creative events & workshops

We run creative events all year,  in a range of art and craft subjects.   All our courses include materials, and are taught in a relaxed and informal style by creative professionals.  You can view all of our events by date order in one page CALENDAR view

To book a Private party or large group bookings please visit Group Bookings page


lockdown visual journal project

Create a  journal to document a visual narrative through this lockdown period.
This is a unique opportunity for people to keep a creative journal at the same time, on any subject of your choice.  Maybe a little sketch or artpiece, writing or poem.  Anything goes. You can share your  journal pages onlin. We hope to create a physical and virtual exhibition of the finished journals,  

1 - Grab a blank sketchbook - or re-purpose an old book, text book - or make your own!
2 - Add your entry and date - this could be a little sketch, collage, stick in a photo, or cut out some art work that you like - add decorative borders, features etc ... anything goes. You don't have to add an entry each day and can be about anything you like.
3 - You can add comments, poems, thoughts or notes if you wish.
4 - Share pages on our facebook page or social media as you go - if you want.use the hash tag #lockdownvisualjournal
5 - For anyone that wants to enter, we will organise an online and physical exhibition of the finished works and in at some time in the future!! Watch this space.

open air WATER-COLOURs

MONDAYS  14:00 - 16:00 /  Adults £15, children £10 

From July

Spend a lovely couple of hours,  painting outdoors in stunning  St.Ives. Each session is a stand alone watercolour class, ideal for all ages and abilities - from complete  beginners, to experienced artists who  want some time and space to paint.  With plenty of individual help and advice on hand with tutor Zoe Eaton.   We will go outside and draw/ paint a scene near the workshop.  Each session we explore a  different view  or  theme, ranging  from local street scenes, beach,  botanics, shells and sealife.  .  Booking advised - message us or click on link below.

Due to current the current situation we will limit the class size to allow for social distance, and ask that you bring your own materials where possible.  You can purchase a watercolour kit at excellent  value of just £15(includes paints, brushes, a palette and quality watercolour paper),

What We Provide

  • Drawing board, paper and drawing equiptment
  • We can loan paint and brushes but feel free to bring your own to reduce the need for disinfection and cross contamination. 

What You Need To Bring

  • Dress for the weather - with appropriate sun or rain protetction
  • Comfortable footwwear
  • A camera phone is useful
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Tues/ Wed/ Thur & Sat /10.30 AM - 12.00£8 (From July  tba)

Get to see St.Ives in a different light!  These fun and informal sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities,  So whether you are a complete beginner to drawing who just wants to have a go - or an experienced artist who would like to join an outdoor group  -  or a mixed ability group or familly who would like to enjoy a creative experience together - these sessions are for you! 

Tutor Pete Giles is on hand to  offer help,  tips and techniques on capturing what you see.  We visit a different beautiful spot in St.Ives, within a short distance of the Workshop. Depending on the  weather, this might be a local Seaview, Town scapes, pretty streets, Gardens or Park... and then draw! Starting with short 'warm up' sketches, and move onto longer sketches using a variety of materials -

Due to current circumstances we will have reduced group sizes.  We can supply drawing materials  but feel free to bring your own to reduce use of disinfectant.  You can also buy a drawing kit for £10 (to include a drawing pen, pencil, eraser, sharpener, sketchbook and graphite stick).

No booking required, just meet at Barnoon Workshop, and dress for the weather! In very bad weather, this might not run.  Please check our CALENDAR  for dates and confirmation. 

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monday DRAWING sessions 2020

MONDAYS / 10:00 - 12.00 / £10

From July (please contact us to reserve)

A weekly, stand alone drawing class for all levels and abilities - The sessions are taught by experienced tutors, in a friendly and informal  atmosphere.  Regular drawing is said to be excellent for well being, developing hand- eye coordination, decision making, and improved observational skills. This class is good for those who want to   join a regular, sociable drawing activity,  build a portfolio of work, or just come along to one session and have a go!

Each week we explore different themes and media. from the local landscape, to botanical, patterns, techniques,  portraits, people and animals!  Depending on the season and weather, we sometimes draw outside. All materials are provided and included in the price.


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Beginners Guitar LESSON

Every Wednesday 19.00 - 20.30 / £10

A weekly stand alone guitar class suitable for complete beginners, or lapsed players who wish to get back into playing. Led by Pete Giles, in a relaxed and informal style, with small groups and plenty of time for individual feedback.
You are welcome to just one session, or come along every week to build up your skills - bring your guitar (or ask about borrowing one)

PAINT A canvas - beach. sea. sky

COST / Adults £25/ Children  £15 

DATES  TBA (Wed 14.00 - 16.30) 

Come along and Paint a beautiful seascape using acrylic paints on canvas - designed  for all ages and abilities .   Create your impression of the magnificent scenery overlooking Porthmeor Beach - capturing the fleeting light, colours and textures of the sea and sky. We work in the studio, but in good weather may work outside, so dress for the weather - or feel free to work from your own photos.

There is help at each step of the way, with painting techniques, colour mixing and more,  with tutor Zoe Eaton.
To book please click on link above, or telephone the Cornish Rivieraq box Office 01726 879500  .   CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

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PAINT A canvas - st.ives ABSTRACT

COST  Adults £25/ Children  £15 

DATES  Wed 10.00 - 12.30

  • Every Wednesday throught the summer

Create an abstract painting, with acrylic paints, on a quality  canvas.  A great introduction to painting in abstract, We welcome all ages and abilities - great for complete beginners who would like to have a go at painting / or mixed ability groups or families who want to experience a creative activity together/ or experienced artists who want to enjoy the use of studio sessions with all materials provided.

We take inspiration from the style and techniques of some of the great St Ives  abstract painters including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and W.Barnes- Graham -andthen use this as a starting point to create your own work.  Alternatively you could use views of St.Ives from your own photos, and reduce shapes and colours as a basis for your work.
Begin with a paper collage, to explore shapes, colour choices, patterns and develop your composition,  and then  use  as a basis for your finished painting. There is help at each step of the way, with techniques, colour mixing and more. Leave the session with a paper collage, and a painting on canvas.
To book please click on link above, or telephone the Cornish Rivieraq box Office 01726 879500  .   CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

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colour st ives with SUPER PENCIL TIPS

£15 pp / 2 Hour Workshop /  Price includes a FREE soft cover version of the Book Colour St.ives -

  • Tue 7 July 14.00 - 16.00
  • Thur 11 Aug 14.00 - 16.00
  • Tue 1 Sept 14.00 - 16.00

Get the most out of the humble colour pencils - and learn more about the wonderful types of pencil now on the the market!   Draw or colour pretty scenes - with the creators of The popular 'Colour St.Ives' Colouring Book, Zoe Eaton & Pete Giles.
 Ideal for all ages and abilities, whether you are a complete beginner to drawing, or are a colouring book enthusiast, or maybe just want to learn some new coloured pencil techniquesl.
If weather permits we will go out and sketch or colour scenes that are featured in the book, and in bad weather we can work in the studio. - either from your own drawings, photos or colour sheets.  Experiment with a range of pencil types - including standard pencils, Blendable Polycolour,, Paste, Inktensel and Water Colour pencils. Get expert tips & techniques to create textures and interest in your work, including 'dry' blending, wet blending, Stippling, Hatching, Scumbling, Layering, and more!
£15 -  Aor adults and children aged 5 / Includes materials, paper, and a free colouring book. To book click on line or message  CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE or see details at top of page

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MONOPRINT with nature

  • THUR 23 JUL 14:00 - 16:00
  • TUES 18 AUG 14:00 - 16:00

The workshop is led by Zoe Eaton who will show how to develop your image from drawings of plants,leaves, or seaweed to create simple line drawings with mono printing techniques.

Using single colour, based bloc printing inks, and mono - printing techniques which can then be tinted with watercolours or drawing media - it is a simple technique that produces different and unexpected results each time. We also show how you can prepare and make pressings and prints directly from the plants themselves!

Adults £15 Children £10  Click Here To Book Online.

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ABSTRACT DRAWING with peter giles

  • THUR 16 JULY 14:00 - 16:00

Delve into the world of patterns and abstraction, with artist Peter Giles. It is well known that 'losing yourself' in art is a very beneficial experience and good for your wellbeing.

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 heavyweight paper. First we will explore shapes and lines, as a basis for building pattern - then Introduce colour with coloured pencils, markers pens, compressed charcoal etc.



  • THURS 2 JULY 14:00 - 16:00
  • TUE 28 JULY 14:00 - 16:00
  • THURS 27 AUG 14:00 - 16:00

Collage, a French word for a technique to create an assemblage of different forms. Get Cutting, ripping, gluing and sticking and maybe add drawing and writing to make your complete images.

Take inspiration for your artwork from the local landscape, or maybe try something more surreal with a look at the use of 'Photomontage' used in Surrealism and Pop Art, and examples of contemporary collage used today. All materials included but if you want to bring your own images to make them more personal feel free.
Adults £15 & Children £10

Click Here To Book Online.

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Oil Painting for beginners

1 Day Workshop : COST £45 inc.

  • FRI 24 APRIL 10:00 - 16:00

Learn how to use this beautiful and versatile medium with artist Zoe Eaton. Suitable for complete beginners, or experienced artists who want to develop the use of oil paints.
We start with guided exercises to explore the basic techniques and materials including different painting mediums, glazing techniques, impasto painting, brush work, how to prepare and use painting surfaces and more. Then move onto a painting project on canvas.

nature relief tiles

COST: Adults £20, children £12.50

  • TUES 21 JULY 14:00 - 16:00
  • THUR 20 AUG 14:00 - 16:00

Create beautiful art pieces with Plaster of Paris! We will be using natural foraged materials, including plants, seaweed, shells, and seeds - then get creative with your own arrangements.
Learn how to create a mold in clay in a shape and size of your choice, from a small round bauble to a square tile. Press in your chosen  items to create and a mold and then cast with Plaster of Paris.

The Plaster picks up fantastic details, and makes a lasting durable piece of wall  art or  garden decoration. -Leave with  2-3 pieces .of stunning wall art!

Click Here To Book Online

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  • THUR 23 July 10.00 - 12.30
  • THUR 17 Sept  14.00 - 16.30
  • THUR 24 Sept  14.00 - 16.30

Cost £20 

Discover the beautiful art of hand lettering. Use to add interest to cards, letters, labels, sketchbooks or almost anything that needs text!  uring this workshop with Zoe Eaton, get to learn the basics you will need to get started - taught through fun practice sheets and little projects.   Build up  skills in using tools and techniques, from hand movement, layout and spacing methods. Experiment with different types of pens, inks and paper surfaces.

Begin my mastering a classic italic font, and then get to try other, contemporary fonts, before creating a final composition or project. Leave with  your experiments, handouts, notes and practice sheets in a sketch book.


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One Day Workshop 11:00  16:00

  • September
  • COST: £50

Have you always wanted to play guitar, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you have a guitar lying about, but have since lapsed playing. This one day workshop really is an excellent way to kick-start your playing, and lay good foundations for future improvement.
With Tutor Pete Giles, who has over 25 years experience teaching adults to play. Pete has developed an easy system to get started, with emphasis on practical skills over theory, using popular tunes, and a combination of individual and group exercises. Taught in small groups, there is plenty of time for individual feedback. By the end of the day you should be able to:

  • Play 4 chords,
  • Understand how to read 'guitar tabs'.
  • Have an insight into the principles of tuning
  • Play a complete song all the way through!

If you need to borrow a guitar please ask.  Tickets available from Cornish Riviera Box Office, or message us to reserve your place.    Click Here To Book Online.


  • TUE 16 JUNE 14:00 - 16:30

Fun and informal monthly sessions, designed for all levels of ability, from complete beginners, to those who wish to develop and practice their style. Get to draw portraits or the clothed figure from a live model, with tutor Zoe Eaton.

We start with short warm up exercises, designed to explore a variety of drawing techniques, materials and surfaces, before finishing with a longer pose - with emphasis on developing your own style, whether it is expressionistic, realistic or more abstract or minimal.

This workshop is suitable for adults and children of all levels of ability. Adults £15, children £10 includes all materials.

Click Here To Book Online.

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decorate with DECOUPAGE


  • TUES 25 AUG / 14.00 - 16.30
  • TUES 15 SEPT/ 14:00 - 16:30

COST : Adults £20, Children £10

Learn how to create a beautiful decoratived platter or box, using Decoupage, a technique that involves layering collaged papers with glues and varnish - these can be combined with paint effects and personalised to your choice of design.  This technique is great to cover boxes, trays, picture frames, or give new lease of life to old items of furniture, and they make great gifts too!
During this workshops we will take you through the steps of choosing your design, cutting, and use of correct materials and tools. Included in the price is a square or round palmleaf plate  to decorate, and all materials. However feel free to bring along your own small object, and any relevant images you want to use. Click Here To Book Online.

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  • TUES 21 JULY 10:00 - 12:00
  • THUR 13 AUG 10:00 - 12:00
  • THUR 20 AUG 10:00 - 12:00

Create beautiful wall hangings, key rings, necklace or charms! Make lovely objects with beach finds including shells, sea glass, driftwood and plastic.
We will be combining these with beads and wire - drilling and threading and wire wrapping - get creative with added paint or pen markers. Lots of tools and materials on hand to explore

All materials and tools provided but feel free to bring your own beach finds to personalise them even more. Leave with beautiful wall hangings, mobiles, keyrings or charms!

Tickets £15 Click Here To Book Online.

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  • TUE 16 JULY 10:00 - 12.00
  • TUE 28 JULY 10:00 - 12.00
  • THUR 6 AUG 10.00 - 12.00

Create your own visual diary of your holiday, or personal area of interest .We have lots of ideas, inspiration, techniques, and lovely bits and bobs to get you started.

Start with a  A5 plain eco sketch book, or papers from scratch to make a book. Create and design a cover, then themed template pages, using techniques, including collage, colour washes, decorated boarders,etc Get inspiration for examples of page designs, lettering styles and writing prompts. Discover interesting ways to Incorporate tickets, postcards and other ephemera that one collects along the way. You then have a unique and beautiful art book - to add your own notes, drawings or photos! A lasting memoir of your travels or hobby!

With all materials to get you started, Feel free to bring along collected contributions such as cards, receipts, papers and images. 

All Tickets £12. Click Here To Book Online.

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  • THUR 9 JUL 14:00 - 16:00
  • THUR 27 AUG 10:00 - 12:00

Learn how to make lovely hand made paper, from recycled materials. The finished paper is ideal for art projects, cards and gifts.

We start by making a pulp from recycled papers, then use the dipping technique with a deckle and mold -to create a variety of papers. Experiment with decorations by adding seeds, glitter, dried flowers, and learn how to emboss your papers with found objects.

Adults £15 and Kids £10

Click Here To Book Online.

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  • THUR 17 SEPT 10:00 - 12:00
  • THUR 24 SEPT 10:00 - 12:00

A 'Back To Basics' workshop where you learn the different stages of making ink and a pen to draw or write with.

INK: Learn the different stages and processes and what to add into you natural ink mixture. We will be able to make ink on the day and enough that you will be able to take away a small bottle of the ink we produce. The main ingredient will vary as we will be using a natural seasonal items.

We will also manufacture a couple of dipping pans from natural materials that we can use to write or draw with once our ink has cooled. We can try our pens and make modifications so we can see the different lines they produce.  You will leave with a jar of natural ink and a couple of hand made dip pens.

All tickets £15 Click Here To Book Online.

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COST Adults £20, children £10.

  • TUES 4 AUG 14:00 - 16:30
  • TUES 1 SEPT 10:00 - 12:30
  • TUES 6 OCT 14:00 - 16:30

Learn a little about the fascinating life and working methods of Alfred Wallis, and take inspiration as a basis for your own artwork.
Alfred Wallis (1855 - 1942) was a naive artist who lived and worked in St.Ives. Take a little tour around town and walk in Alfred Walis footsteps taking in significant sights, make sketches or take photos. Back at the studio we will lead you into making your own painting, drawing on the styles, themes, techniques and colours of Alfred Wallis. This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities, and complete novices!



DATES / One Day Workshop/ 10.00 - 16.00

  • FRI 18 SEPT

PRICE  £60

Gain an introduction to the basics of stone carving techniques, but  using breeze blocks instead of stone.   These are soft and easy to carve, making it an  ideal material for beginners to achieve quick results, and complete a sculpture in just a day.

Learn about the  the traditional stages of stone  sculpture with tutor Zoe Eaton with help at each stage of the process.   We start by  realising your  design, and  creating a small model or 'maquette, then 'roughing out' your sculpture before 'finishing' with chisles and rasps. You can paint your finished piece with masonary paint, or seal with PVA for display indoors, or  outdoors.

No experience needed, and all materials are included. It is a physical process requiring some stamina.  We will be working partly outside, so dress for the weather, and for your safety wear closed footwear and gardening or builders gloves   CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE  or see details at top of page

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THUR 13 AUG/ 14:00 - 16:30

Cast Crystal Resin into small items such as recycled bottle tops, shells and little silicon molds - to create key-rings, charms, pendants, magnets, and brooches.  Learn how to mix resin, and pick up tricks on how to prepare and seal items to cast, and set the resin. Get creative with lots of items to experiment with such as magazine images, glitter, beads, shells, fabric ... and feel free to bring your own little treasures to cast,such as broken jewellery, photographs, little artworks, dried flowers or keepsakes.  Leave with several pieces of charms or jewellery. Some may need to be collected the next day to allow for drying.

Adults £25 ,(Children aged 8 and above £15) inc all materials and fittings

Click Here To Book Online.