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

In a different approach, Nick has done performance  painting  for festival goers at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and other events.

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

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.

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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.

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

Size Matters: THINK BIG

  • Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March, 10am – 4.30pm
  • £180/person
  • Materials will be provided.
  • Coffee and Tea readily available, please bring something to eat for lunch.

In this class you will be thinking about how, and why size matters.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or you have never drawn larger than A4 …because …before you know it you will be stretching through an aerobic workout, reaching areas of paper you hadn’t contemplated before. This is surprisingly physical.

There will be elements of mixed media, and various different drawing techniques. You will contemplate the different compositional approach needed for a big picture. If a drawing is larger than life size what are you saying; does it DEMAND more? Come and experiment and see what you think.


For more information contact kate@artdrawpaint.com

Let’s not be boring doing all drawings the same size. Size matters. Explore, experiment and grow. In this class you will be doing huge drawings (about 4′ x 4′) . See and feel the difference size makes.

Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting.


These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

  • Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
  • Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
  • 10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front
Charcoal…almost painting, almost drawing

Regular drawing and painting is the best way to learn and to improve.

Here are six classes. On alternate weeks there are drawing and painting classes…always on a Thursday.

These are all stand alone classes so if you can’t do one or two don’t worry.

As far as possible, the painting class will paint a Still Life that was drawn in the previous drawing class. So if you are doing both classes this will help to familiarise you with the still life.

You can still come to the painting class if you weren’t at the drawing class, and you don’t have to come to painting classes if you only want to draw. You decide what YOU want to do.

  • Thursday, 6th June – Drawing
  • Thursday, 13th June – Painting
  • Thursday, 18th July – Drawing
  • Thursday, 25th July – Painting
  • Thursday, 1st August – Drawing
  • Thursday, 8th August – Painting

Expressive Mark Making

Expressive Mark Making, Van Gogh, Cy Twombly and You

February 12th  to 14thFebruary, 10.00 – 4.30

£270/3 days or £90/day, some materials provided

The Studio, Bransbury, Winchester SO21 3QJ


Contemporary communication is varied, quick and easy, whether by by email, text, Whatsapp or whatever. If post arrives with a hand written letter it is an intimate experience.  If you recognise writing on the envelope you will be transported, for good or bad. 

Just as handwriting is personal to an individual so are brushstrokes and drawn marks to an artist.

Over the three days you will look at two masters of mark making, Van Gogh and Cy Twombly. You will be working on different Still Lifes and references to help understand their style, and then to develop your own expressive response.

You will be encouraged to explore different approaches to making a mark, recording an object, an event, an emotion. The work you produce will take you beyond a straight forward facsimile of the still life.

You will work towards expressing what you think about the still life, how it works for you, whether you like it, or not.

This is a thoughtful and thought provoking experience.

For more information contact me kate@artdrawpaint.com

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.