Follow in the footsteps of St Ives artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and explore her unique approach to painting and drawing the rocks and waves of the famous rugged coastline of St Ives.
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 is the first in a new series of online classes, ‘Postcards from …’ which 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.
This online course will explore the history of the artists who were fundamental in setting up the St Ives School of Painting, such as Robert Borlase Smart and Albert Julius Olson. These artists depicted the iconic coastline of St Ives and influenced the paintings and drawings of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.
You will follow in Barns-Graham’s footsteps, working from a video to capture the waves and rocks around Porthmeor Beach. Looking to Barns-Graham’s drawing Eight Lines Porthmeor, as well as her rock and lava drawings, you will create your own versions using pencil and ink on coloured paper. Guided by Hilary, use simple, intuitive mark-making techniques to create drawings which convey a sense of place.
Barns-Graham was born in Scotland but moved to St Ives in 1940, where she retained a studio until her death. Here, with artists such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Naum Gabo, she immersed herself in the vibrant St Ives art scene and her studio was located on Porthmeor Beach. Believing in the vitality of keeping an active art practice late into her life, she said of painting:
‘Do it now, say it now, don’t be afraid… Life is so exciting. Trying to catch one simple statement about it, that’s what I’m aiming for, I’ll keep on trying.’
This energy and vitality was evident in her approach to capturing the West Cornish landscape.
Learn more about the life and legacy of Barns- Graham on the Trust’s website https://www.barns-grahamtrust.org.uk/
What will I learn?
- Learn how to draw with fluid minimal line to capture the essence of a landscape. Refine and simplify your drawings.
- Learn how artists take inspiration from the landscape around them.
- Learn how to use various drawing pencils, chalks and pens working in continuous line directly onto various papers.
- Learn how to apply a colour wash.
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 6 months 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.
Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting
Postcards from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (online)
Drawing / Mixed Media / Landscape
What to Bring
We will email you a guide on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials.
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-6pm, Thursday 4th November,
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 6 months after broadcast.
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 email@example.com 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 at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.
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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