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

Life drawing

Every Thursday

If you have never tried life drawing before this is a wonderful chance to do so in a relaxed venue with a supportive tutor and small group.
All materials are provided.
You even get tea and biscuits.
As the event is run in a coffee shop there is time before the workshop to relax with a drink and enjoy the art work on display.
You can have as much or as little help as you like.
The model is changed every two weeks to help explore a variety of body.
Every Thursday until 19th December 2018
£12 per session, 7 - 9:30pm.
Email to book a place or pop in to the shop.
Coffee Cake Create, the Coombes, Polperro, Cornwall PL13 2RQ

Lesa@coffeecakecreate.net
www.coffeecakecreate.net

Needle Felting Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, 19th January 2019

Come along to a beginners workshop, where you will learn how to sculpt wool using the needle-felting technique. I have just 10 spaces available for each session so to book please email us and I will request a £5 deposit to secure your place.
The workshop costs £15 and during 3 hours of crafting fun we will cover the basics of equipment and you will learn how to create a 3D shape, attach parts, add colour and a bit of personality to your sculpture.
I also ask beginners to pay an additional £1 deposit on the day against needle breakages. This enables me to keep the cost down and restock needles, as you may have a break or two when you are starting out and this seems the fairest way to spread the cost.
I provide all the equipment, materials and tea and coffee. Just bring yourself and some nibbles to share during the half-time break.
I will have a small supply of felting kits and wool available to purchase on the day if you wish to continue your new hobby.
Visit our Facebook events page
Hall for Gwinear, 71 Churchtown, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5FH

stargazeycrafts@gmail.com
www.stargazeycrafts.co.uk/

Get to know your sewing machine workshop

Friday, 25th January 2019

An opportunity for anyone lacking confidence in using a sewing machine to find out what a sewing machine can do and also make a bag.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
£45 inc materials
Please bring sewing machine, manual, threads, bobbins, scissors and any accessories
Please contact Jo for more information.
7 Gill-an-Creet, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EW

jo.mcintosh@knitweave.co.uk
www.knitweave.co.uk

Rachel Bishop - Glass Workshop

Monday, 4th February 2019

Enjoy discovering the beautiful craft of stained glass using the techniques of copper foil. Make a colourful glass hanging star decoration, or a design of your choice, to take home.
Rachel is an experienced and qualified teacher of crafts, making and selling her glass items across Cornwall and Herefordshire.
For more information give us a call at 01872 240567
Medium:    Glass
Date/Time:    Monday 4th February 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £60
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ

arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Needle Felting Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, 9th February 2019

Come along to a beginners workshop, where you will learn how to sculpt wool using the needle-felting technique. I have just 10 spaces available for each session so to book please email me and I will request a £5 deposit to secure your place.
The workshop costs £15 and during 3 hours of crafting fun we will cover the basics of equipment and you will learn how to create a 3D shape, attach parts, add colour and a bit of personality to your sculpture.
I also ask beginners to pay an additional £1 deposit on the day against needle breakages. This enables me to keep the cost down and restock needles, as you may have a break or two when you are starting out and this seems the fairest way to spread the cost.
I provide all the equipment, materials and tea and coffee. Just bring yourself and some nibbles to share during the half-time break.
I will have a small supply of felting kits and wool available to purchase on the day if you wish to continue your new hobby.
Visit our Facebook events page
Hall for Gwinear, 71 Churchtown, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5FH

stargazeycrafts@gmail.com
www.stargazeycrafts.co.uk/

 

 

Silk Painting

Sunday, 10th February 2019

A workshop to learn how to create an image on silk using Gutta and Silk Paints.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost £45 including materials.
Please contact Jo for more information
Visit our Facebook page
7 Gill-an-Creet, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EW


jo.mcintosh@knitweave.co.uk
www.knitweave.co.uk

Sara Ross - Figurative Sculpture

Monday, 11th February 2019

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.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Clay
Date/Time:    Monday 11th February 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Caroline Pedler - Illustration Masterclass

Monday, 18th February 2019

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.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567.
Medium:    Pencil
Date/Time:    Monday 18th February 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Sarah Wimperis - Inspired by Vincent : Landscapes

Monday, 4th March 2019

This workshop is a fun, right-brain stimulating exploration of the style and techniques of Vincent Van Gogh and is open to all levels of artist from professional to complete beginner. You will look at some reproductions of Van Gogh’s works and Sarah will demonstrate some of his techniques before you either create your own version of your choice of his paintings or use his style to paint an image of your own. You may like to bring a reference photo to work from if you would prefer to create an original painting.
A professional artist and illustrator, the only English artist -animator to work on the film ‘Loving Vincent’ and, through sheer practice, an expert in the style of van Gogh. Sarah has exhibited with the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Discerning Eye, the RI and the RWS as well as numerous solo shows. Sarah has written two painting books and illustrated hundreds of other titles as well as working on BBC Jackanory. She is Artist Ambassador for Artlook Software and Artist Ambassador for Royal Talens. Sarah has recently been featured in Cancer Research UK’s national campaign ‘The Missing Third’.This workshop is a fun, right-brain stimulating exploration of the style and techniques of Vincent Van Gogh and is open to all levels of artist from professional to complete beginner. You will look at some reproductions of Van Gogh’s works and Sarah will demonstrate some of his techniques before you either create your own version of your choice of his paintings or use his style to paint an image of your own. You may like to bring a reference photo to work from if you would prefer to create an original painting.
All abilities very welcome.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Needle Felting Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, 9th March 2019

Come along to a beginners workshop, where you will learn how to sculpt wool using the needle-felting technique. I have just 10 spaces available for each session so to book please email me and I will request a £5 deposit to secure your place.
The workshop costs £15 and during 3 hours of crafting fun we will cover the basics of equipment and you will learn how to create a 3D shape, attach parts, add colour and a bit of personality to your sculpture.
I also ask beginners to pay an additional £1 deposit on the day against needle breakages. This enables me to keep the cost down and restock needles, as you may have a break or two when you are starting out and this seems the fairest way to spread the cost.
I provide all the equipment, materials and tea and coffee. Just bring yourself and some nibbles to share during the half-time break.
I will have a small supply of felting kits and wool available to purchase on the day if you wish to continue your new hobby.
Visit our Facebook events page
Hall for Gwinear, 71 Churchtown, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5FH


stargazeycrafts@gmail.com
www.stargazeycrafts.co.uk/

 

 

Sarah Jane Humphrey - Botanical Sketchbooks

Monday, 11th March 2019

Using a magnifying glass, watercolour paints and a graphite pencil, you will record the exquisite detail of your chosen plant or flower. Sarah encourages a scientific scrutiny of subject matter and will help you produce images that combine Victorian idealism with 21st Century aesthetics. She will help you master the techniques needed to create a beautiful sketchbook containing your botanical studies.
All abilities very welcome.
With over 20 years of professional Illustration experience, Sarah has completed commissioned artworks for major brands such as Body Shop, McGraw Hill, The Eden Project and Bloomsbury. She also works with the RHS and won a silver medal for her botanical art in 2016.
For more information give us a call at 01872 240567
Medium:    Graphite and Watercolour
Date/Time:    Monday 11th March 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Rob Norrington - Pastel Life Drawing

Monday, 18th March 2019

This workshop is an introduction to high quality coloured pastels. The day will focus primarily on drawing the human figure clothed in a variety of costumes, using props and furniture. This will be an extended life drawing class and introduction to the fascinating world of pastel techniques. The desired outcome is that everyone should develop both their confidence and their drawing skills through observation and understanding.
All abilities very welcome.
Rob Norrington has been a school teacher and head of the art department for 27 years. He has published two books on drawing and has received five international awards for graphics and illustration.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Pastel
Date/Time:    Monday 18th March 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Glyn Macey - The Wild Landscape

Monday, 25th March 2019

With his irrepressible energy and imagination Glyn will teach you how to explore atmosphere and life in a landscape, giving you confidence to capture the essence of place. You will learn how to use acrylic paints in unusual, creative, and surprising ways to create inviting landscapes packed with life. This workshop is all about experimenting and having fun.
All abilities very welcome.
Glyn is a highly acclaimed artist and tutor and has previously been featured on the ITV series ‘Cornwall with Caroline Quentin’. Glyn is also the author of highly acclaimed acrylic painting book ‘Acrylics Unleashed’.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Mixed Media & Acrylic
Date/Time:    Monday 25th March 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £75
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Joe Armstrong - Colourful Impasto Landscapes

Monday, 1st April 2019

Joe will commence the workshop with a short demo where you will get a feel for his style and his process of creating a painting from beginning to end. Joe will then encourage you to open up and become comfortable creating your piece using a palette knife and lots of colourful paint.
All abilities very welcome.
Joe Armstrong is a well-known Cornish artist. His large scale, colourful landscape paintings can be seen in galleries throughout Cornwall. He can often be seen painting ‘en plein air’ in and around Truro on sunny days.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Oil
Date/Time:    Monday 1st April 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Needle Felting Workshop for Beginners

Saturday, 6th April 2019

Come along to a beginners workshop, where you will learn how to sculpt wool using the needle-felting technique. I have just 10 spaces available for each session so to book please email me and I will request a £5 deposit to secure your place.
The workshop costs £15 and during 3 hours of crafting fun we will cover the basics of equipment and you will learn how to create a 3D shape, attach parts, add colour and a bit of personality to your sculpture.
I also ask beginners to pay an additional £1 deposit on the day against needle breakages. This enables me to keep the cost down and restock needles, as you may have a break or two when you are starting out and this seems the fairest way to spread the cost.
I provide all the equipment, materials and tea and coffee. Just bring yourself and some nibbles to share during the half-time break.
I will have a small supply of felting kits and wool available to purchase on the day if you wish to continue your new hobby.
Visit our Facebook events page
Hall for Gwinear, 71 Churchtown, Gwinear, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 5FH


stargazeycrafts@gmail.com
www.stargazeycrafts.co.uk/

 

 

Barry Amey - Using Spray Paints in Painting

Monday, 8th April 2019

During this workshop Baz will introduce you to various painting techniques using a spray can. He will show you different ways to apply the paint, such as block printing, pouring, different types of strokes and using stencils, plus you will also have the chance to experiment with a variety of nozzles to create different effects.
All abilities very welcome.
Baz is a professional spray paint artist. His work, using spray paint and enamel paint, has been exhibited widely throughout the country.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Spray Paint
Date/Time:    Monday 8th April 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Flat to Fabulous with Deb Karash

Saturday, 13th April 2019 until Monday, 15th April 2019

Join /American jeweller Deb Karash on her first visit to England to teach - Saturday 13th - Monday 15th April 2019.
This three day fabrication course is open to all levels.
Improve your skills in this fun three day course. Add interest to your jewellery designs with surface texture, volume, and layers. Emphasis is placed on planning and finishing techniques in order to achieve a more professional look.
You will learn easy soldering and riveting tips, how to incorporate found materials or beads, how to create a rich surface on copper and silver, and how to use commercial findings or make your own.  Leave with several finished pieces including a brooch. This class is perfect for preparing to take the Drawing on Metal class.
Visit our Facebook events page
Cornwall College - St Austell Campus, J384, John Keay House, Tregonissey Road, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 4DJ


info@csacj.co.uk
www.csacj.co.uk/product/flat-to-fabulous-with-deb-karash/

Adrian Holmes - Traditional Woodblock Printing

Monday, 15th April 2019

Join printmaker Adrian Holmes for a print workshop in the wonderful art of Japanese woodblock printing. Traditional Japanese woodblock printing is a beautiful meditative print process using watercolours and rice paste. Green and environmental friendly it uses non-toxic materials to create rich organic colourful prints. Enjoy this opportunity to learn in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere and create a beautiful finished woodblock print.
All abilities very welcome.
Adrian is a highly qualified woodblock print workshop leader who has spent many years teaching in the UK and Japan.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Japanese Printing
Date/Time:    Monday 15th April 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Drawing on metal

Wednesday, 17th April 2019 until Sunday, 21st April 2019

Join American jeweller Deb Karash on her first visit to England to teach - Wednesday 17th -Sunday 21st April 2019. This five day drawing on metal course is open to all levels.
Who doesn’t want to add a little colour to their jewellery, or maybe your own patterns and images? This class focuses on Deb’s technique for drawing on metal with colored pencils. Learn to add color and excitement to your work with Deb Karash’s special technique.
In this five day course you should finish at least one pendant and several sample pieces.  Fabrication techniques will be covered as time allows.
Visit our Facebook events page
Cornwall College - St Austell Campus, J384, John Keay House, Tregonissey Road, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 4DJ


info@csacj.co.uk
www.csacj.co.uk/product/drawing-on-metal-with-deb-karash/

Amanda Hoskin - Using Mixed Media to Create a Picture

Monday, 29th April 2019

In this workshop Amanda will push the boundaries of painting either landscapes, a still life or an abstract. You will experiment with various mediums including oils, watercolours, inks, charcoal, layering of paper and gold, silver or copper leaf. Amanda will do a demo to show how she uses these materials; discussing thoughts and ideas as she works. This workshop will be experimental and fun where any preconceived ideas of how you think you should work are left at the door.
All abilities very welcome.
Amanda has many years’ experience as a professional artist and tutor who has also published several magazine articles and books. Her work is known and loved throughout Cornwall and can be found in galleries across the Duchy.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Mixed Media
Date/Time:    Monday 29th April 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Anna Rennie - Silver Jewellery Making for Beginners

Monday, 13th May 2019

Design and make your own silver band ring.  With full tuition from a BA qualified Silversmith you will learn the techniques to measure, form and texture your very own silver band ring. Perfect for beginners and anyone interested in having a go at the hugely enjoyable craft of jewellery making.
All abilities very welcome.
Anna has a BA (Hons) degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery Making and is a Bishopsland Fellow graduate. She is an experienced tutor of many years and works professionally as a jeweller and silversmith.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Silversmithing
Date/Time:    Monday 13th May 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £60
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Sarah Wimperis - Inspired By Vincent : Portraits

Monday, 20th May 2019

BuddyThis workshop is a fun, right-brain stimulating exploration of the style and techniques of Vincent Van Gogh and is open to all levels of artist from professional to complete beginner. You will look at some reproductions of Van Gogh’s works and Sarah will demonstrate some of his techniques before you either create your own version of your choice of his paintings or use his style to paint an image of your own. You may like to bring a reference photo to work from if you would prefer to create an original painting. Sarah advises that you choose an image of a person who isn’t showing too much of their teeth and if you would prefer to paint a self-portrait you will need to bring along a small self-standing mirror.
All abilities very welcome.
A professional artist and illustrator, the only English artist -animator to work on the film ‘Loving Vincent’ and, through sheer practice, an expert in the style of van Gogh. Sarah has exhibited with the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Discerning Eye, the RI and the RWS as well as numerous solo shows. Sarah has written two painting books and illustrated hundreds of other titles as well as working on BBC Jackanory. She is Artist Ambassador for Artlook Software and Artist Ambassador for Royal Talens. Sarah has recently been featured in Cancer Research UK’s national campaign ‘The Missing Third’.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Acrylic
Date/Time:    Monday 20th May 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Tracey Hunter - The Cornish Coast

Monday, 10th June 2019

IMG_5409In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, Tracey will demonstrate the process and techniques of building up an acrylic painting of the Cornish coast. Tracey will also demonstrate how to paint clouds, waves, cliffs and sand, looking at brush techniques and colour mixing. Full guidance will be given to each individual, relative to their style and painting.
All abilities very welcome.
Tracey has worked as a professional artist for the past 15 years and is an experienced tutor. Her work can we seen in galleries across Cornwall and Devon.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Acrylic
Date/Time:    Monday 10th June 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £50
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk

Glyn Macey - Boats Harbours And Fishing Tat

Monday, 8th July 2019

Using mixed media and found objects, you will create artwork full of texture and interest inspired by Cornish boats and harbours.
Guided by Glyn’s irrepressible energy and imagination you will learn how to use acrylic paints in unusual, creative, and surprising ways to create two inviting pieces of work packed with life.
For more information give us a call on 01872 240567
Medium:    Mixed Media & Acrylic
Date/Time:    Monday 8th July 2019, 10am - 4pm
Price:    £75
Visit event web page on the Truro Arts Company web site for more information.
Truro Arts Company, 26 River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ


arts@truroartscompany.co.uk