Kitty Hillier

It’s always great to hear that after trying some of these quick mark-making and drawing exercises, people are keen to repeat them at home regularly as a way to relax or reset. My approach encourages play, experimentation and trust in our gut intuition. 

Based in Cornwall, Kitty lives and works at Islington Boatyard, Penryn. Her work is rooted in what’s above and below the surface, with a belief that all things are connected. Walking and gathering (flotsam, phone pics, words) is always the starting point for finding abstract forms through drawing, assemblage and painting. Layers of overlapping biomorphic shapes are distilled from everyday details. Paths are captured crudely at the time or half-remembered and shaped by imagined stories, histories and unseen realities.

 

Kitty graduated from Bath with a 1st BA Hons in Painting. Over the last 12 years she has partnered with Newlyn Art Gallery, Somerset Art Works and Grays Wharf to lead workshops. In February 2021 she was selected for Doorstep’s Anatomy of Design Residency, and commissioned to work on filmmaker Rachael Jones’ project Moving Landscapes in partnership with Sensory Trust.

Website: Kitty Hillier – Artist, Falmouth UK

What our students say

Kitty was so brilliant throughout and created and encouraged a magical atmosphere of calm, alongside furious productivity. I enjoyed every second of it, it was exactly what I needed to loosen up my style and I will be embedding many of the techniques into my own practice. Wonderful people in a truly inspiring space!

Gina

Kitty has a lovely relaxed meditative approach and is so generous in sharing her personal processes.

Gina

It was delivered in a calming, easy to understand way. Kitty was supportive and encouraging, and pushed us out of comfort zones enough to get the best out of every student.

Sophie

Courses with Kitty Hillier

Abstracting Nature

Kitty Hillier

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000IRv9z
Active Instance: a024J00000C3WNkQAN, 07-Oct-2022

Enjoy creating experimental and abstract compositions inspired by walks in nature on this three-day course. 

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7 - 9 Oct - 3 days - £345 Book

Collage, Coastline + Watercolour

Kitty Hillier

Art Courses - Drawing - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000ISTXH
Active Instance: a024J00000C3E7hQAF, 27-Jun-2022

Banish fear of failure and follow your intuition on this three-day course. Create abstract and experimental compositions in collage and watercolour inspired by the Cornish coastline.

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27 - 29 Jun - 3 days - £345 Book
21 - 23 Nov - 3 days - £345 Book

Collage, Coastline + Watercolour

Kitty Hillier

Art Courses - Drawing - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000ISTXH
Active Instance: a024J00000CGzoiQAD, 21-Nov-2022

Banish fear of failure and follow your intuition on this three-day course. Create abstract and experimental compositions in collage and watercolour inspired by the Cornish coastline.

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27 - 29 Jun - 3 days - £345 Book
21 - 23 Nov - 3 days - £345 Book

Experimental Drawing + Collage (Recording)

Kitty Hillier

Online Art Courses - All - Mixed Media - Landscape

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Course ID: a004J00000IRoIM
Active Instance: a024J00000C1ZcNQAV, 31-Jul-2022

Enjoy creating experimental and abstract compositions inspired by your everyday surroundings in this online webinar.

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Available until 31 Jul - 2 hr - £25 Book

Mapping Movement

Kitty Hillier

Art Courses - Mixed Media - Abstract

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Course ID: a004J00000K2sNf
Active Instance: a024J00000CG0kpQAD, 17-Oct-2022

Enjoy slowing down and spending time in nature on this three-day course looking at Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's studies of Cornish sea and rocks.

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17 - 19 Oct - 3 days - £345 Book

Seaweed, Seabed, Cove + Coast

Kitty Hillier

Online Art Courses - All - Mixed Media - Landscape

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Course ID: a004J00000ISqNb
Active Instance: a024J00000C49WXQAZ, 24-May-2022

Enjoy creating dynamic reliefs inspired by the landscape around you in this four-part online course.

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24 May - 16 Aug - 9 hrs over 4 sessions - £80 Book