Arts and crafts courses, workshops and classes in Cornwall

There lots of arts and crafts courses, workshops and classes going on in Cornwall. Drawing and painting classes are hugely popular. There are currently 5 listed in this section.

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Life Drawing Sessions

Every Wednesday evening

Life drawing classes West CornwallNewlyn School of Art offers exciting Wednesday evening Life Drawing Sessions taught by many well known artists on rotation including; Neil Pinkett, Paul Wadsworth, Jason Walker, Jesse Leroy Smith, Lisa Wright, Sam Bassett, Mark Surridge, Kate Walters, Gareth Edwards, Michael Broughton, Marie-Claire Hammon and Maggie O'Brien. Wednesdays; arrive at 6.50 for a 7pm start. Ends at 9pm. £13 for the two hour session including any painting materials if used. Break for complimentary tea or coffee at 8pm.
To avoid disappointment please book a few days in advance of the sessions to make sure you have secured a place. Advance booking only please.

For more information please see our website at or call 01736 365557.

Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


Saturday, 22nd July 2017 until Saturday, 16th September 2017

An exhibition that focusses on the art of making, in particular the renaissance of handcrafting functional objects with a purity of materials. Integral to the exhibition will be a practical workshop space in the upper gallery for craft-making. One-hour ‘taster’ classes will be led each morning by regional makers (free with admission), with charged, full-day intensive workshops on Saturdays.
Craft from a range of makers will be displayed alongside artists’ film and photography that focusses on the art of making, a connection to materials and sharing of skills. With so much manufactured disposal objects in our world, it is a reminder that we can all make objects with our hands.
Details of which classes are available each day will be listed on our web site..
They will be suitable for all ages over 7 years. U12s must be accompanied by an adult.
A donation is requested for materials.
Bookings for morning classes need to be made in person in the Gallery.
Bookings and payment for Saturday workshops will be through eventbrite.
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Newlyn Art Gallery, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5PZ

Cornish landscapes

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017 until Friday, 25th August 2017

This inspiring four day landscape painting course takes students to paint in a number of dramatic coastal locations which are off the beaten track and intensely beautiful. The course will take in some of West Cornwall's most special places such as the coast path near to Lamorna Cove, Penberth Cove and the cliffs above Cape Cornwall among other spots.
Maggie O’Brien will help students to create highly individual, atmospheric works which express the essence of Cornwall. The course enables students to try their hand at painting with oil making studies with the supportive presence of Maggie always on hand encouraging students to try new things and find their own favoured techniques. For some painting with oil will be a new experience and with lots of help from Maggie past students have found that it's become quite addictive.
This work may be figurative or abstract or occupy the exciting ground between the two.
Teaching will be tailored to individual need and include one to one tuition and group demonstrations using a variety of tools such as brushes, knives, sticks, hands, rags etc and a variety of paints and drawing materials and techniques.
A fantastic opportunity to spend four days out in the amazing coastline around West Cornwall with one of the most experienced artists working here today.
For more information visit the event web page on the Newlyn School of Art web site.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

Art of the Patronus

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017

In this workshop, inspired by the collection at the Royal Cornwall Museum, we’re going to be
thinking about the moment of departure – setting out on a great journey into the unknown, full of
excitement, anticipation and trepidation. We’ll make stunning sailing boats out of mixed media
and express the thrill of that moment in a poem or a letter home, to be inscribed on the sail.
10am – 12.30pm
Suitable for ages 8-14 years.
Price £12 inclusive of all materials
Bookings essential on 01872 272205.
For more information call 01872 501680 or visit the Art of the Patronus web page.
Royal Cornwall Museum, River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ.

Expressive Landscape five day course

Saturday, 26th August 2017 until Wednesday, 30th August 2017

The Expressive Landscape five day course taught by artist Jack Davis is a fantastic new course aimed at freeing up your approach to landscape painting. Jack breaks down the painting process encouraging students to respond intuitively to the landscape. The course includes tuition with a variety of different paints and supports exploring how each different painting surface affects the process and the results. The painting methods used on the course are often far from traditional and as such it is a real eye opener in regard to new ways of working. At the heart of the course is always the response to the dramatic landscape of West Cornwall. Jack is an amazingly positive, sensitive and inspiring tutor who always manages to get the best out of people.
The course is open to all levels of experience from near beginners through to more advanced practicing artists.
With some coastal path walking the course requires a basic level of fitness.
For more information visit the event web page on the Newlyn School of Art web site.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

Design your own tote bag

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Learn how to design and decorate your very own tote bag.
Using a range of materials, fabrics, ribbons and buttons and a range of embroidery and stitching techniques you can create patterns or pictures on your totebag.
Booking is essential and a £5 deposit will secure your place on this workshop.
Please contact The Craft Collective on 01209 313818 or pop into the shop to make your booking.
£15 per person, all materials supplied.
Tuesday 29th August 2017 at 6pm
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The Craft Collective, 90 Fore Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2BP



Hoop Screen Printing with Pick Pretty Paints

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Textile Artist Erin Lacy from Pick Pretty Paints will guide you
through the basics to mobile screen printing, using embroidery hoops.
Within the workshop you will learn an exposing technique to develop your own printed motif design.All materials will be provided to make a variety of paper prints and fabric samples.
Thursday 31st August 2017 at 6pm
£20 per person.
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The Craft Collective, 90 Fore Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2BP

Exploring Colour course

Thursday, 31st August 2017 until Friday, 1st September 2017

Luke Frost is well known for his exciting use of colour and comes from a line of celebrated colourists including his grandfather Sir Terry Frost and his father Anthony. This exciting course explores how to capture, mix and combine found colours with paint.
The course starts with a session down at Newlyn Harbour where Luke will help students to explore the process of making studies from the colours and forms found among the surrounding fishing boats, empty crates, nets, sea and harbour walls. Returning to the school the group will be given a series of exercises to help them approach colour contrasting and combining. Each student will tackle this differently some focusing closely on the colours and forms recorded down in the harbour while others may choose to work in a more abstract way.
Luke will discuss his approach to painting with some examples of his work to hand and with lots of art books and exhibition catalogues on modern and contemporary artists he will help students to understand how a number of well known artists have explored colour in their work such as John Hoyland and Patrick Heron among others.
Much of the course will be hands on with a huge array of mixed pots of paints shared between the group so they can dart back and forth between the colours and their work all the time being encouraged to explore how colours are informed by those around them.
The course also includes experimenting with coloured paint applied to different surfaces from paper and board through to aluminium and their impact on painted colour.
All materials are included in the price of this course.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

Stretch yourself: stretch a canvas

Thursday, 31st August 2017

Stretch yourself: stretch a canvas is a free workshop with Jane Sand.
Come along and make a canvas stretcher for painting with the help of artist Jane Sand.
Please let Ros know at the gallery on     
Tel: 01736 448402 (Mon - Sat 11-4.30pm)  if you wish to book.
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT

Believe Dance Show

Saturday, 2nd September 2017

During this week we will work towards our show which will take place on Saturday the 2nd September at the ‘Acorn Theatre’ at 6 pm, tickets will also be £10 and again all proceeds go to our chosen charities and will be on sale throughout the week.
We will be rehearsing all day on Saturday so everyone who wishes to take part in the show will need to be at the ‘Acorn Theatre’ at 10 am Saturday morning and will need to be there all day (we will be having breaks and lunch throughout the day so come prepared).
This week is a fun and full packed week anyone and everyone is welcome, it’s all for a good cause and it’s a brilliant chance to meet loads of people, perform and just have fun.
If you wish to attend BELIEVE please contact 07711166869 or 07919062831 for more info, and to sign up, although no reservation is needed you can turn up on Monday ready to get started.
Saturday 2nd September - 6:00 pm
The Acorn, Parade Street, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4BU

Learn to paint in pastel

Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Pastels workshop CornwallIn this fun and relaxed workshop, you will discover the foundations of creating accurate and lifelike pastel paintings with professional artist, Tamsin Dearing.
Suitable for all abilities and no art experience is required.
You will learn observation and colour blending techniques, increase your creative confidence and develop your own style.
All materials are provided. £30 with tea, coffee and biscuits included.
10am - 3pm
Numbers are limited so that everyone receives individual attention.
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Booking is essential.
Roche Primary School, Fore Street, Roche, St.Austell , Cornwall PL26 8EP



Help us create a "Gallery in a Day"

Sunday, 3rd September 2017

Redwing GalleryA day for creating work from scratch. During the week commencing 4th September we have a gallery that needs art and you have the opportunity to create some.

All work must be created on the day. It can be painted, drawn, sculpted or piled. There will be opportunities to go outside to create or stay indoors and create. There may well be a life model at some point.

You need to bring all your own drawing / painting / framing materials.

Tea and coffee and snacks can be bought during the day in the cafe.

All work will remain the property of Redwing for the week and must be collected at the end of the week.

Please let Redwing know if you want to attend on     
Tel: 01736 448402 (Mon - Sat 11-4.30pm)

Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT

1 Week landscape course

Saturday, 9th September 2017 until Friday, 15th September 2017

This exciting course offers the opportunity for students to spend a week painting on the dramatic coastline of West Cornwall with three different respected landscape artists working in Cornwall today.
A hands-on course spent outside in the inspiring cliff-top locations for which West Cornwall has become famous. Lots of one-to-one tuition and an amazing opportunity to learn from painting out on the coastline with some very experienced artists over the course of one inspiring week of painting.
For more information visit the event web page on the Newlyn School of Art web site.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

Pottery Class

Thursday, 14th September 2017 until Thursday, 19th October 2017

We will cover basic techniques such as pinch pots, coil pots, slab pots, slip casting, throwing, decorating and glazing your pieces.  
These sessions will let you 
experience the most popular basic techniques enabling you to be more selective when you progress to the intermediate sessions. 
The Intermediate class runs at the same times as the beginners.  
It is for people with some pottery experience.  
You can either join in with the beginners lead sessions or do their own projects with my guidance.
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The Boatyard, Lower Kelly, Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9RY

Beginners Printmaking Evening Course

Tuesday, 19th September 2017 (10 Weeks)

Join us in this fun and experimental course where you will learn a variety of intaglio and relief printmaking process and techniques.
You will be guided through each step, with practical tasks to create your very own unique series of prints, postcards and fabric pieces.
This is a hands-on course where you will use a range of tools, materials and equipment, developing skills that you can develop in the future.
*Monoprint: Mark making, hand cut stencils and raw materials. Using an etching press make a series of mono prints onto a range of papers
*Collagraph: Make and print a collagraph using a range of textural materials, colour ink and print onto a range of papers
*Lino: Design, cut and print a lino block
*Screenprint: Silk screen printing using cut stencil techniques onto paper
*Drypoint: Make a drypoint and print a series of prints exploring colour and Chine Colle
56 Highfields, Cadogan Road, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 7RY

Botanical Printing Workshop

Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Botanical Printing Workshop with Erin from Pick Pretty Paints
A day to explore florals with printing, drawing & illustration methods, with Erin Lacey from Pelican Prints. In the morning you will make a series of design sheets and draw using different creative mediums. In the afternoon you will take ideas from your drawings to make a selection of lino stamps. Each person will create a number of paper prints, and leave with your own illustration style.
All materials included.
£25 per person, deposit of £10 is payable per person to secure your place.
To book your place on this workshop call 01209 313818, pop in the shop or send us a message.
Saturday 23rd September 2017 at10am
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The Craft Collective, 90 Fore Street, Redruth, Cornwall TR15 2BP



Writers workshop

Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Ever thought about writing for an international arts magazine?
Bring along 250 words you have written about art.
Write without fear. Write without favour.
During this writers group, led by Derek Guthrie founder of 'The New Art Examiner' and UK Editor Daniel Nanivati we will read, discuss, hone and select work for publication.
Free event.
Refreshments available.
2:00 - 4:00pm
Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, (Just off market Jew Street), Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 2HT

Oil Painting course

Saturday, 4th November 2017 until Saturday, 11th November 2017

The Oil Painting course is tutored by Newlyn based artist Jason Walker who is a highly respected painter in oils currently serving on the committee of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. Jason will take those attending the course through the basics of using oil paint. This course is suitable for beginners and improvers and includes lots of one to one tuition on the building blocks of using oil paint including advice on studio practice such as how to set yourself up at home with the right brushes, paints and studio set up to suit you and practical exercises over the four days for tackling a still life subject with the basics of understanding colour, tone and composition. This course takes place in the beautiful period school studio and will focus on the still life.
All drawing materials, brushes, supports and paint will be supplied by the art school.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

Cornwall flute workshop: explore techniques to make your tone sparkle

Sunday, 5th November 2017

Join us in Cornwall this Guy Fawkes Day for a half-day flute workshop.
Explore tips and techniques to make your tone sparkle (just in time for the fireworks later on).
If you’ve always wanted to tap into a beautifully resonant flute tone but are not sure how, then this flute workshop is for you. Spend a morning with American flautist and teacher Jessica to learn techniques to simplify the mystery of a stunning tone no matter which genre you play. Replace tone development dread with confidence and delight. Learn contemporary flute techniques that will help you refine, strengthen and deepen your understanding of the tools needed to create resonance in your playing. We’ll go beyond ‘just playing long notes’ and delve into topics such as extended techniques, vibrato, dynamic control and breathwork.
At the end of this one-day workshop you will be able:
Explore how your flute headjoint, body posture, mouth and throat positioning can be tweaked for your best sound.
Learn a variety of exercises that you can put into your daily practice routine to deepen into refining dynamics, articulation, lip flexibility and vibrato control.
Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided for you during your breaktimes.
Suitable for players that are approx. Gr. 3/4+ to advanced, including teachers, all ages welcome.
If you are age 12 or under you will need to have a parent/guardian present at the venue during the event (there will be a vestibule waiting area provided for this purpose).
Please note: This workshop is a bespoke event designed around the attendees registered. Surveys asking about your playing level and experience will be sent out before the event.
Cost: £35 Early bird (til midnight on Sunday, 1 October 2017), £40 thereafter.
Book through Eventbrite.
BACS payment available if you would prefer to pay this way instead of through Eventbrite. Email me if you prefer this method.
Your registration fee is non-refundable, so please book your place mindfully.
Feel free to email Jessica about any further information.
For more info about Jessica, please visit her web site at or her  Facebook events page
This venue is also easily accessible by public transport inluding easy bus links. Details sent out at registration, if required.