The Drawing Course 2019

Drawing is where you start.

In 2019 we are embarking on a Drawing Course that you can approach as a whole, or pick and choose which parts suit you. Each month there are 5 days of courses. you can do all 25 days, or pick and choose what you fancy doing.

If you are uncertain you can try the introductory week and then book for the rest of the course. If you are unable to do the Introductory Week this does not mean you can’t take the rest of the course.

 Each class is a stand alone class.

In Brief – for more information click on the months

January 14th – 18th Introduction

  • Learning to look
  • Discovering materials
  • Composition
  • Expressive drawing
  • The Start of things to come

February 11th – 15th Expression, Line and Mark

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you
  • Music and movement

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

  • Learning to look
  • Size matters
  • Composition

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

  • Time and tide wait for no one
  • On the shoulders of giants

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

  • Project Week

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

Drawing is where you start.

The primary way to explore your environment and your emotional response to it can be through drawing.  Children  draw before they  write. Somewhere along the way we complicate matters, lose the pleasure of drawing, and its intuitive possibilities.

This course is designed to encourage you to find the pleasure in something that was once a natural response,  to be inquisitive and give you confidence in your abilities. Drawing is both straightforward and complicated.  Through drawing you can contemplate all the attributes of painting except the hue. It can be an end in itself, or a firm step towards other visual arts.

Starting in January with an introductory week this series of classes is designed to make you look at, and reconsider the many different aspects of a creative process. You will go from looking to seeing and understanding and, finally, towards interpreting your world.

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There will be aspects of this course that  feel firmly figurative; this is just a starting place. If you feel a more abstract or expressive approach would be a direction you wish to take this would be warmly encouraged.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate, or withdraw something from something else.

All students will discover their own area of interest and a visual language that works for them.  The mix of ideas and interests within a group, combined with discussion and research makes for a creatively fertile environment.

There are five weeks of classes, over five months with one concentrated week in the studio, or at another venue, per month. There will be an element of preparation and research between the months.  The more work put into the non-class time will result in a greater appreciation of the subject.

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

All abilities are welcomed.

If you would like more information about the course or, about accommodation, please contact me, Kate Measham.

 I would like to have an exhibition of the work produced over the months.  At the moment we are looking at some time in June or July.

Tate  definition of Drawing

Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks

Christmas List, not really an advent calendar, and it does have chocolate.

This is an Advent Calendar with all the doors open…but no chocolate

What do you buy for the artist in your life?  Have a look through these ideas.  They mostly have links directly to suppliers.  Obviously courses with ARTDRAWPAINT will be at the top of all lists!!!

This is OBVIOUSLY too long a blog. Sorry about that.  Persevere – there are loads of good things in here.

Some suppliers have special Black Friday deals.

1st Day of Christmas

Sketchbooks are where it all starts. A5 fits into a large pocket, or handbag. Or simply stroke it, and sniff it.


Sketchbook - A5 300gsm HPA smooth (Hot Pressed) medium weight paper (300gsm) in A5 size with 34 pages, bound with black boards and a green linen spine.


A5 x34pp  300gsm Smooth   £20.00

Quill – Cut & Hardened.

I’d love to try these.  quillQuill - Cut & Hardened


These goose and peafowl feathers have been cooked in sand and hardened. They are ready for use as a traditional writing and drawing pen.




2nd Day of Christmas

Dickies Decorators Bib And Brace Workwear

Premier Jeans Stitch Denim Bib Apron
Premier PR126 Aprons & Tabard Black Denim
 …they will embroider your logo on if you want, or “Happy Christmas”, or “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Picasso
Product Code: PR126


3rd Day of Christmas

Tickets to see Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy, London

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Klimt / Schiele

Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

4 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm

The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA. To ensure the best possible experience, Friends are required to book a free timed ticket for both themselves and their guest.

Book now

See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

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Klimt Schiele Drawings From the Albertina Museum, Vienna

Marian Bisanz-Prakken (author), Elizabeth Clegg (author), Jane Kallir (author)

Hardback (24 Oct 2018) | English

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4th Day of Christmas

Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton

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Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton

A model of the human skeleton made entirely of foldable cardboard

From the medical student and biology enthusiast to the graphic designer and artist: this life-size model gives everyone access to an age-old classic of scientific illustration. Simply fold the precut pieces (no need for scissors or glue!) to build this human skeleton, complete with anatomical labels in English and Latin, bendable joints, accessories, and detailed step-by-step instructions.
Ready-cut cardboard kit, with instructions and accessories, 50.5 x 65 cm.

5th Day of Christmas

Essdee : Lino Cutting Printmaking Set : 22 pieceI enjoy making prints with lino.  This seems like a good introductory se


I tend to use speedball rubber rather than lino….but they don’t have a photo of their sets on Jackson’s website.

If relief printing is something you enjoy then the best tools are these are to drool over. pfeil tools from Jacksons    These tools are a joy to use, balanced in the hand and last for ever.

This is a special promotion price.Palm carving tools set of 12

Grab some Graphite

Graphite is a fabulous drawing material. The Caran d’ache box is definately at the top end of the market. I use a number of Artgraf materials. These two suggestions may be more stocking sized…


Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set

Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set
This Caran D’ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set is a comprehensive collection of graphite products of many shades and grades including graphite cubes, double hole sharpener, eraser and blender , beautifully presented satin gift box.
Special Price £207.00  carat d’arche box
Price £18.30

The extra large handmade Viarco ArtGraf Watersoluble Graphite Stick is great for use with large scale artworks or projects. It is formulated to be water-soluble to create interesting washes and effects when drawing however it can also be used as dry as a regular graphite stick.

Each stick comes in its own material pouch with a cord fastening.

Weight: 250g

Width of graphite stick: 4.5cm

Length of graphite stick: 17cm

Depth of graphite stick: 2.5cm

graphite chunk


Watersoluble Blocks in Earth Tones

Inspired by traditional tailor’s chalk, ArtGraf Tailor Shape is a rich, water-soluble block of pigment. It is extremely soft and provides artists with a wide range of shades depending on the amount of water used, from light, transparent tones to deep, rich, opaque colours.


7th Day of Christmas

Noble Art Supplies in Salisbury are local stockists.  This is an excellent art shop with helpful owner.

8th Day of Christmas


Sketchbooks are great, portable, contained…all sorts of things, but I love a pile of cheap paper that I don’t get precious about.  I get big packs of A2 and A1 paper from Art Discount on a regular basis.  Anyone who has been to a class with me will have used their paper.  No photo….not really necessary.

9th Day of Christmas

I think this is totally brilliant.

I have one (obv) and use it all over the place.  You can go to many museums, galleries and places of interest with a discount on entry, or free. It comes with a useful map of all  places that accept the card.

If I didn’t already have this card I would want it.

National Art Pass

From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern – the National Art Pass gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.

10th Day of Christmas

These are ALWAYS in every art list I make. The Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12 is suitable for graphic techniques with it’s high colour density. Also very cheap.

Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12

I use them with these Bic Plastidecor crayons for a wax resist effect.Bic crayons


I find the cheaper the crayon the higher the wax content.  More expensive oil pastels are not better on this occasion.


11th Day of Christmas

The clutch pencil is a delight to use and practical.  A small box will hold a mix of charcoal, graphite and chalks, all to fit in these holders.  I have more than one.

12th Day of Christmas

How do you  get your work home from a class? Do you get paint on your car/coat/best jumper/dog? Does your picture fall on the floor? Do your paint and brushes fall onto a wet picture as you take a corner … possibly, maybe, faster than you should?

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This case seems like a very clever idea.  It won’t be strong enough for an airplane but would make the journey home much less fraught.

13th Day of Christmas

How about a Drawing Week with art draw paint?


14th Day of Christmas

Biscuits…obv. Coffee and biscuits are a vital part of any creative process.

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin500g

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin
all butter shortbread

15th Day of Christmas

A weekend in Malagafullsizeoutput_d18

In October we had a painting week at Casa Rosa in Andalucia. On the Wednesday we had a guided tour around the Picasso Museum in Malaga.

The thing we didn’t have time to do was a really good mooch around the town.  There is clearly lots to see and do, AND it is only a brief flight from Southampton.

Or come to Casa Rosa in the Spring Spring in Spain

16th Day of Christmas

I am looking forward to a number of exhibitions next year…this is certainly one of the highlights.Another case of tickets and catalogue.



23 January – 6 May 2019

£18 / FREE for Members

Concession £17

Pierre Bonnard, ‘Nude in the Bath’ 1925

Rediscover this master of colour and composition at Tate Modern

This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s unconventional use of colour, while surprising those who think they already know him.

Born 1867, Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.

The exhibition concentrates on Bonnard’s work from 1912, when colour became a dominant concern, until his death in 1947. It presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture moments in time – where someone has just left the room, a meal has just finished, a moment lost in the view from the window, or a stolen look at a partner.

Book tickets

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Kunstforum Wien.

17th Day of Christmas

Tombow : Mono Zero Eraser Pen : Round Tip : Black Barrel


18th Day of Christmas

I went to see this exhibition, loved it, but failed to buy the catalogue. What was I thinking of?

Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin: Arcadian Painters Hardcover – 15 Jun 2011

In 1624 and 1957 two artists, aged thirty, moved to Rome. Nicolas Poussin and Cy Twombly subsequently spent the majority of their lives in the Eternal City, and went on to become the preeminent painters of their day. This book looks at these two figures side by side for the first time, examining how the two painters, separated by three centuries, nonetheless engaged with shared interests and concerns.

19th Day of Christmas

Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover

 20 May 2013

An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2 allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing’s unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large.

I have a copy of this (5 years old so up-to-the-minute-ish).  It is part of a series of  either drawing or painting books showcasing contemporary practise. Always interesting.

I haven’t got a supplier but they are around.

20th Day of Christmas

In preparation for the National Gallery’s exhibition – Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (18 March – 7 July 2019)

Sorolla the Masterworks

A new survey of the best works by the elusive and spectacular Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. Often compared to his contemporary, the American artist John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla (1863 1923) was a master draftsman and painter of landscapes, formal portraits, and monumental, historically themed canvases.

Joaquin-Sorolla-spanish-impressionist-Strolling along the Seashore 1909Highly influenced by French Impressionism, the Valencian artist was a master plein-air painter known for his luminous seaside scenes of frolicking youths and for vivid depictions of Spanish rural life and its pleasures and customs. This beautifully designed and produced volume brings together one hundred of Sorolla s major paintings, selected by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the foremost authority on the artist. Benefiting from close proximity to the artist and his personal archives, she presents an in-depth essay that explores Sorolla s life, work, and remarkable international legacy. With virtually all of the artist s previous publications now out of print, this much-anticipated volume is an important addition to the literature on this great Spanish master.

Sorolla Masterworks

21st Day of Christmas

Surely it is impossible to have too many brushes?  No photo.  Just give me BIG hog hair brushes.

Price £12.90

Made of hog bristle, this brush is traditionally used in oil painting. The white Chinese bristle from Chungking is of the highest quality. Its natural hardness responds perfectly to more or less dense oil painting technique and acrylic.

Ferrule Diameter: 62.6mm Brush Head Length: 7.8mm

22nd Day of Christmas

I love to use Charcoal. It is quick, responsive, subtle, surprising.. If you are giving it as a present I would suggest the largest pieces you can find.  BBQ charcoal can be interesting (make sure it isnt impregnated with starter fluid). Compressed charcoal is dark and interesting, and charcoal pencils have their place.

I hope to be able to provide EXCELLENT charcoal before too long…still at the development stage at the moment.



Charcoal is most often used for quickly sketching and is especially suitable for life drawing sessions. It is chosen by so many artists because of the immediate response to the artists hand where the marks can be very bold and heavy or can be blended into soft and subtle shading. Willow charcoal breaks easily, especially the thinner sizes. But that’s okay as you will usually want to break the sticks into smaller pieces when you start drawing, as they will be easier to use.

Charcoal Pencils

Charcoal pencils are the perfect tool for an artist who desires the traditional effect of a charcoal stick without the associated messy dust. Charcoal pencils are charcoal leads encased in a layer of wood which not only protects the charcoal from snapping, but also guards the fingers from charcoal marks.

And for something slightly different…   Artgraf do a variety of interesting drawing materials. Seek them out.



Price £4.90


23rd Day of Christmas

Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip Flexibound – 5 Oct 2018

I haven’t seen this book yet, but I like the idea.  I may be found on Boxing Day, in a quiet corner, dreaming of holidays to come…

A global guide to the 500 works of permanently installed modern and contemporary art worth traveling to experience

Enjoy a world tour from the comfort of your reading chair or plan a detailed and engaging art itinerary for your next trip with Destination Art, the essential guide to 500 must-see examples of permanently installed art from the last 100 years. With the book’s geographical organization and logistical details – including GPS coordinates, addresses, websites, and symbols indicating the degree of possible access, travel planning is made easy.

Discover hidden gems in big cities, explore art in nature, and trek to remote locales for one-of-a-kind experiences of art in unique locations. The artists featured in this global selection are among the world’s best and most beloved from the past century, including Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Jenny Holzer, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, and many more.

Highlighting the best and most significant of public art in city centers, sculpture parks, site-specific installations in museums, memorials designed by contemporary artists, works of land art, and much more, Destination Art is an informative and enjoyable overview of the most significant and travel-worthy art around the globe.

From the publisher of Destination Architecture.

24th Day of Christmas

The Fortnum’s Christmas Box

Catalogue code: 2201911
This Fortnum’s Christmas Box encapsulates the spirit of a childhood Christmas. Amongst the array of sweet treats you’ll find magical biscuits and seriously delicious chocolate in all shapes and sizes. Open up this box of merry enjoyment!


From Life Drawing to somewhere else…

Below are some photos from last week’s three day course, ‘Life Drawing, Papier Mache to Painting’.  

On Monday our model adopted two different poses and the students drew relentlessly, all day.  It was appreciated that there is a difference between a working, note taking drawing, and drawing for the sake of it…(I love life drawing just for the sake of it…but it is different).

Tuesday started with making quick maquettes of each pose followed by WONDERFUL creations from one pose.  Wednesday involved working from the pieces made on Tuesday.

I loved the work the students made from this process.

Spring in Spain

Andalucia, Spring Flowers and Painting in Rural Spain

Saturday 23rd- Saturday 30th March, 2019

Rosita waiting…

“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.”

Sunday Times

In March join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week is a chance to explore and paint this unspoilt, spring landscape. All artists, regardless of ability, from beginner to the more experienced artist will enjoy the beautiful challenge.

The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be alive with the signs of Spring. The countryside will be covered in spring flowers and blossom, with farming villages, olive groves and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga showing signs of the change of seasons.

For an all-inclusive week fee of £1,550 all meals will be catered by the house chef, drinks and snacks provided as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa, an elegant and beautifully appointed country mansion.

Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa , (do look at the Casa Rosa  website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.

Kate Measham

Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses abroad on the Greek Island Zakynthos and here at Casa Rosa.

Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood-turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.


Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.

Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.

She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and other spaces.

Locally Sourced Food and Wine


Pomegranates grow in the surrounding orchards . Their pink blush is matched by this rug from Casa Rosa. The bowl is from Grenada.

The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and early spring will see blossom in the orchards with wild flowers at every turn. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises collected locally and from years of travel.

Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant 

Salads, homemade mayonnaise and more for yet another delicious meal (so beautifully presented it could double up as a still life!)

Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her good warning before you arrive.

The Artists’ Day

Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.

At 10.00 there will be a three-hour, taught morning session followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time to work on your own projects.


Tuition will resume at 5.00 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing.  After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper.

There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.

What to Expect on the Course

The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.

The course will be based at Casa Rosa using the studio there and enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.

You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week.

Evening light at Casa Rosa

Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.

A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.

There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and  table tennis  to divert you (if you need diverting). You can use the studio at anytime.

There will be a rest day in the middle of the week.  Various activities will be on offer such as walking, or visiting the village of Periana.  You may prefer to  sit by the pool, catch up on a painting project, or read a book. Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.

Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.

The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.

The Boring Bits

Saturday 23rd March to Saturday 30th March, 2019.

£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite.

There is no single supplement.

However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1150. A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.

Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price  if you choose to book our suggested flights.

Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.

If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.

Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc at local prices (to leave more space in your suitcase), and arrange for a courier to bring back your work – please tell us what you want. There will be cartridge paper, drawing boards, and easels available free of charge.

We advise you to have travel insurance.

If you want to chat about the trip please contact:

Kate Measham on or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on or T:07940 833025