Cornwall Art Classes - Discover Your Inner Artist on the Cornish Coast...

Cornwall is a bubbling hotspot of art classes and courses, whatever your level of experience, offering an exploration into your own artistic talent along the same breath-taking, unspoiled coastline that has captivated some of the world's greatest artists for generations.


The north coast stretches down from Bude over 40 miles of beaches perfect for avid surfers and young families alike. Dramatic cliffs dotted with ancient geological formations tower over enchanting villages of chocolate box cottages huddled together for protection from the wild and boisterous Celtic sea waves. While the south coast is home to numerous boulder-strewn bays and hidden sandy coves with picture perfect fishing towns and villages organically grown from their original harbours. It’s also home to Lizard Point, which when viewed from Logan Rock headland offers unimaginable panoramic views.


The appeal is obvious. With powerful landscapes in every direction, both natural and manmade, Cornwall an artist’s playground. So it’s not surprising that every year artists from all walks of life make their way to the area of outstanding natural beauty to capture its offerings in their chosen medium.


The St Ives School of Painting


St Ives’ mild climate, unique quality of light and many art galleries make it the ideal location for an arty holiday. Nestled on the edge of Porthmeor Beach in a beautiful grade II-listed building is the studio of The St Ives School of Painting.


The school offers classes such as Expressive Landscape in Mixed Media, Exploring Botanical Forms and Be Colour Confident. There are a great number of options to choose from, whether it’s your first class or your 21st lesson!
 Tutors are all practising artists with many years teaching experience, experts at bringing out the best in aspiring artists of any skill level. 
With many hotels overlooking the sea and the option for self-catering houses located near the studio and a stone’s throw from the beach, wherever you stay it is bound to inspire you during your time at the school.


Courses start from £180 excluding accommodation. Most courses provide all necessary equipment and materials. For a full, detailed list of courses and accommodation see website.


Cornwall Painting Holidays


Ideal for both beginners and more advanced artists alike, Cornwall Painting Holidays with Tim Hall run fully comprehensive masterclass on capturing a likeness in portraiture with the emphasis on working in oils. They have courses running throughout the year with summer courses being held outside, British summer weather permitting.


There are extensive and varied demonstrations and exercises from The Newlyn art studio and with class sizes being limited to just 12 the tutors can really help each artist in depth.
Tim Hall comes from a family of artists and was shortlisted for the BP National Portrait Award in 2014. He has worked for both Pinewood and Shepperton film studios, had private commissions for notable names including actor John Nettles and exhibited his work all over the country.
With a selection of B&B’s and holiday cottages in the nearby seaside village of Mousehole it’s a must for anyone inspired to paint.


Courses start from £300 excluding accommodation. All materials and equipment included., 01736 731866.

Planning an artist’s getaway in Cornwall?

Visit St Mawes Gallery for a little extra inspiration…


Brambles Art Retreat


On the edge of Helford river estuary, close to the tiny village of Port Navas, a striking 6-bedroom luxury cottage sits in 50 acres of stunning woodland. This 1920s colonial style bungalow is the base of operations for a 7-day residential art holiday.


The stay is tutored by Peter Davis and Janet Brady who are on hand to offer advice, direction and share their knowledge both at the cottage and during the numerous excursions to local locations such as the iconic St Michael's Mount, the naval town of Falmouth and buzzing St Ives. Other activities are adapted to suit the group, but have previously included painting the domes of the Eden Project, visiting a dramatic mine complex and an evening performance at Fiona Cades famous sea facing Minack Theatre.


Prices start from £1600 for a single room Prices include Breakfast every day, home cooked dinner for four evenings and lunch if at the estate.