Newlyn school, art colony or school of art The Newlyn School is an art historical term loosely referring to an association of British artists active in the 19th century in the Cornish fishing village of Newlyn. The group of artists were leading exponents of plein air painting which paralleled similar artist colonies at the time including the Barbizon School in France or Skagen in Denmark. The sleepy fishing village of Newlyn had much to offer and artist. The light was great, living was affordable and there were lots of nature to depict. Artists associated with the colony are Elizabeth and Stanhope Forbes, Walter Langley, Frederick Hall, and Alfred Munnings. Today there is a Newlyn School of Art in Newlyn offering great courses in art ranging from plein air landscape painting, to life drawing and sculpture.