Hilary Jean Gibson

In 1995 I became a tutor at St Ives School of Painting. Offering inspiration through my passion for drawing, water-based media and art history I strive to liberate a creative vision through direct observation and en plein air. My fascination in old buildings with a story to tell connects me to the studio’s historic narrative. Working in the space can feel like being inside one of my own drawings.

My passion for drawing and perspective evolved at Saint Martins. This experience, along with a fascination for narrative and history, inspired me to explore the space between fact and fiction whilst Artist in Residence at Godolphin and Trelissick N.T. I relish watercolour painting atop a windy cliff or drawing interiors in cold, dark, old buildings.

To see more examples of Hilary’s work please visit:

www.facebook .com/Hilary.Jean.Gibson.illustrator

http://www.hilary-jean-gibson-illustrator.co.uk/


Hilary was recently featured in Artist and Illustrator magazine, sharing tips on how to create watercolour paintings en plein air. Please see the article below:

 

In 2015 Hilary was commissioned by Artist and Illustrator magazine to write a piece about Turner and how she taught inspired by his approaches on our Turner’s Sea and Sunset course. Please read the article by downloading the PDF.

Hilary – Turner article – PDF.2015

 


Developing Drawing Skills 01/07/2019

£355

Create compelling drawings from observation and give yourself a completely new creative toolbox. Taught in a small group, you will learn techniques to closely observe as well as respond expressively to the world around you. Unlock the secrets of this timeless medium and develop a new love for drawing that will last you a lifetime.
 


Expressive Watercolour 08/07/2019

£270

Develop a free and fresh approach to painting watercolour, a dynamic and flexible medium. Experiment with different scales and bring in mixed media to loosen up your technique. From studio set-ups and location-based studies you will build skills in applying washes, colour mixing pattern and texture. An ideal course if you have some experience of using watercolour and want to loosen up your way of working, or equally rewarding for a beginner.
 


CW - Expressive Watercolour 13/07/2019

£180

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique. Build your skills in applying washes, pattern, texture and colour mixing. This is an ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.
 


LW Getting Started with Watercolour 09/08/2019

£270

This course covers the basics of watercolour as a rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. An ideal first step to watercolour painting and a springboard for enjoying this medium to the full.
 


Ocean Light and Water 27/08/2019

£270

The ocean is the rich source of inspiration for this three day course. Learn to capture reflections of light and shadow on wet sand and glistening silver light on the surface of water, using watercolour, inks and acrylic. Give yourself the time and space to reflect on the ocean and its many moods and meanings, giving you tools and confidence to explore this captivating subject.
 


Down to the Sea Again 02/09/2019

£355

Explore the power of the sea and create your own personal response. Music, poetry and the ocean outside the studio will be your inspiration. Develop skills in drawing, printmaking and painting with gouache through demonstrations and one to ones. The work produced will be brought together into your own artist journal as a permanent record of your creative journey.

 


AM - Getting Started with Watercolour 16/09/2019

£35

Where better to begin with this luminous medium than St Ives? Get to grips with the essential theory and techniques of watercolours, exploring their fluid and lively potential. An ideal place to build confidence experimenting with a variety of tools and materials.


PM - Expressive Watercolour 16/09/2019

£35

Enjoy a fresh and energetic approach to watercolour painting. Inspired by the dramatic seascapes and boundless skies of Porthmeor beach, indulge in this versatile medium with a variety of experimental mark-marking techniques. Gain expert insight into expanding the expressive potential of your watercolours. 


AM - Capture St Ives 19/09/2019

£35

Capture the unforgettable essence of St Ives - its buildings, cottages and cobbled streets standing as they have for centuries. Use line and wash, a simple yet powerful technique, to capture your surroundings in situ. Back in the studio, evolve your studies into more complete pieces.
 


AM - Watercolour Beachcomber 20/09/2019

£35

Wander Porthmeor beach making annotated sketches of rock pool ecosystems and collecting beach fragments. In the studio, create compositions from your finds; a water bath can be used to create dimension and fluidity. Learn refined watercolour techniques and experiment with washes, resists and salt. 


PM - Ocean and Light 20/09/2019

£35

Capture how light moves on the ocean using watercolour and inks. Work from the sweeping views of our studio and out on Porthmeor beach. Experiment with water-based media, using limited palettes and other atmospheric techniques to produce subtlety and drama in your paintings. 


Turner Sea and Sky 23/09/2019

£275

Explore techniques to capture the elemental power of the sea, inspired by JMW Turner, the pre-eminent painter of water. His rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings", reveal fresh and immediate approaches to using watercolour. Learn to create vibrant watercolours, denote the sky, sea and beach, and animate and transform unadulterated colour into a boundless seascape.
 


AM - Capture St Ives 26/09/2019

£35

Capture the unforgettable essence of St Ives - its buildings, cottages and cobbled streets standing as they have for centuries. Use line and wash, a simple yet powerful technique, to capture your surroundings in situ. Back in the studio, evolve your studies into more complete pieces. 


Developing Drawing Skills 28/10/2019

£355

Create compelling drawings from observation and give yourself a completely new creative toolbox. Taught in a small group, you will learn techniques to closely observe as well as respond expressively to the world around you. Unlock the secrets of this timeless medium and develop a new love for drawing that will last you a lifetime.
 


Developing Your Portraiture Painting 11/11/2019

£495

Working from direct observation with a clothed model, move from drawing to painting with gouache and oils. Examine in-depth approaches to portraiture using artists such as Lucian Freud and Stanley Spencer as inspiration. This is an ideal follow up to our Introduction to Portraiture course or if you have some experience in painting and life drawing.


CW - Expressive Watercolour 16/11/2019

£180

Develop a free and energetic approach to painting with watercolour to depict land, sky and boundless seascapes. Experiment with different scales using mixed media to loosen up your technique. Build your skills in applying washes, pattern, texture and colour mixing. This is an ideal course if you are a beginner to watercolour or just want to loosen up your way of working.
 


Introduction to Portraiture Painting 10/02/2020

£325

This course is an invaluable introduction to drawing and painting the human face, working from direct observation with a clothed model over three days. Initially you will familiarise yourself with the face through drawing, studying anatomy, tone and composition in pencil. Then use gouache paint to paint monochromatic studies that deepen your understanding of tone and progress to full colour gouache paintings to capture the essence of the sitter.

 


LW Getting Started with Watercolour 22/02/2020

£270

This course covers the basics of this rewarding and beautiful medium. Learn the essential techniques to get you started and understand your materials. Through demonstrations, theory and practice you will develop confidence in essential techniques. A springboard for enjoying this medium to the full and an ideal first step to watercolour painting.
 


Capturing St Ives - 06/04/2020

£270

Capture the unforgettable essence of St Ives harbour and town, its buildings, cottages and cobbled streets that have changed little over the centuries. Learn to use the deceptively simple approach of line and wash to capture these locations in situ. Create annotated studies to return to the studio to develop into larger pieces using pen, ink and wash and simple mono printing.


 


Turner Sea and Sky 14/04/2020

£275

Explore techniques to capture the elemental power of the sea, inspired by JMW Turner, the pre-eminent painter of water. His rapidly made and highly expressive studies, known as colour "beginnings", reveal fresh and immediate approaches to using watercolour. Learn to create vibrant watercolours, denote the sky, sea and beach, and animate and transform unadulterated colour into a boundless seascape.