Porthmeor Programme 

A year long study programme over 9 months with a Summer break

We start in Spring with an intensive 3 days study followed by 8 tutored weekends (alternating 2 or 3 days)  working with carefully selected artists and 1-1 tutorials with your lead tutor throughout.


OPEN EVENING  9th November 4.30 -6 pm 2019 – your chance to meet current students on the programme and speak to the tutors.


Are you open minded, motivated and excited about making work? Then joining our one year programme could be just what you need. Our Porthmeor Programme, now in its fourth year, is ideal for those looking for a longer-term structure to learn with a supportive group of peers. Set in a nurturing and safe space, you can take risks and gain the confidence you need to move your work to the next level. An artist tutor will be with you all the way, so they get to know you and your work. Workshops run over weekends so students can travel from across the UK to join us. They always  have a practical making element. These can range from skills and technique development to exercises exploring ideas and motivations. Their primary purpose is to encourage risk taking and expansion of your personal practice. In addition there are one to one tutorials and group discussions. Carefully selected visiting artists will join the lead tutor.

We cater for a range of students from early stage artists to those with more experience looking to challenge and stimulate their practice. We believe that developing a strong practice is where you start. The focus is not on the secrets of getting gallery representation or making a living as artist. It is about helping you become the artist you want to be. This is the first most critical and exciting step and we believe this is what we can help you with.

Following an intensive three day study weekend, a rich and varied programme of 7 weekend tutorials and  practical creative workshops will be provided around every four weeks with a break in July and August. These sessions will be a mix of long (to include a Friday) and short weekends to allow people to travel.


Payable in 3 instalments: £150 initial deposit, £1,200 by end Jan, £1,200 as course starts.

The fee includes tuition, your materials during the workshops, access to free life-drawing classes throughout the programme and professional seminars to plan next steps.


What makes the Porthmeor Programme different?

  • We have kept numbers small. Only 8 and 10 students. The small group size means tutors spend more time with each student.


  • We design the programme to combine learning new skills, finding your own voice with group and one to one feedback. It’s this balance that makes it work so well.


  • A number of guest artist slots are flexible so we can respond to the needs of the group and bespoke the programme each year.


  • The programme will include a final weekend focussing on next steps and professional development.


  • It includes 8 weekends (4 of which are long 3 day weekends)  working each time with your lead tutor and a guest artist.
  • Over the summer period the lead artist will have a telephone or Skype tutorial with you.


  • Between teaching weekends you can take advantage of our weekly life drawing sessions for free.


  • Materials are included on all the weekend workshops.


  • And of course we have a view from our studio that has inspired artists for centuries!


“I feel I am more confident in my ideas and approaching work in a freer more experimental way. I’m more able to push through when the going gets tough. I spend less time worrying and more time painting. 

This programme is a real tonic for artists, the playful approach and the serious are well balanced. It’s great to have surprises and learn something new. I have felt nurtured and challenged throughout”   Jill 

Starting Spring 2020

Two groups will run concurrently: Peter Skerrett will lead a group of 8 and Kerry Harding a group of 10. Both artists have a wealth of experience in teaching and their own artist practice. We want to make sure the programme is going to be a good fit for your current needs. Participants will be selected based on their desire to develop, their ability to commit to making work between sessions and the impact on their practice from joining the programme now. The selection panel will also consider the mix of the group in terms of approaches and experience. The Application Process Please send us up to five images of your work and no more than five hundred words explaining why you will benefit from joining the programme now, your ability to commit to making between sessions and what you would hope to gain. If you are short listed by the selection panel, we will then be in touch to have a chat via telephone or skype, so we can get a better feel for how it might work for you. For more information please contact us on 01736 797180 or info@schoolofpainting.co.uk. Please email to info@schoolofpainting.co.uk   subject: Porthmeor Programme St.Ives School of Painting 12 August 2015

News From Past Students

Congratulations to Maz Hawes who is one of a few artists selected to join the RWA Artist Network.

OTHER PAST STUDENTS janeoverbury.co.uk brianmacshane.com

Dates of 2020/21 Programme

Group 1Group 2
24  – 26 April1 – 3 May
 6  – 7 June30 – 31 May
 3 – 5 July26 – 28 June
20 – 21 Aug13 – 14 Aug
11  – 13 Sep  4  – 6 Sep
10 – 11 Oct10 – 11 Oct
21 – 22 Nov14  – 15 Nov
 8  – 10 Jan15 – 17 Jan
 6 – 7 Feb13 – 14 Feb
19 – 21 March19 – 21 March

Our Lead Tutors


KERRY HARDING Kerry’s paintings are her own particular view of nature with paint remaining the hero.  By years of exploring more experimental uses of this medium Kerry has a distinctive vocabulary of marks and surfaces that successfully interpret the textures and atmospheres of the Cornish landscape. An experienced painter and skilled tutor, Kerry studied fine art at The Ruskin School, Oxford University in 1991 followed by an MA in fine art at Falmouth and has been teaching at St Ives School of Painting since early 2014. She exhibits widely across London and the South West. See more images at kerryharding.co.uk

PETER SKERRETT Peter Skerrett is a Senior Lecturer in Drawing at the Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth University (since 2001) After a career as a set designer for the theatre and as an Architect, Peter now has his own practice as an artist in his studio at Potager Garden in Cornwall which he co-founded in 2001. His practice is diverse; now mainly concerned with painting and drawings but also incorporates rug making,  writing and furniture design. Design commissions include an alter for Truro Cathedral, conversion of an industrial building to artists’ studios in Penryn and many private houses and gardens around Cornwall.  As both an artist and designer he is interested in the threshold between our private and public nature. Observations made in a variety of places take on new narratives while he works with them in the privacy of the studio. Three years ago (2015) he was awarded a fellowship at the Florence Academy of Art where he learnt the sight size method of drawing. Peter’s diverse approach to his personal art practice and his experience supporting other creatives makes him an exciting lead artist on the Porthmeor Programme for 2019. He also delivers a course using an experimental approach to drawing to help students discover exciting new ways to develop their own creative voice.

 Travelling and Staying

.Looking for accommodation? Do browse our website  St Ives Accommodation  but if you are on a tight budget you might like to consider the Cohort Hostel. Cool, contemporary hostel accommodation in the centre of St Ives. Beds from £20/night (room only). WiFi, Courtyard, Bar, Lounge, TV Room, Fully equipped kitchen, Secure dorms and private rooms. Tel: 01736 791664 Travelling from London?  The sleeper train leaves Paddington on a Friday evening arriving at St Erth on a Saturday morning  at 7.40 with the cost of a single cabin £60.