Painting Classes with Newlyn School of Art

Newlyn school of art

The National Trust and Newlyn School of Art are joining up to offer painting workshops celebrating a number of coastal and countryside sites and conservation work in far West Cornwall.

The National Trust have partnered with Newlyn School of Art and are putting on a series of three day landscape painting workshops in the far West of Cornwall. An opportunity to be taught by some tutors from Newlyn School of Art in some of West Cornwall's most interesting and beautiful locations. Not only will you be painting some of the most picturesque landscapes in West Cornwall but you'll also learn about to the conservation work happening in West Cornwall straight from National Trust rangers.

One such site is Boscregan farm, home to a rare and beautiful wild flower called purple viper’s bugloss which is most commonly seen in Southern and Western Europe, North Africa and beyond. It is very rarely seen in Cornwall, but careful conservation techniques and work with the tenant farmer has encouraged this plant to grow in great numbers. In late June/early July they are out in full bloom, interspersed with yellow corn marigolds. This site is home to a rare and beautiful wild flower called purple viper’s bugloss which is most commonly seen in Southern and Western Europe, North Africa and beyond. It is very rarely seen in Cornwall, but careful conservation techniques and work with the tenant farmer has encouraged this plant to grow in great numbers. In late June/early July they are out in full bloom, interspersed with yellow corn marigolds.

Arable Weeds at Boscregan
Arable Weeds at Boscregan
Arable Weeds at Boscregan

Purple viper’s bugloss has probably grown at Boscregan for centuries, but it was first recorded there in 1873. When the National Trust acquired the land in 1995, the number of plants in each field could be counted individually. Nowadays, it has become impossible to count individual plants and the team have to estimate how many thousands of them are in each field. The National Trust and its tenant farmer have been so successful in saving Boscregan’s rare arable weeds that great swathes of purple and yellow are now visible from as far away as Land’s End during the summer.

 

Dates and locations

Workshop one, with art tutor Imogen Bone:

30 May - Chapel Carn Brea

31 May - Escalls Cliff

1 June - Cape Cornwall

Workshop 2 with art tutor Paul Lewin:

2 July - Godolphin Woods

3 July - Levant

4 July - Boscregan

Workshop 3 with art tutor Amanda Hoskin:

12 Sep - Trencrom

13 Sep - Tregiffan

14 Sep - Botallack

The 3 day workshops across the year are open to all levels of experience, from beginners to those with more expereince. The event is suitable for ages 16 and above and it is advised to call Newlyn School of Art on 01736 365557 before booking a place if you have any access requirements. Booking is essential.