Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing,

Holistic Drawing

28th April, 2018

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. The aim of this retreat is to engage further; to include your body and your senses in an holistic act of drawing.

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Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body.

You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

In the afternoon our yoga teacher becomes the model.  You will engage with the  model who will reflect poses your body will have learnt. You will be able to feel the stretches as you draw taking you to a new level of engagement with your work.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities.

  • 10-5pm,
  • £130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea and light lunch, plus materials

 

Classes for Spring, 2018


A brief reminder of dates and prices.  contact me Kate Measham to check for spaces, or for more information


Drawing Drawing Drawing

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

At Ramshill , East Winterslow

Morning classes are full. There are a couple of spaces in the afternoon, 2 – 5.00pm

£135

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £30/class.


Painting Painting Painting

April 12, 26

May 10, 24

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

Only a couple of places left

10-4.00pm, £220 for all 4

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £60/class.


Saturday Morning Painting

April 7, 14 21

May 12

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

£120/4 or £37/ morning


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

April 28

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm,

£130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea, light lunch and materials for the class.

The yoga teacher becomes our model and you will draw her as she repeats the moves and poses you learnt in the morning.


Measured Life Drawing

May 9

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-1pm

£45 To include tea, coffee

 

Larger than Life, Life Drawing

May 16

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

Music and Movement

May 23

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

If you want to do all of the May Life Drawing classes we offer them at a discount price of £260.

 

 

 

 

Ancient Landscapes


Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire are home to a number of noteworthy landscapes from Avebury, to Stonehenge, Beacon Hill, Clarendon Palace, Old Sarum, Wood henge, and many more. I would like to spend 2018 visiting a different site each month.

I suspect January may be a little cold but that shouldn’t put us off. We will start at Avebury, in Wiltshire, followed by Clarendon Palace in February, The New Forest in March and on from there.

The format will be similar to the monthly ‘River Test; Source to Sea’.

Avebury, Wiltshire – World Heritage Site

Monday 22nd January,

Meet at NT car park. £25/day

World-famous stone circle, and museum  in the heart of a prehistoric landscape

At Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Millionaire archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name.

Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into the Stables, displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and the Barn, a 17th-century threshing barn housing interactive displays and children’s activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape.

For more information about Avebury try these two links Avebury  and Avebury NT

 

Painting, Painting, Painting


Practise, Practise, Practise

January 18th, February 1st, 15th, March 1st and 15th

£250  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 4.00 pm

This will be a relaxed day with a different theme to each class including mark making,  cloth, glass, reflective surfaces, shape and tone – normal stuff.  You can work in any media.

The guiding ethos will be about making your work exciting, and interesting.

It hope this will become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays.  They will be full day  sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

Drawing, Drawing, Drawing


Sketch and Scones, but without the delicious scones

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd

£165  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

Drawing is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques and, very importantly, you will learn how to look.

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

You may not have picked up a pencil for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class.

The idea of this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.

Oil Painting for Beginners – 2018


Starting Out

Saturday Mornings  Oil Painting

6th and 27th January, 10am – 1pm,

at Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

£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.

….AND PERFECT AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT

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 class Oil Painting for Beginners, II.

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.

Old holland


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.

Art courses, in Hampshire and beyond

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