Join us for this Patrick Heron-inspired webinar. See how Heron’s aerial approaches to depicting the landscape of St Ives in gouache can be integrated into your own way of working.
Living and working in Cornwall from 1956, Patrick Heron was a key member of the St Ives Modernists. In this session of ‘Postcards from…’, artist Hilary Jean Gibson explores Heron’s abstracted landscapes in gouache of St Ives using aerial footage of Porthmeor Beach.
This new series of online classes, ‘Postcards from …’ will use the places in and around St Ives that inspired an international roster of artists including Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, Bryan Wynter and Patrick Heron.
Focusing in particular on sites which captured these artists’ imagination, Postcards from… will take you on a creative journey to the famous spots around St Ives including its harbour, Porthmeor Beach and its cobbled, winding streets, lined with stone fishermen’s houses. Using films of these familiar landscapes, led by one of our experienced tutors, this series will transport you to these inspiring St Ives locations, wherever you are in the world.
Known primarily as a painter, Heron also worked in a variety of media: from silk scarves to etchings. Upon moving to Cornwall, he moved towards an abstract way of working, further influenced by moving to a house called Eagle’s Nest. Situated in a spectacular location on the Penwith peninsula, Heron had a fantastic viewpoint over the Cornish landscape.
On this webinar, Hilary will explore Heron’s various approaches to using gouache paint – from his famous gouache ‘Window for St Ives’. to his more fluid, playful works. Taking you through various techniques and methods to reduce and simplify the landscape and working directly from Heron’s paintings, learn various techniques including wet in wet painting. See how to make your own abstract painting of St Ives and learn more about the life and work of this key figure of the St Ives Modernists.
A unique chance to paint from aerial footage and understand how exploring the landscape from various angles and perspectives can liberate your approach to abstract painting. An ideal webinar if you would like to learn more about painting with gouache. This is also a chance to virtually visit St Ives from above!
What will I learn?
- Learn to work more freely and intuitively.
- Learn various techniques using gouache paint.
- Enjoy playing with form, shape and colour.
- Learn new ways of capturing the landscape around you, wherever you are in the world!
- Learn more about working with abstract shapes and forms.
Who would this course suit?
Beginners and those with more experience are both welcome to join. If you are looking to learn new ways to expand your drawing and painting practice, or just inspiration by looking to other artists, this course is for you.
How does an online session work?
We will send you a link the day before the session so you can join in live.
You will be working from the same recorded video as Hilary so you will see both Hilary at work and the video on screen
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, for up to 1 month after. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
Please note as this is a live broadcast from time to time there will be technical challenges that are beyond our control. When this happens we may have to delay the start while we resolve them. We kindly suggest you enjoy the recordings instead of attending the live session if this might not suit your plans.
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Postcards from St Ives – Patrick Heron
Mixed Media / Abstract / Landscape
What to Bring
We will email you a full guide on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials when you book.
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
Live broadcast: 4.30pm-6:00pm, Thursday 15th September
During the session please pose questions to the artist using the chat function.
We will be sending you a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for up to 1 month after broadcast.
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 email@example.com. 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.
How can I get help in choosing a course?
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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