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Andalucia, Autumn Light and Painting in Rural Spain


“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

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Sunday 7th- Saturday 13th October, 2018

In early October join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week offers you the opportunity to explore and paint the unspoilt landscape, hills and orchards of Andalucía,  farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga.  rosa open plan living (2)

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

Kate Measham

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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.

 

fullsizeoutput_555Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.

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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 various other exhibition spaces.

 

Locally Sourced Food and Wine

The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together.

Toma_Aceite_70-400x400 pomegranatesCasa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and produces olive oil used for your meals. Early October will see pomegranates ripening in the orchards.

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 (see jamon iberico below, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).fullsizeoutput_54b

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 Artist’s Day

The day will be divided into three sessions; two will be led by Kate, and the third is free for you to use as you wish and maybe to revisit an earlier project . Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.  Artists will gather at 10.00 for 3 hours tuition followed by a delicious and healthy lunch.

There will always be a taught morning session; and only one taught session after lunch – either afternoon, or evening.

Tuition will resume at 2.30 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing.  The evening session will be from 5pm to 8pm.  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, 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.

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.  There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and a table tennis room to divert you if you need diverting.

Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa. The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.

You will spend a day  enjoying the delights of old Malaga, a relatively unknown destination to most tourists.

DP217006Malaga has been transformed over the last few years. It was a dilapidated, but charming Mediterranean port which suffered much in the Civil War of the 1930s, and was subsequently allowed to fall into decay.

The old heart has retained its character and has been beautifully and sensitively restored, from the exquisite Malagueña mansion of the Picasso Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre, the exciting modern marina and the charming Carmen Thyssen Museum.

There will be opportunities for sketching, or painting, a visit to the Picasso Museum and lunch in Malaga – transport, to and from Malaga, and lunch will be included.


The Boring Bits

£1,250 includes full board, with own room, ensuite.There is no single supplement. However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £150 reduction each.  For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £950.

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A deposit of £300 secures a place on this course.

If the suggested flights are booked, collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price of £1,250. 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 advise you to have travel insurance.


If you want to chat about  the trip please contact:

Kate Measham on kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on rosie@tatham.biz or T:07940 833025

 

Looking into the Future…


There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.

Every Thursday there will be either drawing or painting classes and more beginners oil painting classes at Ramshill.

Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.

AND a very exciting trip to Andalucia in October.

 

 

Painting, Painting, Painting


Practise, Practise, Practise

January 18th, February 1st, 15th, March 1st and 15th

£250  for whole term

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.

Drawing, Drawing, Drawing


Sketch and Scones, but without the delicious scones

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd

£165  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

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 6 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.

Oil Painting for Beginners – 2018


Starting Out

Saturday Mornings  Oil Painting

6th and 27th January, 10am – 1pm,

at Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

£90/two sessions, materials included

There is a mystique about painting with oils paints that needs to be shattered.  In these classes you will learn, from scratch, the basic mechanics of painting with oils.

This is perfect for total beginners, people who know about watercolour but not oils, people who haven’t picked up a brush in a while, or those who have been given a lovely set of paints and don’t know what to do next.

….AND PERFECT AS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT

I will teach you the basic skills that you can start to build upon. I provide the materials needed for this early stage. If you wish you can join the follow on class Oil Painting for Beginners, II.

All I want for Christmas…Advent Calendar of Essentials (!)


Advent calendars covered with glitter, or rattling with chocolates, are almost the best bit of Christmas. The tantalising countdown to the day itself raises expectations to a ridiculous degree.

My calendar is a shortish list of all sorts of mostly arty things that would be very nice to have in a stocking, under a tree, wrapped with a bow, sealed with a kiss.

 


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ONE

I went to this wonderful exhibition a couple of weeks ago – well worth a visit. I normally buy a catalogue but I was a bit pushed for time…

Cézanne Portraits at National Portrait Gallery

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition  considers the extent to which particular sitters shaped the development of his practise.

Number one


TWO  Number Two

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These are a product I use all the time – I get through endless sets.  What I REALLY want for Christmas is for Koh I Noor to make these with big pans of colour so I can use a bigger brush.


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Number Three

The Art Fund

As a child I thought book tokens were a bit of a cop out – a lazy present turning good money into less good money; membership to the Art Fund is the very opposite. This allows the member to have access free, or at reduced rates to galleries all over the country AND the Art fund supports artists and museums.

For over 110 years they have supported museums and galleries, and helped them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy.

The Art Fund helps museums and galleries in a number of ways:

  • Providing museums and curators with funding for: acquisitions; training and development; and the display of art through tours and exhibitions.
  • Running public appeals when a particular work of art is under threat; for example, in 2014 we ran a successful campaign to save one of the most important industrial archives in the world, the Wedgwood Collection, which documents the evolution of ceramics design over 250 years. Recently we also led a successful appeal with the National Portrait Gallery to save Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation. In recent years we have run several major appeals, raising £45m to save works of art or collections.
  • Promoting hundreds of UK museums and galleries through the National Art Pass, the Art Guide app and more.

FOUR

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Number Four

I love to try new things – who doesn’t? I use wax crayons and wax resist techniques all the time so this encaustic beginners set seems to be the logical next step.

 

 

 


FIVE

p-jasshiro brushes

 

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Just can’t have too many…

 

 

 

 


SIX

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A good apron is hard to find.  Some people turn up to classes in full body overalls – not a bad idea.  I rather like this, less drastic option.

 

 

 

 


SEVEN

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Number Seven

No list is complete without chocolate.

I don’t know anyone else who likes these so it looks like I get the whole box to myself.


EIGHT

Number Eight

This is TOTALLY ridiculous as half the pleasure of painting is choosing the materials…BUT… it is a very tasty set of delicious paints.

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NINE

Number Nine

These two Van Gogh paintings of blossom, together with Bonnard’s painting of an Almond Tree, make me yearn for a show of spring flowers.


TEN

Number Ten

Lino printing is occasionally forgotten…dismissed as a school pleasure and rather junior. Now is the time to revisit relief printing. Speedy Carve have a  rubbery material that is very easy to use. Lawrence Printmakers have everything you need for any sort of printing; their beginners kit will use high quality materials. Pfeil tools are the BEST.


I forgot to mention cashmere bed socks.  Get the best you can afford and have a warm and Happy Christmas.

Thinking Aloud – homework


Last week there was the first class in the Thinking Aloud course.

The group were given homework…Diary in a Sketchbook. There is nothing new in that – but it is a reminder to keep a visual diary.

Synonyms: journal, daybook, log, chronicle, hint at varieties of diaries.  Is a diary about the future, or the past? What is to come, or what happened? What you think will happen, or how you think some event unfolded? Who is/are the intended audience? Is it for sale? Sensational? A brief recording of time?

The task set was to write one sentence about something that has happened/may happen/will happen, and how you feel about it (e.g. 10.30, taking cat to the vet; anxious) Then add an image to the sentence that enhances what you have written (maybe a worn and empty cat collar).

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This extraordinary picture has nothing to do with my day, my pets or my life, but I couldn’t resist it. Almost makes me want a cat.

 

 

 

Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns


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Map of broken Glass by Robert Smithson (detail)

 

Days out in Different Places

I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.

In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things.  I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings.  In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor.  They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.

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Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to  Jasper Johns.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)

Loved it.

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour


Weds 25th October, 1st and 29th November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£155/3 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?

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How do you take a step sideways in order to move forwards? You know what you want to say, but not how you want to say it.  You may get tighter when you want to get looser, or looser when you want more control.

The more time you spend painting the more you know there are other things out there you can’t quite reach.

And what about abstraction? Different palettes? Different media? Supports? Intuition? And every other sort of variation on a theme.

This course will be short, but exciting. It will encourage you to make mistakes, and to enjoy them, to play and learn. I’m not too worried about what media you want to use –  the idea is to experiment, play, discuss and try new things.

Each day will have a different theme and build on the previous day. You will be encouraged to do some research in between classes.

These three days will be more about the process of using paint and colour,  than about the destination.

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Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail Patrick Heron

Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Oil Painting for Beginners I – starting out


Sept 7th, 21st

1.30pm – 4.30pm

£90/two sessions, materials included

There is a mystique about painting with oils paints that needs to be shattered.  In these classes you will learn, from scratch, the basic mechanics of painting with oils.

This is perfect for total beginners, people who know about watercolour but not oils, people who haven’t picked up a brush in a while, or those who have been given a lovely set of paints and don’t know what to do next.

I will teach you the basic skills that you can start to build upon. I provide the materials needed for this early stage. If you wish you can join the follow on classes, Oil Painting for Beginners, II and III.

If you would like more information don’t hesitate to drop me a line Kate Measham