Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Freedom in Painting in Polruan with Ashley Hanson

7th -10th September 2016

The view of Polruan -  just above the Village Hall

 4 Day Course £250, 10 Places Only

We are delighted to introduce this new Freedom in Painting course set in the magical coastal village of Polruan, on the south coast of Cornwall. Your tutor Ashley Hanson is an acclaimed colourist and landscape artist and a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists. Our studio and base for the 4 days is the Village Hall ideally situated, overlooking the Fowey River, with an outside terrace providing a wonderful option to paint outside. There are also glorious panoramic views to the open sea behind. 

The Village Hall Studio

Course Information

The first morning will be spent getting to know Polruan. Ashley will take the group to a number of favourite viewpoints where artists will be encouraged to make studies, collecting information and ideas for paintings back in the studio. Over the 4 days there will be further drawing/painting sessions in Polruan and it's surrounds, including visits to Fowey across the river,(weather permitting).

View from sea level
Elizabeth sketching Polruan

With a combination of group exercises, demonstrations and discussions, Ashley will help artists develop and build on their paintings, finding their own personal interpretation of Polruan. Colour, mark-making, space and composition are all areas that will be explored and by working in a small group, Ashley will be able to offer plenty of one to one tuition. 

Ashley with Hazel Crawford

Cathy's Jeppesen's Polruan painting in progress

Kate Watkins painting - Private Collection of Bridget Hills
Juliet Neill Hall's painting of Polruan

As with some of our other courses, Ashley will also be working on his own painting and using this as a teaching tool to demonstrate many of his tips and techniques. At the end of the 4 days the group will get the chance to discuss all the work made in a group critique. 

Fowey River 1 - Ashley Hanson

This course is suitable for painters of all abilities who wish to enhance their creativity.

Ashley looks forward to sharing his wide knowledge and passion for colour and oils/acrylics with the group.


Your Tutor

Ashley has over 30 years experience as a professional artist. This combined with his teaching as a Visiting Lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University and the National Academy of Art, Bergen , Norway ensures the teaching you will receive throughout the course will be of the highest standard. In addition he has run many popular and successful workshops of his own around the UK.

Ashley's paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. His work has been selected for thr Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Discerning Eye and the National Open art Exhibition. Last year he was short listed for the Connect2Colour Art Prize at Lacey Contemporary Galley in London and he has been a recipient of the Boise Travel Scholarship form the Slade School of Art and is a former prizewinner of the Hunting Art Prizes.


You can find a variety of accommodation options, including bed and breakfast, self-catering and camping in Polruan, see the village website here for further details. Alternatively Coldharbour Farm, in Bodmin (approx 40 minute drive) offers comfortable, affordable accommodation.

To Book

Email denise@ashleyhanson.co.uk or call 01208 77656. A £70 deposit is required at time of booking and the balance is due 8 weeks prior  to the start of the course.

You can view a write up of some of our previous painting holidays and courses here:

For a further insight into Ashley's art see www.ashleyhanson.co.uk and the blog http://ashleyhansonart.blogspot.co.uk

Our Freedom in Painting courses continue to challenge artists of all abilities with many artists returning year after year. Participants often finding they continue to benefit from the tuition and experience long after the course.


Read here for Nicola McLean's write up of our September 2014 Painting Holiday in Discover Art Magazine

A big thank you to Ashley and Denise for a brilliant expereince. Painting with a group of lovely people and guided by someone with so much passion - who could ask for more? Looking forward to doing it again next year.
Hazel Crawford May 2015

I was quite anxious about whether I would be out of my depth but despite the very different experience levels Ashley made us all feel positive.
Philippa Langton May 2015

Thanks to you both for a wonderful painting holiday. It was so well organised and we were made very welcome. It was wonderful to see parts of the beautiful Cornish area and try to combine the feeling of what we saw in our work. I feel inspired by the course and what Ashley has imparted. 
Philippa Hutton May 2015

I arrived with no experience of abstraction. I leave with a new aspect and tool for my painting. It works!
Margarita Hanlon September 2015

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