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On the Shoulders of Giants

Pablo Picasso, from Las Meninas by Velazquez

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

In a letter to Robert Hooke (15 February 1676) from Sir Isaac Newton



May 14th-16th, 2019

£270/3 days, to include a guided tour at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


For more information about the course, or if you would like to book a place please contact me, Kate Measham – kate@artdrawpaint.com


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There is so much to learn from artists of every period and from all parts of the world. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a fine and varied collection of paintings, drawings and   artefacts. Discover Michaelangelo’s studies for the Sistine Chapel, beautiful sketches by Raffael, to a mantle belonging to Pocahontas’ father.

You’ll choose a piece of work to inspire you for the rest of the week.

Research Day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Tuesday, May 14th

11.00 – 4.30

We will have a guided tour of parts of the collection and you will have time to look around the rest of the museum.  Bring sketchbooks with you to take notes about various pieces. The museum has stools for anyone that would like to sit and draw.  Pencil and dry drawing materials are permitted – not paint or ink.

The hardest part of the week is deciding which picture to choose as your starting point. Once you’ve decided you’ll use your time to copy the work.  If there are others by the same artist you will take notes of these too.

“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal” (Picasso)

May 15th, 10.00 – 4.30

The Studio, Bransbury

But copying is a good place to start…

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My charcoal version of a picture by Nicolas Poussin, ‘The Triumph of Pan’

You will be copying your chosen work both as a whole and from various different areas.  By the end of today you will understand the composition, what impressed you about the work, and how to copy work and change the size.

Today you Steal…Tomorrow will be yours…

The Studio, Bransbury

May 16th, 10.00 – 4.30

Today is a transition from copying the chosen work into making it your own.

You may want to work on one piece, a series, or a book…who knows. You may decide to interpret a renaissance painting using collage, or to create a book from small areas of a Uccello masterpiece. Equally, you can spend the day drawing an oversized version of a Pre-Raphaelite nun.

For more information about the course, or if you would like to book a place please contact me, Kate Measham – kate@artdrawpaint.com

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Sir Isaac Newton

March, April, May

New Dates, New Classes…Lots to See

There are new classes, new courses and a few date changes over the next few months. Below are dates and brief descriptions. Click on the titles for fuller explanations about what is on offer.

The first weeks in March form the basis of all drawing and painting, ‘What is it, how big is it and where am I going to put it?’

Life Drawing, Papier Mache Sculpture, and Painting

In the second week in April is the return of this very exciting course. Day one we have a life model who you draw with the intention of building a sculpture. Day two you build a sculpture from your drawings using papier mache and anything you can find that works. Day three you will paint from your sculptures.


On the Shoulders of Giants

Following in the tradition of learning from the great masters we are going to spend the day at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It has a splendid and varied collection of works. You will see everything (!) in the museum and choose something that you are going to work with.

There will be drawing at the museum followed by two days at the Studio Bransbury copying the picture you chose and taking the ideas forward to create a piece that is all your own.


DRAW, DRAW, DRAW, PAINT, PAINT, PAINT

There will be a return to the regular Drawing and Painting sessions but they will be at the Studio at Bransbury, NOT at Ramshill. These will be suitable for all abilities and will be based on a changing Still Life.

Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning

Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day

  • Thursday, 4th April – Drawing
  • Thursday, 11th April – Painting
  • Thursday, 2nd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 9th May – Painting
  • Thursday, 23rd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 30th May – Painting

For more information, prices and times please click on the titles

If you would like to join a class contact me, kate@artdrawpaint.com

Art Courses for 2019

Christmas is over. It is  time for new year’s resolutions…so what are you going to choose?  Are you a ‘giver-upper’? Will it be… no more chocolate – ever? Or do you try something new…a ‘taker-upper’?

Surprisingly,  the beach photo from Norfolk was taken in January 2018. How about some blue sky thinking for 2019? (try not to focus on the clouds…just enjoy the possibilities)

Oil Painting for Beginners, January 2019

You will start at the very beginning, learning about the equipment, how to mix paints and what to do next. You will be looking at tone and become used to working with oils. After these three days you will be launched into the world of oil painting.

It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy. Everyone is welcome.

The boring bits

10am – 1.00pm

Saturdays 12th and 19th and 26th January, 201

£165/3 sessions

Materials, tea and coffee included

This will be held at Ramshill, East Winterslow

If you want to know more about this course please contact me Kate Measham


The Drawing Course 2019

In Brief…for more information about each week please click on the underlined dates.

This will be held at the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury,  Barton Stacey, Winchester

This is VERY flexible. You can book in for a 1 day course, 5 separate 1 day courses, a week or the whole 5 weeks (20% reduction if you commit to the whole course). Almost any combination you can think of is possible.

If you want to try the introduction week before you book for the whole 5 weeks you will still qualify for the 20% reduction…

January 14th – 18th Introduction 

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Learning to look (1day) Monday 14th
  • Discovering materials (1day) Tuesday 15th
  • Composition (1day) Wednesday 16th
  • Expressive drawing (1day) Thursday 17th
  • The Start of things to come (1day) Friday 18th

February 11th – 15th Mindfulness and Mark Making 

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing (1day)
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you (3days)
  • Music and movement (1day)

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Learning to look (1day)
  • Size matters (3 days)
  • Composition (1day)

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Time and tide wait for no one (1day)
  • On the shoulders of giants, first day will be at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (4 days)

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Project Week (5days)

Spring in Spain, Painting in Andalucia

Join us from 21st to 28th March for a week in Andalucia, painting and drawing the countryside in spring. Click on title for much, much more information.

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Please click on heading for more information. If you want to join any of these courses contact me,  Kate Measham, or call on 01980 863155

The Drawing Course 2019

Drawing is where you start.

In 2019 we are embarking on a Drawing Course that you can approach as a whole, or pick and choose which parts suit you. Each month there are 5 days of courses. you can do all 25 days, or pick and choose what you fancy doing.

If you are uncertain you can try the introductory week and then book for the rest of the course. If you are unable to do the Introductory Week this does not mean you can’t take the rest of the course.

 Each class is a stand alone class.

In Brief – for more information click on the months

January 14th – 18th Introduction

  • Learning to look
  • Discovering materials
  • Composition
  • Expressive drawing
  • The Start of things to come

February 11th – 15th Expression, Line and Mark

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you
  • Music and movement

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

  • Learning to look
  • Size matters
  • Composition

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

  • Time and tide wait for no one
  • On the shoulders of giants

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

  • Project Week

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

Drawing is where you start.

The primary way to explore your environment and your emotional response to it can be through drawing.  Children  draw before they  write. Somewhere along the way we complicate matters, lose the pleasure of drawing, and its intuitive possibilities.

This course is designed to encourage you to find the pleasure in something that was once a natural response,  to be inquisitive and give you confidence in your abilities. Drawing is both straightforward and complicated.  Through drawing you can contemplate all the attributes of painting except the hue. It can be an end in itself, or a firm step towards other visual arts.

Starting in January with an introductory week this series of classes is designed to make you look at, and reconsider the many different aspects of a creative process. You will go from looking to seeing and understanding and, finally, towards interpreting your world.

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There will be aspects of this course that  feel firmly figurative; this is just a starting place. If you feel a more abstract or expressive approach would be a direction you wish to take this would be warmly encouraged.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate, or withdraw something from something else.

All students will discover their own area of interest and a visual language that works for them.  The mix of ideas and interests within a group, combined with discussion and research makes for a creatively fertile environment.

There are five weeks of classes, over five months with one concentrated week in the studio, or at another venue, per month. There will be an element of preparation and research between the months.  The more work put into the non-class time will result in a greater appreciation of the subject.

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

All abilities are welcomed.

If you would like more information about the course or, about accommodation, please contact me, Kate Measham.

 I would like to have an exhibition of the work produced over the months.  At the moment we are looking at some time in June or July.

Tate  definition of Drawing

Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks

Life Drawing – Poses from the Masters

Sept 21st, October 5th, and 19th, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

£90/3

Last weekend I went to see the magnificent Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.

As you look at his drawings you feel as though Raphael is in the seat next to you; his observations, corrections, alterations and thoughts are as clear now as they were hundreds of years ago.

Over these three days you will draw a model adopting poses from Masters of Drawing.  This is not so you can draw in the same style, but so the poses can inspire you, and you can find your own line.

I want to use Raphael as one of our guides. I am open to ideas for both Old Masters and Contemporary master artists. Henry Moore, Euan Uglow, Poussin, Rodin – please feel free to leave suggestions or comments.

 

For more information contact Kate Measham

 

 

Degas to Picasso – on our doorstep

Oxford is just up the road from where I live. I hope to go to this exhibition after half term has run its course.

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/degastopicasso/

Degas to Picasso

Creating Modernism in France

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism. 

From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.

With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.

Tickets £11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions

£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members

*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
Entry to exhibitions is free for Ashmolean Members and for Under-12s.
Telephone Bookings Please call 01865 278 112 to book tickets by phone.
Group Bookings For group bookings (more than 15 persons), please contact the Education Department by email:education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Please note we cannot guarantee entry to Groups without pre-booking.

Schools Follow this link to read more about school visits and our Education Team.

Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 10 February – 7 May 2017
Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays
We are closed on Mondays

Visiting & Tickets

Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is advised, but tickets can be bought on the day of your visit at the Museum if tickets are available.

Summer courses

Below is a  quick round-up of the courses on offer over the summer. I have to give numbers to the Ashmolean so would be grateful if those of you who are interested could get back to me quite quickly.

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Summer courses

Ashmolean Museum; Drawing from Drawings

June 23rd, 12.00 – 4.30, £25, (includes exhibition entrance and guided tour)

A guided viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of British Drawings from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by drawing in the cast room.

Inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop

July 13th – 16th, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £260/ 4 days, (£150 / first 2 days)

Sketching and research on site at Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop developed into a finished piece at Wherwell Priory Studio.

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4 x 4, Off Road Art

August 10th – 13th, 9.30 – 4.30, £260/ 4 days

Four days, four different sites, four different media, outside come rain or shine

For more information please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,Drawing from Great British Drawings – places left

If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be  given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These  guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.

  • Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
  • 11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
  • £25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours –  one of the largest and most important in the world.

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Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn

Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.