Workshops, Classes & Events


  • EMAIL:  [email protected]
  • ONLINE Some events can be booked online via EVENTBRITE (see event description)
  • IN PERSON - Pop in to the gallery at 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.


Monday Open Drawing Class

  • MONDAYS  10:00 am - 12:00pm  (2 hours)
  • SUITABLE FOR:  Adults & Accompanied Children, beginners & practiced artists
  • COST:  £12  Per Session inc. materials and refreshments
  • VENUE : Upstairs room at St Ives Arts Club
  • TO BOOK:  email or msg us to reserve your place, payment can be made on the day 

Would you like to Learn to draw?  Or practise and develop your existing drawing skills?  We offer a set theme each week, with materials provided.  Held in the historic  St Ives Arts Club, these stand alone sessions allow you to drop in to just one session,  or attend on a regular basis.  A social and creative way to start your week!   Theres help and guidance on hand, with  approaches to techniques and chosen media.   Tutors Zoe Eaton,  Pete Giles and occassional guest tutors. 

Monday  3 June - Portrait Drawing *

Monday 10 June - Stll Life

PORTRAIT SESSIONS  *CITIZENS OF ST IVES**  -    Practice and develop portrait/clothed figure from a life model, using a variety of drawing materials and techniques.  There is an opportunity to contribute to  an exhibition / catalogue of drawings from these sessions titled   'Citizens Of St Ives'  planned for  2024.  Message us to reserve your place if you would like to join any of these sessions.

Interested in Being a Portrait Model For a Sessios?  We are looking for a wide range of people who can spare two hours on a Monday morning, during June and July.  No experience required and  receive a £20 gift voucher as a thank you.  Get in touch if you are interested.

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Draw St Ives!

  • :Thursdays & Saturdays  /  10.30 - 12:00
  • £10 per person (includes all materials)
  • Suitable For Adults and Children of all Ages,  for complete beginners and above

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. 

Booking advised  - message us or feel free to reserve your place on Eventbrite,  payment can be made on the day.    ONLINE EVENTBRIGHT BOOKING HERE     

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St Ives Sketchbook Journal

  • Price £20 per person  (Free for aged 5 and under)
  • Wednesdays 10:30 - 12:30 
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities including complete beginners and accompanied children.

Join us for a vibrant and creative event, with Sketchbook Journalling in St Ives.   Discover the benefits of keeping a Sketchbook journal - a fluid method of collecting visual information and combining sketching, collage, and mixed media, 

Get creative inspiration from the stunning gardens, streets  or the bustling harbour.  This session is packed with tips and apporaches to capturing what we come across during the session.

Get to explore a variety of drawing techniques to capture what you  see -  including collage, pen, graphite, colour pencils, inks and more.  We provide all the materials you will need - including an A5 sketchbook to fill and keep. 

This event is entirely outdoors,  In case of bad weather, we may have to move indoors, or cancel the event altogether.  

Booking recommended to ensure your place. Its free to reserve, and payment can be made on the day.      RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON EVENTBRITE HERE

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Views in Watercolour

  • Tuesdays  10:30 - 12:30
  • £20 per person, including  materials. 
  • Suitable for adults and accompanied children.
  • Outdoor Painting Session.

Experience the charm of St Ives through the medium of watercolor in an engaging outdoor class led by Zoe Eaton. 

Each stand along session takes place within a short stroll from the gallery. You’ll have the opportunity to create multiple artworks, drawing inspiration from the day’s theme and techniques, which may include landscapes, street scenes, harbour views,  beaches, or botanical subjects.

Guidance and support are  available throughout the session  and all materials are supplied. The event is entirely outdoors, in very bad weather, we may have to work indoors or cancel this event.      

Message us to save your space,  pop into the gallery,  or reserve your place here  EVENTBRITE TICKET BOOKING

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Expressive Landscape Painting

  • £45 per person  inc materials
  • Group Discounts (Book four places for price of three)
  • Monday 24 June 2:00 - 4:30 pm  
  • Monday 22 July 2 - 4.30 pm

Join  Zoe Eaton  for a lovely 'Plein Air'  painting session in St Ives and create your own interpretation of the beautiful  scenery.  Suitable for all levels of ability, including complete beginners.  There's  plenty of help and guidance on hand at each step: including finding  focus and composition,    acrylic paint applications, colour mixing, brush and palette knife techniques.    We provide all materials, tools, aprons and everything you need to create your acrylic  painting on a quality A4 or A3 sized canvas.

The workshop takes place outdoors.  Dress appropriately for whatever the weather may bring. 

To Book:  Message us or email [email protected] to save your place,   payment can be made on arrival.


Drawing Buildings Of St Ives

  • £20 per person  (Free for aged 5 and under)
  • Wed 2:00 - 4:00 pm  (Two hours)
  • 25 September
  • Suitable for all ages and abilities including complete beginners

Join us for a creative exploration of St Ives’ architectural beauty. Using pens, pencils, colour pencils, and other media, you’ll learn how to depict the charm and character of St Ives’ structures.  With guided exercises and tips from Peter Giles, you’ll create several sketches inspired by the town’s architecture. 

Finishing the session with a collection of your drawings in a sketchbook. The workshop takes place outdoors, so dress appropriately. In case of very bad weather, we may move indoors.

To Book: Message us or email [email protected]. payment can be made on the day - or you can buy a ticket on EVENTBRITE

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Wild Sketching

  • £30 per person, including  materials 
  • Suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 12 plus
  • Tues 9 July , Tues 6 August , 17 September 

Join us for a guided walk and sketching session, along the beautiful coastal path around St Ives. Capture the stunning scenery, sky, landscapes, fauna and flora that we discover along the way. 

Fill a sketchbook using an array of drawing media and techniques. There's plenty of help on hand, whether you are a drawing novice, or an experienced artist. The session is entirely outdoors with a moderate walk of approximately two miles, and several stops for drawing .

All materials will be provided including a sketchbook and use of all materials. It is essential that you dress for whatever the weather may bring - with adequate sun/rain protection, and sturdy footwear.  Final  destination and route is dependant on time of year, weather etc and will be confirmed on booking, 

To book contact us, details above to reserve your place, or buy your ticket online click here  EVENTBRITE

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*NEW * Artist Retreat St Ives: Painting Holiday

  • 5th - 8 th November 2024
  • Suitable for adults of all abilities, from beginners upwards.
  • Three nights accommodation at Una St Ives.
  • Price from £595 inclusive of materials.

We have teemed up with Una St Ives  - for an immersive three-day sketching and painting holiday in picturesque St Ives!  Included in the price of your stay :

Three nights stay in a luxury lodge at Una St Ives Resort – Enjoy the Spa and leisure facilities and a complimentary 30 minute spa treatment.  Breakfast each morning and two evening meals in the award-winning Una Kitchen. Opening Drinks Reception and meal on the first night.

Guided Outdoor painting and sketching Sessions with artists Zoe Eaton and Peter Giles.  Experience plein air painting and drawing on the rugged coast, wild  moorland, areas of outstanding natural beauty and pretty streets and harbour of St Ives.

Gallery visits including Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum.  

Rates start from just £595 per person, based on two people sharing a twin/double room with shared bathroom. Single occupancy rates astart from £662

* DOWNLOAD AGENDA *          

TO BOOK: email [email protected] or message with details.  20% deposit payable on booking .


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Kids Painting Sessions

  • £20 per person, including  materials 
  • Suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 12 plus
  • Tues 9 July , Tues 6 August , 17 September 


Paint  a canvas, with acrylic paints - in  nice weather we will be set up above Porthminster Beach  - creat

Indoors at St Ives Arts Club - Paint an Abstract take influence from some of st Ives abstract painters, or just create your own.  Start with a colourful collage and use this as a basis for your final piece.

You can pre book your starting slot - or we have spaces for walk ins on the day

To book contact us, details above to reserve your place, or buy your ticket online click here  EVENTBRITE

Painting Intuitive Abstracts

  • Price £40  ( inc materials )
  •  Mon 16 September 1,30 - 4.00  (St Ives Library)
  •  Suitable for all ages and abilities 
  • To book  :  Message us, details at top of page

Create several abstract works with waterbased paints on paper and learn how to develop your own  intuitive painting style with abstract artist  Zoe Eaton.   

We start with  a series of playful and creative exercises, designed to tap into your inner abstract artist!  Explore improvisational mark making  to develop ideas. Experiment with tools and techniques using  watercolour, guoache, collage  and mixed media to create a variety of study pieces.  These ideas are used to form the basis of your final  painting, using  water based  paints on quality paper.  To book, message us to reserve your place 


  • Price £20 per person 
  • Sat 21 September 1 - 3 pm
  • Held in St Ives Arts Club

Take part in our fun festival Portrait Challenge! Draw our  guest model for a chance to be crowned ‘Portrait Artist of the Festival’. There is help and guidance on hand with tutor Zoe Eaton  and basic art materials provided (A4 and A3 drawing board, papers and a range of pencils, colour pencils, pastels), but feel free to bring your own favourite materials.  The judge's favourite portrait will receive a £20  gift voucher.


  •  £35 inc materials and refreshments
  • Tuesday 22nd October 2:00 - 4:30pm / Crypt Gallery St Ives Society of Artists.

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.  An afternoon to dive into the abstract and explore.  TO BOOK ;  email, or messages us , details at top of page. or CLICK HERE

Colourful Language! Understanding Colour Theory

  • 6 April, 2:00 - 4:00 pm - 
  • Price £30 per person ( inc materials and refreshments)
  •  Suitable for all ages and abilities 
  • Venue: St Ives Arts Club (upstairs theatre room)

A fun and hands on workshop  that explores colour theory, for creatives and anyone interested in understanding and applying colour effectively.

Artist Zoe Eaton leads this session through practical exercises and discussion.  Gain insights into colour theory to help with mixing colours  and applying this to your creative practice.

  • Colour Theory  :  Understand the fundamental principles of colour theory. and create a 12-part colour wheel. Identify the Components of Colour:  Hue, Saturation and Bias.
  •  Learn how to mix colours effectively using these components. Quickly get the colour you want every time, without wasting materials!   
  • Application Of Colour: Investigate how colours interact with each other and explore concepts such as complementary colours, harmonious colours,  
  • Leave the workshop with a notebook full of colour exercises, a colour wheel and recipes for  future reference.   

To book, message us to reserve your place, payment can be made on the day.

Group / Private Bookings

We provide tailor-made sessions suitable for a variety of needs, ranging from individual tutoring to larger group settings, ideal for private events, family gatherings, educational institutions, and corporate team-building activities. Additionally, we offer the convenience of coming to your location (e,g, holiday let, workplace, school ) within the local area.

Select from the list of available subjects. Each session lasts for two and a half hours and comes with all necessary materials included. Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs,


  • 2 and half hour session  10:00 am or  2:00 pm  
  • £150  inc materias and refreshments -  for max 2 people
  • Upstairs  in our beautiful  studio overlooking  St Ives Bay,  fits  2 people  


  • Held outside / In  St Ives Or 
  • AT Your Location / holiday let/ office  (within 5 miles radius)
  • Groups size up to 10 people
  • £250  per session - Includes materials.



Water Colour Painting / Zoe Eaton   

Gain tips and approaches in using watercolours to capture the beauty of this lovely medium.  Choose your subject from:  landscape / seascape / plants  gardens or still life.  Finish with several studies and a finished painting on quality watercolour papers.

Landscape Plein Air in Acrylic Paint / Zoe Eaton   

Enjoy the immediacy or working outdoors!  Capture the views   by painting with acrylics on canvas board.   We provide detailed guidance every step of the way.   We venture outdoors to take preliminary photos and sketches, and then creatie the paitning.  If weather is not great, we can  move indoors to complete the artwork. You’ll receive assistance with composition, color mixing, mastering paint and brush techniques, creating a base layer, and putting the final touches on your creation.

Paint An Abstract Work of Art

Draw upon the innovative styles of St Ives’ modernist abstract artists  to forge your unique abstract pieces.  Begin by creating a paper collage, to explore ideas, color and composition.  Use your collage as a basis for your final art work on  canvas board,  or high-quality paper  using watercolours, gouache or acrylic paints.  A lovely session for all ages.

 Mixed Media Sketching  

A fun and relaxed sketching the beautiful surroundings - Explore a variety of drawing techniques to  capture what you see - we make several sketches of outdoor scenes or indoor surrounds - from local scenes, buildings, plants gardens, and discover the joy of drawing from direct observation.  We work outdoors, or move indoors if weather dictates.   Leave with a sketchbook or several  works on paper.

TO BOOK:  See details at top of page.

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