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Saturday Life Live - Inspired by Toulouse Lautrec

Drawing / Waterbased / Figure

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Join Hilary Jean Gibson inspired by the energetic figures of artist Toulouse-Lautrec. Broadcast live from our studio in St Ives with a model. Join in at home with guided exercises.

Yvette Guilbert singing “linger, longer, loo” by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1894

Working from a model Hilary will lead this Toulouse-Lautrec’s inspired drawing session. Theatrical lighting and poses taken from Lautrec’s own work will set the scene. Over the two hours she will guide you through a series of exercises using chalks and conté pencils on coloured papers. Watch Hilary work along side you exploring unconventional compositional angles, the use of negative space and strong contours. Learn how to use complementary colours for dramatic effect while keeping the overall drawing simple and paired down.

We will start with 5 and 10 minute poses which will be followed by longer poses so you can develop your drawings, introducing colour using pastel or chalk.

The screen will be split between the model and Hilary’s work throughout the session so you can draw along with Hilary. Your view will be different due to how we position the cameras. You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the webinar chat function. Share your work live with others on social media using the #SaturdayLifeLive and #SchoolofPainting

Saturday Life Live – Inspired by Toulouse Lautrec

Drawing / Waterbased / Figure

Book Selected Date

How Does an online session work?

Once you have booked a session, we will send you a link so you can join the session. You don’t need to register with Zoom just follow the link you receive when you book.

You can put questions to the tutor using the question and answer function during the session. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again on demand for up to 2 weeks. 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

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

For this particular session it would be ideal to have some brown packing paper and/or pastel paper in earth coloured shades. Get at least 10 sheets ready to use any size. Have with you chalks or soft pastels, white, purple and yellow in particular. Chalks will give you a harder line and conté pencils are useful.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a 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 9.50 am please follow the link to go to your session’s waiting room. We will play a video with audio of students artwork we have collated so far in response these session. So you can check you are connecting ok.

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

We will start at 10.00 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 the Q & A function.

What our students say

Thank you for the smashing sessions, I shall definitely look out for more!


I enjoyed this class very much, and learned some great techniques.


I found the tutorial very helpful and mentally uplifting, thank you to all involved in these online classes.


Thank you all in St. Ives, it has been truly inspirational, your professionalism has shone through in communicating the School’s ethos as well as the tutors’ personal creative approaches.


Thank you for such a brilliant morning- very inspirational and instructive- also great fun!


The Saturday Life Live Session was absolutely fabulous….such an interesting and informative session.



Online 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 protected]. 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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