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Painting holidays in Andalucia


We are opening the studio at Casa Rosa in late April for an exciting fortnight of art courses. Spring at Casa Rosa is particularly lovely and we look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful, ruggedly rural corner of Andalucia.

In late April and early May join us for art and culture in the Axarquía, the mountainous area to the north east of Malaga. The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be ripe with citrus fruit and wild flowers. Nestling into the landscape, Casa Rosa will have olives, garden flowers and fruit growing in the orchards and around the houses. 

“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times


What to expect for both weeks in the Spring 2022

Enjoy the the friendly, supportive, house party atmosphere of art retreats at Casa Rosa. Whether you come on your own, with friends, family, or partners, you will be part of a group. If you want to spend some quiet time on your own there are walks through the countryside or up to Periana. The rooms are quiet and extremely comfortable. We endeavour to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as we can.

Food, fresh from the orchards and markets

 Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and the Spring will see these bursting with fruit blossom. The house and cottages are  full of delightful surprises, pictures, pottery and antiques collected locally and from years of travel.

Have a look at the facilities of Casa Rosa Estate – tennis court, pool, ping pong table – freely available and the nearby village only a walk away.



To register an interest in joining us at Casa Rosa or to just find out more, please contact km@casarosaart.com

On the Shoulders of Giants



The class will be via Zoom.

See http://www.hampshireart.studio for more information



Although museums and galleries are closed to the public at the moment their catalogue of treasures are available at the click of a button. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel around time and space to look at some of the wonderful art of the world. You will build your work on the shoulders of giants.

This class is about looking at one of the fantastic creative works available and using it to your advantage. It is not about copying. By the end of this class you will be on your way to making something from new that will be entirely your own.


Materials

  • tracing paper
  • photocopy of the pictures
  • drawing materials, pencils, charcoal etc
  • large cartridge paper, a few sheets
  • quick and easy paints or something to apply colour

You will be working towards a final piece, looking at colour, line, composition, narrative, perspective, and anything else that arises.

Don’t let yourself feel you know the direction you wish to take before you start the process.

Be prepared to explore, investigate and let the picture lead you in a new direction.







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.

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