As artists, where do we get ideas from? And how can we learn how to transform our ideas into action?
In this three-day course artist Kieran Stiles will focus on a freeing practical and analytical process to form a foundation for painting. This is about exploring and understanding the reasons why an image may be successful or unsuccessful, using a clear framework of visual analysis which sets out how we understand the ingredients of a composition. A form of visual thinking which is crucial to any painting practice.
The course is about equipping you with a supporting structure to assist your creative process. This can help you as a structured reference to refer to when you are working on your own, and give you insights into how to be self-critical about your work in a clear and objective way.
We will be working from direct observation of the landscape surrounding us in St Ives. In a small sketchbook explore how to mix watercolour and gouache with graphite and pens using sponges, rags and a palette knife. This way of working can allow for great freedom of expression and is a very immediate way of gathering ideas outside and inside the studio, creating a rich resource to build more sustained pieces from in your own time later.
What will I learn?
- Understand the reasons an image is successful or not.
- Explore how to mix a range of media to create textural and spontaneous responses to the landscape in your sketchbook.
- Learn a more immediate way of gathering ideas inside and outside of the studio.
- Build confidence in a freer and more expressive way of working.
- Gain insights into how other artists control and guide our perceptions through their artworks.
As a practising artist, I hope that the excitement of learning through the physical experience of drawing and painting is conveyed in my teaching. I like to place different artistic subjects and painting methods in their historical context to illuminate ideas and inspire. Confidence is key when being creative, especially when starting, and feeling in control of the materials is crucial.
What to Bring
Our studios are fully equipped and we provide you with all the materials you need for your course. However, if you have a favourite set of brushes or any specialist materials that you would prefer to use, please bring them with you.
Timings and Breaks
The first day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm, please aim to arrive ten to fifteen minutes before the start time.
All course days after that start at 9.30am and finish at 4pm and there will be an hour for lunch. There are plenty of nearby places to eat and we will serve tea and coffee at break times during the day.
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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