Saturday 28th May 1pm-1.30pm

Landscape drawing and painting, Mexico Towans

This session will be outside (en plein air) at the Elder Seat, a bench for painting incorporated into the branches of an elder tree.

Through observational drawing and painting, we will have time to take in this unique setting, which has different habitat foregrounds with spectacular views of the sea.

You’ll also build up confidence and have fun, while developing drawing and observational skills. Hilary will be guiding and encouraging you through drawing exercises in composition, technique and simplicity.

You will also learn how to record information in a sketchbook by creating an annotated sketch for reference later with colour notes and explore how to apply coloured pencils with the addition of water.

Hilary is planning an indoor session at Gwithian Chapel in the autumn/winter, so this reference will be invaluable for then.

How to get there:

Meet at Phillack Church at 12.45pm, from where we will walk to the Elder Seat. Or you can access the Towans by Phillack Church, and once on the path turn left and follow a circular route.

Alternatively, if you approach from the north-west corner of Mexico Towans. Walking from Cove Café and Hayle Surf Life Saving Club, follow the coast path in a north-east direction, along the front of Haven Riviere Sands Holiday Park. Just past the holiday park boundary, you will reach a crossroads in the path, close to an old pillbox. Here there is a crossing of the paths, from where it’s a short walk to our elder tree location.

Wednesday 22nd June 6.30pm-9pm

Evening session at St Gothian Sands

Leading up to World Sand Dunes Day, this is our first evening meeting, when we will explore the changing skies before dusk. If there is a good sunset, we may be tempted to stay a bit longer to paint until the show is over!  

How to get there:

We’ll meet at the small footbridge near the mouth of Red River (not the road bridge). Either drop down from the nearby National Trust car park at Godrevy café or you can get there from one of the many footpaths crossing St Gothian Sands from the road or from Gwithian Towans long stay car park.

Sunday 26th June 10am-12.30pm

Botanical Drawing workshop, Gwithian Green

Towans Ranger Martin Rule will join us to give an introduction to the wildlife of the


This session is about plants which live on the dunes, and how to draw and identity them. Nothing too difficult – just an introduction to simplifying the structure and creating lovely pages of dune plants in a sketchbook, annotated with notes, along the lines of Diary of an Edwardian Lady/Beatrix Potter studies, but done in your own way! We will create a visual diary.

How to get there:

Park at Gwithian Green. We won’t be far from our cars, so you’ll be able to go and collect things. Gwithian Church Hall has a toilet.

What to bring for these sessions:

Hilary will be supplying sketchbooks and FOTT car stickers (unless you have one from last time).  She will bring 2b pencils, coloured pencils and water pens for you to use.

  • Please do bring your own art materials if you wish, including a stool or something to sit on.
  • Bring a snack, a drink/ flask.
  • Hilary wears fingerless gloves to draw. A hat and layers are useful in case of cold winds as is a sun hat and sun cream.It can get chilly as the sun goes down, so do have extra layers if you are coming to the evening session.

Please book with Hilary at  She will create a waiting list, so please let her know if you can’t make it, so she can offer a place to someone else.

Hilary is happy to answer any Towans Art Club questions. Sessions are open to all abilities over the age of 16 and are limited to 15 places.  The sessions are free, but donations to Friends of the Towans are very welcome.

All events will be advertised through the Friends of the Towans and Dynamic Dunescape Facebook pages.  Keep an eye out for the details and please share posts and spread the word.

Thanks to Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Dynamic Dunescapes for their continued support for Towans Art Club.