creative events & workshops

We run creative events all year, from regular, open classes in drawing, watercolour and guitar, to short and longer workshops 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


OPEN DRAWING class 2020

MONDAYS / 10:00 - 12.00 

A wekly, stand alone drawing class for all levels and abilities - The sessions are taught by experienced tutors, in a friendly and informative atmosphere. A great way to develop confidence in drawing,  build a portfolio of work.  Each week we explore different themes and media. from the local landscape, to botanical, portraits, people and animals!  Depending on the season and weather, we sometimes draw outside. All welcome, and all  materials included.

£10 per session .Click Here To Book Online.

Painting With WATERCOLOURs

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

A stand alone watercolour session, suitable for beginners and above,   Each session we explore a  different topic or  theme, exploring a variety of watercolour techniques. Covering topics from local scenes, still life, botanics, shells and sealife.  Depending on the  weather, we may paint indoors or outdoors for part of the session.  There is help on hand ateach stage, with tutor Zoe Eaton, whether you are a complete beginner or more experienced - and we provide  all tools and materials.  Booking advised - message us or click on link below.

Click Here To Book Online.

Beginners Guitar LESSON

Every Wednesday 19.00 - 20.30

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)

Costs £10 per session. Click Here To Book Online.

DRAW ST IVES - winter

Every Thursday & Saturday / 10.30  - 12.00 / £8

Get to see St.Ives in a different light!  These fun and informal sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities, including complete beginners.   We visit a lovely 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.

We include all drawing materials, but feel free to bring your own too.  Tutor Pete Giles will offer help,  tips and techniques on capturing what you see. No booking required, just meet at Barnoon Workshop, and dress for the weather!  If the weather is bad,  we will be able to draw inside instead -  but please check our CALENDAR  for dates and confirmation. 


DATES: SUN 12 JANUARY/ Sun 2 Feb  / Sun 1 March

One Day workshop 11:00  16:00

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.

vIEWS OF ST IVES in Acrylic

DATES: SAT 18 JAN/  Sat 8 Feb 

1 Day Workshop, 10:00 - 16.00

Paint a harbour or town scene of St.Ives suitable, for for all levels and abilities, wtih  help at each step of the way with painting techniques and apporaches.  We start by going outdoors (weather permitting) and make quick sketches  and photos  from local town views. 

Back at the studio   make a preparatory study on paper - working out composition and colours. Learn how to transfer your study to a canvas and create an under painting. Finish your Town scape using a mixture of techniques and leave with a finished painting on an A4 or A3  sized canvas. (Image shown of painting made by participant in a previous workshop). You may want to wear old clothes, and bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £40.00 (children £20) including all materials.
To book call the Cornish Riveria Box Office 01726 879500 or click on link above. . Click Here To Book Online.

Oil Painting for beginners

1 Day Workshop / 10:00 - 16.00 / COST £45 inc.


  • 25 Jan 
  • 15 Feb 
  • 21 March 
  • 24 April

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.



COST Adults £20, children £10.


  • FRI 7 FEB/10.00 - 12.30
  • FRI 22 MAY/ 10.00 - 12.30
  • THUR 25 June / 14:00 - 16:00

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!


PAINT A canvas - st.ives ABSTRACT

COST  Adults £25/ Children  £15 

DATES  Wed 10.00 - 12.30

  • 12 Feb/ 26 Feb 
  • 4 March/ 11 March / 18 March / 25 March
  • 1 April / 8 April / 15 April / 22 April

Create an abstract painting, with acrylic paints, on a quality A4 canvas.  A great introduction to painting in abstract,  and suitable for all ages and abilities.
We take inspiration from the style and techniques of some great St Ives  abstract painters including Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and W.Barnes- Graham -and use this as a starting point to create your own work. Alternatively you could use views of St.Ives 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. Then use your collage 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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PAINT A canvas - beach. sea. sky

COST / Adults £25/ Children  £15 

DATES  (Wed 14.00 - 16.30)

  • 12 Feb / 26 Feb 
  • 4 March / 11 March / 18 March / 25 March
  • 1 April / 8 April / 15 April / 22 April

Paint a beautiful seascape using acrylic paints on canvas. 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.
There is help at each step of the way, with painting techniques, colour mixing and more. Leave the session with a painting on a quality canvas.
To book please click on link above, or telephone the Cornish Rivieraq box Office 01726 879500  .   CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE


  • THURS 13 FEB
  • 12 MARCH
  • 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.


nature relief tiles

COST: Adults £20, children £12.50

DATES: (2 Hour Workshop 14:00 - 16:00)

  • Tue 18 Feb
  • 31 March
  • 26 May
  • 21 July
  • Thur 20 Aug

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. You will have time to make 2-3 pieces - that can be painted later when fully dried out.

Click Here To Book Online

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  • WEDS 19 FEB 10.00 - 12.30 
  • THUR 16 APR 14:00 - 16.30 
  • FRI 29 MAY 14:00 - 16.30 
  • TUE 30 JUNE 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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  • WED 19 FEB/ 14:00 - 16:00
  • THUR 16 APRIL/ 10:00 - 12:00
  • TUE 26 MAY / 10:00 - 12:00
  • TUE 30 JUNE / 10:00 - 12.00
  • 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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THURS 20 FEB 10:00 - 12:00

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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THURS 20 FEB 14:00 - 16:00

Create some wonderful 3D wire drawings, taking inspiration from the work of Alexander Calder.who created a large amount of wire portraits, animals and circus performers.

We will start with some 'continuous line drawings' to develop your design and find the right shape. Then create your sculpture ing modelling wire.  Leave with some charming little wire sculptures that can be hung on a wall or attached to a background. Not recomended for children under the age of 5.

Cost £15 / Children £10 Click Here To Book Online.

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DATES / 2 hour Workshop/ 10.00 - 12.00

  •  Tue 21 Feb
  •  Sat 7 March

Cost £15, 

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. Leave with  your experiments, handouts, notes andpractice sheets.



 THURS 27 FEB 14:00  16:30

Learn how to recycle old plastic carrier bags into a strong, waterproof material. Plastic bags are cut and fused with a hot iron in layers - to make an A3 sized material, that can be cut and sewn like any other fabric. We will guide you through effective tips, techniques and design ideas for your fabric.

You can then turn your finished material into a small bag, phone, pencil/ glasses case, bunting or colourful wall hangings!  We have templates, plastic snap fasteners and sewing machine available to complete your projects. No sewing experience is needed. Feel free to Bring along any colourful or interesting plastic bags, packaging, netting etc.

£20 adults (kids £10) including materials.  Click Here To Book Online.

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DATES / 2 hour workshop / 10.00 - 12.00

  • FRI 28 FEB 
  • TUES 14 APR 

A lovely fun workshop where you can make hand made soap bars, and Shampoo Bars - using all natural ingredients, and without any nasty SLS chemicals or animal products.

We start with a vegetable 'melt and pour' soap base, then add any combinatian of herbs, spices, essential oils, oats, seaweed, peel and more. Personalise your own recipes.with our wide choice of ingredients - whilst learning .what are best to add bulk, texture, colour, decoration. and beneficial skin properties. Explore different soap molds, decorations and wrapping to finish. Leave with several bars of soap.

Adults £20, children £12.50 including materials - booking required,

  Click Here To Book Online.


 DATES / 2 hour workshop

  • FRI 28 FEB 14:00 - 16:00
  • FRI 20 MAR 10:00 - 12:00
  • SAT 18 APR 10:00 - 12:00

Make your own quality scented candles, with soya container wax.  Experiment with containers such as recycled glass jars and shell  Learn about different wax types, safe working methods, correct wicks to use, and how to colour and fragrance with essential oils. Add additional ingredients such as dried flowers, shells and get creative with decorations for your containers.  Leave with 2 or 3 lovely quality scented candles, great for indoors or outdoor use, or nice gifts!.

Costs £20 (adults) Children £12.50 inc materials. Click Here To Book Online.



  • TUES 14 APR 14:00 - 16:30
  • THURS 28 May
  • Tues 14 July
  • Thurs 13 Aug 

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.


DATES / One Day Workshop/ 10.00 - 16.00

  • SAT 27 JUNE
  • 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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