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Life Drawing


Last Saturday was the first of the spring Life Drawing classes.

The class started the day with yoga, and finished with the yoga teacher as the model for their drawings. The emphasis of the day was to experience the physicality of drawing, and to recognise yourself in the model. This was a new experience for everyone and produced some very interesting drawings.

The next class, 9th May, will be a totally different approach. Measured life drawing is about carefully plotting the body in front of you.

There are still a few places. Contact me, Kate Measham for more information. Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat gives you information about all three upcoming life classes.

 

Art Classes – have a go…


Taster Day at Riverside Cottage,

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Bransbury,
Barton Stacey,
Winchester
SO21 3QJ

15th May, 2018

10.00 – 5.00

£95 for the day, to include lunch and all materials,
Have you thought about having a go at art classes? at re-visiting drawing, or painting?  or do you want to prepare for a bit of sketching on holiday? If the answer is ‘yes’ come to a Taster Day at Riverside Cottage.

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In the morning you will experiment with drawing materials and drawing, followed by an afternoon of painting and throwing everything at it.
Drawing materials will include pencil, charcoal, chalk, ink, marker pens, wax crayons, calligraphy brushes, twigs, sponges…whatever we can squeeze in. There will be painting in the afternoon in a similar vein. This will be a busy and exciting day.
Riverside Cottage will provide a delicious, light lunch, coffee on arrival and cream tea when you are exhausted in the afternoon.

Bring a friend, send a sister, encourage anyone who needs a new adventure – no experience necessary, no equipment needed.

All materials will be provided – you just need to turn up and be prepared to have a go.

Classes for Spring, 2018


A brief reminder of dates and prices.  contact me Kate Measham to check for spaces, or for more information


Drawing Drawing Drawing

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

At Ramshill , East Winterslow

Morning classes are full. There are a couple of spaces in the afternoon, 2 – 5.00pm

£135

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £30/class.


Painting Painting Painting

April 12, 26

May 10, 24

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

Only a couple of places left

10-4.00pm, £220 for all 4

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £60/class.


Saturday Morning Painting

April 7, 14 21

May 12

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

£120/4 or £37/ morning


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

April 28

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm,

£130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea, light lunch and materials for the class.

The yoga teacher becomes our model and you will draw her as she repeats the moves and poses you learnt in the morning.


Measured Life Drawing

May 9

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-1pm

£45 To include tea, coffee

 

Larger than Life, Life Drawing

May 16

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

Music and Movement

May 23

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

If you want to do all of the May Life Drawing classes we offer them at a discount price of £260.

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat


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Measured Life Drawing

9th May, 10.00-13.00

£45/morning, Including  model

At the Riverside Cottage

Bransbury, SO21 3QJ

Foreshortened legs, unusual sitting positions, distorted bodies and any number of other Life Drawing ‘problems’ can be overcome with measuring. All too often  you think you know where a line should be because you absolutely know where the leg/arm/foot/hand SHOULD be…but maybe it isn’t quite like that.

Learn to trust in measuring.

We will provide materials, easels, drawing boards etc.


LARGER THAN LIFE

16th May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing on a grand scale…and something of an adventure.

An easy  option is to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time.  Here you will change the scale of your work – BIG is beautiful, certainly physical, always exciting.

Let’s take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure. Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas.

You will use a mix of drawing media and big paper.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.  It is quite a messy affair so I would suggest you wear old clothes.


Music and Movement

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23rd May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

People move.

In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement, combined with rhythm and movement in music. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.

There will be a series of exercises designed to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, but an expression of time and rhythm.

This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.


If you are interested in all the courses we offer a £25 reduction – £260 for three.

Contact Kate Measham for more information, or to book a place on a course.

 

For more variations on Life Drawing don’t miss Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

 


The link below is to the a brief series of short Masterclass films made by the Tate. Well worth the 10 mins it takes to watch them.http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/life-drawing-masterclass-video-series#open279897

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.

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River Test, Source to Sea – Longparish


Monday 3rd April

Meet in Church Car Park at 10.00am

£25/day

Spring on the River Test at Longparish is a burst of fresh, new life.  The trees along the banks are just coming into leaf, primroses and daffodils are everywhere, and if there is a field with lambs you can be certain they will be gamboling.

 

Longparish has different sized streams running through it, from the main river, through the mill race, the various ponds for coarse fishing to the rill running through  gardens in the centre of the village.  It is the very essence of chalk stream chocolate box.  Fingers crossed that it will be sunny on Monday 3rd.

 

We are meeting at the carpark by the church at 10.00am. Bring whatever materials you fancy. Please send me an email if you intend to join us. It is a very, very pretty stretch of the Test.

NEW… Sketch and Scones, regular classes


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

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

£20.00/morning.  £.145/8 if paid in advance. Coffee and  scones included.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Buy a voucher for a Sketch and Scones morning  – it makes a wonderful alternative to yet another Easter Egg


Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version.

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, composition 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 these classes, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.

Oil Painting for Beginners…the next step.


Thursdays 23rd and 30th March and 20th and 27th April

Beginners Oil Painting…the next step

If you have done a beginners oil painting class, or have a bit of experience with oils, this is what comes next.  You will look at painting with different palettes, and using different techniques. Some materials will be provided.

6.00pm-9.00pm evening £90/2 evenings, £165 all 4 evenings, Tea, coffee, cake

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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