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.

05/03/2020 - 06/03/2020: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
10 artists: 9 places available - £140

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Finish Date: 2020-03-06
Start Date: 2020-03-05
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £140
Places Available: 10 artists: 9

HARBOUR: (A safe haven...usually).  An intoxicating mix of the man-made and the natural landscape: structure, movement, weather... 

Working out of the history of the genre - painterly Joan Eardley, the colour of Derain and Marquet, the analytical approach of Seurat & Signac and the abstractions of the St.Ives School - artists on this 2-day 'Freedom in Painting' workshop will explore the possibilities in painting using the motif of their chosen harbour, working from their drawings and photos.

'Harbour' has been a specialism of Artist-tutor Ashley Hanson throughout his career, with many series including Porthleven, Penzance, Aberdeen, Whitstable, Portsmouth and Barcelona.

25/04/2020 - 30/04/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 6 places available - £490

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Finish Date: 2020-05-01
Start Date: 2020-04-26
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £490
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 the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience 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 2019 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

13/05/2020 - 17/05/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5 days)
at Port Isaac Village Hall
12 artists: 9 places available - £430

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Finish Date: 2020-05-18
Start Date: 2020-05-14
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 5 days
Location: Port Isaac Village Hall
Cost: £430
Places Available: 12 artists: 9

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 2019 painting holiday where we visited Port Isaac and Trebarwith Strand

Click here for the review of our Great Art competition winner on the 2018 Port Isaac course. 

26/09/2020 - 01/10/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 5 places available - £490

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Finish Date: 2020-10-02
Start Date: 2020-09-27
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £490
Places Available: 7 artists: 5

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 Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience 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 2019 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

03/10/2020 - 08/10/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 5 places available - £490

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Finish Date: 2020-10-09
Start Date: 2020-10-04
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £490
Places Available: 7 artists: 5

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 Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience 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 2019 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

10/09/2019 - 11/09/2019: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
3 places available - £140

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Finish Date: 2019-09-12
Start Date: 2019-09-11
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £140
Places Available: 3

Explorations of the possibilities of the window in painting...

Looking in, looking out, a frame within a frame.The role of the window has changed in painting from a supporting role, one of many motifs, to becoming a subject in its own right. During this 2-day workshop, participating artists will respond to the idea of window within painting: from the framing of views to the abstraction of the painted frame. 

Artists are asked to bring drawings/photos of their favourite window(s) and the view beyond as the springboard for their paintings. 

   

12/09/2019 - 13/09/2019: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
No places available - £140

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Finish Date: 2019-09-14
Start Date: 2019-09-13
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £140
Places Available: No

Explorations of the possibilities of the window in painting...

Looking in, looking out, a frame within a frame.The role of the window has changed in painting from a supporting role, one of many motifs, to becoming a subject in its own right. During this 2-day workshop, participating artists will respond to the idea of window within painting: from the framing of views to the abstraction of the painted frame. 

Artists are asked to bring drawings/photos of their favourite window(s) and the view beyond as the springboard for their paintings. 

   

21/02/2019 - 22/02/2019: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury
12 artists: No places available - £120

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Finish Date: 2019-02-22
Start Date: 2019-02-21
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury
Cost: £120
Places Available: 12 artists: No

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.       

05/03/2019 - 06/03/2019: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
12 artists: 1 places available - £120

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Finish Date: 2019-03-06
Start Date: 2019-03-05
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £120
Places Available: 12 artists: 1

'Creativity takes courage' 

The portraits and self-portraits of Henri Matisse are the springboard for this 2-day ‘Freedom in Painting’ workshop… 

In advance of the course, participating artists will be asked to draw their chosen subject (or self-portrait) and bring in their studies to develop into painting(s) during the workshop. 

   

07/03/2019 - 08/03/2019: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
12 artists: No places available - £120

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Finish Date: 2019-03-08
Start Date: 2019-03-07
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £120
Places Available: 12 artists: No

'Creativity takes courage' 

The portraits and self-portraits of Henri Matisse are the springboard for this 2-day ‘Freedom in Painting’ workshop… 

In advance of the course, participating artists will be asked to draw their chosen subject (or self-portrait) and bring in their studies to develop into painting(s) during the workshop.