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 www.newlynartschool.co.uk or call 01736 365557.

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

Wesley Rock - Art Group (Penzance)

Monday, 23rd April 2018

Wesley Rock Art Group Penzance The 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.

Many of our 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.

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

wesley-rock-art-group.cacd.co.uk

Sketchbooks for Beginners

Monday, 23rd April 2018

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

www.outofplace.org.uk

Drawings from the Land

Tuesday, 24th April 2018 until Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Aspire Arts is delighted to offer this 2 day course at the beautiful Kestle Barton. An ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford river with beautiful gardens and wildflower meadows, creating an outstanding inspiring environment.
We will walk across and over the land, observing over the wall, at our feet and through the foliage you will collect drawn and physical evidence that can be explored in more depth back in the studio.
Visit the Eventbrite website to book this workshop.
Visit our Facebook page
Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Cornwall TR12 6HU

hello@aspirearts.co.uk
www.aspirearts.education

Learning to Experiment, Experimenting

Tuesday, 1st May 2018 until Thursday, 3rd May 2018

Aspire Arts is delighted to offer this 3 day workshop where we ill introduce you to idea development through workshops about material properties and compositional opportunities.
Beginners to more experienced artists welcome.
Visit the Eventbrite website to book thiis workshop
Visit Facebook events page

The Poly 24 Church Street Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG

hello@aspirearts.co.uk
www.aspirearts.education

Exploring Colour Course

Tuesday, 1st May 2018 until Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

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.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW

www.newlynartschool.co.uk

 

 

Free* WordPress course

Tuesday, 15th May 2018 until Thursday, 7th June 2018

Learn to build and manage your own website with our 4 day WordPress course in Penzance.
In four sessions over four weeks starting in May, you will be introduced to the basics of web design, using templates, image management and updating your site.
*Call us on 01736 333700 or email cherish@digitalpeninsula.com to check if you are elgible for a funded place and for dates.
Find DPN on Facebook.
Digital Peninsula Network (DPN), 1 - 2 Old Brewery Yard, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2SL


cherish@digitalpeninsula.com
tinyurl.com/y97eoxpk

Sewing with Nature

Tuesday, 15th May 2018 until Wednesday, 16th May 2018

Aspire Arts is delighted to offer this 2 day course at the beautiful Kestle Barton. An ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford river with beautiful gardens and wildflower meadows, creating an outstanding inspiring environment.
We will explore the garden making notes about plant structures, different textures, colour palette and curious physical makeup. Beginners to experienced artists very welcome.
Visit the Eventbrite website to book this workshop.
Visit our Facebook page
Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Cornwall TR12 6HU


hello@aspirearts.co.uk
www.aspirearts.education

Botanical Watercolour Painting Workshop

Wednesday, 16th May 2018 until Friday, 18th May 2018

Learn the secrets of successful botanical watercolour painting with RHS gold medallist Evelyn Binns on a 3-day painting workshop at one of Cornwall's most spectacular sub-tropical coastal gardens. Spend three whole days discovering or improving your botanical painting skills in the unbelieveably inspirational setting of Trebah Garden, on the Helford River, near Falmouth.
Limited to a maximum of six people, everyone - from absolute beginner to accomplished painter - receives in-depth one-to-one tuition in the tranquil ambience of Trebah's Georgian mansion. Its light and airy garden room with views down the ravine garden to the helford River beyond provides the idal studio setting.
Evelyn's gentle but effective teaching style is to work with each workshop member in turn, giving advice and practical demonstration on whatever aspect is needed: choice of subject and materials; observation; good composition; botanical accuracy; lifelike drawing; achieving three-dimensionality; confidence in using colour; improving layering techniques and more.
The workshop fee is £415 per person. This includes 3 full days' tuition, all materials, equipment, tea and coffee, and free entry to Trebah Garden.
Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5JZ


evelyn@evelynbinns.com
www.evelynbinns.com/painting_courses.html

Bridal Jewellery Workshop

Saturday, 19th May 2018

In this workshop, learn how easy it is to create a range of beautiful jewellery for a Wedding or a special occasion.
Learn the ancient art of pearl knotting, creating a stunning pearl necklace using high quality Swarovski glass pearls and traditional silk thread. Plus, we’ll also create a hairband or hair accessory using simple wire wrapping techniques, Swarovski glass pearls and fine quality Preciosa crystals. If time allows, we’ll also create a simple pair of pearl earrings to complete the set.
The cost of this workshop - £40 - includes all materials.  Time is 10am - 3.30pm with 30 minutes for lunch (lunch is not included, but tea and coffee will be available).
Spaces are limited. To book visit the website, email central booking on:  aecentral@cornwall.gov.uk or phone 0300 1231 117, quoting the Course Code:  F709155
Visit our Facebook events page
Falmouth Adult Education Centre, Tregenver Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2QW


aecentral@cornwall.gov.uk

Learning to Explore, Exploring

Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 until Thursday, 24th May 2018

Aspire Arts is delighted to offer this 3 day workshop where we will explore ideas about space and learn how to discover and record this through models, working drawings and painting.
Beginners to more experienced artists welcome.
Visit the Eventbrite website to book this workshop.
Visit our Facebook page
The Poly Falmouth, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3EG
 


hello@aspirearts.co.uk
www.aspirearts.education

 

 

Jewellery Enamels and Mixed Media course

Wednesday, 6th June 2018 until Wednesday, 4th July 2018

This fun Mixed Media Jewellery course will show you some different ways to create your own jewellery. Jewel Enamels are special ultra thick embossing powders which are mainly used in the card-making industry – but they are excellent for making jewellery too! We’ll discover how to melt the jewel enamels and pour into moulds, use stamps to imprint a design and layer different colours onto MDF pendants! We will also learn how to create your own designs and shapes in Shrink Plastic for using in jewellery, plus dabble in some paper jewellery using image transfer techniques and using decorative rice paper and decoupage tricks.
The cost of this workshop - £62 - includes all materials and tuition.  Every Wednesday evening 6pm - 8pm from 6th June until 4th July (tea and coffee will be available).
Spaces are limited.  To book visit the website, email central booking on:  aecentral@cornwall.gov.uk or phone 0300 1231 117, quoting the Course Code:  F709156
Visit our Facebook events page
Falmouth Adult Education Centre, Tregenver Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2QW


aecentral@cornwall.gov.uk

Typography, Topography, Words and Place in Art

Tuesday, 19th June 2018 until Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Aspire Arts is delighted to offer this 2 day course at the beautiful Kestle Barton. An ancient Cornish farmstead situated above the Helford river with beautiful gardens and wildflower meadows, creating an outstanding inspiring environment.
In this workshop we will look at maps, historical and current local documents and literature for inspiration.
Beginners to experienced artists very welcome.
Visit the Eventbrite website to book this workshop.
Visit Facebook events page
Kestle Barton, Manaccan, Cornwall TR12 6HU


hello@aspirearts.co.uk
www.aspirearts.education

Exploring Colour Course

Thursday, 5th July 2018 until Friday, 6th July 2018

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.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

Materials of painting

Wednesday, 25th July 2018 until Friday, 27th July 2018

This fascinating three-day course led by Nina Royle is a must for any artist who would like to bring a richer understanding of the qualities of paint and the importance of the painting surface into their work.
On the course students will consider how their personal painting styles are affected by the qualities and characteristics of materials used and how they have been applied to the surface of the support they are working on. How also can meaning in their work be strengthened, by investing time into a deep and rich understanding of these aspects in painting?
On each day of the course a different painting material or surface to work on will be selected as a guide for enquiry. These will be introduced with a short talk given by Nina that will touch on how the materials in question are made, where they are sourced from and their use historically. The talks will be delivered in an informative yet creative way that will inspire a different way of thinking about materials.
On day one of the course students will learn how to make traditional gesso panels with rabbit skin glue and whiting. This is a painting ground that has a beautiful warm, absorbent texture, which can acquire an ivory-like finish when polished. The panels lend themselves to being painted on in a number of ways that will also be explored, alongside the idea of why a painting ground is integral to painting.
Day two will look at the concept of variety through a limited palette of black and white pigments mixed with aqueous binders. Ink as a material will also be looked at. Opposed to considering black and white as non-colours or as contrasts of light and dark, Nina will introduce them as colours in their own right, possessing a diversity of shades. The differences between various commonly available blacks and white paint colours will also be explored.
Day three will be a more general look at coloured pigments with a special focus on their history of use in oil paint. Students will make their own oil paint and explore a range of different binders and mediums that can be used to alter it’s properties. In doing this students will explore the benefits and drawbacks of making their own paint.
An unmissable opportunity to explore how you can engage more with the qualities of the paints and surfaces you use as an artist.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

Materials of painting

Monday, 22nd October 2018 until Wednesday, 24th October 2018

This fascinating three-day course led by Nina Royle is a must for any artist who would like to bring a richer understanding of the qualities of paint and the importance of the painting surface into their work.
On the course students will consider how their personal painting styles are affected by the qualities and characteristics of materials used and how they have been applied to the surface of the support they are working on. How also can meaning in their work be strengthened, by investing time into a deep and rich understanding of these aspects in painting?
On each day of the course a different painting material or surface to work on will be selected as a guide for enquiry. These will be introduced with a short talk given by Nina that will touch on how the materials in question are made, where they are sourced from and their use historically. The talks will be delivered in an informative yet creative way that will inspire a different way of thinking about materials.
On day one of the course students will learn how to make traditional gesso panels with rabbit skin glue and whiting. This is a painting ground that has a beautiful warm, absorbent texture, which can acquire an ivory-like finish when polished. The panels lend themselves to being painted on in a number of ways that will also be explored, alongside the idea of why a painting ground is integral to painting.
Day two will look at the concept of variety through a limited palette of black and white pigments mixed with aqueous binders. Ink as a material will also be looked at. Opposed to considering black and white as non-colours or as contrasts of light and dark, Nina will introduce them as colours in their own right, possessing a diversity of shades. The differences between various commonly available blacks and white paint colours will also be explored.
Day three will be a more general look at coloured pigments with a special focus on their history of use in oil paint. Students will make their own oil paint and explore a range of different binders and mediums that can be used to alter it’s properties. In doing this students will explore the benefits and drawbacks of making their own paint.
An unmissable opportunity to explore how you can engage more with the qualities of the paints and surfaces you use as an artist.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk

 

 

Experimental figure

Monday, 29th October 2018 until Wednesday, 31st October 2018

A fantastically liberating course where a grounding in looking is partnered with an energised journey of different experimental and expressive approaches and techniques. Faye is a very inspiring person to be around and her teaching is both considered and structured and yet vital and empowering.
This exciting new course guides students to learn how to convey a sense of the weight, depth and volume of the body through techniques that utilize a broad range of drawing and painting materials and their resulting effects and marks. Some more experimental techinques will include working on a large format and drawing and painting with long sticks to help students work more freely. Much of the course is spent on looking at aspects of the anatomy in an engaging way so that you can create more convincing images of the human form; while the poses that you will work from range from traditional standing and seated poses through to more energised and thrilling examples such as learning to capture the figure in motion.
Visit their event web page for more details.
Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 5AW


www.newlynartschool.co.uk