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Drawing into Oil Painting for Beginners


Drawing into Oil Painting – Beginners

with Kate Measham

We run this beginners drawing and oil painting course over three  three-month terms, with a two day class once a month.

  • £480/ term,
  • £1,250 if you buy all three terms (offer only available until 20th January).
  • light lunch each day during the course.
  • sketchbook and file for notes provided.

If you want to learn in a small class, with students keen to apply themselves this course is aimed at you. We will teach you that art is fun, frustrating, relaxing, exciting, sociable and contemplative: it will enhance your wellbeing, expand your view as you look at  the world, and should give you a lifetime of pleasure.

Spring Term, 2020

January to March class dates:

  • Thursday 16th-Friday 17th January
  • Thursday 13th-Friday 14th February
  • Thursday 12th-Friday 13th March

Summer Term, May to July, 2020

May to July class dates:

  • Thursday 14th-Friday 15th May
  • Thursday 18th-Friday 19th June
  • Thursday 16th-Friday 17th July

Autumn Term, 2020

September to November class dates:

  • Thursday 17th-Friday 18th September
  • Thursday 15th-Friday 16th October
  • Thursday 12th-Friday 13th November

From 10.00am to 4.00 pm each day. A light lunch will be included.

beginners oil painting palette

There will be a certain amount of homework between months. This will involve sketchbook work, painting and reading. We will provide a sketchbook and file for notes for each term.

Besides the sketchbook and file you will also get a list of suggested drawing and painting materials before the start of the course. Furthermore, the list will be out before Christmas (presents?).  There will be a 10% discount from CASS ART if you buy the basket we suggest through our link to their online shop.


I am a beginner- where should I start , or how to start again as a rusty returner?

This is the class for you. Your tutor will guide you through the process of learning to draw and paint in a step-by-step fashion. Drawing underpins everything we do and is how children communicate visually, before they can write.

You can do it.

Everything you learn whist drawing can be translated into how you paint. Oil painting, though tricky to start with, is probably one of the most instinctive, forgiving and enjoyable ways to paint. It combines with drawing in an easy, natural way.

What will I learn?

drawing from still life
still life with antlers

At HAMPSHIRE ART studio we view drawing as the foundation of art practise. You will learn to use charcoal, different pencils, ink, brush, graphite and anything else we can find. As important as the tools you use to draw is what you draw ON. You will try different papers and other supports.

Elements learnt with drawing are essential in painting practise. The course will  include: measured drawing, expressive drawing, structure, mark making, composition, tone, texture, light, styles and approaches and use various  different materials.

All the above will be addressed in painting with oils.   Also you will look at colour theory.

How will the course work?

Students will learn in a variety of ways, from still lifes, copying works of masters, drawing from life and from the imagination. You will make studies from still-lifes etc. to develop your skills of composition, draughtsmanship and modelling. We will also investigate the work of master artists to learn their techniques.

working from paintings by masters of their craft

The same elements used in drawing will be studied with regard to oil painting. In addition you will look at colour theory.

The course will run for two consecutive days each month for 9 months over the period of a year. Each month we will introduce you to one of the basic building blocks of art.  You will approach it via drawing and then into painting.

There will be a certain amount of optional homework between classes. You will be encouraged to keep sketchbooks.

How will my drawing and oil painting progress be assessed?

Each month there will be one to one, and group feedback sessions.

There will be  continuous dialogue and evaluation of work produced. Your progress will be mapped by both you and the tutor so you are both aware of any anxieties and aspirations. Drawing into Oil Painting for beginners will be a carefully planned series of classes that build on what you learn from one month to the next.

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What can I expect to go on to after this course?

 This year will be a springboard for you.

After a year’s work you will be considerably more knowledgeable about where your interests lie. You should have full sketchbooks and a bulging portfolio of work.

intermediate painting class looking at the style of Scottish Colourists

We can help you decide what the next step you take will be. A year of regular classes, student and tutor support and a certain amount of private study will set you firmly on the road to whatever area of interest you wish to pursue. If you want to join other classes with HAMPSHIRE ART studio you could look at intermediate classes, and masterclasses.

Is there accommodation available? 

We can advise you about different places to stay. There is plenty of parking at the studio.

How do I purchase this course?

Please visit the shop. Purchase either by term, or the entire course.

Artists take over Casa Rosa


  • 25th April – 2nd May, 2020
  • £950 use of studio, no tutor, full board, with room and ensuite. If you wish to have a room on your own there is £150 single supplement.

Untutored, Artists take over Casa Rosa for the second week of our Spring 2020 season. An artistic retreat, you will be liberated to be as creative and innovative as you feel inclined with no interventions other than those sought from your companions. There will be options offered, but not distractions, and all the creature comforts will continue to appear as regularly as ever.

view from main house towards a pool and to the hills beyond

This week is suitable for anyone who wants space and time to do their own thing. If you are joining us for week one with Kate Measham as your tutor this is an opportunity to stay and apply all that was learnt, or simply to be creative under your own steam.

This is a stand alone art retreat week – open to anyone. You do not have to take part in week one to join us for week two.

“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 Spring: Wild flower heaven

Wild flowers in the Andalucian countryside

In late April 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 citrus fruit and wild flowers. Nestling into the landscape, Casa Rosa will have oranges, garden flowers and fruit growing in the orchards and around the houses. 

This is week two of our Spring in Andalucia programme.

This week is untutored . If you are interested in joining a week with Kate Measham as your tutor have a look at Casa Rosa, Spring 2020

What to expect on an untutored art retreat

In this Artists take over Casa Rosa week, you the artists, are removed from home concerns, will be free to draw and paint in the landscape, the gardens, patios or studio. Snacks, meals and drinks will be regular and delicious. At some point there will be optional distractions such as walks or models  provided. In addition, there will be the facilities of Casa Rosa Estate – tennis court, pool, ping pong table – freely available and the nearby village only a walk away.

For an inclusive fee of £950 you will be collected from Malaga airport, all week wonderful meals will be provided, along with delicious drinks and snacks. You will be returned to the airport at the end of the week.

You only have to book a return flight. 


If you are interested in bringing your own group of students to Casa Rosa this is a perfect way to give it a trial run first.


Food, fresh from the orchards and markets

Lemons from the garden

Meals will be a communal affair with Rosie, her helpers and the other artists and guests eating together. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and Spring will see the orchards bursting with new growth. The house and cottages are  full of delightful surprises, pictures, pottery and antiques collected locally and from years of travel.

There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and  table tennis  to divert you and relax you. Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. You can use the studio at anytime.

The Boring Bits

Saturday 25th April – Saturday 2nd May, 2020.

£950 includes full board, with room and ensuite. If you wish to have a room on your own there is £150 single supplement.

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. There is plenty of space for parking at Casa Rosa

Make Casa Rosa in Andalucia your Spring destination for 2020

What do Artists need to bring with them to Casa Rosa?

There will be folding stools, drawing boards, and easels available. Everything else you should bring with you. If you wish to order materials and have them delivered to Casa Rosa please contact to Rosie.

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.

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 Casa Rosa cancels.

In the event of cancellation by the artist, 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 kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

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

Casa Rosa, Andalucia, Spring 2020


Saturday 18th April to Saturday 25th April, 2020

Make Casa Rosa, in Andalucia, your Spring destination for 2020

Full Board and tuition, £1,550 per person, no single supplement, own room and en suite bathroom.

If you wish to extend your break you can join us for the following week, 25th April – 2nd May. This will be an untutored artists-take-over-Casa-Rosa week.


“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 Spring: Wild flower heaven

In late April 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 citrus fruit and wild flowers. Nestling into the landscape, Casa Rosa will have oranges, garden flowers and fruit growing in the orchards and around the houses. 

If you join us for this tutored week at Casa Rosa you can expect an intensive painting and drawing programme, 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.

Sun hat and easel
Road into the distance, to and from Casa Rosa

For an inclusive fee of £1,550,you will be collected from Malaga airport, all week wonderful meals will be provided, along with delicious drinks and snacks. You will be returned to the airport at the end of the week.

You only have to book a return flight.  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.

 

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. Students are encouraged to find their own voice and to develop the necessary skills to explore it. 

Kate exhibits her work in many exhibition spaces including at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, and Fisherton Mill.

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 art weeks at Casa Rosa 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 Spring will see the orchards bursting with new growth. The house and cottages are  full of delightful surprises, pictures, pottery and antiques collected locally and from years of travel.

Food is an important part of the pleasure of staying at Casa Rosa. Rosie’s 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.  Rosie has spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. 

She 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 spacious studio, or outside, 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 all skill levels.

colours, shapes, textures in the Casa Rosa gardens

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.

Trying to capture Casa Rosa
Orange and blue still life

There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and  table tennis  to divert you and relax yo. Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. You can use the studio at anytime.

In the middle of the week there will be a rest day.  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.

Artists 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

Saturday 18th April – Saturday 25th April, 2020.

£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. There is plenty of space for parking at Casa Rosa

If you wish to extend your break you can join us for the following week, 25th April – 2nd May. This will be an untutored artists-take-over-Casa-Rosa week.

The second week, an artistic retreat, you will be liberated to be as creative and innovative as you feel inclined with no interventions other than those sought from your companions. There will be options offered, but not distractions, and all the creature comforts will continue to appear as regularly as ever. So it is an opportunity to stay and apply all that was learnt in week one, or simply to be creative under your own steam.

Make Casa Rosa in Andalucia your Spring destination for 2020

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

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

Make Casa Rosa, Andalucia, your holiday destination for Spring 2020

Life, Drawing, Life Drawing


I love drawing.

It is totally absorbing whilst you are in the act of drawing. It appeals to me physically as I lose myself in creating line, tone, marks. Drawing allows you to experiment, investigate, record, explore. It is thought provoking, challenging, frustrating, exciting. It is instinctive, expressive and purposeful.

As birthday, or Christmas, or anytime presents I give large paintbrushes or sketchbooks to anyone I think will enjoy them. This is in the hope that they will get as much pleasure from them as I do.

Charcoal life drawing by Matisse

Join me for a drawing class on Thursday 26th September, morning, or a Life Drawing Class on Thursday afternoon.

This week both classes will be looking at line, weight of line, and economy of line. The work of Matisse will be used as a reference. Please bring charcoal, paper, any pencils you can lay your hand on.

Have a look at HAMPSHIRE ART studio for more information and to book the classes