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Yoga, Mindfulness, Mark Making


Monday 11th February, £90/day

The Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury SO21 3QJ


You will start the day with a yoga class.

This will be appropriate for any standard, from total beginner to regular practitioner. If you have aches and pains that prevent you from doing certain moves these can be accommodated.

Throughout the class you will be made aware of your body, which parts are being stretched, how you feel when relaxed etc.

After the yoga class you will be experimenting with many different sorts of marks. Particular attention will be paid to how your body feels when making these marks. Gravity, physicality, noise and irritations all play a part in what happens when you start to draw.

After these exercises our yoga teacher will become the model for the day. She will repeat the exercises from the morning class. You will have experienced the tension, pull and release of these poses. These memories will inform the drawings as you work through the day.


Some materials will be provided. Coffee and tea are available but please bring your own lunch

January 2019 Drawing Week at Riverside Studio


Introduction to Drawing

The first week from the Drawing Course was busy, creative, stretching, tiring and very interesting. Some students booked in for the whole week, others did fewer days. Everyone made it work for them.

“Kate, thank for a tremendous week. Really amazing.” P.F. “Fun day and very useful too.” J. O’B “Class was great! Really stretched me and i found it very rewarding” M.D.

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

Drawing – first class of new term


Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

Sept 20th, Oct 18th, Nov 1st, 15th, 29th

£30 for half a day (£135/5)

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 7 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, very importantly, you will learn how to look.

for more information of to book a place on this course contact me, Kate Measham. contact

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.

Autumn Life Classes


This sounds like ‘how to survive middle age’; maybe it is…

Many studies have shown that life drawing in a class enhances your life, helps concentration, general coordination and is a  good thing to do.

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These classes are going to be using models doing something more than modelling.  We hope to have a ballerina, possibly a martial arts expert or boxer, a musician, and something Christmassy for the December class. (sorry to mention Christmas in JULY).


Life classes will be at Bransbury in the Studio attached to Riverside Cottage. They will mostly be on Tuesday evenings, from 18.00 until 21.00.

13th, 20th, and 27th November and 4th December

£45/session, or £165 if you do all 4

Suitable for all abilities

Tea and coffee will be available

 

Beginners Oil Painting, January 2019


This is a Saturday course designed for those of you who have never painted with oils, or are very rusty.

I will provide the materials – you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. Picture 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.

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You will start with looking at tone and becoming used to working with oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.

The boring bits

10am – 1.00pm

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

£165/3 sessions

Materials, tea and coffee included

This course will be held at Ramshill, East Winterslow, SP5 1QF

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

Autumn Drawing and Painting Courses


Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

Sept 20th, Oct 18th, Nov 1st, 15th, 29th

£30 for half a day (£135/5)

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 7 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, 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.


Painting, Painting, Painting

Old holland

Sept 27th, October 25th, November 8th, 22nd, December 6th

£60 for whole day (£275 for 5)

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 4.00 pm

This will be a relaxed day with a different theme to each class including mark making,  cloth, glass, reflective surfaces, shape and tone – normal stuff.  You can work in any media.

The guiding ethos will be about making your work exciting, and interesting.

It hope this will become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays.  They will be full day  sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

 

Busy Morning with Still Life


17th May, 2018: Drawing, Drawing, DrawingStill Life with Laundry Basket

 

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Drawing classes go from strength to strength. Whatever monstrous Still Life is offered to the classes EVERYONE steps up to the mark. Very good work yesterday.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the afternoon’s class (apologies)…every bit as varied, and every bit as interesting.

Well done

 

 

Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat


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Measured Life Drawing

9th May, 10.00-13.00

£45/morning, Including  model

At the Riverside Cottage

Bransbury, SO21 3QJ

Foreshortened legs, unusual sitting positions, distorted bodies and any number of other Life Drawing ‘problems’ can be overcome with measuring. All too often  you think you know where a line should be because you absolutely know where the leg/arm/foot/hand SHOULD be…but maybe it isn’t quite like that.

Learn to trust in measuring.

We will provide materials, easels, drawing boards etc.


LARGER THAN LIFE

16th May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing on a grand scale…and something of an adventure.

An easy  option is to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time.  Here you will change the scale of your work – BIG is beautiful, certainly physical, always exciting.

Let’s take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure. Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas.

You will use a mix of drawing media and big paper.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.  It is quite a messy affair so I would suggest you wear old clothes.


Music and Movement

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23rd May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

People move.

In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement, combined with rhythm and movement in music. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.

There will be a series of exercises designed to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, but an expression of time and rhythm.

This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.


If you are interested in all the courses we offer a £25 reduction – £260 for three.

Contact Kate Measham for more information, or to book a place on a course.

 

For more variations on Life Drawing don’t miss Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

 


The link below is to the a brief series of short Masterclass films made by the Tate. Well worth the 10 mins it takes to watch them.http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/life-drawing-masterclass-video-series#open279897

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

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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.