Taking rich inspiration from the ocean, learn to capture reflections of light and shadow on wet sand and glistening silver light on the surface of water, using watercolour and inks.
Give yourself the time and space to reflect on the ocean and its many moods, giving you tools and confidence to explore this captivating subject.
Observe and paint the ocean and the effects of light on water. You will learn how to paint patterns and reflections of light and shadow on wet sand and glistening silver light on the surface of water. Experimentation will encourage you to be bold with water-based medium on a large scale whilst also exploring resists and other expressive, atmospheric techniques.
Painting both in the studio with its stunning views of the ocean and en plein air, our locations will include St. Ives Harbour, the tiny cove of Porthgwidden with views to Godrevy Lighthouse and the infinite waters and vast skies of Porthmeor Beach. The sketchbook you develop will be an invaluable reference back in the studio and a permanent visual record. We will look at the composition and techniques of a diversity of artists inspired by and connected to the sea, such as John Singer Sargeant, J.M.W. Turner, Kurt Jackson, John Constable, Winifred Nicholson and Paul Nash.
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.
What our students say
A great course. Very useful. Packed with good tips and trials to progress ones work.
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