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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.

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

Casa Rosa, Spring 2019


It is cooler in England than Andalucia at this time of year. Last week Casa Rosa (http://www.casarosaestate.eu) was at its most delightful. Irises were in flower, citrus trees laden with both fruit and blossom, and the scent of jasmine in the warm evening air.

Radish (https://www.rad-ish.co.uk), the name Jessica Tatham cooks under, is a modest name for someone who produces wave after wave of delicious, healthy and unusual food. There were endless requests for recipes, and for top-ups of the evening cocktails. Lemon, rosemary and gin was my favourite – I can’t remember if anything else was in it.

Jessica’s food was beautiful. Sadly I was unable to wait long enough to take a photograph before eating it. PLEASE look at her website to get an idea of the food she produced.

Those on the Spring course worked hard producing large volumes of interesting work. Everyone was thrown into a variety of exercises. The work involved painting using complementary colours, a glance at notan, wax resist in mark making, and mixed media as a quick approach to experimental composition. Somehow there was energy left for tennis, walks and occasional specialist Bananagram. On Tuesday we drew Marta, our young flamenco dancer. The Sunday walk was to lunch at a farm in the hills above Periana.

We will be back at Casa Rosa for an Autumn art week from Sunday 29th September to Sunday 6th October, 2019. Have a look at last year’s Autumn art week for inspiration https://atomic-temporary-89007947.wpcomstaging.com/2018/10/20/our-andalucian-autumn/