What is happening after Easter?


The beautiful, hand painted eggs above are from the Ukraine – sadly, I can’t claim them as my own.


Beginners Oil Painting

31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 9.30 – 12.30am –

£45/session or £125/3 –  Riverside Yurt Cafe

If you want to try oil painting come to this introductory morning.  All materials are provided.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other oil classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.


 

Sketch and Scones, regular classes

May 18th, June 1st, 15th, 29th, July 13th 27th, August 10th and 24th

£20/morning or £145/8

Needlework and knitting have stitch and bitch – this is our version. Drawing is a skill; it requires practice, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques, composition and, very importantly, how to look.  No previous experience necessary.


Evening Life Classes

June 1st, 15th 29th

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three

Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing.


For more information or to book on the course contact  Kate Measham

 

River Test, from the Source to the Sea – Longstock


Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

Longstock Garden Centre and Farm Shop, 10.00 for coffee rendezvous

£25/day

The Bunny is a single track road that joins the Peat Spade pub, in Longstock with the Andover to Stockbridge road.  This makes it sound a bit dull.

At one end the delightful pub will be a possible lunch spot.  From here the road meanders across  narrow bridges, through head-high bull rushes, by willows and streams.  The eel traps and thatched fishing huts on one side of the road must be one of the most photographed settings in Hampshire – I had to queue for my moment to take the picture above.

fullsizeoutput_389The views from this track are the challenge for May.

Anyone is welcome to join us for the day.  It doesn’t matter if this is your first step on the ‘journey’.  Please contact me if you want to come along and I will tell you what it involves. Kate Measham

 

Knee deep in the Test


I had to jump into the river in January, to rescue a pencil – obviously a special pencil. It was not too cold and I was wearing wellies.  Since then I have learned to be more careful, don’t balance anything on the edge of bridges, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t boast.

Today I forgot; I chatted to an interested stranger, told him why I was sitting so carefully on the edge of the bridge and dropped my most expensive brush into the water. It floated. Away. I had to run across the bridge, climb over wire to get to the river bank and plunge in. I was up to my knees wearing plimsoles and jeans.  The interested stranger was busy trying to work out how to take a video of me splashing around, and then asked why I hadn’t taken my trousers off. This is why you don’t talk to strangers.

Despite an early bath it was a glorious day.  We walked 5 miles, drew, painted, photographed and admired some acrobatic helicopter flying. As the year progresses, and the Test gets broader and faster the changes are noticeable. Today the colours of spring with young leaves on the trees, and new grass on the banks made January feel like a long time ago.

NO PHOTOS OF THE SWIM