Where better to study painting on location than in the home of some of Britain's best loved plein air painters? West Cornwall offers a unique quality of light and stunning coastline that has attracted artists for two centuries. The fishing villages remain as characterful as ever, and the beaches are still as idyllic as they were when the Newlyn School was founded, almost 140 years ago. This is one of my favourite places to paint, and I can’t wait to share its treasures with a group of up to 12 people.
West Cornwall's wild coastline, golden beaches and historic fishing villages will be the location for our 5 days of painting on location. Join us in early summer as this much loved landscape bursts with wildflowers. We will centre our week around Penzance, using the wonderful Penlee Gallery as our base.
£295 per person
Fee includes 5 days of full tuition with examples, demonstrations and one-to-one guidance and feedback as you progress.
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Where: Penlee House Gallery, Morrab Rd, Penzance, Cornwall TR18 4HE
We will begin our week in the inspiring surroundings of Penzance’s fabulous Penlee House Gallery, home to a fantastic collection of paintings by The Newlyn School artists. From here we will move to a different location each day, painting in places favoured by our plein air painting heroes of days gone by. With so many local beauty spots steeped in rich creative history, we will be spoiled for choice!
If you're travelling down to the South West to join us for this trip, there are plenty of nearby accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
Whether you prefer a holiday cottage, full board hotel, an Air BnB, or a camp site, there's something for everyone within easy reach of our locations.
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Penzance and the surrounding area
The historic fishing town of Penzance will be our hub for the week, with St Michael’s mount and Newlyn harbour on our doorstep and the delights of St Ives just a few minutes away.
We will be spoilt for choice in this part of Cornwall with so many beautiful beaches and villages nearby. Within easy reach of old harbours, sunsets from Sennen Cove, wildflowers in the rambling woodlands and ancient moorlands scattered with the ruined tin mines all around we’ll find more inspiration than we can handle!
5 Day Itinerary around the peninsular
Each day we will gather in a different location. Arrangements for parking and travel will be made in advance so that we can easily meet up and get started in the mornings
Selecting a diverse range of locations to accommodate a breadth of styles and preferences within the group, from wide open seascapes to intimate villages, we will find something different each day, all bathed in that famous Cornish light.
We will begin with workshops and demonstrations of the specific techniques and approaches used when painting on location. Each day will focus on a different location and aspect of painting ‘en plein air’. We will study composition choices, the use of colour, brushwork and how to create focal areas in our work.
In case of poor weather we will have use of the classrooms at the Penlee Gallery in Penzance.
A full list of required equipment will be issued upon receipt of your booking.
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Please book quickly to avoid disappointment!