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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.

An Evening with Nick Bashall.


In Conversation and Portrait Demonstration.

  • 20thAugust, 2019  6.30-8.30pm
  • Riverside Cottage, 
  • Bransbury, Nr Winchester,SO21 3QJ
  • £10/evening

Booking essential, places limited. Please contactkate@artdrawpaint.com


As he draws, Nick will describe the process and answer questions from the audience. Not only will you know the thoughts and methods of the artist we should also hear from the model.

Nick Bashall is a renowned war artist and portrait painter whose subjects have included members of the Royal Family, Military and Business leaders.

When not painting portraits for posterity Nick does performance  painting  for festival goers at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and other events. Our model isn’t Kylie for this evening (I can’t think why we didn’t ask her). There will be fewer costume changes, but it will be just as exciting and interesting in every other way.

Nick will be teaching a 2 ½ day self-portrait course at the Studio, Bransbury in  mid November. For more information see the website below.

www.artdrawpaint.com              https://www.nickbashall.com/

Refreshments provided

Beginners Oil Painting


  • 11th and 18th June, 2019, 10.00 – 4.00
  • £190/person to include all materials

contact me if you want to book this course Kate Measham


There is a mystique about painting with oils. Don’t let this put you off. Oil paints are fun, vibrant and very forgiving – have a play with them.

On this course I will provide the materials; you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. I will help you to find the materials to suit your needs.

Pictured below is sweet shop made real…you will need considerably less to get started. To start with this set would be like learning to drive in an Aston Martin.

Old holland

You will start by looking at tone, at first using charcoal then rapidly progressing to Oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.

Bring an apron, rags and a jam jar, and a willingness to have a go.

contact me if you want to book this course Kate Measham

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