Painting Weekends 2021

Susanna on the bridge HJS June 2017Staithes Art School has had a very sad year in 2020! Like many events and gatherings our painting weekends have all had to be cancelled as we knew we wouldn’t be able to run them safely during the global Cornoavirus pandemic.  Our wonderful tutors very kindly agreed to run courses in 2021 over the same weekend and many of the painters who were booked to come in 2020 transferred their booking the following year.  So we are offering a very similar programme of highly stimulating Residential Painting Weekends for the coming year with tutors who are specialists in a variety of media. All of them are experienced at working with students of all abilities, so whether you are just starting out or already a proficient painter, they will be able to help you progress.

The piercing North Sea light, towering cliffs and moody seas of Staithes have always attracted artists. The winding paths up and between picturesque cottages offer immense variety of perspective. No matter how much time you spend here you will never run out of subjects for painting.

With help and advice from our experienced tutors, themselves professional artists, even the complete beginner can produce excellent results.

Plein Air Painting in Staithes

Artist at work at Staithes Art School

Most artists will tell you that the best way to paint in Staithes is en plein air as the Staithes Group liked to paint. But even they had to take cover from time to time. At Staithes Art School we have a large light room above Staithes Gallery where you can work indoors.

Accommodation in Staithes


We provide comfortable accommodation with a help-yourself breakfast in our elegant Georgian maisonette above Staithes Gallery and beautiful apartments in our newly restored Wesleyan Chapel close by in the village. Dinner with wine, prepared by award-winning chef Lisa Chapman, is served each evening in the large private dining room above the gallery. Staithes Art School is a real opportunity to put aside everyday cares and concerns and to concentrate on painting in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The cost of our three-day painting weekends (David Howell, Haidee-Jo Summers, Sue Nichol and Bruce Mulcahy) for 2021 is £490.00. The price includes three full days tuition on Fri/Sat/Sun as well as three nights accommodation on ThursFri/Sat nights with breakfast and (excellent) dinner.  The course with David Curtis takes place over two painting days (Saturday and Sunday) with accommodation and meals provided for the Friday and Saturday nights.  The cost is £395.

Programme for 2021

13th – 18th May 2021: David Howell PPRSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

17th – 20th June 2021: Haidee-Jo Summers – Oils and/or Acrylics

1st – 4th July 2021: Sue Nichol – Oils and/or Acrylics

15th – 18th July 2021: Bruce Mulcahy RSMA – Opaque Materials: Oils, Acrylics, Gouache

3rd – 5th September 2021: David Curtis ROI RSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

23rd – 26th September 2021: Haidee-Jo Summers – Oils and/or Acrylics

7th – 10th October 2021: Bruce Mulcahy RSMA – Opaque Materials: Oils, Acrylics, Gouache

HJS figure painting 3 (1)

Figure painting on the Barrass, Staithes with Haidee-Jo Summers ROI

Non-painting partners are also welcome and there are many other activities available in Staithes and the surrounding area: sailing, fishing, cycling, walking, surfing, golf – to name but a few. Please contact for details.

If you have any further queries about Staithes Art School or wish to make a booking, please telephone Al Milnes on 01947 841840 or 07972012464.
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