A summer heatwave is supposed to hit us today. Even Wiltshire can feel uncomfortably hot occasionally. I am thinking of introducing a siesta for July and August. October in Andalucia should be a gentler heat, with pools, tennis, art, and a Spanish siesta rolled in together.
I am dreaming of Spain even if I have to wait until late September to get there. Persimmon and pomegranates will be on the trees, in the still lifes, and in the evening cocktails.
Contact me if you want more information. Kate Measham
Sunday 29th September – Sunday 6thOctober, 2019
Full Board and tuition, £1,550 per person, no single supplement, own room and en suite bathroom.
“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
Casa Rosa in the autumn, made for artists
In late September join us for art and culture in the Axarquía, the mountainous area to the north east of Malaga. The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be ripe with autumn fruit. Casa Rosa, nestling into the surrounding hills, will have pomegranates, garden flowers and persimmon fruit growing in their orchards and gardens.
If you join us at Casa Rosa you can expect a week with an intensive painting and drawing program, a week of delicious, healthy food made from local produce, and a week in one of the most delightful, comfy, luxurious houses in southern Spain.
For an inclusive fee of £1,550, all meals will be provided, together with drinks and snacks, as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa. No hidden extras.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa ( do look at the website to see more about the buildings and the estate) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
Rad.ish in the shape of Jessica Tatham will delight you with her delicious and beautiful food.
Kate Measham, tutor
Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.
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. 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 creating 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. This bowl is from potteries in Granada, about an hour away.
The week will have a house party feel. You will eat most meals together with Kate, Rosie and the other students. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and autumn will see the orchards groaning with fruit. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises collected locally and from years of travel.
This year we have the added temptation of ‘Rad.ish’ doing our catering. Rad.ish is the health and eco conscious catering business of Jessica Tatham, a Ballymalloe trained chef and regular visitor to Casa Rosa. Have a look at her website for a visual feast https://www.rad-ish.co.uk
Having completed chef training, Jessica has gone on to develop her own health and well-being based catering business. Her approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour at the easel.
Together, mother and daughter, Jessica and Rosie have spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. They will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give good warning before you arrive.
The Artists’ Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30am.
From 10.00 until 1.00pm there will be a three-hour, taught morning session in the studio followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time for you to work on your own projects.
Tuition will resume from 5.00 until 7.00pm for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. After the evening session, you will gather for drinks and supper.
There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if you want to – 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 allskill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa using their studio 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.
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). Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. 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 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
Sunday 29thSeptember – Sunday 6thOctober, 2019.
£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite and tuition.
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. If we need to book a taxi to collect, or deliver you to an alternative flight this will be at your cost.
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.
What do I need to bring with me?
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.
Places on the course are limited so allocation will be made on a first come, first served basis according to deposit paid. Kate Measham at Casa Rosa reserves the right to cancel for whatever reason. In the event of cancellation you will be advised of vacancies on alternative courses. If you do not wish to book on an alternative course, a full refund for the course will be given when Kate Measham at Casa Rosa cancels.
In the event of cancellation by the student, we will endeavour to fill your place and if successful we will refund your deposit, if we are unable to fill your place the deposit will be non-refundable.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Kate Measham on firstname.lastname@example.org or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on email@example.com or T:07940 833025