Cornwall has a rich arts and crafts heritage that can be seen in many areas of the county. For instance the prestigious Falmouth University, specialising in art and design, sees people from all over the world come to study its creative practices. Moreover, the Leach Pottery in St Ives is another international name. The Tate gallery in St Ives and Barbara Hepworth Museum are also renowned worldwide. But there are also many local artists, photographers and jewellery makers throughout the county that have helped to put Cornwall on the map as a key innovator in creativity.
If you fancy trying your hand at some of the more creative aspects of Cornwall’s lifestyle this summer, we have a few suggestions for you.
Take a Class at the Truro Arts Company
The Truro Arts Company runs adult classes most months in various creative practices. August will play host to Debbie Orford and her lino cutting course. You’ll learn how to lino print, creating designs, mixing colours and then be able to print your creation onto cards or paper.
In September Scott Russell will hold a class designed to develop your skills as a portrait artist. As Scott has decades of experience, your brush will be in safe hands as you turn a palate of oil paints into a recognisable portrait.
Design your own Jewellery
If you’ve ever fancied being a designer and creating your own individual pieces of beauty to wear, here’s your chance. There are several jewellery shops in Truro, such as Canary Blue, who will make you a bespoke piece. You can design and discuss ideas with the jeweller before they make your unique item. Or if you’re planning on getting married in the near future, why not make your own wedding rings in the workshops they run?
Treat the Little Ones
If you have a child on holiday with you, why not try taking them to the Creation Station in Truro? Boasting award-winning arts and crafts sessions and activities, children up to the age of 11 can go and take part in some creative fun.
Get Inspired by the Royal Cornwall Museum
If you need some inspiration to get creative, take a wander around the Royal Cornwall Museum and witness some of the most stunning art from Cornwall and around the globe. Furthermore, Until September 4th the RCM is running a ‘See Poldark’s Cornwall’ event to uncover 18th century Cornwall following the hit of the TV series.