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Christmas Presents?

I’m not sure how ready I am for Christmas. Lights, baubles, trees are done but I’ve only just started on the cards…this lone reindeer is the image for 2018.


If you are still looking for the  person in your life who wants to paint and draw, and you are aiming at ease of wrapping, how about a voucher for classes with Art Draw Paint? In 2019 there are numerous different drawing classes, or the entire 5 month course, and there is a beginners oil painting class.


If you are looking for more wrappable  gifts take a look through Christmas List, not really an advent calendar, and it does have chocolate.

After Christmas, when you have wrapped, unwrapped, cooked and thanked many, many times join me in Andalucia for a week of painting in the spring.

A morning session

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.

Old holland

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

Oil Painting for Beginners – 2018

Starting Out

Saturday Mornings  Oil Painting

6th and 27th January, 10am – 1pm,

at Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

£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.

All I want for Christmas…


The last minute panic

Bits and bobs for artists (or even major purchases) are easy – there are so many useful, fun, interesting, innovative things that could slip into a stocking, or hide under the Christmas tree. This list could be endless.  You might find you rather fancy taking up painting too. Below are a few ideas, with links to make it easy.

If you want to touch and feel the goodies you are buying and are in Stockbridge have a look at ELEF, the new art supplies shop, opposite the Greyhound.  They stock top of the range supplies in all media.

Memberships to any of the following:

Royal Academy

National Gallery


The Art Fund


For all those who want to ‘take up art…’

Obviously, lessons at ArtDrawPaint, plus –

There are lots of sets available for beginners/returners.  They all look so inviting – like sweeties in a shop window.

Oil painting involves paints, brushes, palettes, paper, blah blah blah. For a  cheap and cheerful set with all you would need to get started have a look at Daler Rowney Starter bundle. There seems to be a bit of a gap with linseed oil and thinners and palettes but enough to get started, or to take to classes.

At the other end of the price scale is a top of the range Old Holland set – very luxurious.

In the watercolour market there are lots of delightful sets of varying sizes

I’m a bit hopeless with watercolours so hardly ever use them – however these wonderful bright paints from Koh-i-noor look like watercolours but are bright and wonderful. I would LOVE these in my stocking

Two different acrylic options – I love the liquitex collection…it always excites me to see so many wonderful colours

If you fancy a go at lino cutting this is an easy to use basic kit. It is addictive


For the artist who seems to have quite a lot of stuff already…

There are three options in this category: something they use regularly, something unusual they might not know about, and  something you can’t have enough of…

Something they use regularly is a tricky one.  My husband is a keen fisherman and it seems to me that trawling through the kit is one of the pleasures of fishing. Likewise with painting. I use Old Holland paints and love them. It is delightful that anyone should have noticed and thought they could buy me a few, but actually I want to choose my own. You are a brave person to think you know what to buy in this category. I’d leave it.

Something unusual can be fun. Pip Seymour’s ancient drawing materials are certainly unusual, and fun to work with – some are easier than others, but that is part of the fun.

This is a tricky one to describe – graphite that feels like a putty rubber is the best I can do. Good stuff.

Things you can’t have enough of… The two things I would put in this category are brushes and books. Buy the best brushes you can afford to give, and have a look in every Oxfam, Scope, Hospice shop for art books – second hand they are not too expensive.

A hardback sketchbook is pretty irresistible too.


An Easel to last a lifetime

Each Mabef easel is made in Italy from good quality beech wood. Amongst professional and ametuer artists Mabef easels have been the popular choice for over 50 years.

Grand Gestures…

How about a few days in Paris to see the ‘Icons of Modern Art, the Shchukin Collection’ at the Foundation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry?