A valuable four-day studio-based course that helps students to understand the foundational skills of painting with oil paints.

With a range of still-life setups as the subject, participants are expertly guided in the fundamentals of representational painting, focusing on tonal values, composition, form, colour identification and mixing and mark making.

Suitable for beginners and improvers, students are taught largely on a one-to-one basis with experienced artist Jon Doran, helping each individual improve their technique and overcome any obstacles that arise. Jon will also offer some short demonstrations to illustrate his teaching.

The course includes practical advice on how to set up a studio at home so you can continue your painting practice.

Jon Doran


Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW.

Where to meet:

Please arrive at the Newlyn School of Art at 9.50 for a 10am start. This course ends at 4pm.

Materials used on this course:

Each student will have their own staged table of still-life with directional lighting. All materials, brushes and supports will be supplied by the art school.


All skill levels, from beginners to those with more experience. If you have any specific access or support requirements please give us a call at the time of booking to discuss your needs.


We would advise that this course is suitable for those of 16 years of age and upwards (16 & 17yr olds must be accompanied by an adult, who is a paying participant).

What to bring:

Please wear old clothes that you are happy to get paint on.


Please bring a packed lunch.


If you are looking for a local place to stay, please browse our page for Accommodation in West Cornwall.

Additional info:

Once you have booked your place you will receive an email confirmation. Please contact us via our Contact Us page, if you need further support. 

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