Defining Practice Practical Course


This exciting year-long practical course is now well into it's fourth year and the art school is currently accepting applications for the 2018 course which will again be run over six two day sessions eight weeks apart starting in January of 2018. The course combines practical sessions on each of the weekend or Monday/Tuesday sessions alongside one-to-one tuition and group tutorials.

The course is aimed at those who wish to create a body of work over a year through which they might gain a stronger sense of their own artistic voice and the methods, media and processes that are most suited to their work.

Each student will be set personal projects within the meetings but also between sessions. By working with the tutors in a group dynamic students can share discoveries, influences and connections from contemporary artists to historical references gaining inspiration from the artistic journeys of fellow students.

An example 2 day session might include the first day in which every student would bring along a recent work they had made or some source material from which they would make several fresh works from scratch during the day using different painting and drawing processes under the guidance of the tutors. The tuition would be one-to-one and also group demonstrations with specific guidance given to each student in the group of no more than eleven people attending. With lots of materials to-hand provided by the art school there would be a continual flow of new types of painting, drawing and other media to explore and constant individual help to guide students with their work. The second day would include a session from a visiting artist who would show their own approach to their artistic practice with themes such as using sketchbooks and source material alongside one's artistic practice, appropriation of imagery from the world around you, experimenting with materials and processes among other themes. This would be followed by further practical work and one-to-one tuition as well as group discussions and feedback on each others work.

There will be the opportunity to cover multi-media practice including painting, printmaking, collage and photography among other media.

There will be a session towards the end of the year on what options to explore after the course in regard to exhibiting your work.


The dates of the course for 2019 will be;

Defining Practice Group A, 2019 (Sat-Sun) NOW FULL

Jan 19-20th

March 16-17th

May 18-19th

July 20-21st

Sept 14-15th

Nov 16-17th

Defining Practice Group B, 2019 (Mon-Tues) NOW FULL

Jan 21-22nd

March 18-19th

May 20-21st

July 22-23rd

Sept 16-17th

Nov 18-19th

Defining Practice Group C, 2019 (Mon-Tues)

Jan 28-29th

March 25-26th

May 27-28th

July 29-30th

Sept 23-24th

Nov 25-26th



The 2019 course will cost £2,250 including all materials used during the sessions at the art school.

We would be interested to hear from anyone interested in applying for the next year by email - info (@)

To find out more about the course please ring the art school on 01736 365 557

In addition to the above Defining Practice course we have a Mentoring course held over six weekends in a year.

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It was very refreshing to have tutorials with practising artists who have all been through similar experiences and are able to give honest appraisals of your work. I soon realised that the defining of my art practice will be an ongoing process, with this course as a fantastic kick-starter. This course provides an inspiring, encouraging and safe place in which to experiment and develop”.

Mike, Manchester
Registered Office: Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW. Tel: 01736365557.
Company Number: 7621257. Registered in Cardiff in 2011.