Hilary Jean Gibson

In 1995 I became a tutor at 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 through direct observation and en plein air. My fascination in old buildings with a story to tell connects me to the studio’s historic narrative. Working in the space can feel like being inside one of my own drawings.

My passion for drawing and perspective evolved at Saint Martins. This experience, along with a fascination for narrative and history, inspired me to explore the space between fact and fiction whilst Artist in Residence at Godolphin and Trelissick N.T. I relish watercolour painting atop a windy cliff or drawing interiors in cold, dark, old buildings.

To see more examples of Hilary’s work please visit:

www.facebook .com/Hilary.Jean.Gibson.illustrator

http://www.hilary-jean-gibson-illustrator.co.uk/


Hilary was recently featured in Artist and Illustrator magazine, sharing tips on how to create watercolour paintings en plein air. Please see the article below:

 

In 2015 Hilary was commissioned by Artist and Illustrator magazine to write a piece about Turner and how she taught inspired by his approaches on our Turner’s Sea and Sunset course. Please read the article by downloading the PDF.

Hilary – Turner article – PDF.2015

 


CW - Expressive Watercolour 16/11/2019

£180

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique. Build your skills in applying washes, pattern, texture and colour mixing. This is an ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.
 


Introduction to Portraiture Painting 10/02/2020

£285

This course is an invaluable introduction to drawing and painting the human face, working from direct observation with a clothed model over three days. Initially you will familiarise yourself with the face through drawing, studying anatomy, tone and composition in pencil. Then use gouache paint to paint monochromatic studies that deepen your understanding of tone and progress to full colour paintings to capture the essence of the sitter.

 


LW Getting Started with Watercolour 21/02/2020

£270

This course covers the basics of this rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get you started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. A springboard for enjoying this medium to the full and an ideal first step to watercolour painting.
 


Capturing St Ives 06/04/2020

£270

Capture the unforgettable essence of St Ives harbour and town, its buildings, cottages and cobbled streets that have changed little over the centuries. Learn to use the deceptively simple approach of line and wash to capture these locations in situ. Create annotated studies to return to the studio to develop into larger pieces using pen, ink and wash and simple mono printing.


 


Turner Sea and Sky 14/04/2020

£275

Explore techniques to capture the elemental power of the sea, inspired by JMW Turner, the pre-eminent painter of water. His rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings", reveal fresh and immediate approaches to using watercolour. Learn to create vibrant watercolours, denote the sky, sea and beach, and animate and transform unadulterated colour into a boundless seascape.
 


Watercolour Beachcomber 11/05/2020

£270

Explore Porthmeor beach making annotated sketches of rock pool ecosystems and collecting beach fragments. In the studio, create compositions from your finds in a mini aquarium to help you practice creating dimension and fluidity. Learn refined watercolour techniques and experiment with washes, resists and salt. All materials included. 


 


Ocean Light and Water 23/05/2020

£180

The ocean is the rich source of inspiration for this two day course. Learn to capture reflections of light and shadow on wet sand and glistening silver light on the surface of water, using watercolour and inks. Give yourself the time and space to reflect on the ocean and its many moods and meanings, giving you tools and confidence to explore this captivating subject.
 


Expressive Watercolour Landscape 01/06/2020

£435

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique and surprise yourself with just how free, dynamic and contemporary watercolour can be.   Perfect for capturing the beauty and drama of the Cornish landscape. An ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.


LW - Capturing St Ives 12/06/2020

£275

Capture the unforgettable essence of St Ives harbour and town, its buildings, cottages and cobbled streets that have changed little over the centuries. Learn to use the deceptively simple approach of line and wash to capture these locations in situ. Create annotated studies to return to the studio to develop into larger pieces using pen, ink and wash and simple mono printing.


 


Getting Started with Watercolour 22/06/2020

£275

This course covers the basics of this rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get you started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. A springboard for enjoying this medium to the full and an ideal first step to watercolour painting.



 


Developing Drawing Skills 06/07/2020

£355

Create compelling drawings from observation and give yourself a completely new creative toolbox. Taught in a small group, you will learn techniques to closely observe as well as respond expressively to the world around you. Unlock the secrets of this timeless medium and develop a new love for drawing that will last you a lifetime.
 


LW - Turner Sea and Sky 07/08/2020

£275

Explore techniques to capture the elemental power of the sea, inspired by JMW Turner, the pre-eminent painter of water. His rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings", reveal fresh and immediate approaches to using watercolour. Learn to create vibrant watercolours, denote the sky, sea and beach, and animate and transform unadulterated colour into a boundless seascape.
 


Expressive Watercolour Landscape (3 days) 17/08/2020

£270

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique and surprise yourself with just how free, dynamic and contemporary watercolour can be.   Perfect for capturing the beauty and drama of the Cornish landscape. An ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.


Developing your Portraiture Painting 31/08/2020

£495

Working from direct observation with a clothed model, move from drawing to painting with gouache and oils. Examine in-depth approaches to portraiture using artists such as Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer as inspiration. This is an ideal follow up to our Introduction to Portraiture course or if you have some experience in painting and life drawing.


Drawing From a Fishing Community 05/10/2020

£270

Master the subject of boats and the inspirational setting of St Ives fishing harbour.  Using pencil, line and wash learn tips and techniques to embrace this evocative subject matter with confidence.
 


Getting Started with Watercolour 19/10/2020

£275

This course covers the basics of watercolour as a rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. An ideal first step to watercolour painting and a springboard for enjoying this medium to the full.


 


Pencil Drawn Portrait 19/11/2020

£180

This two day course will be an opportunity to examine in depth approaches to portraiture. Use rigorous drawing techniques and learn how to render skin tone and likeness. Working from a clothed model over 2 days you will examine the visual language of renowned portrait artists working from direct observation.
 


Developing Drawing Skills 23/11/2020

£355

Create compelling drawings from observation and give yourself a completely new creative toolbox. Taught in a small group, you will learn techniques to closely observe as well as respond expressively to the world around you. Unlock the secrets of this timeless medium and develop a new love for drawing that will last you a lifetime.
 


Developing your Portraiture Painting 25/01/2021

£495

Working from direct observation with a clothed model, move from drawing to painting with gouache and oils. Examine in-depth approaches to portraiture using artists such as Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer as inspiration. This is an ideal follow up to our Introduction to Portraiture course or if you have some experience in painting and life drawing.


Getting Started with Watercolour 15/02/2021

£275

This course covers the basics of watercolour as a rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. An ideal first step to watercolour painting and a springboard for enjoying this medium to the full.


 


Expressive Watercolour Landscape (3 days) 01/03/2021

£270

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique and surprise yourself with just how free, dynamic and contemporary watercolour can be.   Perfect for capturing the beauty and drama of the Cornish landscape. An ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.