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Drawing: Mind, Body and Senses

Holistic Drawing

27th, 28th, 29th April, 2018

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. The aim of this retreat is to engage further; to include your body and your senses in an holistic act of drawing.



Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body.

IMG_1810You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities.

  • Accommodation provided at £495 sharing, or £595 single room
  • Day time attendance only £350 for Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday
  • All catering, all art materials, art and yoga tuition supplied

Plan for the Weekend

Friday 27th April

  • sconeArrive on a Friday afternoon any time
    after 3pm to a Cream Tea, with scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.
  • 6pm drinks and drawing games to break the ice (nothing to do with the drinks)
  • 8pm supper



Saturday 28th April

  • 8-10am Breakfast, croissants, fresh fruit, granola, yoghurt and local jams, followed by a country walk, if desired.
  • 30 Yoga – A 1 hour class – a very gentle flow to calm and release the energies within ready for a mind and soul drawing class using all your senses. You do as much yoga as you feel comfortable. Just come to the mat with an open mind and let the power of Yoga work its magic!
  • Following the various yoga exercises you will be exploring drawing, mark making, textures and tone using all your senses. Lavender eye masks will stop you from peaking, and the smells from the Riverside Cottage garden will inspire you in new directions. The studio is overlooking the River Dever so there may be some outside interaction.

We will stop for a light buffet lunch and there will be various coffee breaks throughout the day. You will finish the drawing class at 4.00 in time for tea at 4.30. There will be drinks at 7.00pm, followed by supper at 8.00pm.

Sunday 29th April

IMG_02518-10am Breakfast and walk

10.30am  Yoga

As with day one yoga will set the tone for the day of drawing.

You will have a model to draw using the imaginative, inventive marks and expressions developed in day 1.

There will be various sensory short drawings, and longer exercises  so you will  take away a number of drawings by the end of the weekend.

As with day 1, a light lunch will be at 1.30 with the drawing class resuming for a final session finishing at 4pm.


If you would like more information about this course  please click on these links to contact me, Kate Measham, or Clare Dryden of Riverside Lifestyle.

We look forward to hearing from you.




Sketch and Scones this Autumn

Draw Draw Draw….you can’t have too much of a good thing


Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, and Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14

10.00 – 1.00 on a Thursday morning.

£80/4 classes, to be paid at the beginning of each half term or

£145/8 classes

This is a fun drawing class for all standards.

Each week a different aspect of drawing is examined and tested using different media, and different methods.  You will experiment with content, composition, mark making, tone, narrative, repetition, line and anything else I can think of to throw your way.

And there are scones

Drawing is hard, mindful, exciting, rewarding, thought provoking and other things besides. Recording what you see is a human instinct that crosses all barriers.

For more information and to book a place on the course contact Kate Measham

If you have done this course before were there classes you would like to build on?

If you have done drawing classes anywhere else what would you like to see here?

River Test, Source to Sea, Mottisfont

Friday 4th August

£25/day, (plus entrance fee if you are not already a member of the National Trust) 10.00am to 4.00pm Meet in Mottisfont car park

Join us as we draw and paint the River Test at Mottisfont Abbey


The River Test, as it flows through the Mottisfont Estate, has all the characteristics of a well keepered chalk stream, picturesque as is makes its way through water meadows along the Test Valley. Capture the dreamy atmosphere that places you in an England of a century ago.

And they have cream teas and ice cream.

Contact me for more information

Kate Measham


River Test at Mottisfont

New Oil Painting Class

Beginners Oil Painting morning

Wednesday 12th July

9.30am – 12.30pm,


Spend the morning in the Yurt by the River Test learning the basic skills for painting in oils.  All materials will be provided. No previous experience is necessary.  This will be a fun, small group designed to give you personal attention, and get you under way with oil painting. Places are limited so contact me for more information, or to book a place.

Kate Measham


What is happening after Easter?

The beautiful, hand painted eggs above are from the Ukraine – sadly, I can’t claim them as my own.

Beginners Oil Painting

31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 9.30 – 12.30am –

£45/session or £125/3 –  Riverside Yurt Cafe

If you want to try oil painting come to this introductory morning.  All materials are provided.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other oil classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.


Sketch and Scones, regular classes

May 18th, June 1st, 15th, 29th, July 13th 27th, August 10th and 24th

£20/morning or £145/8

Needlework and knitting have stitch and bitch – this is our version. Drawing is a skill; it requires practice, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques, composition and, very importantly, how to look.  No previous experience necessary.

Evening Life Classes

June 1st, 15th 29th

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three

Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing.

For more information or to book on the course contact  Kate Measham


NEW… Sketch and Scones, regular classes

18th May, 1st, 15th, 29th June, 13th 27th July, 10th and 24th August

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

£20.00/morning.  £.145/8 if paid in advance. Coffee and  scones included.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Buy a voucher for a Sketch and Scones morning  – it makes a wonderful alternative to yet another Easter Egg

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version.

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, composition 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 these classes, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.