Classical Art

Painting & Drawing Holiday in Cornwall

A student enjoying a beverage on a painting holiday.

A student enjoys a beverage on our 2014 holiday in Brittany.

Mevagissey, -

This year our painting holiday is set in a stunning converted farm on the Cornwall coast. The focus will be on painting outdoors but the truly impressive on-site facilities, including a purpose-built art studio and indoor pool, turn this into a great opportunity for an artistic get-away!

contact us to book your place or visit our holidays page for details!

New Atelier Programme for 2015

A replica study painting in oils by studen Don McQueen

A replica study painting in oils by student Don McQueen

We are very proud to present our new programme for the year!

A full Classical Art Academy programme for the year is available and we would love to email it to you. Feel free to give us a call to book onto our introduction day for just £20 to join this creative journey!

Keep an eye out for the termly updates on what's coming up...

Contact us to request a programme.

Trial Sessions

A student working with Charcoal in Atelier Module 1

A student working with Charcoal in Atelier Module 1

New students are invited to Come and join us for a day in the Atelier - by taking up our One Day Course for a temporarily discounted price! New students of any ability are welcome to trial the atmosphere and teaching methods employed. Work alongside existing students and gain an idea of how you would progress through the modules.

When: You can join any class, give us a call.
Fees: £20, for a limited time only.

Atelier Module Classes

A student working with Oils in Atelier Module 2

A student working with Oils in Atelier Module 2

Our flexible modules allow you to book your classes at a time that suits you. Each module is 10 classes. Most students attend a weekly class but the Classical Art Academy's flexible system enables you to attend an intensive 2 week period.

Get in touch and we can discuss how our modular programme could work for you!

Fees & Availability

10 x 3 hour classes ~ Fees: £300

10 x Full days ~ Fees: £550 (New students get a FREE extra day)

Availability for Atelier Classes
Class Time Days Available
Morning 09:30-12:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
& every other Saturday
Afternoon 13:30-16:30
Evening 18:30-21:30 Tuesday & Wednesday

Turner-style seacape with dramatic skies

A Turner-style seascape with dramatic skies. Example painted by Martin Close

The oil painting you will be taught how to create... with your own personal touches!


This course is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists looking for some oil painting tuition. You will create your own Turner-style masterpiece, in oils, to take home at the end of this 2 day course.

To anyone who hasn't experienced our lovely Atelier - to come and enjoy a full day learning classical drawing.

Ready to book or need further information?

Fees: £145 (Includes the canvas - there will be a small surcharge for students requiring the use of studio paints and brushes.)

Contact us to book your place!

Christmas Gift Vouchers & Special Offers

Christmas Gift Vouchers for Painting Classes

A creative gift for Christmas!

An introductory day for only £20 (or £35 for 2 people)

To anyone who hasn't experienced our lovely Atelier - to come and enjoy a full day learning classical drawing.

If you know anyone who would fancy trying their hand or wants to get back into producing art; this could be the perfect gift.

Available as a gift voucher on request.

Special offer for Atelier Students

If you purchase an introductory day for someone or introduce someone who buys an introductory day, we will give you a free canvas for your next class.

Contact us to book your place!

Winter Show 2014

Friday 12th December 6pm-9pm

Winter Show 2014

More cloud workshops to come!

Also exibiting Saturday 13th December from 10am - all welcome on both dates!

We're always proud to invite you to join us in celebrating the fantastic achievements of our students.
Martin Close

Come and enjoy winderful drawings and beautiful oil paintings whilst chatting to the artists and fellow students. We will be providing some fine wine from the Jolly Vintner Too accompanied by some rather delicious nibbles.

Many of the paintings will be for sale along with our introductory offers and gift vouchers which make fabulous Christmas Presents.

Memories of 2014

Cloud Painting Workshops


More cloud workshops to come!

We introduced our new Painting Big Skies and successfully ran 3 workshops.

Friendly, warm atmosphere, plenty of demonstrations and explanations - and coffee breaks of course. Can't wait for the next one!
Student/Artist Di Roberts

Summer Show 2014

Summer Show 2014

By Jilly C., Student

We encourage all students to contribute to the shows and share their experiences of our classes and workshops. Do you fancy attending our Turner styled Seas & Skies workshop? There's only 5 spaces left for Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March 2015!

Contact us to book your place!

Fabric Painting Workshops


Students on their 2nd day.

As requested by students, we brought back the Painting Fabrics 2 day workshop.

Well done to all the students; once again, fantastic progress made across each session!

I've been wanting to do this workshop for a longtime, Im so pleased to have finally done it.
Student, Justine

New dates for 2015 coming soon ...


Extend your summer and join us in beautiful Brittany...

Beautiful Brittany Scenery.

Get inspired: A painting holiday with a beautiful setting.

We have just come back from a 3 day planning trip and are full of inspiration; only 4 spaces left for students! Call Rachel on 07725 043 503 or email today!

Beginners, hobbyists and experienced painters will all have the opportunity to learn classical techniques through a series of structured lessons and workshops. There will also be plenty of time for practice, painting and exploring this captivating environment.

1st September to 7th September 2014.

Click here to download the information pack
for further details, including the best ways to travel there.

Painting the courtyard.

Relax; nurture your outdoor classical painting skills.

Course Details

All students will have structured tuition in our classical methods. Even those new to classical methods will see benefits from a series of outdoor painting workshops including; long distance landscapes, rustic still life, see scrapes and Flora & Fauna.

The onsite pool.

Enjoy a swim in the heated pool.


Total fees £990. This includes accommodation (double room), full board, with good quality wine, an evening out in alocal restaurant, onsite host full of local knowledge, professional drawing & painting tuition, as well as local study trips. Single room discounts are available! You are welcome to bring a guest to share your double room, the additional cost for a guest are £218 (if they are not doing the course.)

A river in Brittany.

Call Rachel on 07725 043 503 or email

A Holiday

Although you will be taking par in the course there will be plenty of time to relax each day. Enjoy a swim in the heated pool, sit and enjoy the garden or go for a walk by the beaches of the River Belon. The Cathedral city of Quimper, and the art galleries of Pont Aven will also be on your doorstep.