Bryan Wynter, Cornish Harbour, 1948 © Estate of Bryan Wynter

Postcards from St Ives - Wynter & Rooftops (Recording)

Drawing / Mixed Media / Landscape

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Course details

Enjoy creating abstract and experimental paintings and drawings inspired by the iconic Downalong rooftops of St Ives in with drawing, simple printmaking and waterbased painting.

Inspired by the clarity of light, surrounding dramatic landscapes, and its picturesque harbour, St Ives has long attracted artists, writers, and holiday-makers alike. 

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. 

In this session of our Postcard series you will look to the work of St Ives artist Bryan Wynter. An ideal workshop for those interested in techniques to help with experimentation, tapping into the more surreal aspects of our imagination. Enjoy combining simple printmaking you can do from home with water-based painting inspired by the techniques of this significant St Ives artist you may not have discovered before.  

Moving from London to St Ives just after the First World War, Wynter immersed himself in the natural environment. A keen swimmer, Wynter made various items to help him play with various perspectives from above and beneath the water: a wet suit, an aqua lung and a glass bottomed boat. His paintings took inspiration from these disparate directions, often combining various viewpoints. Eventually settling in Carn Cottage – a run-down rustic cottage on Zennor Moor – Wynter was to stay in West Penwith for the rest of his life.

Following from Wynter’s aerial inspirations, you will work from a bird’s eye view of the rooftops of St Ives. Hilary will guide you through Wynter’s monoprint technique which he used in the 1940s. Taking his painting, Birds Disturbing the Sleep of a Town, 1948, as a starting point, learn how to make a simple offset print by painting onto a surface, pressing paper into that surface and then working into the print. You will work from a recorded video to create versions of Wynter’s eerie night-time scene from the comfort of your own home.    

What will I learn?

  1. Delve into the processes and techniques of Bryan Wynter, an exciting St Ives artist from the 1940s.
  2. Enjoy freeing up your imagination with fun and simple printmaking techniques.
  3. Learn how to work into a basic print to create a unique water-based painting.

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 recording work?

You can pause, rewind and watch again as often as you like until the session expires on date shown

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 will be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting

Postcards from St Ives – Wynter & Rooftops (Recording)

Drawing / Mixed Media / Landscape

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In 1995 I became a tutor at the St Ives School of Painting. Offering inspiration through my passion for drawing, water-based media and art history, I strive to liberate a creative vision by teaching skills and techniques through direct observation and en plein air.

What to Bring

We will email you a full guide on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials when you book. Hilary will use gouache paint, but acrylic will work in a similar way, and a white water soluble pencil. You will also need several sheets of heavyweight cartridge paper, coloured Murano pastel paper, 90ib watercolour paper hot pressed (smooth), glossy photo paper, and a drawing board.

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

This webinar is 1hrs 30mins duration.


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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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