14/05/201818/05/2018: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5 days)
at Port Isaac Village Hall
12 artists: 7 places available - £420

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Course Info

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. 

On this 5-day painting course, we will be spending the first day on location- drawing, making studies, sourcing ideas for paintings, before working for 4 days in our studio in Port Isaac Village Hall.  Our main focus will be Port Isaac, but we also visit nearby dramatic Trebarwith Strand with its surging tides and amazing rock formations.

In the studio, with a combination of group exercises, demonstrations and discussions, Ashley will help artists develop their paintings, finding their own personal interpretation of the Cornish coastal landscape.  Colour, mark-making, space and composition are all areas that will be explored and there will be plenty of time for one-to-one tuition. As part of his teaching, Ashley will discuss the work of other artists and also work on his own painting of Port Isaac, demonstrating many tips and techniques.  The course will end with an informal group critique, where the artists get the chance to discuss the paintings made during the week and receive invaluable feedback about their work.

This course is suitable for painters of all abilities who wish to enhance their creativity. Please note that a reasonable level of fitness is required as there is some steep walking in and around Port Isaac.

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 Village Hall has plenty of tables 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

It is recommended that you come by car as there are no train stations nearby. We will forward directions to you nearer the time.

Please note there is no parking at the Village Hall. Here is the link to their website where there is a map and directions for dropping off stuff and collecting your materials at the Hall.

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 Hotels, Holiday Cottages and Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Port Isaac but Port Isaac is very popular so early booking is recommended. If you wish to share a cottage, we can put you in touch with the other artists on the course. Here are a couple of links for accommodation but there are plenty more.



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 19 March 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.