TAILOR MADE WORKSHOPS

We are happy to provide unique and flexible workshops for private parties, school/college trips or team building outings, which can be designed to meet your particular needs.

These tailor-made workshops let you decide on your subject, select any mediums or materials you wish to work with and ensure that certain techniques or relevant areas of interest beneficial to your group are covered.

For further enquiries please give us a call.

KIDS CLUB - 15/12/19

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists.

In this session, the chidren will explore the basics of printmaking within the unique environment of Porthmeor Studios. 


Mini Art Foundation - Printmaking 15/12/19

£10

Experience the techniques and process of printmaking, learning to create a series of images that have your own unique stamp. Incorporate colour and overlays for your own limited edition print run. 

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you discover new artforms and find out what makes you tick.

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.


Porthmeor Programme Alumni Long Weekend 10/01/2020

£325

Feeling a Porthmeor Programme shaped hole in your life? The Porthmeor Alumni Long Weekends are a series of stepping stones leading on from the solid foundations you have built over the year. Reconnect with the supportive resources of a professional artist tutor; the Porthmeor Studios and an intimate peer group familiar with the unique experience of your artistic journey as a Porthmeor Programme alumni.
 
Please note: This course is for those who have recently completed the Porthmeor Programme. 
 


SUNDAY CLUB - Figure Drawing 12/01/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists.

In this session, the children will be drawing from a clothed figure, honing their observational and drawing skills in the unique environment of Porthmeor Studios


Mini Art Foundation - Figure Drawing 12/01/2020

£10

Work from a clothed model and explore the architecture of the body. Learn the tips and tricks for understanding proportion and scale. Build on skills learnt in the previous term to bring your drawings of people to life. Also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist.

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


Mini Art Foundation - Full Term - starts 12/01/2020

£50

Love art? Then explore new techniques and a variety of processes within 6 artforms on our Mini-Foundation. Engage with ideas, techniques and materials that are often not accessible at school or college.

Designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist; St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation is a series of artist led workshops for 13s-18s. 

Book for the term here which is £50 for 6 sessions so you get one free, or book sessions individually at £10 per session - see separate listings.


Abstracting the Figure in Paint 13/01/2020

£465

Referencing the 1950s Bay Area Figurative Movement, work from the nude and clothed figure, exploring the exciting relationship between abstraction and representation. An ideal course to advance your figure painting.


St Ives Harbour and Town 20/01/2020

£435

The winding cobbled streets, whitewashed cottages and iconic harbour of St Ives have captivated artists for centuries. Learn a contemporary, fast and effective approach to capturing this special place. Experiment with a process of layering collage with painting, inspired by artists like Terry Frost, so you can rapidly create an impressive and evocative work. One of the days will be a self-study day with clear tasks and goals.
 


CW - Developing Drawing Skills 25/01/2020

£180

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 and respond 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.
 


SUNDAY CLUB - 3D 26/01/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists. 

In this session, the children will be transforming their ideas into 3D creations with artist and tutor Alessandra Ausenda within the unique environment of Porthmeor Studios.


Mini Art Foundation - 3D 26/01/2020

£10

Learn to visualise and construct your own 3-dimensional artwork. Explore the versatility of your materials, moulding and shaping them to create original and unique sculptures with personality and balance. Build on skills learnt in the previous term but also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist.

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


Pushing the Boundaries 27/01/2020

£455

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams

 


Artists' Retreat Week 03/02/2020

£465

Get a fresh perspective on how and why you make art. As part of a small group, reflect on your practice and make new work in an inspiring environment. As well as directed exercises, peer feedback and independent time working in the studio benefit from an individual private tutorial. In a safe and creative space challenge yourself and progress your practice. Online follow-up tutorials, available as an optional extra.
 

     


SUNDAY CLUB - Fashion 09/02/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists.

In this session, the children will work with Fashion illustrator Camilla Dixon to try their hand at fashion design using bold colours and shapes to create their wildest fashion fantasies.


Mini Art Foundation - Fashion 09/02/2020

£10

Delve deeper into the Fashion world and learn processes that have inspired some of the world's most influential designers, having fun with the possibility of clothes. Explore how shape and line accentuates and falls on the figure. Learn with Fashion illustrator and artist Camilla Dixon who has been featured in publications such as Elle magazine. Build on skills learnt in the previous term but also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist. 

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


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.

 


Lanyon's Landscape 10/02/2020

£435

Learn the secret of creating lively and contemporary landscapes inspired by St Ives artist Peter Lanyon. Sketch iconic locations around St Ives and enjoy a field trip to a location with panoramic views. Create dynamic compositions using paint, mixed media and collage. One of the days will be a self-study day with clear tasks and goals. An ideal course to loosen up your approach and equally rewarding for beginners.


Painterly Printmaking 12/02/2020

£275

Explore a creative and experimental approach to a variety of printmaking techniques including monoprinting and collagraph. Taught by Rachael Kantaris, a highly experienced print maker and painter, she will share with you the versatility of combining these printing methods. You will work on etching print presses in the Porthmeor Print workshop, to create multi-layered painterly prints.


CW - Discover Painting 15/02/2020

£180

An introduction to using acrylics, an ideal medium if you like to work fast and finish a painting in one sitting. Explore its flexibility and how to colour mix effectively with a limited palette on different surfaces. You will learn simple and dynamic approaches to get you started in a fun and accessible way.

 


Representing the Figure in Oils 17/02/2020

£295

Learn how to capture the human figure in oil paint working directly from the model. An ideal course for those who would like to take their figure drawing into paint. Working with a model every day, there will be a mix of tutor demonstrations, group instruction and personal tuition. You will consider tone, perspective, palette, and composition to enable you to create a compelling figure painting.

 

 


Abstract Colour in St Ives 17/02/2020

£285

Learn to create striking, bold and contemporary work though structured and guided tuition. Unlock the secret to balancing tone, composition and colour inspired by the colourful world of St Ives abstraction.


LW Getting Started with Watercolour 21/02/2020

£285

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.
 


SUNDAY CLUB - Painting 23/02/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists. 

Learn the basics of painting. From colour mixing to creating texture, they will gain the tools to construct their own pictures guided by artist Liz Luckwell.


Mini Art Foundation - Painting 23/02/2020

£10

Working from life and from your imagination, take your understanding of painting to the next level. Learn tips for mixing colours and how to apply paint with an artistic flourish. Learn new painting techniques with conceptual artist Ilker Cinarel who lectures at Plymouth College of Art. Build on skills learnt in the previous term but also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist. 

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


Warm and Cool 24/02/2020

£555

Many artists including Bonnard and Chardin have used warm and cool colours to create a sense of light, compositional contrast and atmosphere. Cool whites surrounded by warm elements can structure the painting and give them drama and depth. Learn to harness this simple but vital approach to creating a compelling painting in oils. £150 of your fee on this course goes directly to support our work with young people. This enables us to give subsidised, quality art tuition to dedicated young people with a passion for art.

 


The Shape of Landscape 02/03/2020

£285

The sculptural shapes shuddering out of the sea along the Cornish coastline inspire this course, carved by centuries of Atlantic weather. Investigate these monolithic natural structures through the diagrammatic drawings and curvilinear carvings work of great British Modernists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Naum Gabo to create dynamic landscape paintings. 


 


Poetry of Process 02/03/2020

£395

Banish that wait for inspiration. Fast-track to a place where big changes can come from small shifts in your confidence and approach. Teeming with exercises, challenges and demonstrations, this mixed media course liberates you from expectations and encourages you to embrace the happy accident. Develop your painting in several directions simultaneously, and invest your creative energy more wisely.
 


Three Day Portrait 06/03/2020

£305

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.
 


SUNDAY CLUB - Mixed Media 08/03/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists. 

In this session, the children will learn to construct images using a range of materials, in the unique environmeant of Porthmeor Studios.


Mini Art Foundation - Mixed Media 08/03/2020

£10

Learn to layer materials to create original and unique artworks that are more abstract and out there. Experiment with a variety of materials to create powerful and contemporary pieces, building on skills learnt in the previous term but also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist.

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


The Sensory Coast 09/03/2020

£285

Liberate your senses from the demands of the day-to-day and give the world your undivided attention. Explore the glinting coves and shimmering sands of St Ives through all five senses and discover that developing distinctive, abstract paintings can be as easy as taking a moment to stop, look and listen.
 


Dynamic Landscape in Oils 09/03/2020

£295

Paint en plein air on the cliffs and beaches around St Ives and explore the mood and elemental energy of place. Start by using oil bars and paints outside then develop work back in the studio with brushes, knives and other tools to explore your expressive mark making. An ideal course to experiment and generate lots of ideas.



 


Finding a Viewpoint 16/03/2020

£285

If paintings that appear effortlessly profound seem like the work of an elusive genius to you, you're not alone. This course shows you how intuition can guide those important first steps to composing complex, personal paintings that are more than the sum of their parts. It weaves observations of your surroundings here in St Ives with the narrative of your own life.


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 16/03/2020

£375

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


CW - Love Drawing Landscape 21/03/2020

£185

Drawing is the simplest yet the most rich and versatile of mediums. Focusing on landscape, develop a connection between looking and creating and open up new ways of looking at the world around you. Through experimental exercises in the rugged coastal landscape and in the studio, you will discover just how rewarding drawing can be.


SUNDAY CLUB - Printmaking 22/03/2020

£10

This is a Kids Art Club like no other, where children get to work on easels and use the same high art quality materials as our adults courses. They are taught by experienced artist tutors and start to take their first steps as Young Artists. 

In this session, the chidren will explore the fundamentals of printmaking with talented print-maker Rachael Kantaris, and come away with some stunning prints of their own.


Mini Art Foundation - Printmaking 22/03/2020

£10

Learn new printmaking techniques for creating your own professional looking prints with artist Rachel Kantaris. Understand the process, tools and materials of printmaking and learn how to make your compositions eye catching and effective. Build on skills learnt in the previous term but also suitable for new comers.

This is part of St Ives School of Painting’s Mini-Foundation for 13-18's, a series of artist led workshops designed to help you find out what makes you tick as a young artist.

Book just this session OR for the term and get a session free.
 


Revealing Landscape 23/03/2020

£415

Learn to create enigmatic paintings inspired by landscape. Use oil paint with fresh and fluid methods that reveal and respond to traces of marks and colour. Two Artist tutors will show you how to enjoy the process of layering, erasing and exposing in an organic and exciting way. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence using oils, loosen up and widen your painting repertoire.
 


Painting St Ives 23/03/2020

£295

Explore the architecture and landscape of St Ives with waterbased mediums, drawing and oils. Learn to make vivid visual notes to develop into a small figurative oil painting. Capture your time in iconic St Ives, its lichen covered roofs, cobbled streets, winding pathways and whitewashed cottages gleaming in the sun. Learn to confidently convey this special place using line, colour and shape.

 


Abstract Art Experience 30/03/2020

£475

Led by two highly experienced contemporary abstract artists, this is a mentoring course for practicing artists, providing a productive, critical approach that builds your confidence in your own discoveries.


Getting Started with Oil Painting 30/03/2020

£285

Ideal if you are a total newcomer to oils, we have designed this course to give you the tips and tools you need to get you started. Learn simple and dynamic approaches to painting in oils, responding to landscape as well as working in the studio from still life. This will provide you with a thorough introduction to this versatile and accessible medium.
 


LW - Printing for Painters 03/04/2020

£285

A rare opportunity to work with tutors from both the St Ives School of Painting and  Porthmeor Print Workshop. Translate visual information gathered in the landscape into multi layered prints using mono printing and drypoint, including time creating work on one of three presses. You will enjoy this course if you love the simplicity and immediacy of print, an approach that will also benefit and inspire your painting.
 


Porthmeor Programme Alumni Long Weekend 03/04/2020

£325

Feeling a Porthmeor Programme shaped hole in your life? The Porthmeor Alumni Long Weekends are a series of stepping stones leading on from the solid foundations you have built over the year. Reconnect with the supportive resources of a professional artist tutor; the Porthmeor Studios and an intimate peer group familiar with the unique experience of your artistic journey as a Porthmeor Programme alumni.
 
Please note: This course is for those who have recently completed the Porthmeor Programme. 
 


Capturing St Ives 06/04/2020

£285

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.


 


Where Sea Meets Land 06/04/2020

£295

Using an expressive approach in oils capture the dramatic encounter between the sea and the land. Observe and sketch the coastline around St Ives, learning how to work with gouache to make annotations on colour and weather. Back in the studio develop these into lively and dramatic oil paintings. You will gain confidence in using tools, techniques and a limited palette to capture drama and movement.

 


Turner Sea and Sky 14/04/2020

£290

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.
 


Drawing Out Your Voice 14/04/2020

£375

Many artists feel compelled to make sketches of what they see in day-to-day life. However, back in the studio, developing these can be a challenge. This course will help you identify your unique vision of the world by integrating your observation of the material world with the personal topography of your memory and imagination. Learn to translate your creative impulse into meaningful work by working in series rather than on individual pieces. This course’s emphasis is on the freedom to progress, allowing more consolidated artwork to emerge.


CW - Form, Colour and Space 17/04/2020

£285

Paint with a renewed sense of observation, intensity and joie-de-vivre on this course inspired by Hockney’s exhilarating still lifes. Work with acrylics on a large scale to explore colour, scale and composition.


 


Approaching Painting 20/04/2020

£365

This course is ideal for the beginner and guides you through some of the key materials and methods used by painters. Gather visual information through drawing, then develop your work using tonal studies and simple print making techniques. Progressing into paint, explore the properties and application of both acrylic and oil paint to create informed and individual paintings. 


Contemporary Landscape PLUS 20/04/2020

£495

Learn to use innovative painting exercises and unconventional tools to discover new possibilities for your landscape painting and keep your creativity flowing even when you return home. Extend your learning for a further six weeks with fortnightly tutorials in our online studio. Reconnect with your fellow students and tutor using your computer or iPad with full technical support. This extended course ensures you stretch your techniques; experiment in your approach and bring that St Ives inspiration back home.
 


After Matisse 27/04/2020

£555

Alice Mumford will share with you a process of discovery and exploration, an approach developed for her own painting practice. Matisse transformed his studio into dreamy places, something like a stage set. Based on some of his renowned paintings we will recreate parts of Matisse's studio. By working from the same point of view as Matisse, discover how you too can activate space in your painting.
£150 of your fee on this course goes directly to support our work with young people. This enables us to give subsidised, quality art tuition for young people with a passion for art.


Painting Landscape with a Palette Knife 04/05/2020

£295

This is a chance to paint confidently in oils with a palette knife, using source material from the dramatic coastline around St Ives and working in the historic Porthmeor studios. Learn the secrets of harnessing the power of the knife to lift a painting. Through demonstrations and practice, learn to create texture, life and depth to create a dynamic landscape of your own. 


 


Pushing the Boundaries 04/05/2020

£395

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 08/05/2020

£285

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.


 


Spirit of Tuscany 10/05/2020

£545

Get truly immersed in the spirit of Tuscany on this field trip to Italy. Absorb the vibrant Sienese colours and explore an expressive approach to landscape and place. Develop your ideas using drawing, collage and acrylics to experiment and explore. Loosen up your painting and find your personal response to the stunning landscape and medieval townscape surrounding the centre.


Watercolour Beachcomber 11/05/2020

£285

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.





 


Japanese Woodblock Printing 11/05/2020

£285

A contemporary take on the centuries old process of Japanese woodblock printing, this course uses traditional tools to create modern masterpieces. Inspired by the semi-abstract modernist tradition of St Ives, practitioner Adrian Holmes teaches you to compose, carve and print your own designs using authentic Japanese tools and paper.  


Landscape with Tom Rickman 15/05/2020

£285

New course with Tom Rickman studying sea, land and sky in oils. More nformation to follow.


Hidden Landscapes 18/05/2020

£285

A brand new three day course with artist tutor Andrew Barrowman. Taking you to some of his favourite hidden landscapes around St Ives Andrew will help you to capture the spring hedgerows and quiet pathways and back in the studio develop your studies into evocative landscapes in oils. Learn to create underpaintings to make your paintings glow, master the colours of the Cornish landscape and combine observation with your imagination.

 


Still Life Essentials 18/05/2020

£375

Describe the forms of a still life composition in oils using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


Unfolding Sea and Sky 21/05/2020

£195

Make your own concertina sketchbook with your own uniquely designed cover. Use as your canvas for capturing the shifting sea and sky, creating an unfolding panorama flowing freely across the pages. Work gesturally, using conte pastels and ink to capture the movement of light, air and water. Experiment with a range of media and learn how to make your own sketchbook, an inspirational starting point to capturing the world around you. Enjoy exploring artists techniques that will let you rise to the challenge of capturing the constantly shifting mood and personality of the Cornish sea and sky.
 


Painting the Tuscan Landscape 22/05/2020

£545

Spring is a beautiful time of year to capture the Tuscan landscape. Use sketchbooks to capture areas of interest in the natural landscape and vibrant Italian life and architecture. Back in the studio develop gouache studies into oil paintings. There will be six days of tuition. On other days, students can work self-directed in the spacious studio or enjoy the surrounding area. 

 


Ocean Light and Water- CW 23/05/2020

£190

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.
 


Four Day Portrait 25/05/2020

£395

Respected portrait artist Ashley Hold believes the first requirement for making a portrait is the ability to draw and paint what you see, as truthfully as you can. This course aims to give you a toolkit of methods to help you develop the ability to make a portrait, but which you can also use in any figurative work. Acrylic paint is an ideal learning medium because any mistakes can be rapidly and easily painted over.
 


St Ives Harbour and Town 25/05/2020

£450

The winding cobbled streets, whitewashed cottages and iconic harbour of St Ives have captivated artists for centuries. Learn a contemporary, fast and effective approach to capturing this special place. Experiment with a process of layering collage with painting, inspired by artists like Terry Frost, so you can rapidly create an impressive and evocative work. One of the days will be a self-study day with clear tasks and goals.
 


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 01/06/2020

£375

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


Expressive Watercolour Landscape 01/06/2020

£450

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.
 


Abstract Relief 08/06/2020

£375

If you're drawn to abstraction but aren't sure where to begin, this course shows you how to express your ideas using drawing, sculpture and painting.


Discover Painting 08/06/2020

£285

An introduction to using acrylics, an ideal medium if you like to work fast and finish a painting in one sitting. Explore its flexibility and how to colour mix effectively with a limited palette on different surfaces. You will learn simple and dynamic approaches to get you started in a fun and accessible way.

 


Finding the Figure 11/06/2020

£190

Using inks, charcoal and drawing learn to create fluid, visceral figures moving between abstraction and representation. Our starting point, the haunting watercolours and drawings of Bay Area artist Nathan Oliveira.
 

     



 


LW - Capturing St Ives 12/06/2020

£285

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.


 


Poetry of Process 15/06/2020

£395

Banish that wait for inspiration. Fast-track to a place where big changes can come from small shifts in your confidence and approach. Teeming with exercises, challenges and demonstrations, this mixed media course liberates you from expectations and encourages you to embrace the happy accident. Develop your painting in several directions simultaneously, and invest your creative energy more wisely.


Painting Flowers in Oils 15/06/2020

£285

Nothing quite compares with the luscious possibility of working with oil paint, but it can be a daunting medium. Following in the seasoned footsteps of tutor Gary Long and working from a subject that has transfixed artists for centuries: a combination of seasonal and exotic flowers, this course equips you with a practical approach to painting flowers in oils.
 


Painterly Printmaking 17/06/2020

£285

Explore a creative and experimental approach to a variety of printmaking techniques including monoprinting and collagraph. Taught by Rachael Kantaris, a highly experienced print maker and painter, she will share with you the versatility of combining these printing methods. You will work on three print presses in the Porthmeor Print workshop, to create multi-layered painterly prints.


CW - Elemental Ocean 20/06/2020

£215

Explore how you can convey the elemental nature of the sea with its ever-shifting moods and colours. Capture your emotive as well as visual responses to the Atlantic Ocean situated just outside our studio. Using acrylics and oils in expressive and gestural ways, learn techniques that will enable you to create layers, depth and emotion in your paintings.


Getting Started with Watercolour 22/06/2020

£285

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.



 


Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice 22/06/2020

£295

Develop a new understanding and confidence in your use of colour. The Bauhaus artist and teacher Johannes Itten contrasted with the more lyrical approach of Winifred Nicholson will be the principal inspiration for this exciting practical course. Benefit from structured exercises, using imagery from inside and outside the studio, to revitalise your studio practice and awaken your eyes to new colour and painterly possibilities. 


Painting St Ives 29/06/2020

£295

Explore the architecture and landscape of St Ives with waterbased mediums, drawing and oils. Learn to capture vivid visual notes to develop into a small figurative oil painting. Capture your time in iconic St Ives, its lichen covered roofs, cobbled streets, winding pathways and whitewashed cottages gleaming in the sun. Learn to confidently convey this special place using line, colour and shape.
 


The Art of Keeping it Simple 29/06/2020

£375

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


Developing Drawing Skills 06/07/2020

£375

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.
 


Lanyon's Landscape 06/07/2020

£450

Learn the secret of creating lively and contemporary landscapes inspired by St Ives artist Peter Lanyon. Sketch iconic locations around St Ives and enjoy a field trip to a location with panoramic views. Create dynamic compositions using paint, mixed media and collage. One of the days will be a self-study day with clear tasks and goals. An ideal course to loosen up your approach and equally rewarding for beginners.


LW - Painting The Coast Path 10/07/2020

£285

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Boost your creativity and step out with us into West Cornwall’s landscape with inspirational tuition in drawing and painting.
 


The Thick and the Thin of it: Painting the Ocean 13/07/2020

£295

This course revels in the bounty of materials available to you as a painter. Use differences in texture and viscosity to describe organic coastal forms. Combine sheer washes and sprays with thicker, impasto marks by layering, scraping and saturating, building the dramatic expanse of the sea. All materials included.


Dynamic Botanical 13/07/2020

£285

The course will harness both the power of black and white monochrome and intense exhilarating colour. Over the three days move from directly observed drawing to a freer, looser and more fluid approach. Explore the wonders of botanical forms from the micro to the macro using drawing and painting. The intimate studies of artists like Durer, Karl Blossfeldt's photography and the expressive watercolours and prints of Elizabeth Blackadder will be our starting points. 


Mono Printing with a Press 16/07/2020

£195

The perfect course if you think you can’t make art or are drawing phobic. Tap into your innate instinct for shape and colour. Create your own monoprint masterpiece, with an emphasis on being experimental and spontaneous.


 


Hidden Landscapes 17/07/2020

£285

A brand new three day course with artist tutor Andrew Barrowman. Taking you to some of his favourite hidden landscapes around St Ives Andrew will help you to capture the spring hedgerows and quiet pathways and back in the studio develop your studies into evocative landscapes in oils. Learn to create underpaintings to make your paintings glow, master the colours of the Cornish landscape and combine observation with your imagination.
 


Where Sea Meets Land 20/07/2020

£295

Using an expressive approach in oils capture the dramatic encounter between the sea and the land. Observe and sketch the coastline around St Ives, learning how to work with gouache to make annotations on colour and weather. Back in the studio develop these into lively and dramatic oil paintings. You will gain confidence in using tools, techniques and a limited palette to capture drama and movement.

 


Patrick Heron's Gardens - Form, Colour and Composition 20/07/2020

£375

Respond to Patrick Heron’s early and late garden paintings and his love of Braque, Matisse and Bonnard. Field trips include a trip to Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, with practical and structured learning throughout. It will suit all levels of student interested in responding to the natural world and exploring colour, form and abstraction in their painting.


 


LW - Unlocking Your Creativity 24/07/2020

£285

This transformational course gives you space to explore your personal approach to making art. Structured creative exercises will help silence those doubting gremlins, generate new ideas and reignite the artist in you.

 


Drawing Out Your Voice 27/07/2020

£285

Many artists feel compelled to make sketches of what they see in day-to-day life. However, back in the studio, developing these can be a challenge. This course will help you identify your unique vision of the world by integrating your observation of the material world with the personal topography of your memory and imagination. Learn to translate your creative impulse into meaningful work by working in series rather than on individual pieces. This course’s emphasis is on the freedom to progress, allowing more consolidated artwork to emerge.


Paths to Abstraction (5) 27/07/2020

£450

Explore in depth ways of seeing abstraction in nature and demystify the making of abstract painting. Using a mixed media approach, move from observation to abstraction. Working inside and out this course gives you a step by step framework to develop your own approach to abstraction and includes an untutored self study day.
 


LW -Getting Started with Oil Painting 31/07/2020

£285

Ideal if you are a total newcomer to oils, we have designed this course to give you the tips and tools you need to get you started. Learn simple and dynamic approaches to painting in oils, responding to landscape as well as working in the studio from still life. This will provide you with a thorough introduction to this versatile and accessible medium.
 


Dynamic Landscape in Oils 03/08/2020

£295

Paint en plein air on the cliffs and beaches around St Ives and explore the mood and elemental energy of place. Start by using oil bars and paints outside then develop work back in the studio with brushes, knives and other tools to explore your expressive mark making. An ideal course to experiment and generate lots of ideas.


 


Form, Colour and Space 03/08/2020

£285

Paint with a renewed sense of observation, intensity and joie-de-vivre on this course inspired by Hockney’s exhilarating still lifes. Work with acrylics on a large scale to explore colour, scale and composition.


LW - Turner Sea and Sky 07/08/2020

£290

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.
 


Painting Landscape with a Palette Knife 10/08/2020

£295

This is a chance to paint confidently in oils with a palette knife, using source material from the dramatic coastline around St Ives and working in the historic Porthmeor studios. Learn the secrets of harnessing the power of the knife to lift a painting. Through demonstrations and practice, learn to create texture, life and depth to create a dynamic landscape of your own. 


 


The Sensory Coast 10/08/2020

£285

Liberate your senses from the demands of the day-to-day and give the world your undivided attention. Explore the glinting coves and shimmering sands of St Ives through all five senses and discover that developing distinctive, abstract paintings can be as easy as taking a moment to stop, look and listen. 
 


CW - Be Colour Confident 15/08/2020

£190

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.
 


Japanese Woodblock Printing 17/08/2020

£285

A contemporary take on the centuries old process of Japanese woodblock printing, this course uses traditional tools to create modern masterpieces. Inspired by the semi-abstract modernist tradition of St Ives, practitioner Adrian Holmes teaches you to compose, carve and print your own designs using authentic Japanese tools and paper.  


Spirit of Tuscany 17/08/2020

£545

Get truly immersed in the spirit of Tuscany on this field trip to Italy. Absorb the vibrant Sienese colours and explore an expressive approach to landscape and place. Develop your ideas using drawing, collage and acrylics to experiment and explore. Loosen up your painting and find your personal response to the stunning landscape and medieval townscape surrounding the centre.


Expressive Watercolour Landscape 17/08/2020

£450

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.


Still Life with Tom Rickman in oils 21/08/2020

£285

A new course with artist Tom Rickman painting still life in oils. More information to follow.


Love Drawing Landscape (3 days) 24/08/2020

£285

Drawing is the simplest yet the most rich and versatile of mediums. This course on landscape will help you establish a connection between looking and creating, opening up new ways of looking at the world around you. Through experimental exercises in the rugged coastal landscape and in the studio, discover just how rewarding drawing can be.


Ocean and Abstraction 24/08/2020

£295

Explore how to convey the ocean with its ever shifting moods and colour. Using painting and abstraction depict your emotional, and sensory responses to Porthmeor Beach, just outside our studio. Consider how artists, past and present, have used paint to capture this connection and harness your own memories to create immersive and personal paintings.
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 28/08/2020

£285

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.


 


Developing your Portraiture Painting 31/08/2020

£485

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 Mixed Media Landscape 31/08/2020

£375

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


Landscape with Tom Rickman 07/09/2020

£285

New course with Tom Rickman studying sea, land and sky in oils. More nformation to follow.


Still Life Essentials 07/09/2020

£375

Describe the forms of a still life composition in oils using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


Advancing Your Mixed Media Painting (5) 21/09/2020

£450

Feeling frustrated that your paintings aren’t quite working and you don’t know why? Artist Liz Hough helps you take landscape to the next level; creating space, depth and movement.


Silver Light 28/09/2020

£555

Explore the vivid paintings of Scottish artist Anne Redpath and her mastery of the limited palette, enlivened by jewel like notes of colour. Working in the studio from still life, explore her use of light and the effect of using different greys, to paint with an unexpected vitality. This is a fast paced and vibrant course taking a different approach to the familiar genre of still life.  £150 of your fee on this course goes directly to support our work with young people. This enables us to give subsidised, quality art tuition to dedicated young people with a passion for art.       
 


Mono Printing with a Press 01/10/2020

£190

The perfect course if you think you can’t make art or are drawing phobic. Tap into your innate instinct for shape and colour. Create your own monoprint masterpiece, with an emphasis on being experimental and spontaneous.


 


Three Day Portrait 02/10/2020

£305

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.


The Art of Keeping it Simple (4) 05/10/2020

£375

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


Drawing From a Fishing Community 05/10/2020

£285

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.
 


Dynamic Botanical 12/10/2020

£285

The course will harness both the power of black and white monochrome and intense exhilarating colour. Over the three days move from directly observed drawing to a freer, looser and more fluid approach. Explore the wonders of botanical forms from the micro to the macro using drawing and painting. The intimate studies of artists like Durer, Karl Blossfeldt's photography and the expressive watercolours and prints of Elizabeth Blackadder will be our starting points.


Hearts and Minds: Colour Theory in Practice 12/10/2020

£295

Develop a new understanding and confidence in your use of colour. The Bauhaus artist and teacher Johannes Itten contrasted with the more lyrical approach of Winifred Nicholson will be the principal inspiration for this exciting practical course. Benefit from structured exercises, using imagery from inside and outside the studio, to revitalise your studio practice and awaken your eyes to new colour and painterly possibilities. 


LW -Where Sea Meets Land 16/10/2020

£295

Using an expressive approach in oils capture the dramatic encounter between the sea and the land. Observe and sketch the coastline around St Ives, learning how to work with gouache to make annotations on colour and weather. Back in the studio develop these into lively and dramatic oil paintings. You will gain confidence in using tools, techniques and a limited palette to capture drama and movement.


Contemporary Landscape 19/10/2020

£395

Learn to use innovative painting exercises both in the studio and out in the landscape. Using unconventional tools and processes you will free up your approach to landscape painting. This is an ideal course for those with some painting experience who are ready to be challenged and stretched in techniques and approaches.
 


Getting Started with Watercolour 19/10/2020

£285

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.


 


Porthmeor Programme Alumni Long Weekend 23/10/2020

£325

Feeling a Porthmeor Programme shaped hole in your life? The Porthmeor Alumni Long Weekends are a series of stepping stones leading on from the solid foundations you have built over the year. Reconnect with the supportive resources of a professional artist tutor; the Porthmeor Studios and an intimate peer group familiar with the unique experience of your artistic journey as a Porthmeor Programme alumni.
 
Please note: This course is for those who have completed the Porthmeor Programme. To learn more about the Porthmeor Programme, please click here. 


Abstract Art Experience 26/10/2020

£475

Led by two highly experienced contemporary abstract artists, this is a mentoring course for practicing artists, providing a productive, critical approach that builds your confidence in your own discoveries.


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 26/10/2020

£375

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


Paths to Abstraction (5) 02/11/2020

£450

Explore in depth ways of seeing abstraction in nature and demystify the making of abstract painting. Using a mixed media approach, move from observation to abstraction. Working inside and out this course gives you a step by step framework to develop your own approach to abstraction and includes an untutored self study day.
 


Finding Your Viewpoint 02/11/2020

£285

If paintings that appear effortlessly profound seem like the work of an elusive genius to you, you're not alone. This course shows you how intuition can guide those important first steps to composing complex, personal paintings that are more than the sum of their parts. It weaves observations of your surroundings here in St Ives with the narrative of your own life.


LW - Experimental Shoreline 06/11/2020

£325

Capture in paint the areas where the land meets the sea. Study how the water washes over the dense dark rocks and the beautiful lines created when the tide draws in and out. Work from acrylics and oils and learn new techniques to add depth and atmosphere to your work.
 


The Figure and Expression 09/11/2020

£295

The course will help you create colourful, intuitive expressive paintings of the figure. Starting with a day of drawing from both the nude and the clothed model, you will move on to explore how to use intuitive colour and distortion to create your own striking painting in oils. You will learn from demonstrations, exercises, individual feedback and watching the artist tutor working.

 


Discover Painting 09/11/2020

£285

An introduction to using acrylics, an ideal medium if you like to work fast and finish a painting in one sitting. Explore its flexibility and how to colour mix effectively with a limited palette on different surfaces. You will learn simple and dynamic approaches to get you started in a fun and accessible way.

 


Be Colour Confident 12/11/2020

£190

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.
 


Abstract Relief 16/11/2020

£375

If you're drawn to abstraction but aren't sure where to begin, this course shows you how to express your ideas using drawing, sculpture and painting.


Getting Started with Oil Painting 16/11/2020

£285

Ideal if you are a newcomer to oils, we have designed this course to give you the tips and tools you need to get started. Learn simple and dynamic approaches to painting with oils, responding to landscape and working from still life in the studio. This will provide you with a thorough introduction to this versatile and accessible medium.  


Pencil Drawn Portrait 19/11/2020

£190

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.
 


LW - Printing for Painters 20/11/2020

£285

A rare opportunity to work with tutors from both the St Ives School of Painting and Porthmeor Print Workshop. Translate visual information gathered in the landscape into multi layered prints using mono printing and drypoint, including time creating work on a professional printing press. You will enjoy this course if you love the simplicity and immediacy of print, an approach that will also benefit and inspire your painting.


Artists' Retreat Week 23/11/2020

£475

Get a fresh perspective on how and why you make art. As part of a small group, reflect on your practice and make new work in an inspiring environment. As well as directed exercises, peer feedback and independent time working in the studio benefit from an individual private tutorial. In a safe and creative space challenge yourself and progress your practice. Online follow-up tutorials, available as an optional extra, subject to a minimum number of 4 participants.  

     


Developing Drawing Skills 23/11/2020

£375

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.
 


Inside Outside 30/11/2020

£555

Artists are fascinated with looking through windows in their work. Vermeer, Pierre Bonnard and Winifred Nicholson each found their own solutions. This course examines the particular challenges with tackling space in paintings and how artists overcome these. Paint from a still life with views of Porthmeor beach and St Ives from the studio windows, working towards completing a single large scale painting in oils. £150 of your fee on this course goes directly to support our work with young people. This enables us to give subsidised, quality art tuition to dedicated young people with a passion for art.


Poetry of Process 07/12/2020

£395

Banish that wait for inspiration. Fast-track to a place where big changes can come from small shifts in your confidence and approach. Teeming with exercises, challenges and demonstrations, this mixed media course liberates you from expectations and encourages you to embrace the happy accident. Develop your painting in several directions simultaneously, and invest your creative energy more wisely.


Pushing the Boundaries (4) 18/01/2021

£395

This dynamic course explores the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Extend your painting vocabulary through a series of structured exercises and explore the manipulation of paint and image in a fun and experimental way. Enjoy the freedom to experiment and challenge yourself in a well-resourced and supportive atmosphere.
“Stimulating, challenging, well organised and varied. I was looking for a new direction for my painting and this has given me a plethora of possibilities. Thank you!” - J. Friskney Adams
 


Porthmeor Programme Alumni Long Weekend 22/01/2021

£325

Feeling a Porthmeor Programme shaped hole in your life? The Porthmeor Alumni Long Weekends are a series of stepping stones leading on from the solid foundations you have built over the year. Reconnect with the supportive resources of a professional artist tutor; the Porthmeor Studios and an intimate peer group familiar with the unique experience of your artistic journey as a Porthmeor Programme alumni.
 
Please note: This course is for those who have completed the Porthmeor Programme. To learn more about the Porthmeor Programme, please click here. 


Developing your Portraiture Painting 25/01/2021

£485

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.


Artists' Retreat Week 01/02/2021

£475

Get a fresh perspective on how and why you make art. As part of a small group, reflect on your practice and make new work in an inspiring environment. As well as directed exercises, peer feedback and independent time working in the studio benefit from an individual private tutorial. In a safe and creative space challenge yourself and progress your practice. Online follow-up tutorials, available as an optional extra, subject to a minimum number of 4 participants.  

     


Ocean and Abstraction 01/02/2021

£295

Explore how to convey the ocean with its ever shifting moods and colour. Using painting and abstraction depict your emotional, and sensory responses to Porthmeor Beach, just outside our studio. Consider how artists, past and present, have used paint to capture this connection and harness your own memories to create immersive and personal paintings.
 


Be Colour Confident 11/02/2021

£190

When it comes to painting, nothing says confidence quite like a bold use of colour. Your cure-all course for common colour quandaries like muddiness and overmixing, Be Colour Confident shows you how to accurately mix fresh and radiant colour through engaging practical tasks.
 


Advancing Your Mixed Media Painting (5) 15/02/2021

£450

Feeling frustrated that your paintings aren’t quite working and you don’t know why? Artist Liz Hough helps you take landscape to the next level; creating space, depth and movement.


Getting Started with Watercolour 15/02/2021

£285

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.


 


LW -Getting Started with Oil Painting 19/02/2021

£285

Ideal if you are a newcomer to oils, we have designed this course to give you the tips and tools you need to get you started. Learn simple and dynamic approaches to painting in oils, responding to landscape as well as working in the studio from still life. This will provide you with a thorough introduction to this versatile and accessible medium.
 


Abstract Colour in St Ives 22/02/2021

£285

Learn to create striking, bold and contemporary work though structured and guided tuition. Unlock the secret to balancing tone, composition and colour inspired by the colourful world of St Ives abstraction.


Painting Landscape with a Palette Knife 22/02/2021

£295

This is a chance to paint confidently in oils with a palette knife, using source material from the dramatic coastline around St Ives and working in the historic Porthmeor studios. Learn the secrets of harnessing the power of the knife to lift a painting. Through demonstrations and practice, learn to create texture, life and depth to create a dynamic landscape of your own. 


 


Painterly Printmaking 24/02/2021

£285

Explore a creative and experimental approach to a variety of printmaking techniques including monoprinting and collagraph. Taught by Rachael Kantaris, a highly experienced print maker and painter, she will share with you the versatility of combining these printing methods. You will work on etching print presses in the Porthmeor Print workshop, to create multi-layered painterly prints.


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

£285

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.


Revealing Landscape 5 days 01/03/2021

£495

Learn to create enigmatic paintings inspired by landscape. Use oil paint with fresh and fluid methods that reveal and respond to traces of marks and colour. Two Artist tutors will show you how to enjoy the process of layering, erasing and exposing in an organic and exciting way. It is a great opportunity to build your confidence using oils, loosen up and widen your painting repertoire.
 


Three Day Portrait 05/03/2021

£295

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.


Dynamic Botanical 08/03/2021

£285

The course will harness both the power of black and white monochrome and intense exhilarating colour. Over the three days move from directly observed drawing to a freer, looser and more fluid approach. Explore the wonders of botanical forms from the micro to the macro using drawing and painting. The intimate studies of artists like Durer, Karl Blossfeldt's photography and the expressive watercolours and prints of Elizabeth Blackadder will be our starting points. 


The Thick and the Thin of it: Painting the Ocean 08/03/2021

£275

This course revels in the bounty of materials available to you as a painter. Use differences in texture and viscosity to describe organic coastal forms. Combine sheer washes and sprays with thicker, impasto marks by layering, scraping and saturating, building the dramatic expanse of the sea. 


Japanese Woodblock Printing 2 days 11/03/2021

£190

Learn the ancient skill of Japanese watercolour woodblock printing. Traditionally made as an homage to the sweeping landscape, dramatic landforms and rich culture of Japan, artist practitioner Adrian Holmes offers you a contemporary take on the process, inspired by the abstracted forms of St Ives modernism.
 


Abstract Relief 15/03/2021

£375

If you're drawn to abstraction but aren't sure where to begin, this course shows you how to express your ideas using drawing, sculpture and painting.


Turner Sea and Sky 15/03/2021

£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.


Painting Flowers in Oils 22/03/2021

£280

Nothing quite compares with the luscious possibility of working with oil paint, but it can be a daunting medium. Following in the seasoned footsteps of tutor Gary Long and working from a subject that has transfixed artists for centuries: a combination of seasonal and exotic flowers, this course equips you with a practical approach to painting flowers in oils.


The Art of Keeping it Simple (4 days) 22/03/2021

£355

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 29/03/2021

£375

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


Capturing St Ives 29/03/2021

£285

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.