Painting St Ives (CW)

Oil / Landscape - Materials included

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Course details

Capture in oils, the iconic harbour, architecture and landscape of St Ives.

landscape oil painting by gary long art course

Create a figurative oil painting to capture your time in iconic St Ives. Imagine the lichen covered roofs, cobbled streets, winding pathways and whitewashed cottages, gleaming in the sun with the background of a turquoise sea. Learn the skills to confidently convey this special place using line, colour and shape.

You will explore a range of techniques to ensure your sketchbook is a useful tool back in the studio. Progress from annotated sketches to tonal drawings, into colour studies. Gain confidence in colour mixing to develop your own personal palette that you can recreate. Armed with lots of studies you will be ready to move into oils.

Gary will talk you through how to start your oil painting, beginning with working with thin washes and then building your layers up. You will gain an understanding of the properties of oil paint so you can have more control of the paint and get the effect you desire. Explore a range of mark making styles and tools to create a confident painting with movement and energy. This will help you to create paintings that are interesting and striking.

Teaching will be through demonstrations and one to one time with each student. The tutor Gary Long also works on his own piece during the sessions so students can observe the process of development.

What will I learn?

  • Learn to progress from drawing to gouache to oils
  • Enjoy demonstrations from the tutor to help you see the process in action
  • Time spent exploring colour mixing so you can master the St Ives palette
  • Chance to learn how to capture the special architecture of St Ives town

Who would this course suit?

Any level will enjoy this course. There will be a balance of techniques, structured exercise as well as time to explore the subject at your own pace. There will be some walking around the town and harbour.

Painting St Ives (CW)

Oil / Landscape – Materials included

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Taught by

After many years as an illustrator I taught on the BA Illustration course at Falmouth University. In 2011 I began teaching at St Ives School of Painting. I deliver courses involved with the figure, still life and landscape. My practice as a painter feeds into the teaching, often through demonstrations. The school is wonderful – the history the ethos and most of all the people.

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 end at 4pm. There are plenty of nearby places to eat and we will serve tea and coffee at break times during the day.


Studio 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

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 Long Stay Car Park, both a 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at Trenwith 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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