Painting en plein air

Oil / Landscape

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Course details

If you want to make the most of the summertime and paint outdoors, join us for this three-part webinar exploring the art of en plein air painting. 

Ever wanted to paint outdoors but wasn’t sure where to start? On this three-day Zoom course, artist Andrew Barrowman will show you the fundamentals of setting up, working in the elements and capturing the atmosphere and light of place.

Andrew Barrowman, Maenporth
Andrew Barrowman

Join Andrew live from Porthmeor Studios to see how painting outside can add a new depth of expression to capturing the landscape. Working with the elements, paint in a more intuitive and fast-paced way and see how to add light and luminosity to your paintings. Translated as ‘open air’ from French,en plein air painting was popularised in the 1800s by the Impressionists. Traditionally, painters would work from their studios, using paints made by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil. With the introduction of paints in tubes in the 1870s, painting outside became a much more attractive prospect.

Workingen plein air allowed artists to capture the emotional and sensory dimensions of a landscape as well as a new spirit of spontaneity. Defining both a technical approach and a whole artistic credo, artists such as Constable, Corot and Manet depicted the landscape through an attention to light and atmosphere.

Andrew will give clear demonstrations of how to set up your workspace outdoors, which materials to bring, how to respond to the landscape around you as well as how other en plein air painters such as Constable, Corot and Manet have worked. Learn how these iconic painters transformed the way landscape painters worked. See how this versatile approach can be used to free up your practice and gain confidence in to set up your easel and paint – whether that be in your surrounding landscape or far off travels!

This course takes place on Zoom and you will have access to the recordings until they expire. After the course continue to share your work with other participants and alumni of the Painting School on our private Facebook group.



Over 3 sessions , Andrew will be working in the studio live and recordings of the classes will be shared with you. Questions will be taken at different points in the session.

Monday 22nd August: 3 hours tutored session

Begin the day looking at some examples of plein air painting including Fred Cuming, Jon Redmond, Walter Sickert, John Constable and John Singer Sargent. After this, see which equipment you will need and learn to lay out a palette. Andrew will demonstrate how different easels, surfaces, mediums mixed with oils and brushes can create different effects. Using the view from the window at the School, overlooking Porthmeor Beach, see how to approach a painting and learn how to start your own plein air painting.

Tuesday 23rd August: 2 hours tutored session

Reviewing your painting from the previous day, you will use the same view you selected on day one to begin a limited colour painting. Begin a limited colour painting of the same view in real time using Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Ivory Black and White.

Friday 26th August: 2 hours tutored session

On the final day, review the previous day’s work and begin a full colour painting of the view through the window, or the view you have selected, and take it through to completion. At the end, we’ll discuss our paintings and answer any questions.

What will I learn

Learn to set up your workspace outdoors.

Build confidence working in the landscape.

See how to capture light and atmosphere in oils.

Work in a more intuitive, dynamic way to capture a sense of place, wherever you are.

Learn about Impressionist painters such as Manet and Corot.

How does an online session work

We will send you a link the day before the session so you can join in live.

You can put questions to the tutor using the online chat function. We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, until it expires. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world. We will also set up a private Facebook group just for this course.

You can watch this on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.

Who would this course suit?

This course is suitable for all abilities but particularly helpful for those wishing to expand their practice to working en plein air.

Painting en plein air

Oil / Landscape

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View Andrew’s Work

Landscape painting in Cornwall, Andrew Barrowman paints en plein air and in the studio using oils as his chosen medium. He tries to convey the feeling and atmosphere of a landscape onto canvas for the viewer to have an idea of what it was like to be there. His paintings often start with ideas found whilst walking his dog. He usually carries a small sketch book with him, making quick sketches and colour notes. These will sometimes be developed into paintings.

What to Bring

We will send you a materials list to get together and any pre-course tasks.

You will need access to the internet and either a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable however cast your phone to a Smart TV.

Timings and Breaks

At 10:45 please click the link to join the live session.

Monday 22nd August, 11:00 – 14:00

Tuesday 23rd August, 11:00 -13:00

Friday 26th August, 11:00 – 13:00

You will have access to a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for the duration of the course and until it expires.


Online Art Courses – All

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 access to the course for up to six months from final broadcast date & a month for online life drawing 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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