Realism is the movement of painting that seeks to describe the landscape as the artist sees it, with clarity and honesty. In this four-day painting course, artist Jon Doran focuses on teaching key principles that help participants to observe and capture a variety of rural or coastal scenes in oil paint.

Cornwall lends itself to landscape painting given its wide variety of atmospheric locations, from the rugged north coast cliffs to quiet, secluded coves. Each day, Jon takes the participants to a new location to explore a range of approaches to painting from life. This is a perfect course for those who enjoy the outdoors and who would like learn how to create convincing representations of place. 

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.

During the course, minibus transport is provided to visit various locations in West Cornwall.

Materials used on this course:

Oil paints - 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:

All materials are provided by the school. Please bring old clothes to paint in. Sturdy shoes such as walking boots or trainers, a hat in case of particularly good weather, warm and waterproof clothes. Bringing something light to sit on while outside such as a small cushion, sit mat or rolled-up fleece is a good idea.


Please bring a packed lunch. A water bottle and a travel mug are always a good idea for out on location.


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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