Gary Long

Where Sea Meets Land - Winter Storm

Oil / Landscape


Course details

Learn to convey the drama and energy of a stormy sea encountering the land in oils. Capture the movement of the sea as it clashes with an iconic Cornish harbour.

Gary Long Winter Storm
Gary Long

This course focuses on the particular challenge of capturing that moment when a winter storm crashes in. Use an expressive approach in oils to capture the drama and power of the sea as it duals with the structure of a Cornish harbour. A favourite theme of artists for centuries.

Wherever you are in the world transport yourself to the dramatic Cornish coastline working from a unique film of crashing waves, created especially for the course, followed up by a recording of the session with Gary.

Learn how to approach combining both the movement of the sea with the structures on land.

Follow along with Gary on how to work with gouache to make annotations on colour and weather. You will gain confidence in using a limited palette and work with a palette knife to capture drama and movement. Work in your own time and then join Gary for two and a half hours recording and translate sketches and colour notes into a finished oil painting. You can then use these skills to respond to whatever landscape inspires you, not just the coast.


Preparation – sketching and gouache

In the preparation videos you will work through a series of tasks, at your leisure, to get ready for the final 2.5 hour session painting with Gary.

We will send you a specially produced source film to work from along with a set of instructional videos. The more you experiment the more this will become second nature. Cover how to make annotations, tonal studies in charcoal moving into colour studies in gouache. Armed with lots of studies you will be ready to move into oils in the recorded session.

Moving Into Oils

Gary starts by demonstrating his own approach to working in oils starting with mixing your palette and showing examples of work. If you have an easel, either desk or standing, have this set up ready, otherwise work on the table. Gary will talk you through your materials, set up and how to start to put your drawing down on to the canvas. Learn how to select and crop your colour study.

Gary will show you how to start your painting working with thin washes and then build up. Explore a range of mark making styles and tools to create a confident painting with movement and energy.

What you will get out of this course

  1. An understanding of the properties of oil paint so you can have more control of the paint and get the effect you want.
  2. Confidence in colour mixing so you can develop your own personal palette that you can recreate rather than rely on guesswork.
  3. The skills to develop paintings from drawing studies.
  4. Confidence in using a variety of tools and techniques to get a range of marks and effects. This will help you create paintings that are interesting and striking.
  5. Insight into the particular challenge of capturing in oils the movement of the sea as it encounters the man made harbour.

Who would this course suit?

Whether you are a complete beginner in oil paints or would like to build your confidence working with them, this course is a wonderful starting point. If you love painting landscape but feel stuck, this course gives useful tools for loosening up and animating your paintings.

How does an online session work?

Once you have booked you will be able to watch on demand immediately. 

You can pause, rewind and watch again as often as you like until the session expires 90 days after purchase

You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with our community of fellow students from around the world.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not suitable unless cast to a smart TV.

Where Sea Meets Land – Winter Storm

Oil / Landscape


Taught by

After many years as an illustrator I taught on the BA Illustration course at Falmouth University. In 2011 I began teaching at St Ives School of Painting. I deliver courses involved with the figure, still life and landscape. My practice as a painter feeds into the teaching, often through demonstrations. The school is wonderful – the history the ethos and most of all the people.


Online Art Courses – All

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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