Category Archives: art education

Sheep Dip Shallows – The next stop on the River Test, The Source to the Sea


Monday 3rd July 10.00 at The Boot, Houghton

£25/day

 

June was rained off, blown away, cancelled. We are going to try Houghton again!

If you mention ‘Houghton’ to fly fishermen they will think you are talking about the illustrious Houghton Fishing Club with its clubroom over the entrance to the Grosvenor in Stockbridge. The club owns some of the most renowned fishing on the river Test from Stockbridge, downstream through Houghton.  It is very beautifully tended with streams, footbridges and glorious trees.

Most of the club water is inaccessible except for a stretch known locally as Sheep Dip Hollow. This spot was used for swimming, paddling, cooling off in the summer, and presumably for dipping sheep. The website below has a map and a few memories of childhood visits.

Wild Swimming

We will spend the day at Sheep Dip Hollow and along the footpath to the John Of Gaunt Lakes, on the King Somborne side of the valley.

Please join us; swimming costumes optional.

Evenings Life Drawing in June


Life Drawing in the Yurt

June 1st, 15th 29th

6pm – 9pm

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three


Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing. The evening light in June makes the atmosphere in the yurt particularly focused.

Drawing and Painting


Have a look at Thursdays at the Yurt – packed full of art classes.

Every other Thursday there are two classes, sometimes three.

In the morning there is Sketch and Scones – all about the cornerstone of all visual art, DRAWING.

For the summer PAINT will be run at the same time as Sketch and Scones

Also in the mornings there is a new class, PAINT. Instead of looking at how to use various different media this class will look at what to do with your painting skills… what are you going to paint, how are you going to paint it, what things work for you and how to keep yourself and your skills moving forward.

In June there is LIFE DRAWING in the evening

These should make Thursdays interesting, fun and exciting.  I have made the classes cheap to encourage you all to have a go. Tell your friends.

If you are interested contact me to reserve a place.

Kate Measham

 


Sketch and Scones

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

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness. It will become a regular fixture on Thursdays later in the year

This is a  class about drawing.   It isn’t going to be called a ‘Beginners Guide to Drawing’ because nobody is really a beginner.

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.


PAINT

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

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

Also 10am – 1.00pm

 

This is a  class about Painting.   It isn’t about any particular medium. If you want to work in acrylic, house paint, oil or watercolour all will be welcome.

Painting is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about  different techniques, composition, mark making, you will learn how to look, and more. Very importantly, you will be encouraged to be brave, take risks, discover your own strengths and methods.

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

You may not have picked up a brush for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class. The idea of this class is to extend yourself, try something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that painting is exciting.

What is happening after Easter?


The beautiful, hand painted eggs above are from the Ukraine – sadly, I can’t claim them as my own.


Beginners Oil Painting

31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 9.30 – 12.30am –

£45/session or £125/3 –  Riverside Yurt Cafe

If you want to try oil painting come to this introductory morning.  All materials are provided.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other oil classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.


 

Sketch and Scones, regular classes

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

£20/morning or £145/8

Needlework and knitting have stitch and bitch – this is our version. Drawing is a skill; it requires practice, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques, composition and, very importantly, how to look.  No previous experience necessary.


Evening Life Classes

June 1st, 15th 29th

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three

Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing.


For more information or to book on the course contact  Kate Measham

 

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.

NO PHOTOS OF THE SWIM

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.

EXTRA session Beginners OIL Painting


19th April, 9.30 – 12.30am

£45/session

Riverside Yurt Cafe

Beginners Oil Painting

If you think oil painting could be fun come along to this introductory morning. All materials will be provided. Instead of committing to expensive paints and extensive equipment have a go with my oils in this class.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other Oil Painting classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.

Give a voucher for this class as an interesting alternative to an Easter Egg

If you are interested contact me Kate Measham

 

 

Drypoint Etching


I rather fancied trying something new…with someone else doing the teaching.

Drypoint etching avoids all the palaver of acids and things and is a direct way of making an intaglio print.  I went to the Badger Press in Bishop’s Waltham and  I loved it. And I came home with a print of the back of the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery.

Badger Press