Porthmeor Programme Online Alumni - Spring 2024

Mixed Media / Abstract / Landscape / Personal Development

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Course details

Reconnect with the supportive resources of professional artist tutors and a peer group familiar with the unique experience of your artistic journey as an alumni.

Join artists Natalie Day and Kate Southworth for this three-day follow-up to the Porthmeor Programme. Over the first two mornings of the weekend you will be working with Natalie Day, exploring different methods of working experimentally within the landscape through group discussions and practical exercises.

You will have the opportunity for self-guided work, directed by Natalie, in the afternoons and Kate will be offering 1-1 tutorials. On the Sunday, there will be another opportunity for self-guided working and tutorials and in the afternoon Kate will run a group session.

Gain valuable feedback on new work from your tutors and peers, and then work on your own projects, gathering again at the end to discuss your continuing practice. Ideal if you are looking for ways forward with your practice, or testing new ideas in a familiar group environment. This weekend is designed to inspire and encourage new ways of working and thinking.

Friday

AM Natalie Day Session 10am-1pm

PM Self guided work and Kate will be running 1-1 tutorials on zoom.

Group Crit live on zoom with Natalie 5pm

Saturday

AM Natalie Day Session 10am-1pm

PM Self guided work and Kate will be running 1-1 tutorials on zoom.

Group Crit live on zoom with Natalie 5pm

Sunday

AM Self guided work and Kate will be running 1-1 tutorials on zoom.

PM Group session live with Kate

This final afternoon, discuss your work with your tutor and peers. Find ways forward for your continuing practice.

We offer the Porthmeor Alumni Weekends on a first come, first serve basis and they are open to all Porthmeor Programme alumni. There are 12 places available on each online course, and you can book on to as many as you like.

The weekend is an affirming experience of making art in an inspirational space and will leave you feeling liberated and re-energised for the road ahead.

Porthmeor Programme Online Alumni – Spring 2024

Mixed Media / Abstract / Landscape / Personal Development

Book Selected Date

Taught by

Letting go of attachment to outcomes is an important element of my practice and teaching. I begin by gathering visual and sensory information, recording what I can on paper, then editing and simplifying back in the studio and using this to inform new pieces. By keeping myself curious I can step away from the idea of ‘making a painting’ and simply enjoy the process of exploring and letting the materials guide me. 

Kate
Southworth

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Kate Southworth makes paintings, spells and rituals. Her work explores calendrical and alchemical transformation. In addition to solo and two-person shows, her work has appeared in more than 35 group exhibitions including Craftivism at Arnolfini, Bristol.

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

Friday 24th May

10am-1pm – Natalie Day 5pm – 6pm Group crit with Natalie

Saturday 25th May

10am-1pm – Natalie Day 5pm – 6pm Group crit with Natalie

Sunday 26th May

AM Self guided work and tutorials PM Group session with Kate

You will have access to recordings of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for the duration of the course and for up to six months.

FAQs

Online Art Courses – All

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

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet and 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.

All the art materials and equipment needed to participate in the course will be listed in full on the online learning platform, for live webinars this will be a minimum of two weeks before the session starts.

I have registered for the webinar but I can't find my joining link

You can access all the resources and joining link for your webinar via our online learning platform. You will need to have set up an account on our online learning platform in advance. You can do this during the checkout process when purchasing your webinar. If you are having trouble accessing your online account, please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk. 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, how can I watch?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and you can access the recording on our online learning platform until it expires. Usually 60 days for a webinar, 90 – 180 days for multipart webinars or online courses.

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

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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