Painting Weekends: NEW for 2018

Susanna on the bridge HJS June 2017Staithes Art School enjoyed a wonderful year in 2016. Lots of our old friends came back to paint in this delightful and inspiring location and many more new painters discovered Staithes for the first time. We have put together a 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 in cosy fishermen’s cottages 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.

Programme for 2018

10th – 13th May 2018: Robert Brindley RSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

17th – 20th May 2018: David Howell PPRSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

21st – 24th June 2018: Haidee-Jo Summers – Oils and/or Acrylics

5th – 8th July 2018: Robert Brindley RSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

31st August – 2nd September 2018: David Curtis ROI RSMA – Watercolours and/or Oils

11th – 14th October 2018: Bruce Mulcahy RSMA – Opaque Materials: Oils, Acrylics, Gouache

ROI painter 2 June 2017

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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