St Ives September Festival

Late summer: Fiesta and Festival

September is time to party with the School of Painting. Seventy-five years ago this month, Leonard Fuller opened the St Ives School of Painting at Porthmeor Studios.

1938 was the year that Chamberlain attempted to appease Hitler; Daphne du Maurier published Rebecca; James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart starred in Angels with Dirty Faces; test cricket was televised for the first time ever; and the first edition of The Beano appeared on newsstands. To celebrate the School of Painting's anniversary, we're having a party. We hope you can join us for cocktails.

The St Ives September Festival has been going since 1977, to bring a diverse range of music, art, poetry and performance to St Ives. This year, the School of Painting is running a series of workshops covering everything from collage to iPad sketching, to help develop your skills or try something new.


Ben Nicholson St Ives

Happy 75th Birthday!

Saturday 28th September 2013 19:30 until 23:00 £5

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the St Ives School of Painting.

In 1938, Leonard Fuller opened the doors to his first painting students. Come and celebrate with us in the very same studio for our 1930s cocktail party. There will be cabaret and music from jazz band Funny Feathers. We encourage you to embrace the theme and come in 1930s fancy dress.

Either buy tickets on the door or pre-book to ensure your place. Book tickets here.

Read more about our history here.

Exhibition: Liz Hough Journeys

3rd - 18th October 2013
Liz Hough, tutor at St Ives School of Painting has an exhibition in London next month. The Exhibition 'Liz Hough Journeys' runs from 3rd - 18th October 2013.  The exhibition contains works from the past two years. The paintings, collages and prints are inspired by Cornwall and the mountains of Eastern Spain.
Private view Thursday 3rd October 6 - 8:30pm and Saturday 5th October 12 - 5pm. Drinks will be served. All welcome.

Oliver Contemporary, 17 Bellevue Road, London SW17 7EG  020 8767 8822

Liz Hough at Oliver Contemporary

Upcoming courses with Liz Hough

Gary Long

Sea & Sky 12th - 13th September 2013 £150

Artist Gary Long will lead you through how to capture the sea and sky using watercolour. The moods of the landscape surrounding the studios have long inspired marine painters - from the turquoise waters of a still day to wild Atlantic storms.

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Insight into the Figure 16th - 18th September 2013 £225

The figure is a vital and enduring feature of the visual arts and forms the basis of many artistic fields and disciplines. This course takes an in-depth approach to exploring the human figure using the nude model as its focus. The course will help students achieve their own visual language through harnessing mark-making techniques in a lively, expressive and energetic way. .

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Be Inspired by Peter Lanyon

Constructing Landscape 28th - 30th October 2013 £225

In the spirit of the St Ives modernist painter Peter Lanyon, artists Liz Luckwell and Daniel Barnard  will respond to landscape through dynamic drawing and the creation of three dimensional sculptures. Students will be experimenting with space, form and composition, adopting truly transformational approaches and responses to the world around them.

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Lanyon's Landscapes 31st October - 1st November £150

Students will sketch out in the landscape at Little Travalgan, Peter Lanyon’s favourite spot in West Penwith, with stunning 360° panoramic views of the peninsula. Back in the studio, sketches will be transformed into dynamic compositions using paint, mixed media and collage.

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St Ives September Festival

14th - 18th September 2013 £25

Develop your existing skills or try something completely new at one of our workshops during the September Festival. The workshops are running morning and afternoon, and each session lasts for two and a half hours. Whether you're interested in landscape or the figure, abstraction or colour, our tutors have something to your taste and ability.

Our Sketch & Stroll will also be happening on Wednesdays, and Drop in Life Drawing will be at the Studios on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.

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For all other September Festival bookings and to see what else is happening, please see:

Further Ahead: October half-term

Family Workshop 29th October £10

These  two  hour workshops are designed for families  to have fun and get creative together. The workshops will be led by one of our highly experienced artist tutors who will introduce exciting techniques and materials that they use themselves in the studio.

No unaccompanied adults!

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Children's Workshop 31st October £10

These two hour workshops are specifically designed for children ages 5-12 and encourage creative discovery. Our trained artists use their skills to create a high quality memorable art experience allowing children to develop skills in a fun and exciting way.

All materials and aprons provided!

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These workshops are very popular, and places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

To book any courses please call 01736 797 180 or book online

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