease in translating what you see from hand to paper to easel

Would this session suit me?

If you are looking for some top tips to improve your drawing and oil painting, this is the course for you. Ideal if you want to find out how to use mark-making in ink and oil paint in an expressive and free way so you can enjoy the mediums more. The techniques work really well for developing exciting sketchbook work. 

How Does an online session work?

Once you have booked, we will send you a link the morning of the session before so you can join in live. All you need to do is follow the link ten minutes before the start time. You can watch this on a Smart TV, PC, smartphone or tablet and even cast to your TV from your phone.

You can put questions to the tutor using the chat function during the session. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again at your leisure as many times as you want for up to six 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.

Lust for Line

Mixed Media / Abstract

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View Edy’s Work

I try to bring out what each student is truly fascinated in and help them define their own personal narrative while building a solid library of artistic techniques to
work from. What I enjoy most about teaching is getting a glimpse of someone else’s vision and then finding ways to encourage them and give them more confidence in what they do.

What to Bring

If you would like to join in with the live session you will need black ink, a reed pen, a selection of oil paints and brushes. Edy will be working in oils so that she can demonstrate the wet-on-wet painting technique, but if you’d prefer to work in acrylics, you will need to use a retarder to slow down drying. For the ink drawing have smooth watercolour or heavy cartridge paper. For the second session a canvas or primed board to paint on. A detailed materials list will be sent to you on booking. 

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, SmartTV, laptop, tablet with audio or even cast to your Tv from your phone. 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. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it for two weeks after.

Timings and Breaks

We will start at 10.30 am and work for two hours. We will pause for questions at different points during the session you can pose any questions to the artist using the chat function.



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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