Category Archives: art education

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Saturday 14th April,

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

10.00am – 1.00pm


Suitable for all

I like to look to  the natural environment as a source for a still life. NO BLING, no  jugs, no vase of flowers, but all of life in a Still Life.


There will be a number of different seeds and seed heads, exotic, large and small shells, stones collected locally and from beaches far and wide, and a selection of skulls.fullsizeoutput_314

The aim is to examine the variety of texture, tone, shape and subtle colour in these natural objects. The morning will start with drawings using charcoal, pencil and ink.

The aim is to get interest and excitement into a subject that has been seen before…new angles, play with different media, and explore composition.



All Too Human, Painting Life at the Tate



All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

Lucian Freud, 1922-2011: Girl with a White Dog, 1950-1. Oil paint on canvas

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

I want the paint to work as flesh does.
Lucian Freud, 2009

The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

[I want to portray the] sensation of a page torn from the book of life
Walter Sickert, 1910

Works by Leon Kossoff, Euan Uglow, Kitaj, Jenny Saville and others, show how different individuals get to grips with their own existence.


Well worth a visit to Tate Britain.

Also Tate, five ways to paint a body is an interesting link to the exhibition

Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

Holistic Drawing Retreat, Yoga, mindfulness and life drawing

Saturday 28th April, 2018
10.00 – 5.00, Lunch, tea and coffee included

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. How do you take this practice to the next level? Use your Body, Mind and Senses in an holistic act of drawing.

Through yoga and basic meditation you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body. Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will become aware of how your own body influences your work.IMG_1810

You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities. If you want to know more about the course please contact me, Kate.

If you would like accommodation, or have dietary requirements for lunch, please contact Clare .


Spring Classes

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April 5th, 19th, May 3rd, 17th, and 31st

Morning, or afternoon session

10.00 – 1.00 or 2.00 – 5.00

£135 for whole term.

This is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced an artist.  You will be looking at many different aspects of drawing from classic drawing exercises to experimental explorations. It is always exciting, and always challenging.


Painting, Painting, Painting


April 12th, 26th and May 10th and 24th

10.00 – 4.00

£220 for whole term

As with Drawing, Drawing Drawing this is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced. You will look at various different aspects of painting, mark making, colour theory etc.  Each week is a new challenge. It does not matter what media you wish to use.




Art on a Saturday Morning

Early Spring Classes

3, 10, 17 March and 7, 14, 21 April, 2018

10.00am – 1.00pm

£40/ morning, or £210/6 mornings

Many of you find during the week to be one thing too many.  This is a chance to learn about drawing and painting in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.  There is a maximum of 6 people per class.

Each class will start with drawing exercises. There will be a Still Life or something else to work from each week.  You will look at mark making, line, tone, composition, colour and many other subjects. Charcoal and paper will be available here.  I will suggest other materials before each class.

If you are interested in joining this group, or you would like more information please contact me Kate Meashamimage


Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour

Tuesday 27th Feb and Tuesday 13th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm

£145/2 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

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

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.

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

Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail Patrick Heron

Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Art Classes in East Winterslow 2018

A quick reminder about upcoming classes.

IMG_1663Beginners Drawing, or ‘Can’t Draw; Won’t Draw’

Tuesday 9th, January, 2018, 10.00am – 1.00pm,

£40/head. All materials included

The aim of this morning is to remind you that drawing is fun, that you can learn to be better at it, and that it can lead to all other visual art forms. It is a pleasure in itself. This one off drawing class will introduce you to different aspects of drawing in an encouraging environment.

All materials are provided – you just have to turn up ready to have a go.

Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

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

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

£165 for whole term

This is a regular fixture on alternate Thursdays. Pick am or pm sessions. Space is limited 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, importantly, you will learn how to look.

This class is appropriate for all abilities.

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Oil Painting for Beginners I – Starting Out on Saturday Mornings

6th and 27th January, 10am – 1pm,

£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 class Oil Painting for Beginners, II.

Oil Painting for Beginners II (Colour) on Saturday Mornings

17th and 24th February, 3rd March, 10 am – 1pm £115/three sessions


If you have done the Beginners Oil Painting class the question is what to do next. On this course you will start to look at colour. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Classes are held at: Ramshill, East Winterslow.
Contact Kate Measham for more information about these and other courses.


or telephone: 01980 863155




Why didn’t I think of this?

Christmas is the time of year for nut crackers…but why not put them to use all year around? They are perfect for getting a grip on those hard-to-remove paint tops.

This was a excellent tip came from a student on the Thinking Aloud course earlier this year.

I love this cartoon sent to me by a student after the last class of the year. I think I am embracing the look rather too wholeheartedly.

Clearly, art classes not earrings on all lists for Father Christmas…

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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.



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 or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on 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.