Start Date: 08/05/2021
Finish Date: 12/05/2021
Timings: 9.30am - 1pm
Duration: 5 days
Location: Online
Places Available: 7 places: No
Cost: £250

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On this new online course, using ZOOM, we aim to mirror, the format and ambitions of our popular 'Freedom in Painting' courses in Porthleven. Suitable for artists with some experience. You will need a space to work and a reasonable internet connection and a laptop or tablet.

This unspoilt Cornish fishing-village, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is our inspiration for this 5-day online painting course. Those who have been will know its special appeal for artists. For those yet to visit, Ashley will bring it to life with an introductory Powerpoint presentation about the village, the artists who have painted it and his own ‘Porthleven’ series.  Working in a small group of 7, over the 5 days there will demonstrations, group exercises and individual tuition from 9.30 - 1pm, with the afternoons devoted to individual working. The course will end with our traditional Group Critique, where we can see and discuss your new 'Porthleven' paintings.

Click here for review and gallery from the COVID safe Autumn 2020 Porthleven courses

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

During the course, artists will be able to see the progess of Ashley's latest 'Porthleven' painting, number 52.

In advance of the course, we recommend artists download the ZOOM App and familiarise themselves with how it operates. We will send a guide to ZOOM and your link to the ZOOM meeting (Your Workshop) a week before the workshop. Below is a guide to the format for the 5 days:


On Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues, contact time is 9.30-1pm with individual working in the afternoon. On Wednesday afternoon, we have a Group Critique 3.30 - 5pm


SAT 8 MAY, 9.15-1PM

The course will begin at 9.15 with a 15 minute settling-in period where we make sure everyone can see and hear Ashley, your tutor, and a chance to say hello to your fellow artists. At 9.30am there will be an introductory talk and POWERPOINT Presentation, followed by a demonstration and a group exercise. (Artists to email an image ot their painting to Ashley at the end of the day and Ashley will send an image of his painting to the artists).

SUN 9 MAY,9.30-1PM

A demonstration and group-exercise to be followed by individual working. Individual tuition to begin at 10.30. Tutorials will be 15 mins per artist, with a five minute gap between each. Just before their tutorial, artists are asked to email Ashley the latest stage of their painting(s).

MON 10 MAY, 9.30-1PM

 Brief talk and demonstation. Tutorials 10.30 -1pm, 15 mins per artist.


 Brief talk and demonstration. Tutorials 10.30 -1pm, 15 mins per artist

WED 12 MAY 9.30-5PM

 Brief talk and demonstration. Tutorials 10.30 - 1pm, 15 mins per artist.

During the afternoon-session, whilst artists are working, Ashley will prepare a POWERPOINT presentation for the Group Critique, starting 3.30 til 5pm. Artists are asked to email images of their paintings for inclusion in the presentation. 


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Two canvases, MIN,  but best to have extra on hand just in case. - we all have our own pace. Use whatever paints you prefer although I'll be working in oils. Have a good selection of colours and make sure you have extra white as it always runs out. Plenty of brushes, a palette knife, paint medium (for oils) and paint-pots (yogurt pots, tuna-fish can etc) will be needed.

Your Tutor

Ashley Hanson

Ashley Hanson

"Ashley's concern as an artist and teacher, is to unleash the emotional response to the subject matter that enables the painter to take risks, discover a 'personal colour palette that excites' and to provide the fresh vision of Britain's natural beauty that places him within the long tradition set by the masters of the landscape genre." Dr. Sally Bulgin, Editor, ‘The Artist’ magazine, February 2013


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