Liz Luckwell

Linking my method to the landscape, I take students on Porthmeor Beach to make experimental drawings in the sand, bringing them back to some of man’s first marks and symbols. My teaching is grounded in an understanding for people and their desire to learn. I feel I have a genuine understanding of how nervous and apprehensive prospective students can sometimes be and am able to help them relax and enjoy being creative.

Overlooking Hayle Estuary, with its industrial working history and old harbour walls, I often use these textures and structures for inspiration. Drawing underpins my method of working. I let images emerge from the process, pushing the materials to their limits, sometimes using 3D and malleable metals where I score, stamp and stress with wax, thus producing Verdigris effects.


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.
 


Approaching Painting (4) 15/07/2019

£355

This course is ideal for the beginner and guides you through some of the key materials and methods used by painters. Gather visual information through drawing, then develop your work using tonal studies and simple print making techniques. Progressing into paint, explore the properties and application of both acrylic and oil paint to create informed and individual paintings. 


Abstract Colour in St Ives 05/08/2019

£270

Learn to create striking, bold and contemporary work though structured and guided tuition. Start with exploratory studies in how to balance tone, composition and colour to maximum effect, inspired by the dynamic paintings of Sandra Blow. Working in acrylic paint and collage, learn to create robust, mixed media paintings, build your confidence in approaching abstraction and your own personal approach. 


CW - Love Drawing Landscape 17/08/2019

£180

Drawing is the simplest yet the most rich and versatile of mediums. Focusing on landscape, develop a connection between looking and creating and open up new ways of looking at the world around you. Through experimental exercises in the rugged coastal landscape and in the studio, you will discover just how rewarding drawing can be.


Exploring Botanical Forms 27/08/2019

£270

Explore the wonders of botanical forms from the micro to the macro using drawing and painting. Starting with detailed drawings using academic techniques, such as measuring and composition, you will develop a more fluid, expressive response. The intimate studies of artists like Durer, Karl Blossfeldt's photography and the expressive watercolours and prints of Elizabeth Blackadder will be our starting points.  

 


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 02/09/2019

£355

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


AM - Hepworth: Form and Purpose 17/09/2019

£35

Trace the symbolic curvature of Barbara Hepworth's crisp, geometric forms - extraordinary and iconic responses to the Cornish environment. Explore composition through taut lines and flowing arcs using monoprinting and drawing to develop your own intuitive and abstract responses to a sculptural still life.
 


PM - A View of Porthmeor 17/09/2019

£35

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was a pioneer of the modernist movement here in St Ives. This workshop takes inspiration from her profound eight-line artworks. Here on Porthmeor Beach more than thirty years later, use the immediate technique of monoprinting to capture the undulating forms of the sea and horizon. 
 


AM - Love Drawing Landscape 18/09/2019

£35

Use line drawing to create a rich and resonant connection between looking and creating, opening up new ways of seeing landscape. Experimental exercises take you into the rugged Cornish surroundings. Develop your work in the studio and discover the versatility of drawing, creating mood with tone and depth. 


AM - Exploring Botanical Forms 19/09/2019

£35

Working monochromatically using inks, pencil and pen, explore the structural subtleties and sublime shapes of late summer, working from a wide range of plant forms in the studio. Discover how technical approaches of measuring and composition enable more fluid and expressive drawings later.


PM - Botanical Colour 19/09/2019

£35

The delicate flushes and vivid hues of the botanical palette make it a decadent one to work from. Gain insight into the artform’s long tradition, exploring the organic structures of plants through a variety of exercises using coloured inks, washes and pastels. 


AM - Love Drawing Landscape 24/09/2019

£35

Use line drawing to create a rich and resonant connection between looking and creating, opening up new ways of seeing landscape. Experimental exercises take you into the rugged Cornish surroundings. Develop your work in the studio and discover the versatility of drawing, creating mood with tone and depth. 


The Human Touch 14/10/2019

£355

Discover how to capture the essence of a figure in a relaxed and experimental atmosphere; an opportunity for those who enjoy drawing the figure to explore new materials and stimulating approaches. Working from a live model learn to capture the human form in immediate, direct ways and how to incorporate the figure into more substantial or narrative paintings.

*NB Previous Title: Experimental Figure

 


Inspired by Nature; A View of Porthmeor 21/10/2019

£355

The forms and beauty of the natural world and the Cornish coastline were a recurrent inspiration for both Barbara Hepworth and Wilhelmina Barns Graham. Delve into the abstracted forms of these two renowned and innovative St Ives Modernist artists. Respond to the same environments that inspired them, including visiting the Hepworth garden and working from the same rugged landscape. NB. Please note this course was previously called Exploring Forms.


 


LW - Printing for Painters 25/10/2019

£275

A rare opportunity to work with tutors from both the St Ives School of Painting and  Porthmeor Print Workshop. Translate visual information gathered in the landscape into multi layered prints using mono printing and drypoint, including time creating work on one of three presses. You will enjoy this course if you love the simplicity and immediacy of print, an approach that will also benefit and inspire your painting.


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.
 


The Art of Keeping it Simple 04/11/2019

£355

Many artists have used the still-life genre as a successful vehicle to experiment and develop their ideas. In this course students will consider the deceptively simple still life paintings of renowned British Modernists Ben Nicholson and William Scott, who created innovative, powerful works by reducing subject and content to its essentials. Learn to create dynamic paintings by focusing on simple forms, considered composition and a limited colour palette.


CW - Developing Drawing Skills 25/01/2020

£180

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 and respond 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.
 


Abstract Colour in St Ives 17/02/2020

£270

Learn to create striking, bold and contemporary work though structured and guided tuition. Start with exploratory studies in how to balance tone, composition and colour to maximum effect, inspired by the dynamic paintings of Sandra Blow. Working in acrylic paint and collage, learn to create robust, mixed media paintings, build your confidence in approaching abstraction and your own personal approach. 


Getting Started with Mixed Media Landscape 16/03/2020

£355

This course is a concentrated dose of encouraging tuition and individual experimentation, giving you a solid foundation in mixed media landscape. Our spectacular surroundings and relaxed St Ives studios provide an ideal climate for you to feel confident and excited about trying something new.


CW - Love Drawing Landscape 21/03/2020

£180

Drawing is the simplest yet the most rich and versatile of mediums. Focusing on landscape, develop a connection between looking and creating and open up new ways of looking at the world around you. Through experimental exercises in the rugged coastal landscape and in the studio, you will discover just how rewarding drawing can be.


LW - Printing for Painters 03/04/2020

£275

A rare opportunity to work with tutors from both the St Ives School of Painting and  Porthmeor Print Workshop. Translate visual information gathered in the landscape into multi layered prints using mono printing and drypoint, including time creating work on one of three presses. You will enjoy this course if you love the simplicity and immediacy of print, an approach that will also benefit and inspire your painting.
 


Approaching Painting (4) 20/04/2020

£355

This course is ideal for the beginner and guides you through some of the key materials and methods used by painters. Gather visual information through drawing, then develop your work using tonal studies and simple print making techniques. Progressing into paint, explore the properties and application of both acrylic and oil paint to create informed and individual paintings.