A Brush With St. Ives: Art Lessons in Cornwall

January 22, 2015 11:47 PM

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A Brush With St. Ives: Art Lessons in Cornwall

“TAPE THE PAPER down on your clipboard, you don’t want it blowing away,” advised our tutor, Liz Luckwell, as she led us out of the St. Ives School of Painting down to the windswept beach. “Now, take a stick and walk across the sand and back, dragging it behind you. Then draw a section of the lines.” An unusual start to a painting course, I thought, chasing a sheet of rain-spattered paper after a botched changeover.

Even in the rain, this old fishing port is one of the prettiest towns in northwest Cornwall, on England’s southwest coast, and the luminous skies and ever-changing seascape have long brought artists here—most famously the sculptor Barbara Hepworth, who came with her painter husband, Ben Nicholson, i...

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