J M W Turner artist painting course Cornwall


This new Turner five day course is an exciting departure for the art school. Three respected landscape artists will be helping students to respond to the work of J M W Turner with demonstrations and lots of hands-on exercises. 

Hannah Woodman will help students try their hand at exploring how Turner used drawing materials and watercolour sketches in his work. She will also provide a brief presentation of paintings by Turner from various points in his career looking at his techniques.

Paul Lewin is a highly respected coastal landscape painter and will be taking the group for two days exploring Turner's ground-breaking use of watercolour. Turner made over 20,000 works on paper over his career.

Artist Gareth Edwards will be taking the last two days of the course sharing his in-depth knowledge of oil painting methods and materials with a lively and hands-on series of demonstrations and exercises enabling students to learn how Turner used oils in a way that had not been seen before his time. 

At the time of the July date of this course the art school will be hosting an evening talk for the public by Professor Sam Smiles who is a leading expert on Turner and has written widely on the life and career of J M W Turner. Sam will be giving a public talk about Turner's use of materials and processes at the art school on July 13th to which all of the attendees of the course will have a complimentary ticket. 

Later that evening, exclusively for those who are attending the five day Turner course, there will be the opportunity to come to a further later talk by Sam on the famous Fighting Temeraire painting by Turner now in the National Gallery and a dinner to be held at the ex-residence of the Captain of the Temeraire at Chapel House Hotel in Penzance. The cost of the short talk and three course dinner will be £25 and can be purchased at the time of booking the art course (just give us a call when you book the course to let us know that you want a place at the meal - non-participating partners are welcome too). Sam is passionate about the Fighting Temeraire having researched and given lectures about it often.

Sam's published works on Turner include: The Making of a Modern Artist (Manchester University Press, 2007), The Turner Book (Tate Publications, 2006) and J.M.W. Turner (Tate Gallery Publishing/Princeton University Press, 2000). He curated the Turner exhibitions Late Turner: Painting Set Free (Tate Britain, 2014-15) and Light into Colour: Turner in the South West (Tate St Ives, 2006). He is currently completing a book for Yale University Press on Turner's last works and the idea of a so-called 'late style'.

For the September date we will be joined by Roy Perry Ex Head of Tate Gallery Conservation who has worked on a number of well known Turner paintings over his career. Roy will be able to help us unpick how Turner built up his paintings and which materials and techniques he used focusing on watercolour and oil. This will be a remarkably unique opportunity to gain insights into Turner's working methods.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the work of J M W Turner with three of the most experienced landscape painters working in Cornwall today.

This course is being run in association with Chapel House Hotel in Penzance which was once the home of the Captain of the ship made famous in Turner's painting 'The Fighting Temeraire'. Students can choose to stay at the hotel while attending the course which has recently been renovated into one of the premier hotels in the area. Other accommodation options can be found on our Accommodation page.


Image use by kind permission of the National Gallery, London. Header for this page is a detail of:

Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Fighting Temeraire, © The National Gallery, London, Turner Bequest, 1856

Please meet at 9.50am for a 10am start at Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall, TR18 5AW.

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. We put these guidelines in place for the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all our students.

All paints, boards, brushes and other materials are provided by the school. Please wear old clothes. Bring warm waterproofs in case of bad weather. Please bring sturdy shoes such as trainers or walking boots.

Please bring a packed lunch.


If you are looking for a local place to stay, please browse our page for Accommodation in West Cornwall - Newlyn, St Ives, Penzance, Marazion, Mousehole B and B, Guesthouses, Hotels, Cottages and Hostels

You are responsible for arranging your own accommodation and transport where applicable. Although we do list local providers of accommodation on our Website to try to assist you in finding accommodation, you are responsible for contracting directly with the accommodation provider and when doing so (and when booking transport) you should make arrangements for cancellation whether that is as the result of a cancellation of a Course by us or by you and you should consider appropriate insurance.

Our full terms and conditions can be found here.

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"Loved every minute and learned such a lot. Great idea to focus on an old master."

Sally, Burford
Registered Office: Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW. Tel: 01736365557.
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