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

Cakey Tea with Crafts for Children to Learn a Little Cornish

Saturday, 24th February 2018

Part of the Cornish Language weekend in Penzance.
You can start your afternoon of Cornish fun at The Exchange, Princes St, Penzance TR18 2NL at 1pm to get all you need for your treasure trail through Penzance.
At 2pm - 4pm join us for cakey tea in the Lecture Hall of St.John's Hall, Alverton Rd, Penzance TR18 2QW There will also be craft activities for children with the chance to learn a little Cornish too.
This entire event is free, all are welcome.
Visit our Facebook events page for more information

pragna043@gmail.com

Wesley Rock - Art Group (Penzance)

Monday, 26th February 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, 26th February 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

Bringing Landscapes to Life

Monday, 26th February 2018

Andrew Tozer – Bringing Landscapes to Life
Spend the day learning how to capture the essence of Cornwall’s dramatic and ever-changing coast line. Be inspired by Andrews’s impressionistic style and carefully selected colour palette whilst bringing your painting to life. Andrew incorporates fantastic use of light and depth into his paintings - be prepared to surprise yourself and come away feeling fully inspired.
Andrew Tozer is one of the leading contemporary painters whose work resonates impressionism. He is a well-known Cornish artist and has work in galleries throughout the county. Andrew paints en plein air which he believes creates authenticity and a vibrant sense of movement within his work.
Monday 26th February 2018, 10am - 4pm
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ

www.truroartscompany.co.uk

Drawing and Pattern with Monoprint

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Explore one off and layered prints to create lively drawings and vibrant patterns
Visit the Calstock Arts web site page for more details of this event.
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9QX

www.calstockarts.org

 

 

Create your own marketing materials – Adobe InDesign CC Course – funded*

Wednesday, 7th March 2018 until Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Adobe InDesign is the most popular industry standard desktop publishing software.  It is used to create eye-catching, professional looking marketing materials and is particularly useful for multi-page documents. If you want to learn how to work with text and images using the tools and features of InDesign in an engaging learning environment, then this is the course for you.
InDesign can be used to create: multiple page booklets,  flyers / posters, newsletters, brochures, business cards, letterhead stationary, magazines, PDFs / hyper-linked documents.
It's a great way to learn the basics without too much jargon and with support from an experienced tutor. You will also have the opportunity to network and connect with other local businesses.
Places are limited so contact us now to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to book a place, please contact DPN as soon as possible for further details.
Costs*…
Where possible DPN will use funding to cover the costs of the training- contact us now to find out whether you or your business is eligible.
Contact  the DPN Team, Digital Peninsula Network Ltd on 01736 333700. or by email for more information.
Find DPN on Facebook.
Digital Peninsula Network (DPN), 1 - 2 Old Brewery Yard, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 2SL


rissa@digitalpeninsula.com
www.digitalpeninsula.org

Art class with a Cornish Celtic twist

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Join Jan Lobb and a small group of artist friends to get creative in Cornish (technical advice available).
We could produce Easter themed cards or springtime pictures with a Celtic twist.
Bring your own materials.
No charge this time. Just buy something from the cafe.
This has a limited cpacity so please book in advance by either emailing Becky Lawrance or click on our Facebook event to secure your place.
Lily's of Truro, 21 Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2AY


pragna043@gmail.com

Figurative sculpture

Monday, 12th March 2018

Learn how to build a realistic figurative sculpture of the human form. You will construct an armature using technical measuring methods, develop an understanding of the architecture of the anatomy and learn how to define the details of muscles.
Sara Ross moved to Cornwall 5 years ago to concentrate on her own creative work after many years in London working as a sculptor and painter in the film industry. She worked on films such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Da Vinci Code.
Monday 12th March 2018, 10am - 4pm
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


www.truroartscompany.co.uk

Introduction to Drypoint

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Explore creating detailed and atmospheric prints with an engraved Perspex plate and printing press
Visit the Calstock Arts web site page for more details of this event.
Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9QX


www.calstockarts.org

Silk screen printing and surface design

Monday, 26th March 2018

Claire Armitage – Silk screen printing and surface design
This workshop will introduce participants to surface design, textiles and silk screen printing, exploring design processes such as repeat print and colour separation.
Claire’s award-winning textile collections are exhibited nationally and comprise a range of luxurious silk scarves, garments and accessories. Claire has also worked as a freelance costume designer for nearly a decade and is
a lecturer at Falmouth University. In 2012 Claire won the British Craft Trade Fair award for Excellence and recently designed a textile collection for National Trust Scotland.
Monday 26th March 2018, 10am - 4pm
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


www.truroartscompany.co.uk

 

 

Illustration Masterclass

Monday, 9th April 2018

Caroline Pedler - Illustration Masterclass
Join published author Caroline Pedler in this illustration masterclass. She’ll show you how to get a project going, guiding you through creating a narrative, producing thumbnail artwork and ultimately a complete book.
Caroline is a Cornish illustrator, fine artist and lecturer. As well as exhibiting her fine art work throughout Cornwall she has illustrated and published over 50 books which have been translated into 23 different languages worldwide.
onday 9th April 2018, 10am - 4pm
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


www.truroartscompany.co.uk

Paint the City!

Monday, 16th April 2018

Paint the City with Lizzie Black.
Weather permitting, you will work out on location gathering sketches and ideas before heading back to produce an oil painting that reflects your personal response to Truro. Lizzie will help you build your observational skills, guide you in colour selecting and mixing, share her techniques and help you develop your own style.
Lizzie Black is a Cornish landscape painter and paints en plein air. She has a BA Hons in Fine Art and is an experienced Arts Facilitator. Her work can be found in galleries throughout West Cornwall.
A selection of materials are required to be brought along with you for the workshop, they are as follows:
A range of canvas boards or heavy watercolour paper.
Monday 16th April 2018, 10am - 4pm
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


www.truroartscompany.co.uk

Jewel Enamels for Jewellery Workshop

Saturday, 21st April 2018

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.
The cost of this workshop - £35 - 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:  F709153
Visit our Facebook events page
Falmouth Adult Education Centre, Tregenver Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2QW


aecentral@cornwall.gov.uk

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

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

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

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