Catherine has also taught courses on the history of Newlyn and Lamorna  Artists for Adult Education in Cornwall and is an Arts Society lecturer. She believes in sharing the in depth knowledge she has acquired over the years on Cornish art as a curator and writer with like minded art enthusiasts. The courses focus on art history and the appreciation of art from a practical and visual point of view.Her lectures aim to inform and entertain. No previous knowledge or experience is required. Reading lists and suggested sources of further information are supplied. Each session of Catherine's courses  last 2 hours with a break at half time, feature Powerpoint slides of paintings and photographs delivered by Catherine but discussion and input from attendants is encouraged.

Courses cost £140 for all seven weeks. 

How to book: In order to book your place at a venue  for a course (once Covid 19 restrictions have been eased) please contact Catherine via email
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The First Art Colony in St Ives 1890–1949  
This course looks at the first colony of artists who came to St. Ives in the late 19th century. Initially painters came from as far as America, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden to capture the ever changing light on the sea particularly nocturnes and twilight pictures perfected by artists such as Julius Olsson and Louis Grier. There were also figure painters including William H. Titcomb and Adrian Stokes. St. Ives also attracted many women artists some were marine painters like Mary McCrossan and others painted children such as Marianne Stokes and Helene Schjerfbeck. We look at some of the many artists who exhibited at the St. Ives Society of Artists from 1927 to 1949.  We end  with the early years of the St. Ives School of Painting from 1938 -1949.

The Coast of Cornwall in Art from Turner to the Present day  
This Course focuses on the coast of Cornwall through art. Starting in the 19th century with pioneers such as J.M.W.Turner, W. Daniell, C. Stansfield, and J. Brett who came to paint St. Michael’s Mount. We then look at Falmouth marine painters including C.N. Hemy, H. S.Tuke and Charles Pears. The colonies of artists in Newlyn including Stanhope Forbes and Walter Langley as well as in Lamorna with J.S.L. Birch, A.J. Munnings, and Laura Knight are also included. We also review work by artists who have been inspired by the rugged and unique coast of the Lizard peninsula. In the 1890s St. Ives was a centre for marine painting led by Julius Olsson with L. M. Grier, Mary MacCrossan, John A. Park and R. Borlase Smart. The modernists arrived in WW2 and painted the North Coast including C. Wood, B. and W. Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bryan Pearce etc.

Study the History of Newlyn School Art from 1880-1940  
This eight week course looks at the development of the early Newlyn school artists from their origins and education in the academies and ateliers abroad, their different approaches to painting including,  Social realist portraits, plein air landscapes and seascapes  and fantasy costume dramas. There will be a focus on Women artists who pioneered the way for many to follow in their footsteps. The fame the Newlyn Artists achieved at home and abroad in the 1880s and 90s and the significance of the founding of NEWLYN ART GALLERY will also be included.

Study the History of Newlyn School Art from 1900 - 1940
This eight week course continues the story of the history of Newlyn artists beginning with the Forbes School of Painting which ran from 1899 - 1941 with over 200 artists passing through its doors. There are individual sessions on some of the School’s star students including Dod and Ernest Procter.  We look at other young women artists who came to the Forbes School and also met their husbands including Ruth and Charles Simpson and Jill and Geoffrey Garnier.  The work of one of Cornwall’s own sons, Harold Harvey is surveyed  as well as that of his wife Gertrude. Another major force in Cornish art from 1910 - 1940 was S.J. Lamorna Birch - both his work and his influence on others is studied. Visitors to the Lamorna Valley including Laura and Harold Knight and Alfred Munnings and the art they created during the tragic events fictionalised in ‘Summer in February’ are included. 

Study the history of Cornish Art from 1941 to the present day
This eight week course at the development of art in Cornwall  from 1940 to the current art scene. Starting with St. Ives modernism and the split between representational and abstract artists in the late 40s including Barns-Graham, Ben Nicholson, Sven Berlin through the expressionism and spiritual paintings of Peter Lanyon, John Miller, and Michael Finn. The history of naïve painters from Alfred Wallis to John Dyer is also included here.  It also looks at both tutors and students at Falmouth College of Art from 1950 onwards. Cornwall has generated masters of printmaking, photography, sculpture and other medium which will all be explored as well as the landscape and figurative revival current in the Cornish art scene.

The Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke RA RWS (1858 – 1929)
In this eight week course we look at the life and art of Falmouth’s most famous painter Henry Scott Tuke. From his formative years in Falmouth- his training and early travels; through to his fame he achieved as a member of the Newlyn School; the inspiration of Cornwall and its people, his approach to portraiture whether it was locals or lords and ladies; his maritime art; his approach to painting the nude outdoors and comparing it with his contemporaries; his travels  abroad and at home.



C. Simpson, Carn Barges, Cornwall © Lander Gallery
H.S.Tuke, Morning Gossip © Falmouth Art Gallery
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Celebration at 90 © Falmouth Art Gallery