Capturing the Past in Paint - Cornish Cornucopia
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Journey to a bygone era as we explore the timeless beauty of our magnificent coastline; capture both landscape and seascape features of Cornwall through drawing and painting, from simple sketches to finished works of art. During the course of each day we’ll walk up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment.
- Be inspired by the tin mines and the trawlers
- Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage
- Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader and transport to locations
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at Chy Morvah
- Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
Chy Morvah, meaning 'house by the sea' in Cornish, is an appropriate name for this characteristic seaside property. Situated within walking distance of the centre of St Ives, it enjoys wonderful views along the north Cornwall coast.
Chy Morvah has 39 bedrooms, either located in the main building or in the adjacent Lanyons House.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Laundry facilities
• Chy Morvah has a splendid elevated position with sea views
• The main lounges enjoy views across St Ives bay
• Dining room
|• Conservatory front
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Attractive gardens with sea views
| • Heated outdoor swimming pool (Open April to September, weather permitting)
• Table football
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Saturday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Sunday: Exploring St Ives
This is a great opportunity to take a closer look at classic locations such as Upalong, Downalong, the town and the waterfront. Your leader is there to encourage you to capture some of these fascinating connections to the past.
Monday: The meaning of St Michaels Mount
We take both a distant and close look at how to create drawings and paintings of the fascinating characteristics of this semi-island icon.
Tuesday: A fine Cornish catch
We go west to capture some of those features which have been in use in Newlyn harbour from the 15th century to present, providing a livelihood for locals, and landing everything from pilchards & mackerel to contemporary sardines ….and maybe visit a smaller cove too.
Wednesday: Free Day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Thursday: On the tin trail
So much of the Cornish landscape is dotted with remnants of the tin mining industry. This is a superb opportunity to look at the past. We have a unique creative opportunity to paint at the Crown Botallack Mines.
Friday: Farewell finishes
Staying at the Country House, we’ll reflect on the week, working through sketches or finishing paintings, and discussing more tips & techniques, or, if time allows, venturing out to capture the features of this very special area.
Saturday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
Please feel free to bring whatever art equipment you may have already and are happy to work with - listed below are some suggested basic watercolour requirements:
- A4 or larger cartridge sketch pad, watercolour pad at least 140lb, preferably thicker
- 2B, 3B, 4B pencils and charcoal pencil if you wish, black or sepia ink pen(s), eraser (not putty rubber)
- 6, 10, 14 Pointed round and ¼, ½“ flat brushes (Sceptre Gold or Cotman Blue)
- Tubes of primary colours for mixing (Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red, Lemon Yellow), extras you could bring Alizarin Cerulean Blue, Crimson or Rose Madder, Cadmium Yellow or Yellow Ochre
- Portable set of pans would also work well on smaller studies or alongside tubes
- Water tub and mixing palette
NB: Most important to buy minimal materials of really good quality rather than cheaper items
Chy Morvah is situated in the attractive seaside town of St Ives. A 10 minute downhill walk will take you to the harbour and old town; a maze of narrow streets and shops. The harbour front is always bustling with activity, and there are numerous artists’ galleries to enjoy. There are also two excellent sandy beaches. Nearby Porthminster Beach (5 to 10 minutes' walk) is very sheltered and very popular with families. Porthmeor Beach on the far side of town (15 to 20 minutes' walk) is more exposed and excellent for surfing. There are several surf schools if you want to give this a go – a popular option for all ages! St Ives has a full range of facilities including shops, banks, chemists, pubs and cafés.
During your stay at Chy Morvah you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:
Tate Gallery & Barbara Hepworth Gallery
Opened in 1993, this branch of the Tate Gallery celebrates Cornwall’s rich artistic legacy. Tate St Ives also manages the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, which gives a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important 20th century artists. Both galleries are within easy walking distance of Chy Morvah. www.tate.org.uk
Justifiably popular with visitors, the fascinating ‘Biomes’ of the Eden Project house a flamboyant collection of plants from around the world. Explore the two gigantic geodesic conservatories – one a majestic rainforest, the other is host to the fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean, South Africa and California. Outside the extensive grounds are landscaped and produce tea, lavender, sunflowers and hemp. The Eden Project is just over an hour's drive from St Ives. Between May and September guests staying at Chy Morvah are able to book a coach excursion each Wedneday, organised by Oates Travel. www.edenproject.com
St Michael’s Mount
The jewel in Cornwall's crown, a fairytale island with an exotic garden, ancient harbour, a church and a medieval castle. Access from Marazion is by foot along the causeway, or by ferry at high water. Marazion is about 20 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached by regular local buses. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
National Maritime Museum
Cornwall's £21 million attraction in Falmouth is housed in an award winning building on the harbour-side. The museum transports you into the world of small boats and Cornish maritime history. Falmouth is about 50 minutes' drive from St Ives, and a day here could include visits to Pendennis Castle, or a delightful boat trip up the River Fal to Truro. www.nmmc.co.uk
National Seal Sanctuary
Situated at Gweek beside the Helford estuary, the seal sanctuary cares for injured or abandoned seals, before returning them to the wild. The seal sanctuary is about 40 minutes' drive from St Ives. www.sealsanctuary.co.uk
Geevor Tin Min
Discover Cornwall's mining heritage at this excellent museum. Guided underground trips as well as surface tours are available. The musem is about 30 minutes' drive from St Ives, and can also be reached using the 300 open-top bus. www.geevor.com
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Created in the mid 18th century, the gardens at Heligan are one of the best examples in Britain, famed for displays of rhododendrons and camellias. Following years of neglect they have been subject to extensive restoration work over the last 20 years. The gardens, located near Mevagissey are just over an hour's drive from St Ives. www.heligan.com
This uniquely situated open-air theatre is cut into the cliffs at Porthcurno, near Lands End. Performances take place most evenings with some afternoon matinees. The Rowena Cade Exhibition Centre tells the story of its creation. An evening theatre visit is offered on most weeks to guests staying at Chy Morvah (May to September). www.minack.com
St Michaels Mount image credited to Mike Newman, Eden Project image ©Hufton+Crow,
Travel to St Ives
Our address is: Chy Morvah, Bishops Road, The Belyars, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2DB
The nearest railway station is St Ives, however you may find the journey to St Erth on the main line more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
St Ives station is only ½ mile from Chy Morvah, but it is rather a steep uphill walk. Taxis cost approx £4 for this short transfer. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Chy Morvah Manager.
Head to Cornwall via the A30. At a large roundabout take the A3074 signposted to St Ives. Pass through Lelant and Carbis Bay. Pass the Treganna Castle on the left, then as you approach St Ives take the left fork, following signs to visitor parking and leisure centre. Follow the road and turn left up the steep hill. Almost immediately the road turns left again by the Longships Hotel, but at this junction turn right and go up the hill. Chy Morvah is in front of you. To reach the car park drive left past the front of Chy Morvah and turn immediately right behind the back of the building. The car park is on the right 15 yards along the lane.
Travelling from overseas
For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.
From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to St Erth, and finally a short branch line train to St Ives.This is a relatively straightforward, if lengthy journey - allow 6½ hours, so a morning arrival into Heathrow would be preferable.
Richard was born near to the heart of Constable Country, first exhibiting at the famous Gainsborough's House during his schooldays, and now enjoys the natural wonders of coastal Suffolk. He loves the chance to share his own natural abilities, tips, techniques and many years of far ranging lecturing, demo and tuition experience with newcomers and all abilities to help create or develop their own individual styles. Since an early career in design, publishing and business advice he has worked with the National Trust, English Heritage, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton and many other organisations, truly believing the wonders of practical art can be enjoyed by everyone, given that all-important friendly guidance, patience and encouragement.
Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person