Bathers at Asnières, 1884, oil on canvas, 201 × 301 cm, National Gallery, London

Saturday Life Live - Inspired by Seurat

Drawing / Various / Figure

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Join us for this two hour online figure class inspired by the work of artist Seurat best known for his painting Bathers at Asnières in The National Gallery. Broadcast from our studio in St Ives with a clothed model. Join in at home with guided exercises and watch live or later.

L’écho (Echo), study for Une baignade, Asnières (Bathers at Asnières), 1883-1884 Conté crayon on Michallet paper. Yale University Art Gallery

In this session we are inspired by Seurat’s less well known but exquisite drawings, many of which were done as a means to understanding the effect of light for his paintings. In particular we will look at creating poses and lighting inspired by the figures in the painting The Bathers as well as the studies for it. We will start with a couple of shorter poses followed by a longer pose.

Alice introduces you to the concept of simultaneous contrast which explores how to create the effect of light in drawing. Something that Seurat mastered. A confidence in this technique is ideal if you like drawing in a tonal way as if the pencil is a paintbrush. These sessions are designed to inspire, instruct and surprise. Suitable for any level of experience. Each one will be run slightly differently depending on the artist leading it.

You will see both the model and Alice as she works along with you. You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the chat function. Share your work live with others on social media using the #SaturdayLifeLive and #schoolofpainting

Saturday Life Live – Inspired by Seurat

Drawing / Various / Figure

Book Selected Date

How Does an online session work?

Once you have booked, we will send you a link on the morning of the session. These sessions will be broadcast on You Tube and all you need to do is follow the link ten minutes before the start time. You can watch this on a Smart TV, PC, smartphone or tablet and even cast to your TV from your phone.

You can put questions to the tutor using the chat function during the session if you log into You Tube or a Google account. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again at your leisure as many times as you want for up to 1 week 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.

Taught by


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“The school of painting is an oasis; a place to share ideas, enthusiasm and adventures into painting. Teaching has helped me to translate my thoughts and reflections about art into practical courses. In doing this I have learnt so much and shared in that adventure. It’s an opportunity to pass on the wonderful sense of being part of a bigger ‘family’ of painters.”

What to Bring

To join in the live session you will need 5 sheets of A3 sheets of heavy ‘NOT’ watercolour paper. In other words rough textured watercolour paper. These can be cut down to smaller pieces in the session. We will start with A4 size. A solid graphite pencil a 4b and a 6b is ideal. Failing that a 4b and a 6b pencil but this won’t be quite as nice to use. A putty rubber is essential.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are less suitable due to the small screen size but certainly possible.

Timings and Breaks

At about 10.20 am please follow the link. We will play a video with audio of students artwork we have collated so far in response these sessions. So you can check you are connecting ok.

Any problems either receiving your link or connecting please contact and we will do our best to get that sorted before the start time.

We will start at 10.30 am and work for 2 hours. We will pause for questions at different points during the session you can pose any questions to the artist using You Tube chat function.



Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

If it’s for our You Tube webinars and You Tube courses no webcam 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.

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. 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 the day before the session. Please check your junk mail. If you can’t find the email please contact and we will resend it. In the New Year we are moving from Zoom to You Tube Live. This should be easy to use, just follow the link and watch live on the internet. You can use a PC, smartphone, tablet or even watch through your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?

The video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. Currently all our short online sessions are recorded and you will have two weeks from the date of the session to watch it.

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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