Art Courses

About Freedom in Painting

Find your freedom - painting courses in Cornwall and Kent.

The concept of ‘Freedom in Painting’ is that as artists rather than being in awe of the subject, to move our practice forward, we need to invent, challenge and surprise ourselves and transform the subject into something that is ours, utilizing all our knowledge and skills in the pursuit of an idea.

To contact Ashley Hanson, please email info@ashleyhanson.co.uk or call 01208 77656 or 07534 043845.

21/04/2018 - 23/03/2018: 9.30a.m. - 5.30.p.m. (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent
12 artists:7 places available - £120

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Finish Date: 2018-03-23
Start Date: 2018-04-22
Timings: 9.30a.m. - 5.30.p.m.
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham, Kent
Cost: £120
Places Available: 12 artists:7

A 2- day workshop exploring, interpreting/translating the novel - narrative, plot, image, character, location, emotion, sensation- into painting.

The choice of novel is down to each individual artist. In advance of the course, artists are asked to read and re-read their chosen novel and formulate ideas and possibilities for painting to explore during the workshop.

23/04/2018 - 28/04/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 4 places available - £470

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Finish Date: 2018-04-29
Start Date: 2018-04-24
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £470
Places Available: 7 artists: 4

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Saturday. This is an opportunity for the more experienced artist to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings.

Click here for review and gallery from the May 2017 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2017 Porthleven courses

14/05/2018 - 18/05/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5 days)
at Port Isaac Village Hall
12 places available - £420

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Finish Date: 2018-05-19
Start Date: 2018-05-15
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 5 days
Location: Port Isaac Village Hall
Cost: £420
Places Available: 12

New for 2017, Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village set amidst rugged and magnificent scenery on Cornwall's North coast, with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour.  Truly inspirational: a rich variety of viewpoints and subject matter, an intoxicating mix of the natural and the man-made coastal landscape.

Click here for review and gallery from the 2015 painting holiday where we visited Port Isaac and Trebarwith Strand

Click here for review and report from the 2017 April Port Isaac course. 

13/09/2018 - 14/09/2018: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
12 artists:9 places available - £120

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Finish Date: 2018-09-15
Start Date: 2018-09-14
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £120
Places Available: 12 artists:9

A Freedom in Painting workshop exploring, mixing/making/working with the powerful opposites of black and white.
BLACK: Death & mourning, evil, anarchy, fear, strength, power, elegance, austerity, sadness.
WHITE: Purity, innocence, birth, cleanliness, peace, humility, winter, cold, clinical, beginnings.       

29/09/2018 - 04/10/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 6 places available - £470

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Finish Date: 2018-10-05
Start Date: 2018-09-30
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £470
Places Available: 7 artists: 6

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on Fri 6th Oct. This is an opportunity for the more experienced artist to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings.

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2017 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the May 2017 Porthleven course

06/10/2018 - 11/10/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: no places available - £470

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Finish Date: 2018-10-12
Start Date: 2018-10-07
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £470
Places Available: 7 artists: no

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on Thursday 12 Oct. This is an opportunity for the more experienced artist to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings.

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2017 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the May 2017 Porthleven course