NB These are not the dates that were originally published (The old dates clashed with half terms)
November 5th, 6th and 7th
10.00am – 4.00pm
At the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury
On this three day course you will start with a life model, drawing for reference and information. Using very rapid sculptural techniques you will construct 3D models from your drawings using paper mâché, tape, wood, and probably wire, and anything else that seems appropriate. When you start to ‘draw’ the model in 3D different information is needed – this adds to the interesting step from straight forward life drawing to sculpture.
The sculpture will become the model for your drawing and painting over the rest of the course.
This method opens your imagination to adapting the model. It sounds a bit weird and creepy – and why not? The models can take you way beyond masks, or even catrinas as seen below. The resulting drawings and paintings have an observed reality. It should be an exciting few days.
Coffee, tea, biscuits and a light lunch will be provided each day.
Some materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to use/recycle old drawings and paintings as well as other dry waste materials (egg cartons, loo roll holder, boxes, posters…who knows)
This is a Saturday course designed for those of you who have never painted with oils, or are very rusty.
I will provide the materials – you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. Picture below is sweet shop made real…you will need considerably less to get started. To start with this set would be like learning to drive in an Aston Martin.
You will start with looking at tone and becoming used to working with oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.
The boring bits
10am – 1.00pm
Saturdays 12th and 19th and 26th January, 201
Materials, tea and coffee included
This course will be held at Ramshill, East Winterslow, SP5 1QF
If you want to know more about this course please contact me Kate Measham
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 7 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.
Painting, Painting, Painting
Sept 27th, October 25th, November 8th, 22nd, December 6th
£60 for whole day (£275 for 5)
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.
The Art Fund is well worth looking at. If you become a member you help to fund purchases, restorations and other good things. On top of that you get a National Art Pass that gets you into galleries for free or half price. Art Fund
The article below about New Year’s Resolutions was on the Art Fund website at the beginning of the year. Midsummer’s Day is any minute so I thought I’d remind myself about what they suggested as ‘arty’ resolutions.
Keep your resolutions with advice from these five artists
Be more productive, more perceptive, more curious about the world. What are your New Year’s resolutions? These quotes from five inspirational artists offer words of wisdom to help kickstart your 2018.
1. Pablo Picasso’s productivity
Talk about making the most of a year; for Pablo Picasso, 1932 was a frenzy of creation, with the artist making more than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the space of just a few months.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, this prolific period in Picasso’s life is testament to what can be achieved with dedication and application – and how everything can change in as little as a year.
As he once famously said: ‘Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.’
Opening in 2018, Picasso 1932: Love, Fame Tragedy at Tate Modern explores Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, when he completed many of his major works – including three portraits of his lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, produced in a five-day window.
2. Claude Monet’s observation
Claude Monet used similar motifs throughout his work – lily pads, flowers, water, haystacks – all depicted in his distinct, highly perceptive style, capturing the effects of natural light through broken colour and diffuse brushstrokes.
His approach is a lesson in the power of observation, and taking time to appreciate the scene around you.
As Monet once put it: ‘Paint what you really see, not what you think you ought to see.’
3. Tacita Dean’s curiosity
Working primarily in film, contemporary artist Tacita Dean has travelled the world – from Bodmin Moor in England to the vast lands of Wyoming in the American West – discovering detail we all too often ignore.
‘You go places, and you want to make something as a result of that,’ she says.
Dean’s attentiveness to place serves as a reminder to engage with our environment, to immerse ourselves in the moment and to listen to the stories of the land.
An upcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy, Tacita Dean: Landscape, illustrates her restless quest to document the world around us, at a time when it truly requires our attention.
4. Bridget Riley’s perception
Vivid colours and patterns create movement in Bridget Riley’s Op art paintings. The optical effect of curving elements and diagonal lines encourages you to see and think differently. A new outlook for 2018?
As Bridget Riley said: ‘Perception is the medium.’
Often termed the ‘father’ of modern art, Paul Cézanne was a pioneer in the way he combined formal experimentation with an intensely emotional, humane approach to his subjects.
Downcast eyes, raised eyebrows and pensive smiles: Cézanne’s portraits are laden with feeling, and the moods of the painter often seem as visible in his images as those of his sitters.
As the artist once said: ‘A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.’
Bonus: Winnie-the-Pooh’s open heart
Okay, so Pooh Bear is not an artist – but he is an icon thanks to author AA Milne and illustrator EH Shepard. This year, in what can sometimes feel like an increasingly divided world, his infectious sense of wonder – and fabled, unflagging kindness – might just offer the example we need.
After all, we could do worse than take a leaf out of Pooh’s book and remember, ‘A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.’