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

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

Wesley Rock - Art Group (Penzance)

Monday, 25th September 2017

Wesley Rock Art Group Penzance Use of all types of media is encouraged with participants bringing their own favourite materials and others, such as charcoal, acrylics and pastels made available from group funds.

Our latest works are published on our web site for all to see. Everyone is welcome to come and view our work, or better still join us for an afternoon session.

Visit the Wesley Rock Art Group web site to see some of our latest creations and for more information.

Monday 1.30pm until 3.00pm at our new venue St Thomas, Church Road, Heamoor, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 3JJ



Sketchbooks for Beginners

Every Monday

Sketching for Beginners is a weekly class giving practical exercises to develop sketching skills and explore colour, texture, writing and the art of ideas.
Friendly and fun.
Outside weather permitting.
Bring pencil, rubber and small A5/A4 sketchbook.
Pastels/charcoal etc. optional.
10am till 12pm every Monday during term time.
Penlee Coach House, Penlee Gallery, Penlee Park, Penzance, Cornwall TR18

Two day Rustic Stool Making Course

Saturday, 30th September 2017 until Sunday, 1st October 2017

This hugely enjoyable and satisfying 2 day course provides a great introduction to traditional ‘green wood working’ skills.
You’ll learn all about ancient woodcraft techniques (no power tools here!) and out of a recently felled ‘green’ log.
You’ll create your own unique rustic stool to take home.
Whether it’s for you or as a gift, the course is suitable for absolutely anyone who’d enjoy learning a traditional skill in a beautiful rural Cornish environment, with the added bonus of the satisfaction of creating their own piece of furniture from scratch.
You might be someone who enjoys woodwork or crafts and is looking for a new challenge, or you could be a complete novice.
No previous woodworking experience is necessary.
Price includes; All materials, use of all the tools, food and refreshments:
Coffee, tea and biscuits and a delicious rustic lunch (dietary requirements catered for – just let us know in advance) included on both days.
10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Cost - £160 pp
Refreshments and lunch included. Limited accommodation on site in our lovely rustic shepherds hut (£70 per night) or contact us for list of local campsites and B&Bs
Contact telephone: 01566 785212
Copthorne, North Petherwin , Launceston, Cornwall PL15 8NB

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.
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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.
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This venue is also easily accessible by public transport inluding easy bus links. Details sent out at registration, if required.