The Luminous Landscape

Acrylic / Oil / Landscape

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Course details

How do you capture the essence of the landscape; the energy, tension and mystery of elements meeting? This online course teaches you to build free, abstract landscape paintings with sweeping marks and shadowy layers that echo the movement of the land.

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At home you will experiment with a variety of free and creative approaches to painting by working through a series of tasks and projects. Over the four weeks this structure will encourage your own style and identity to emerge.

A rare opportunity to work with artist Amy Albright on this 4 week online course in a small group of 16. Learn to use oils to build free, abstract landscape paintings. Explore layering techniques that evoke depth and emotion in your paintings and move between abstraction and reality. Full of discovery and revelation, this course presents unique processes and perspectives.

Artist tutor Amy Albright divulges tips and techniques for creating layers of interest. Using both water and oil-based media, you will learn how to liberate and loosen up your painting style.

Time is set aside to look more closely at colour mixing. How to achieve a subtle yet diverse colour palette. Learn to build up layers, working wet on wet, adding luminosity and revealing and adding to subsequent layers of paint.

As well as benefiting from live demos and crits you will have the added bonus of time in between sessions to practice what you have learnt and gain feedback from your group and Amy.

We record these live sessions so you will have access to these for 1 month after the course. Students will have the opportunity to ask the tutor questions prior and during these live sessions as well as have access to a group forum on a secured course platform. This private online space is a chance for you and your group to connect with each other and share progress during the course.

You will need to gather your own materials for the course and have access to the internet. We will have staff on hand to assist with your connecting on Zoom. You will receive a comprehensive handbook on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials.

Course Structure

This is a 4 week course and will work best for those that can commit time in between the live sessions. With a weekly live and interactive session with Amy lasting two hours you will then go off to work on your own piece with guidance and direction to follow.

Each week, upload images of your artwork, which your class and tutor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

Week 0

Friday before the first session : 3.00 pm Technical induction with digital administrator to ensure everyone is comfortable and ready for the first session.

Week 1

Wednesday: 10.30am -12.30pm: Following an introduction to the course and to your group Amy will briefly share her own approach to painting. She will then guide you through some exciting loosening up activities. Expect to make a lot of work, ‘A great way to loosen up’ is to work on multiple paintings. We will start base layers using expressive painterly techniques in acrylics with unconventional mark making tools.

Week 2

Wednesday: 10.30am -12.30pm: In this session as well as widening your mark making repertoire, we will explore grounds and colour mixing. In particularly using combinations appropriate to our subject. Look at tone, temperature and subtle colour mixing using water based paints.

Week 3

Wednesday: 10.30am -12.30pm: Moving on to oil paints you will work on the many pieces we have started – 5 at least on canvas and wood. Learn to add glazes, to create thin layers of paint to build luminosity and depth. We’ll combine all that we’ve learned and work on a variety of surfaces to start creating multiple pieces.

*Please note everyone will need special zest it glaze medium and lots of surfaces.

Week 4

Wednesday: 10.30am -12.30pm: Amy will reveal more techniques using oils creating subsequent layers and demonstrate ways to scratch and rub back using various tools. Time in this final session will be put aside to focus on each student’ work and progress. A chance to learn from other people’s challenges and revelations and a final home work task set for the last week.

What will I learn?

  1. Learn to create exciting experimental paintings that build layers of interest.
  2. An opportunity to build your confidence using oils and waterbased paints, loosen up and widen your painting repertoire.
  3. Tips on loosening up when drawing the landscape, including new techniques to make drawing fun and expressive.
  4. Learn how to use abstraction when working with landscape to create a painting full of depth and intrigue.
  5. Technical knowledge of colour mixing to evoke subtle changes in tone and temperature.

Who would this course suit?

If you are wondering if this course is for you, have a look at Amy’s own work HERE or her tutor page. If you’d like learn how to loosen up, to gain technical insight into combining materials to create intriguing effects, as well as how to have more control in your colour mixing, this course is a wonderful place to learn.

It is a fun opportunity for painters interested in creating abstract landscapes and engaging with it in a free and experimental way.

The Luminous Landscape

Acrylic / Oil / Landscape

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How long will I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to all course materials for the duration of your course, plus an additional 4 weeks after your end date.

How much contact time will I get with Amy?

You will receive a weekly response from Amy via our course platform where she will comment and feedback on a selection of your photo uploads on the communal studio wall. There will also be 4 live Zoom group tutorials where you will be able to send in questions for Amy to discuss with the group.

Taught by


View Amy’s Work

My approach to teaching is to share all, to demonstrate my unique way of painting in layers and share my love for paint and it’s never ending possibilities. It’s all about the process, experimenting and those happy accidental discoveries. St Ives School of Painting is very special, with stunning inspiration on the doorstep and an aura of creativity in the studios that is contagious.

What to Bring

You will receive a comprehensive handbook on setting up ready for the course covering equipment and materials. We will guide you on how best to set up in your own home environment whatever that might be from the kitchen to the studio.

You will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. A phone is not ideal as you will struggle to see enough. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

Timings and Breaks

At 3pm on the Friday before the course starts there will be technical session with our digital administrator to make sure you are comfortable with the technology and everything is working correctly.

Over the 4 weeks there will be a live session every Wednesday which lasts 2 hours: 10.30am – 12.30pm GMT. The tasks are made available for you to complete in your time with recordings available a couple of hours after the live session.



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 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.

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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