Welcome to the Painting School

The drawing and painting workshops/courses at The Painting School of Montmiral offer students much that cannot be found elsewhere. Over 28 years it has been shown repeatedly that, through a unique combination of innovative ideas and practical suggestions, this course can transform the working practice of anyone who is seriously interested in drawing or painting, whatever their current level of achievement and whatever their particular aims or problems.

"A very different and vastly more interesting type of artistic education than I have met before." - Yolanda Hart

Year after year, students who come to study at The Painting School of Montmiral benefit from the Course Director's long experience as a caring and supportive teacher whose informed eye and attentive ear give them confidence and encourage their creativity.

"I really valued the way you looked with me at what I was trying to paint. You gave me the confidence to tackle things I wouldn’t have dared try out.” - Cathy Walker

The small groups and the splendid setting in a medieval hilltop town surrounded by panoramic views give the ideal context for helping students to develop their personal creativity in the style and medium of their choice.

"A magical place, good company, intensely stimulating ideas and teaching... I came to Montmiral to have my eyes stretched and I do not think I have ever looked so hard.” - Unity Couzens

The Course Director, formerly the Tom Cottrell Memorial Fellow at the University of Stirling in Scotland, offers the fruits of new research on how artists use their eyes when painting and drawing, which integrate the positives from traditional artistic practices with game-changing ideas from science. The result is new and practical approaches to colour, light, illusory pictorial space, drawing, creativity and personal expression.

This course, with its application and explanation of the latest researches in both colour and line psychology, completely redefines and resolves the anomalies of what we see. The reference to proven research and the patient explanations of its implications with respect to how the brain receives and interprets information provides a fundamentally sound approach commonly lacking in other courses and literature.” - Iain McCowan