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Art Competitions

They are everywhere. You don’t have to enter any of them, indeed some are quite expensive to enter, but the competition criteria are often interesting, the prizes vary and the winners are well worth a look. You can catch an overview of what is going on in the art world and be inspired.

The piece below is a list I have ‘stolen’ – my apologies to idesigni art-competitions.  It has many international competitions and some home grown. Art suppliers often hold mini competitions (Jackson’s for example Jackson’s)

 


 

Art competitions can present potentially massive opportunities for artists worldwide, offering wide exposure and substantial cash prizes…

But how do you know which ones you should be entering?

There are many colossal lists and indexes of art contests and awards available online – if you’re willing to go trawling the web!

To save you that trouble, we’ve handpicked some of the very best art competitions around, and detailed the rewards up for grabs in each:

idesigni art-competitions

February art classes – mostly indoors


February has a number of art classes on offer at a variety of venues. Don’t let the weather get you down.

Contact me for more information, Kate Measham


Jan 25th   (three Wednesday evenings in a row)

Oil painting for beginners a 3 day crash course at the Yurt

Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £120/3 if you pay in advance)

Beginners

The world of oil painting is vast, exciting and relatively straight forward. Once you learn the basic methods you will be able to tackle anything. I will introduce you to painting in oils using charcoal drawing. This helps you to get to grips with tone, mark making and various other techniques.

If you have had little, or no experience of painting in oils this is the class for you. Basic principles will be introduced and reinforced. As with all things, practice makes painting easier.

 

Oil painting for beginners also on – 1st Feb  and Feb 6th


Monday 6th February

River Test, Source to Sea; a Journey

Laverstock Mill, home to Bombay Sapphire Gin.bombay-sapphire-700x700-min

Day two of our journey is at Laverstock, by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. If you are not able to visit all the sites along the Test with us do not worry. You can join for one off trips, keep up with photos on Facebook and at #rivertestsourcetosea on Instagram.

Contact me for more information, Kate Measham

£25/day plus entrance fee 10.30am – 4.00pm

Meet in the car park at 10.30am  There is a coffee and snack van on site.  We can park and enjoy the view for free but if you want to go into the buildings, see the Thomas Heatherwick greenhouse and the distillery then you need to pay an entrance fee.  I would recommend the visit.


Feb 13th

Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again

Wherwell Studios

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)

Intermediate

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing and life collage (a new art school discipline?) I like to take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness and adventure.

In this class you will recycle and reuse your own marks, tones and textures, and introduce others from outside sources. Once you have tried this technique you will have a fresh approach to drawing.

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Feb 14th (St Valentine’s Day)

Life Drawing, Chocolate Cake, Happiness

Instead of sitting at home, or eating at an overpriced restaurant (talking in hushed tones) join us for St Valentine’s Day, eat cake and draw. If you know someone who has not tried life drawing before, bring them along.

Materials will be provided. Suitable for all standards.

Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)


Wednesday 15th February

Van Gogh Mark Making

see Rum’s Eg website for more information

The Gin clear waters of the River Test …February at the distillery


The River Test, Source to Sea, a Journey

Day two of our journey is at Laverstock, by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. If you are not able to visit all the sites along the Test with us do not worry. You can join for one off trips, keep up with photos on Facebook and at #rivertestsourcetosea on Instagram. Contact me for more information, Kate Measham

Monday 6th February, Laverstock Mill, home to Bombay Sapphire Gin.

£25/day plus entrance fee 10.30am – 4.00pm

Meet in the car park at 10.30am  There is a coffee and snack van on site.  We can park and enjoy the view for free but if you want to go into the buildings, see the Thomas Heatherwick greenhouse and the distillery then you need to pay an entrance fee.  I would recommend the visit.

 Everyone needs to secure their own ticket and confirm they are over 18. bombaysapphire visit

 

The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

The second leg of our journey is at the Distillery just below Overton at Laverstock, (more about the history of the mill is below). The clear waters of the Test race through the Distillery and are part of the gin making process.  This industrial use of the Test waters follows on from the rural idyll we saw in January.

 

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LAVERSTOKE MILL

In renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the utmost care to preserve the natural ecology and heritage of the site. To build a long-term legacy at Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has also committed to building a sustainable future. The award-winning sustainability measures in design and construction are at the heart of this state-of-the art distillery.

HERITAGE

There has been a Mill on site in Laverstoke since at least 903 AD but the first official records show Laverstoke Mill as a corn mill marked in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1719 A French Huguenot called Henry Portal leased Laverstoke Mill and converted it to make the finest quality hand-made paper…

More about Heritage

RE-DEVELOPMENT

Transforming a 300 year old paper Mill with over 1000 years of history within a Conservation Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest took patience and dedication. Working with Heatherwick Studio, Bombay Sapphire sympathetically renovated Laverstoke Mill into a sustainable distillery that showcases the natural beauty and industrial heritage of the site…

More about Re-Development

SUSTAINABILITY

In building a modern distillery at Laverstoke Mill every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the processes and buildings are as sustainable and efficient as possible. In recognition of this the distillery has been awarded the highly prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design in 2014…

More about Sustainability

NATURAL BEAUTY

The Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill is situated within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in rural Hampshire. The River Test flows through the site creating unique wetland habitat throughout the distillery. The Test is the purest chalk-stream in the UK with many native species inhabiting the river and surrounding wetlands including…

More about Natural Beauty

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Brush up your oil painting…


Beat the cold, the wet and the snow; revisit your painting skills

 

There are two classes coming up for those of you who have done some oil painting recently, or ages ago, and just want a bit of a reminder about how it all works.

Wednesday 18th January, 9.30 am – 1.00pm

Monday 20th February, 9.30 am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

Suitable for all who have done an introductory course, or are just a bit rusty…

You will be taken through the equipment and basic methods with a few exercises along the way. It will all come back to you; a chance to practise all those things you have learnt in classes. There will be a Still life set up and a reminder about the process of painting in oils. Bring whatever equipment you have and I will have some extras to fill the gaps.

Don’t shy away from oils because you haven’t used them for ages and you remember the whole thing as being complicated. This class will guide you through and remind you what a wonderful thing it is to paint with oil paints.

 

I thought I would have a look for some cold landscapes to encourage everyone to escape into a warm studio.  This link had rather good pictures snowy landscapes

River Test, The Journey Begins


AND WE START ON WEDNESDAY 11th January…

I have lived in, or near, the Test Valley for many years, and been married to a fly fisherman for even more.  This year I am going to record the river from as near to its source as I can manage, down to the tidal waters at Testwood,and the sea.

Along the way there will be a Facebook page with information and possibly the occasional picture. Keep an eye on instagram #rivertestsourcetosea – sorry…don’t know how to do a link.

Each month  a different area of the river will be the focus, with a mixture of rural idyll and industry that relies on the water. By the end of the year there will be quite a body of work.

On Wednesday, 11th January at 10.00am we will meet at the  White Hart in Overton http://www.whitehartoverton.co.uk/eat-drink/. The second outing will be to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (more of this later).

I think this first day will be the hardest of the journey, not only because it is January, cold and wet, but also it is a new experience for us all.

The Test rises in a field to the east of Overton. A footpath can take you very near to it but it is a wellies venue. Quiddhampton Mill is very attractive, as is the view from the bridge at Polhampton. The back gardens of Overton, going down to the stream through the town are attractive in a different way.I think we will probably take a look at different spots on the day.

Throughout the year I am trying to keep to mostly public sites so you can revisit them in your own time if you feel you need more information.

It is possible to take a shopful of equipment but that just gets expensive and annoying.  I would suggest a large hardbacked sketchbook, or a board and paper, masking tape, a camera or phone, pencils, charcoal etc and whatever paints you are happiest using. I will take some pens, oil pastels and the bright dyes I like to use. Also useful can be a large envelope, or plastic filing sleeve.  I always pick up bits and pieces and it helps to have somewhere to put them. I might put in something to sit on, I might not.  I have a travelling easel but I won’t bring it.
I have my fingers crossed that umbrellas won’t be necessary!
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us please pass on the information.