Art Courses

Peace of Mind with Your Booking and COVID

When you book with us and are unable to attend your course due to COVID, rest assured you won't loose your money. We will offer you a credit note for the value of the course for you to use towards any course, to be used within 2 years from the date of your original booking. Please see T&C's on each course for full details. Your safe keeping is important to us and we will be following Government guidelines for Art Courses at all times.

 

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.

 

10/08/2022 - 11/08/2022: 9.30a.m - 5.00 p.m (2 Day)
at Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury
12 artists: 2 places available - £135

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Finish Date: 2022-08-12
Start Date: 2022-08-11
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.00 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Queens Park Art Centre, Aylesbury
Cost: £135
Places Available: 12 artists: 2

'Colour is the only direction for painting'. A 2 -day workshop exploring the power of colour through the vision and extraordinary paintings of Patrick Heron, 'Celebrations of the visible', and a bridge between the European and American traditions of painting.     

06/04/2022 - 07/04/2022: 9.45am - 5pm (2 Day)
at Online ZOOM Workshop
10 artists: No places available - £100

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Finish Date: 2022-04-08
Start Date: 2022-04-07
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.

Matisse painted numerous views of Notre-Dame, which he could see from his studio window on the quai St-Michel in Paris. For Matisse, each painting of Notre-Dame was a reinvention; no two of his responses resemble each other. 'I never tire of it,' he said of the view in 1919, at the end of his second stint in the building, 'for me it is always new'. This workshop presents artists the opportunity to work out of and re-invent from Matisse's iconic series. 

 See HERE for Gallery of work and report from 'INTERIOR - Painting the Room' Online Workshop.

See HERE for Gallery of work and report from the 'INTERPRETATION' Online Worksop

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

07/05/2022 - 12/05/2022: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 2 places available - £530

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Finish Date: 2022-05-13
Start Date: 2022-05-08
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £530
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 in Cornwall. 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 12 May. 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 Autumn 2021 Porthleven courses

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

18/05/2022 - 22/05/2022: 9.30am - 5.30pm (5 days)
at Port Isaac Village Hall
12 artists: 2 places available - £470

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Finish Date: 2022-05-23
Start Date: 2022-05-19
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 5 days
Location: Port Isaac Village Hall
Cost: £470
Places Available: 12 artists: 2

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. 

24/09/2022 - 29/09/2022: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 1 places available - £530

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Finish Date: 2022-09-30
Start Date: 2022-09-25
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £530
Places Available: 7 artists: 1

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 in Cornwall. 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 29 September, open to the public. 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 Autumn 2021 courses

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

01/10/2022 - 06/10/2022: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: No places available - £530

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Finish Date: 2022-10-07
Start Date: 2022-10-02
Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Duration: 6 days
Location: The Old Lifeboat House
Cost: £530
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 in Cornwall. 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 6 October, open to the public. 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 Autumn 2021 Porthleven courses 

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

 

08/09/2021 - 09/09/2021: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
8 artists: No places available - £170

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Finish Date: 2021-09-10
Start Date: 2021-09-09
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £170
Places Available: 8 artists: No

'You can do certain things with painting that are unique to painting that you cannot do with anything else. With a painting you can contain within borders a lot of experience, narrative, emotion, poetry, idea, thought, time, references and so on, all within a frame … Painting has a unique potential to stop time and compact feelings and experience'  SEAN SCULLY

An in-depth exploration of the ideas, process and influences of the abstract painters Hans Hoffman and Sean Scully.Their work is the springboard: working in a small group of 8, in this 2-day workshop we will be looking at colour and space, expression, pattern, mark-making, with the ambition of making something new, surprising and personal. 

 

10/09/2021 - 11/09/2021: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m (2 Day)
at Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
8 artists: 5 places available - £170

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Finish Date: 2021-09-12
Start Date: 2021-09-11
Timings: 9.30a.m - 5.30 p.m
Duration: 2 Day
Location: Creek Creative, Faversham,Kent
Cost: £170
Places Available: 8 artists: 5

'Rather than making a 'picture' about beach-huts, think in terms of using beach huts to make a painting'

 

Inspired by my memories of living in Whitsable, on this 2-day 'Freedom in Painting' workshop, our small group of 8 artists will use the popular motif of beach huts to explore a shifting relationship between image and ground and the painterly, geometric and narrative possibilities of beach huts in their paintings.

 

25/09/2021 - 30/09/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 2 places available - £510

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

02/10/2021 - 07/10/2021: 9.30am - 5.30pm (6 days)
at The Old Lifeboat House
7 artists: 1 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: 1

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