"If you are a beginner or someone with more experience you can be confident that Cleo’s classes will encourage and help you develop your art skills. Cleo is very quick to identify your strengths and she will give you practical advice and suggestions to work on in a very supportive and positive way. I have really enjoyed a recent group art holiday with her and Mark and my comments arise from my personal experience on this trip." Kate B
"The experience of an art holiday was both exciting and nerve racking as both my confidence and drawing experience was just developing. There were challenges but I felt supported and at the time felt overwhelmed but Cleo gave me the time and confidence to help make me believe in myself. I worked in water colour which was a medium I’m learning to really enjoy. The friendships I made , sharing of our painting knowledge & skills has been invaluable. It made the holiday in a historical rich island with Malta a short ferry ride to see . A very enriching ,fun art experience. " Emma M
6 x nights accommodation
6 x days of Painting / Drawing / Mixed Media
Tuition from 2 x tutors
En Plein Air excursions to St Michael's Mount and Zennor
Welcome Fish and Chip Supper with wine
Seal island boat trip or Mackerel Fishing trip
2 x booked Festival Art Events
Mystery Art Hunt and £50 goody bag prize of Tate Gallery shop gifts
16th September 2024
23rd September 2024
**travel to st Ives is not included** All participants need to insure themselves for the trip
16th September to 23rd September 2024
Art in the Village® is excited to offer a one week art holiday in the beautiful
town of St. Ives on the North Cornish coast. Following on from the successful
holiday in Gozo earlier this year, this holiday will focus on the town that
became a centre for progressive art from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.
St. Ives is surrounded by sea, beaches and rugged rocky cliffs. Diffused
sunlight reflects from the sea like a giant mirror that encompasses the town -
and it is this magical light - as well as the landscape that has drawn and
inspired artists for decades.
Most famously, the painter Patrick Heron lived in the village of Zennor that
overlooks St. Ives. Barbara Hepworth and her husband Ben Nicholson settled
in St. Ives - and today Hepworth’s working studio - complete with her tools
and materials is beautifully preserved. The studio’s luscious garden is full of
her extraordinary sculptures and has wonderful views out to the bay and has
an intoxicating and inspiring atmosphere.
Modernist painter Ben Nicholson was inspired by the naïve painter Alfred
Wallis in the 1920’s - Wallis was a fisherman who became an artist aged 70 !
His home in St.Ives is marked with a plaque today.
Later, in the 1950’s a group of younger artists including Patrick Heron, Peter
Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sir Terry Frost and others were drawn to
St. Ives and collectively became known as the “St.Ives School” and are all
featured in special displays at the St.Ives Tate that we’ll be visiting.
Our stay in St. Ives will coincide with the “St.Ives September Festival” that
will include many arts and music events. We will use the occasion to organise
access to the famous Porthmeor Studios where artists such as Patrick Heron,
Francis Bacon, Ben Nicholson & Wilhelmina Barns-Graham worked.
Led by Art in the Village founder Cleo Harrington M.A. (RCA) and artist / film
maker Mark James M.A. (RCA) this promises to be an exciting, fun and
What are we offering for £1770?
And why should you book with our Arts company, when others do
shorter courses for less money ?
Well, we believe shorter painting courses can be a tad frustrating, because just as you're
beginning to get immersed in creating, then you have to stop!
In our experience ,we feel it is best to give a longer time to really immerse yourself in
the creative holiday. Really get the chance to achieve something.
And because our tutors have many years of Art education & teaching experience
between them you will get a very diverse range of feedback - which should be essential
And lastly, because the structure of our holiday will be based around exploring the work
of 5 x Cornish artists - mainly all famous for working in St ives or other close locations in Cornwall,
we will be introduced to their styles, motivations, ways of working and immerse
ourselves in their creativity too.
We will create our own work which will be inspired by theirs.
This does not mean copying, but rather using these famous works as a platform for
developing our own ideas.
On each of the 6 days, we will briefly explore these artists:
Peter Lanyon Patrick Heron Alfred Wallace Barbara Hepworth Margaret Mellis
For example, Naive artist Alfred Wallis was an untrained painter who lived in a tiny
cottage in St Ives. We will visit where he lived, learn about the sites he painted and
then locate ourselves En Plein air at one of the exact spots he painted from.
We will explore his particular style and see how we can build on it to expand and
strength our own style.
What else makes our holidays special? We have booked 2 x Festival Event afternoon workshops for you with local,
accomplished local St Ives artists. They will show you their creative techniques in variety of Media