Learn to ‘Experiment, respond and discover’ in a working artists studio, set in the heart of rural West Cornwall.
Set high up on the moors in the far west of Cornwall is an artist’s retreat, at the far end of a dead end lane, overlooking miles of empty countryside. This huge corrugated barn is the domain of artist Paul Wadsworth. It is quite a find. On a clear day both sides of the coast are in clear view whilst on the rise of the hill sits the engine house of Ding Dong Mine.
“Away from typical courses in college environments this feels like the real deal…”
Throwing open the doors of his studio, Paul runs three day art courses each month from March to October, inviting students to come and experience the setting first hand. Away from typical courses held in college environments this feels like the real deal, making art in a working artist studio encourages a sense of discovery, it is liberating and invigorating, there is a freedom to the space, an ancient quality to the landscape and Paul is an inspiring tutor.
An experienced teacher, Paul began teaching in 1998, he has been running courses from his own studio for the past five years; Paul says, “The thing I love most about teaching is the element of surprise, the moment when someone stands back and says ‘I did that’”
“Everyone goes away rejuvenated”
During the three-day course at Paul’s studio you can expect to be surprised. The ethos is one of discovery; to experiment with the way you approach making artwork. The course is for all levels of ability, from beginners to practicing artists. Everyone goes away rejuvenated.
“I give students the possibility of freedom in their work” says artist and tutor Paul Wadsworth
The course is landscape based, painting on location around the farm and with one day at a local beach weather permitting, students are also given their own studio space to further work on ideas. Paul gives individual tuition to students to explore their potential as a painter.
The journey begins with Day one:
Day One: includes intuitive mark making, collaborative drawing and exercises to push the boundaries to encourage a more instinctive response to drawing. It is all about taking risks and loosening up. It is also about having fun with the work.
Day Two: Painting with expression, Paul encourages students to find their own language in paint. Students will work either directly in the landscape or at the beach. Paul gives demonstrations and shares his own techniques and practice.
Day Three: Taking what has been learned in the previous sessions Paul encourages students to further develop their own expression by taking paintings and sketches back into the studio. This is the final stage in letting the work take it’s own form.
Talking about the course Paul says: “What I hope to give to students is an energy in their painting, a love for making art and the opportunity to experiment. Essentially I want people to enjoy what they are doing and learn the possibility of freedom.”
Thank you Paul Wadsworth for an amazing 3 days - your support, encouragement an generosity were second to none. Loved, loved your course! Totally recommend it
APRIL 18 19 20 3 DAY £260 landscape full
MAY 9 10 11 3 DAY £260 landscape full
JUNE 13 14 15 3 DAY £260 landscape full
JULY 18 19 20 3 DAY £260 landscape full
AUGUST 8 9 10 3 DAY £260 landscape full
SEPTEMBER 5 6 7 3 DAY £260 landscape full
OCTOBER 17 18 19 3 DAY £260 landscape - 2 places available
£50 deposit secures place
If courses are full you can go on waiting list as cancellations do happen.
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED - WORKING WITH ACRYLICS ON PAPER
Stretched Canvases can be provided at cost price.. let me know sizes and will arrange for them to be available.
Happy to take groups of 3 or more and organise specific dates to suit you.
A misty moorland
A narrow cow-pat track
And a large grey barn.
Down to “Boat Cove” to paint and sketch in the wind and drizzle
Returning to the shelter of the tall barn
For lively, large-scale painting
The swallows shrieking and swooping in and out above our work
And lots of tea!!
What a memorable painting experience!
Painting in Cornwall
How to capture it,
To hold it in my hand,
To keep it.
In my eyes and mind forever.
A tiny bay,
Gold sand, pierced by lava rocks.
Silvered by sunlight
And the remains of the receding sea.
Aah, how to capture it in paint
With brush and knife and cloth
And my bare hands.
How to look and really see.
How to see and understand.
at once both blue and green.
And pink and gold and grey.
Not black, not grey but purple, red
And rusted brown.
Spiking and spilling.
Volcanos’ spew made hard with time
All filled with turquoise rose
Like opals in my mother’s ring;
Full of fire, but soft. It glows
With light from far away.
The blue beyond.
Not burning yellow like the sun
But soft and white
Reflecting, refracting and filling my eyes,
And my mind
“Thankyou so much for a great weekend, I found painting at Porthtowan liberating and exhilarating”
“Thank you so much for such a wonderful few days. You really are an inspiring teacher.”
“I got so much from your workshop last year I would like to do another”
“A huge thankyou for giving us such a memorable three days! I so enjoyed every minute.”
· “Just wanted to say thankyou for last weekend, very enjoyable and good to be pushed in new directions.”
· “Really enjoyed the course, have made great strides in my painting even since I've been back.”
“Thank you very much for a very inspiring weekend. I enjoyed the work, the atmosphere, the company, your guidance and sense of humour.”
My favourite from an amazing three days 👌thanks Paul Wadsworth I loved every minute x
Wow the last few days have had such an impact on how I see things... everything looks so colourful!