Unleashing your creativity

Katy Peck

St Ives is renown world wide as an artistic hive of creativity, so isn’t it time you allowed yourself the opportunity to indulge your creative side?

It is hard to fit in being creative, and feeling inspired when locked into the humdrum of day-to-day life, the last thing on my list is picking up a paintbrush, so imagine a week dedicated to allowing your imagination run wild, with the inspirational backdrop of St Ives.

St Ives School of Painting

Located just moments away from the Sail Lofts luxury apartments in St Ives, the St Ives School of Painting was the starting point of the St Ives art revolution, forging the way for artists and creatives such as Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Alfred Wallis. In operation today, in its original location, you can tread the boards where history was once made, continuing the legacy. The School runs a variety of classes, to suit a range of abilities, in a myriad of media. From water colour, to life drawing, to going plein air around the coastal paths of St Ives, all led by highly qualified tutors and artists.

Kiwi Print Studio

Situated just off the A30 at Beacon, the Kiwi Printmaking Studio has been aiding its students into making dreams a reality, with master printmaker Dena O’Brien at the helm; putting you in the best helping hands for creating your master piece. Offering half and full day courses throughout the year, sign up to classes focusing on fabric screen printing, landscape themed dry point, or why not try designing and printing your own fabric lampshade?

Barnoon Workshop

A spectacular dedicated space for arts and crafts activities in the heart of St Ives, surrounded by beautiful scenery, overlooking Porthmeor Beach positioned just behind Tate St Ives. Barnoon’s wonderful workshops are led by a collective of arts and craft professionals that make up the Barnoon Team, with the aim of inspiring creativity for all ages, through traditional art and craft skills. There are weekly drop in classes and short courses for adults from water colour painting to playing the guitar. Pop by their website to keep an eye on courses running during your St Ives stay.

Whether you are in St Ives for a week of rest and relaxation during your stay at the Sail Lofts luxury apartments or looking for a course to whet your creative appetite, we can happily endorse that you will find an amazing day out with one of our recommendations above.