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About Freedom in Painting

Find your freedom - painting courses in Cornwall and Kent.

The concept of ‘Freedom in Painting’ is that as artists, rather than being in awe of the subject, to move our practice forward, we need to invent, challenge and surprise ourselves and transform the subject into something that is ours, utilizing all our knowledge and skills in the pursuit of an idea.

To contact Ashley Hanson, please email info@ashleyhanson.co.uk or call 01208 77656 or 07534 043845.

 

28/01/2021 - 29/01/2021: 9.45am - 5pm (2 Day)
at Online ZOOM Workshop
10 artists: 3 places available - £100

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Finish Date: 2021-01-29
Start Date: 2021-01-28
Timings: 9.45am - 5pm
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Online ZOOM Workshop
Cost: £100
Places Available: 10 artists: 3

Using the ZOOM online platform, we aim to replicate the format and ambitions of our popular Freedom in Painting workshops. Suitable for artists with some experience. You will need a space to work and a reasonable internet connection and a laptop or tablet.

All artists have their influences. Many have taken this further and re-worked and re-interpreted the work of other artists - Van Gogh/Millet, Soutine/Rembrandt, Picasso/Velasquez- out of respect and awe and the pursuit of knowledge. This workshop presents the opportunity and challenge of putting your own stamp on a favourite painting. You will benefit from 1 to 1 tuition from Ashley on both days.

See HERE for Gallery of work made and brief write-up on 'Image & Ground', our first online workshop.

03/02/2021 - 27/02/2021: 6.30pm Video Release (8 x 30mins sessions)
at YOU TUBE VIDEO CHANNEL
UNLIMITED places available - £50

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Finish Date: 2021-02-27
Start Date: 2021-02-03
Timings: 6.30pm Video Release
Duration: 8 x 30mins sessions
Location: YOU TUBE VIDEO CHANNEL
Cost: £50
Places Available: UNLIMITED

A perfect antidote to Lockdown. This is an opportunity to watch Ashley live from the studio, working on a new 'Penzance' painting, from beginning to end, in a series of 8 half hour videos throughout February. Ashley will share his ideas, influences, process and techniques with the viewers, giving a fascinating insight into contemporary painting. In our previous 'Painting Process' sessions, many of our viewers found the videos invaluable for their own practice.

Eight years since the last painting in the 'Penzance' series, it's time to look again, with fresh eyes, at this fascinating harbour-town, with its' curious house-shaped inner-harbour and triangular lido.' 

HOW IT WORKS: Subscribers will be be emailed the exclusive video links at 6.30pm on a Wed and Sat, from Wed 3 Feb. This will be accompanied by high resolution images of the painting in process. The links will be available to you to view in your own time and for you to refer back to indefinitely.

25/03/2021 - 26/03/2021: 9.45am - 5pm (2 Day)
at Online ZOOM Workshop
10 artists: No places available - £100

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Finish Date: 2021-03-26
Start Date: 2021-03-25
Timings: 9.45am - 5pm
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Online ZOOM Workshop
Cost: £100
Places Available: 10 artists: No

Using the ZOOM online platform, we aim to replicate the format and ambitions of our popular Freedom in Painting workshops. Suitable for artists with some experience. You will need a space to work and a reasonable internet connection and a laptop or tablet.

The domestic-interior has inspired some of the greatest paintings in art-history. In this workshop we will be looking at varied possibilities of the subject in painting: narrative, the decorative, symbolism, intimacy, composition & abstraction. Artists may choose to work with or without the figure and to bring drawings/studies of a real or imagined room to the workshop. You will benefit from 1 to 1 tuition from Ashley on both days.

See HERE for Gallery of work made and brief write-up on 'Image & Ground', our first online workshop.

08/05/2021 - 13/05/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 2 places available - £510

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Finish Date: 2021-05-14
Start Date: 2021-05-09
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £510
Places Available: 7 artists: 2

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings. 

Click here for review and gallery from the COVID safe Autumn 2020 Porthleven courses

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

19/05/2021 - 23/05/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5 days)
at Port Isaac Village Hall
12 artists: 6 places available - £450

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Finish Date: 2021-05-24
Start Date: 2021-05-20
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 5 days
Location: Port Isaac Village Hall
Cost: £450
Places Available: 12 artists: 6

Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village set amidst rugged and magnificent scenery on Cornwall's North coast, with narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed cottages that head down to the harbour.  Truly inspirational: a rich variety of viewpoints and subject matter, an intoxicating mix of the natural and the man-made coastal landscape.

Click here for review and gallery from the 2015 painting holiday where we visited Port Isaac and Trebarwith Strand

Click here for review and report from the 2017 April Port Isaac course. 

25/09/2021 - 30/09/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 4 places available - £510

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Finish Date: 2021-10-01
Start Date: 2021-09-26
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £510
Places Available: 7 artists: 4

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings. 

Click here for review and gallery from the COVID safe Autumn 2020 Porthleven courses

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

02/10/2021 - 07/10/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 2 places available - £510

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Finish Date: 2021-10-08
Start Date: 2021-10-03
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £510
Places Available: 7 artists: 2

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings. 

Click here for review and gallery from the COVID safe Autumn 2020 Porthleven courses

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

30/07/2020 - 31/07/2020: 9.45a.m - 4.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Online ZOOM Workshop
10 artists: No places available - £90

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Finish Date: 2020-08-01
Start Date: 2020-07-31
Timings: 9.45a.m - 4.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Online ZOOM Workshop
Cost: £90
Places Available: 10 artists: No

In a new Online Venture, using ZOOM, we aim to replicate the format and ambitions of our popular Freedom in Painting workshops. Suitable for artists with some experience. You will need a space to work and a reasonable internet connection and a laptop or tablet.

On day one, a slideshow and demonstration will be followed by a series of group exercises where the 10 artists, working with an simple image of their own choice (jug, boat, figure, vase, building, animal, tree etc), will explore a shifting relationship between image and ground before developing their painting (s) further on day two. 

26/09/2020 - 01/10/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 2 places available - £490

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Finish Date: 2020-10-02
Start Date: 2020-09-27
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £490
Places Available: 7 artists: 2

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings. 

Click here for review and gallery from the May 2019 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses

03/10/2020 - 08/10/2020: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: No places available - £490

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Finish Date: 2020-10-09
Start Date: 2020-10-04
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £490
Places Available: 7 artists: No

The unspoilt fishing-village of Porthleven, with its' iconic clock- tower and unique double-harbour, is the setting and inspiration for this 6-day painting course. Our studio is the Old Lifeboat House, dramatically positioned at the head of the harbour. Uniquely on our courses, artists will be working towards a one-day exhibition on the Thursday 4 April. This is an opportunity for artists with some experience to work in a small group – maximum seven - in a wonderful location that has inspired many of Ashley's own paintings. 

Click here for review and gallery from the May 2019 Porthleven course

Click here for review and gallery from the October 2019 Porthleven courses