23/04/201828/04/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 3 places available - £470

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Course Info

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, 28th April. 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

This course is an opportunity to work in a small group (7 max) in the Old Lifeboat House, in Porthleven, Cornwall, dramatically positioned on the edge of the harbour, facing the open sea.  Unique to the Porthleven courses, artists work towards a one-day exhibition on the final day.

’Image, structure, movement, all the ingredients are here to make paintings. During the week, the artists will be exploring and responding to its’ richness, rawness and complexity, making their own personal interpretations of Porthleven, adding to its rich tradition’

The course begins with drawing exercises around the harbour, collecting information and ideas for paintings. During the week, there will be a mixture of group exercises, demonstrations and discussions to help artists engage with their paintings and take it somewhere new. Colour, mark-making, space and composition are all areas that will be explored and there will be plenty of opportunity for one to one tuition and mentoring with Ashley. As part of the course and his teaching, Ashley will be working on a new Porthleven painting. With this longer course, a day is put aside for visiting galleries and seeing the best of the current exhibitions in Cornwall.

The course is designed for painters who wish to enhance their creativity and look towards abstraction and beyond the representational. Ashley looks forward to sharing his wide knowledge and passion for colour and landscape with the group.

What To Bring

Artists can either bring their own materials or for a £50 supplement, we can supply a multi-pack of Rowney oils or acrylics, mediums, two canvases 50x40cms, all drawing materials and use of brushes and palette knives.  The Studio has a large table for each artist but if participants prefer to work on an easel or table-easel, please bring your own. A recommended list of materials will be sent in advance of the course.

Getting There

Porthleven is in the far west of Cornwall, near to Helston.  If travelling by car, the best route is the A30 from Exeter, and then the B3303 from Cambourne.

The nearest train stations are Penzance with bus connections to Porthleven or Cambourne where it is best to take a taxi. View map here.

About Your Tutor

Ashley has over 30 years experience as a professional artist and an experienced, knowledgeable and generous teacher. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University and the National Academy of Art, Bergen, Norway and since 2009 has been running his own independent courses and workshops in Cornwall and Kent, ensuring that the teaching you will receive throughout the course will be of the highest standard. Ashley's paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. His work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Discerning Eye and the National Open Art Exhibition. He has been a recipient of the Boise Travel Scholarship form the Slade School of Art and is a former prizewinner of the Hunting Art Prizes.


There are plenty of options for Cottage rental or Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Porthleven.  Porthleven Holiday Cottages offer a 10% discount on their cottages and at the Artist Loft  B&B, to artists booked on the course..

Here is another useful link for accommodation: http://www.porthleven-online.com/holidayaccommodation.html

If you are looking to share we can put you in touch with the other artists in the group.

Terms and Conditions

Please request a Booking Form by clicking on the Book Now link above or by calling Ashley on 01208 77656 or 07534 043845.

Please complete the booking form and send a £70 deposit at time of booking, followed by the balance to be received before Mon 26 Feb 2018. If you prefer you can send full payment at the time of booking.

Once payment has been received, we will send you confirmation by email of your place on the course.(Please note your place is not confirmed until we have received the booking form and payment.)

Please note we need a minimum number people for this course to go ahead.If for any reason we do not meet the required number of people, then your payment will be refunded in full.

Otherwise, please note the fee is non-refundable.If we are oversubscribed, we’ll put you on a waiting list.