Workshops, Classes & Events

We offer scheduled  art classes, as well as private sessions and occassional involvement in community art projects.   For booking and contact details see below.


  • EMAIL:  [email protected]
  • ONLINE Some events can be booked online via EVENTBRITE (see event description)
  • IN PERSON - Barnoon Arts, Westcotts Quay, St Ives TR26 2DY
  • TELEPHONE:  Call or message  0790 0095203
  • SCHOOL VISITS,   LARGE GROUPS and Private Parties - Please email us for enquiries.


Open Drawing Class


 VENUE : St Ives Arts Club (upstairs theatre room), Wescotts Quay, St Ives TR26

SCHEDULE: MONDAYS 10 am - 12.00

  • 4 Dec:   TBA / 11 Dec TBA
  • 18 Dec: Portraits (Citizens of St Ives)
  •  8 Jan - Portraits (Citizens of St Ives)
  • 15 Jan TBA / 22 Jan TBA
  • 29 Jan Portrait Drawing 

£12 Per Session including materials.   Learn to draw, or develop and build on your drawing skills in The  Open Drawing Class.     These stand alone classes are designed so that you can drop in to just one session,  or come along every week .  A social and  creative way to start your week!

At each session we introduce a different subject  (anything from botanics and  still life to  portraits).  With guided exercises, and a focus on techniques of the  chosen media ,  (from the humble pencil to graphite, inks, pencils, pastels, collage and more). We  incorporate key drawing  skills each week,  for example   developing line, tone and composition with Tutors Zoe Eaton,  Pete Giles and occassional guest tutors. You will also have the opportunity to share your work and ideas with other participants in a supportive and friendly environment.

*CITIZENS OF ST IVES  - We will be joined by a different sitter at each session, in winter & spring 2023/24.  An opportunity to practice and develop portrait drawing from life, using a variety of drawing mediums, techniques and approaches -    At the end of the project we aim to make a collection of selected  'Citizens Of St Ives'  drawings for an exhibition/publication.

 Advance booking is advised,email to reserve your place, payment can be made on the day  

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Draw St Ives! Outdoor Class

  • Saturdays  (winter)   10.30 - 12.00
  • £10 per person
  • Suitable For Adults and Children of all Ages,  for complete beginners and above
  • This  event is outside, dress for the weather

Get to see St Ives in a different light!   Join us for a fun and informal outdoor sketching session  with Tutor Pete Giles, and leave with several  sketches of beautiful St.Ives.   There is help on hand with tips and techniques on capturing what you see  -  So whether you are a complete beginner to drawing - or have more experience  - these sessions are for you! With a variety of guided exercises, using pen and graphite.  No need to bring anything, as we provide use of all  materials ,   

Booking advised  -  free to reserve your place on Eventbrite,  payment can be made on the day. 


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Watercolour St Ives

  •  Tuesdays  (10.30 - 12.30) From Spring 2024
  • £20 per person, including  materials 
  • Suitable for adults and accompanied children
  • Outdoors

Paint beautiful St Ives  using watercolours - A stand alone, informal, outdoor watercolour class with Zoe Eaton.  Suitable for all ages, from complete beginnners and above, .    We choose a different spot at each session, within  a short walk ,  and make several paintings  based on the theme and techniques of the day.   This could be landscapes, street scenes, seascapes, boats and harbour views, beach scenes  or gardens and plants.  There's plenty of help and advice at each step of the way and all materials are included.   Leave with several watercolour paintings on a range of quality watercolour  paper sizes.   

The event is entirely outdoors, in very bad weather, we may have to cancel this event. Advanced booking recommended to secure your place.  Message us to save your space, or pop into the gallery.  Meet at the gallery  

Tickets available from link here: EVENTBRITE TICKET BOOKING

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Sketchbooking St Ives!

  •  £20 per person 
  • Fridays 10.30 - 12.30 -
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities including complete beginners

Drawing in a sketchbook allows you to experiment with different styles and drawing media, whilst keeping all your drawings in one place. and create a keepsake of your morning.    Ideal for all the family, from complete beginners and above.   

We take a short walk, making stops to capture different views of this beautiful town , depending on the season and weather.   Our  experienced tutors are on hand with a range of guided drawing exercises and techniques to get you started.  Explore a variety of mixed media drawing materials which might include graphite, inks, collage, pastels and colour pencils., depending on the themes of the session.   This event is entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather  (in very bad weather, we may have to cancel this event).   All Materials provided including an A5 or A4 soft back sketchbook to fill and keep.   Meet at 10.15 for a 10.30 start.     

 Booking recommended to ensure your place. Its free to reserve, and payment can be made on the day   Eventbright HERE   

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Private Studio Bookings



  • Approx 2 and a  hour session, 10 am or  2 pm  
  • Flat Rate Fee including materials  /  £150  for 1 - 2 people indoors -
  • Please get in touch for enquireis relating to larger groups.

Spend an afternoon  in our beautiful  studio, with views directly overlooking    St Ives Bay.   Choose your subject, (from the options below) and enjoy a private bespoke  session  with  tuition and  materials  included.   We can fit up to two people in our studio, depending on the subject.   Whether you are a complete beginner or more experienced, we can tailor the session to your individual interests and needs.  the studio is upstairs, via small steep staircase.  

  • WATERCOLOUR SESSION  / Zoe Eaton    Gain tips and approaches in using watercolours to capture the beauty of  this lovely medium.  Choose  your  studio subject from:   local beach  finds (seaweed species,  shells)  Botanics, landscape or abstract.   Gain techniques  into mixing a wash, mark making, brush techniques, mixing a colour wheel and more depending on your interests.
  • LANDSCAPE  IN ACRYLIC PAINTS   /     Create your impression of the beautiful scenery on our  doorstep - using  acylic paint on canvas.  Theres step by step help and advice.   In good weather we go outside to make initial photos/ and sketches, then proceed to the studio to finish the final painting.   Gain help with composition,  colour mixing, effective use of the paint and brush work, creating an underpainting,  and finishing your piece.  e
  • Abstract Painting: Create your own abstract painting, taking inspiration for some of St Ives modernist painters including Patrick Heron and Terry Frost.  We start with a paper collage to explore colour and composition and finish on an A4 orr A3 canvas, in acrylic paints. 
  • ABSTRACT DRAWING  with Peter Giles   Delve into the world of patterns and abstraction, with artist Peter Giles.  Suitable for all levels of drawing ability, from complete beginners, to those who wish to find a different way to draw and discover a new language. During the session we will be using a combination of exploration, exercises and discussion, and finish with a final piece on larger paper.  First we will explore shapes and lines, as a basis for building pattern - then Introduce colour with coloured pencils, markers pens and more.

TO BOOK:  See details at top of page.

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