All I want for Christmas…Advent Calendar of Essentials (!)


Advent calendars covered with glitter, or rattling with chocolates, are almost the best bit of Christmas. The tantalising countdown to the day itself raises expectations to a ridiculous degree.

My calendar is a shortish list of all sorts of mostly arty things that would be very nice to have in a stocking, under a tree, wrapped with a bow, sealed with a kiss.

 


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ONE

I went to this wonderful exhibition a couple of weeks ago – well worth a visit. I normally buy a catalogue but I was a bit pushed for time…

Cézanne Portraits at National Portrait Gallery

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition  considers the extent to which particular sitters shaped the development of his practise.

Number one


TWO  Number Two

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These are a product I use all the time – I get through endless sets.  What I REALLY want for Christmas is for Koh I Noor to make these with big pans of colour so I can use a bigger brush.


THREE

Number Three

The Art Fund

As a child I thought book tokens were a bit of a cop out – a lazy present turning good money into less good money; membership to the Art Fund is the very opposite. This allows the member to have access free, or at reduced rates to galleries all over the country AND the Art fund supports artists and museums.

For over 110 years they have supported museums and galleries, and helped them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy.

The Art Fund helps museums and galleries in a number of ways:

  • Providing museums and curators with funding for: acquisitions; training and development; and the display of art through tours and exhibitions.
  • Running public appeals when a particular work of art is under threat; for example, in 2014 we ran a successful campaign to save one of the most important industrial archives in the world, the Wedgwood Collection, which documents the evolution of ceramics design over 250 years. Recently we also led a successful appeal with the National Portrait Gallery to save Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation. In recent years we have run several major appeals, raising £45m to save works of art or collections.
  • Promoting hundreds of UK museums and galleries through the National Art Pass, the Art Guide app and more.

FOUR

ERF5001940 encaustic

Number Four

I love to try new things – who doesn’t? I use wax crayons and wax resist techniques all the time so this encaustic beginners set seems to be the logical next step.

 

 

 


FIVE

p-jasshiro brushes

 

Number Five
Just can’t have too many…

 

 

 

 


SIX

Number Sixapron

A good apron is hard to find.  Some people turn up to classes in full body overalls – not a bad idea.  I rather like this, less drastic option.

 

 

 

 


SEVEN

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Number Seven

No list is complete without chocolate.

I don’t know anyone else who likes these so it looks like I get the whole box to myself.


EIGHT

Number Eight

This is TOTALLY ridiculous as half the pleasure of painting is choosing the materials…BUT… it is a very tasty set of delicious paints.

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NINE

Number Nine

These two Van Gogh paintings of blossom, together with Bonnard’s painting of an Almond Tree, make me yearn for a show of spring flowers.


TEN

Number Ten

Lino printing is occasionally forgotten…dismissed as a school pleasure and rather junior. Now is the time to revisit relief printing. Speedy Carve have a  rubbery material that is very easy to use. Lawrence Printmakers have everything you need for any sort of printing; their beginners kit will use high quality materials. Pfeil tools are the BEST.


I forgot to mention cashmere bed socks.  Get the best you can afford and have a warm and Happy Christmas.

Thinking Aloud – homework


Last week there was the first class in the Thinking Aloud course.

The group were given homework…Diary in a Sketchbook. There is nothing new in that – but it is a reminder to keep a visual diary.

Synonyms: journal, daybook, log, chronicle, hint at varieties of diaries.  Is a diary about the future, or the past? What is to come, or what happened? What you think will happen, or how you think some event unfolded? Who is/are the intended audience? Is it for sale? Sensational? A brief recording of time?

The task set was to write one sentence about something that has happened/may happen/will happen, and how you feel about it (e.g. 10.30, taking cat to the vet; anxious) Then add an image to the sentence that enhances what you have written (maybe a worn and empty cat collar).

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This extraordinary picture has nothing to do with my day, my pets or my life, but I couldn’t resist it. Almost makes me want a cat.

 

 

 

Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns


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Map of broken Glass by Robert Smithson (detail)

 

Days out in Different Places

I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.

In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things.  I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings.  In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor.  They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.

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Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to  Jasper Johns.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)

Loved it.

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour


Weds 25th October, 1st and 29th November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£155/3 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?

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How do you take a step sideways in order to move forwards? You know what you want to say, but not how you want to say it.  You may get tighter when you want to get looser, or looser when you want more control.

The more time you spend painting the more you know there are other things out there you can’t quite reach.

And what about abstraction? Different palettes? Different media? Supports? Intuition? And every other sort of variation on a theme.

This course will be short, but exciting. It will encourage you to make mistakes, and to enjoy them, to play and learn. I’m not too worried about what media you want to use –  the idea is to experiment, play, discuss and try new things.

Each day will have a different theme and build on the previous day. You will be encouraged to do some research in between classes.

These three days will be more about the process of using paint and colour,  than about the destination.

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Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail Patrick Heron

Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Oil Painting for Beginners I – starting out


Sept 7th, 21st

1.30pm – 4.30pm

£90/two sessions, materials included

There is a mystique about painting with oils paints that needs to be shattered.  In these classes you will learn, from scratch, the basic mechanics of painting with oils.

This is perfect for total beginners, people who know about watercolour but not oils, people who haven’t picked up a brush in a while, or those who have been given a lovely set of paints and don’t know what to do next.

I will teach you the basic skills that you can start to build upon. I provide the materials needed for this early stage. If you wish you can join the follow on classes, Oil Painting for Beginners, II and III.

If you would like more information don’t hesitate to drop me a line Kate Measham

Oil Painting for Beginners III (slow painting)


 

November 21st and 28th, 9.30am – 4.30pm

£145/two days

Materials list provided before first session

If this was a recipe the dish would be a delicious slow cooked stew with layers of flavour and interest. Your ‘slow painting’ will have time to develop complexity too. You will build up a relationship with your picture that is quite different to a flashy 3 hour number.

This course will involve a Still Life set up that you will paint over four sessions, (two days).

Some pictures just take longer.

A picture of twelve hours is very different to one of three hours.  Your engagement with it is different, the way you deal with the paint is different.

This is to encourage you to go for the longer game occasionally. Nobody wants to spend hours on a picture that they don’t like very much so you will look at planning and composition.

This is more of a Test match than a T20 (probably lost my audience there).

Oil Painting for beginners – II (Colour)


October 17th and 24th, Nov 7th, 9.30am – 12.30pm

£130/3 classes

Materials list before each class

Three Classes, Three Different Approaches to Colour

If you have done the Beginners Oil Painting class the question is what to do next. On this course you will start to look at colour.

Colour is a huge, limitless topic, but you will start by looking at three different approaches.

You will look at painting with a limited palette, from tone to colour, and alla prima. The idea is to show you that sometimes limitations are liberating, allowing you to explore different aspects of painting. You will see that you are the master of your painting and you can paint it any way you want…with a bit of practise.

 

 

 

Life Drawing – Poses from the Masters


Sept 21st, October 5th, and 19th, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

£90/3

Last weekend I went to see the magnificent Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.

As you look at his drawings you feel as though Raphael is in the seat next to you; his observations, corrections, alterations and thoughts are as clear now as they were hundreds of years ago.

Over these three days you will draw a model adopting poses from Masters of Drawing.  This is not so you can draw in the same style, but so the poses can inspire you, and you can find your own line.

I want to use Raphael as one of our guides. I am open to ideas for both Old Masters and Contemporary master artists. Henry Moore, Euan Uglow, Poussin, Rodin – please feel free to leave suggestions or comments.

 

For more information contact Kate Measham

 

 

Sketch and Scones this Autumn


Draw Draw Draw….you can’t have too much of a good thing

 

Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, and Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14

10.00 – 1.00 on a Thursday morning.

£80/4 classes, to be paid at the beginning of each half term or

£145/8 classes

This is a fun drawing class for all standards.

Each week a different aspect of drawing is examined and tested using different media, and different methods.  You will experiment with content, composition, mark making, tone, narrative, repetition, line and anything else I can think of to throw your way.

And there are scones

Drawing is hard, mindful, exciting, rewarding, thought provoking and other things besides. Recording what you see is a human instinct that crosses all barriers.

For more information and to book a place on the course contact Kate Measham

If you have done this course before were there classes you would like to build on?

If you have done drawing classes anywhere else what would you like to see here?

Classes at Rum’s Eg


Still Life Drawing

​Wednesday 20 September
​10.30am – 4.30pm
£45

‘Time and tide wait for no man’…  a look at the passage of time through a still life.

In an age where it is possible to video your cat in real time on the other side of the world, how do you approach the classical discipline of a Still Life? You can take a photo with the click of a button so what more can you bring to the picture? Can you do something  with a drawing that is about the passage of time rather than a snapshot? Maybe add things that are not there, or colours that express your feelings about the objects in a new way.

This is a thoughtful approach to the content of a drawing.

Please bring: A1 sketchbook, charcoal, propelling pencil, drawing pencil, rubber, masking tape.

For more information and to book please go directly to  Rum’s Eg

​Super-sized Autumn Fruits and Leaves

charcoal and mixed media

Sunday, 10th October, 10am – 5pm,

at Lockerley Hall

This is a Fundraiser special for Rum’s Eg.

The day costs £85 and includes refreshments, and a delicious lunch.

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If your  drawings are always  the same size and in the same media it can get a bit boring.
This is a chance for you to expand your horizons and make huge drawings of autumnal vegetation from the Lockerley Estate.
The size of the drawing offers its own problems such as stamina to fill a large area, but this size also lends an importance to the work. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or have never drawn larger than A4, before you know it you will be stretching through an aerobic workout, reaching areas of paper you hadn’t contemplated before.
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One Morning, One Pose: Life Drawing

Wednesday 15 November

10.30am – 1pm

£45

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One model holding the same pose for an entire morning giving you the rare chance to really study the body and work on a long drawing. You will look at different elements of drawing including measuring, mark making and tone.

Please bring: A1 sketch book, charcoal, rubber, masking tape.

Art courses, in Hampshire and beyond

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