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.

What our students say

Hilary has a really excellent manner. I had been worried about being an absolute beginner but she put us all quickly at our ease and I was able to really enjoy the course.

Ruth May

Excellent session with Hilary. The model was always in a super pose and all of us students got a lot of thoughtful help. Looking forward to the next time!

Susan Thomas

Great course – I have learnt so much that I will take home with  me and enjoy creating art with. 

Sandra Warren

With no painting experience whatever – this course was relaxed and inspirational. A small group so personal attention from a very patient tutor. I really enjoyed the course and I learnt a great deal. Thank you Hilary! 

June Briggs

As a cook, to see the magic of the process of paint choices, applications, washes and light in a “recipe”, develop inspired by great painters from this very place and Hilary’s patience teaching us all about technique, colour, materials in 3 days was fantastic!

Angela Collins

Fascinating and fun – thank you. Best art course I’ve ever been on! 

Mark Wills

It was a rare opportunity to focus entirely on drawing, without the distractions of working from home. I enjoyed going over the fundamentals of drawing because there was no thorough teaching of this on my degree course. I will certainly be more aware of these aspects of drawing as I develop my work at home. The course gave me a boost of confidence and i feel inspired to draw more regularly than I had been doing for a couple of years.

Sarah Nelson

I thoroughly enjoyed this three day workshop – would love to stay for another three! Hilary was relaxed, informative and inspiring and I feel invigorated to continue to develop the new skills i’ve learned. 

Sandra Apps

A big thank you to Hilary and Liz – a fantastic course! I look forward to continuing at home all I have learnt and will certainly be back for future courses. 

Janet Jones

Practising and experimenting with watercolour and trying different techniques has given me the confidence to develop my own style and detect the pleasure of painting. 

Gisela Borkert

A great course. Very useful. Packed with good tips and trials to progress ones work. 

Chloe Gerhardt

Absolutely love the way the course is designed and taught. Very encouraging, compassionate and multifaceted experience, and most definitely coming back! Thank you for your support, light energy and smiles.

Yulia Krautsova

I cannot believe how much I have learnt on this course. Watercolours are so versatile and I cant wait to explore this further. Thank you so much Hilary!

Erika Vessey

Hilary led us through the techniques to pencil portrait from a live model. I learnt a lot from her. It was very hard work but the results were amazing at the end of the two days!

Trevor Newton

I loved my tutors! The range they showed – between accurate drawing and having fun with different materials – was superb! 

Andrea Huggenberger

Great course – covered all the basic elements and techniques and gave me the confidence to experiment and develop going forward.

Jim Bren

I’ve really loved watching and doing the watercolour practice sessions with Hilary over the last 4 sessions. I’ve watched again several times via the recordings which was so helpful when practicing at a slower pace. Thanks so much for running these.

Nicky Grove

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


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


Courses with Hilary,Jean Gibson

Expressive Watercolour Landscape

Hilary,Jean Gibson

Watercolour - Landscape - Art Courses

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Active Instance: a024J000001XQ8uQAG, 16-Aug-2021

Inspired by the cliffs and rock formations of Porthmeor, reveal the dynamism and energy of watercolour. Develop your colour mixing skills and experiment applying washes, pattern, texture at different scales.


16 - 20 Aug 2021 - 5 days - £495 Book

Painting Your Portrait

Gary LongHilary,Jean Gibson

Drawing - Oil - Waterbased - Figure - Art Courses - Intermediate

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Active Instance: a024J000002vcCqQAI, 25-Jan-2021

Taking inspiration from the likes of Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer, look at your own face in a completely different way. Understand the anatomy, tone and composition of the face, expressed in gouache and oils.


25 - 28 Jan 2021 - 4 days - £455 Book

Saturday Life Live - Inspired by Toulouse Lautrec (recording)

Hilary,Jean Gibson

Drawing - Various - Waterbased - Figure - Art Courses - Online

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Active Instance: a024J000008Lt44QAC, 30-Nov-2020

Join Hilary Jean Gibson and our model in a series of theatrical poses and costumes inspired by the figures of artist Toulouse-Lautrec. Watch on demand, pause, review and rewind and create fanciful drawings.


30 Nov - 2 hours - £10 Book

Turner Sea + Sky

Hilary,Jean Gibson

Waterbased - Watercolour - Landscape - Art Courses - Creative Weekender

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Active Instance: a024J000002vfn7QAA, 15-Mar-2021

Reveal a fresh and immediate approach to watercolour, emulating Turner's rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings". Create vibrant seascapes that evoke the boundlessness of sea and sky.


15 - 17 Mar 2021 - 3 days - £355 Last place Book

Turner Sea + Sky

Hilary,Jean Gibson

Watercolour - Landscape - Art Courses - Creative Weekender

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Active Instance: a024J000001X55sQAC, 14-May-2021

Reveal a fresh and immediate approach to watercolour, emulating Turner's rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings". Create vibrant seascapes that evoke the boundlessness of sea and sky.


14 - 16 May 2021 - 3 days - £355 Book