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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

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

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.

Thinking Aloud – homework

Last week there was the first class in the Thinking Aloud course.

The group were given homework…Diary in a Sketchbook. There is nothing new in that – but it is a reminder to keep a visual diary.

Synonyms: journal, daybook, log, chronicle, hint at varieties of diaries.  Is a diary about the future, or the past? What is to come, or what happened? What you think will happen, or how you think some event unfolded? Who is/are the intended audience? Is it for sale? Sensational? A brief recording of time?

The task set was to write one sentence about something that has happened/may happen/will happen, and how you feel about it (e.g. 10.30, taking cat to the vet; anxious) Then add an image to the sentence that enhances what you have written (maybe a worn and empty cat collar).

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This extraordinary picture has nothing to do with my day, my pets or my life, but I couldn’t resist it. Almost makes me want a cat.

 

 

 

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour

Tuesday 27th Feb and Tuesday 13th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm

£145/2 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?

How do you take a step sideways in order to move forwards? You know what you want to say, but not how you want to say it.  You may get tighter when you want to get looser, or looser when you want more control.

 

The more time you spend painting the more you know there are other things out there you can’t quite reach.

And what about abstraction? Different palettes? Different media? Supports? Intuition? And every other sort of variation on a theme.

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This course will be short, but exciting. It will encourage you to make mistakes, and to enjoy them, to play and learn. I’m not too worried about what media you want to use –  the idea is to experiment, play, discuss and try new things.

Each day will have a different theme and build on the previous day. You will be encouraged to do some research in between classes.

These two days will be more about the process of using paint and colour,  than about the destination.

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Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail Patrick Heron

Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Intrepid Artists

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Inventive Anti Rain Devices

Yesterday’s River Test outing was plagued from the start; it was meant to happen a month ago but bad weather and bad diary management meant it had to be postponed.  Yesterday we battled with rain, cattle, TB testing, postmen and equipment falling in the river amongst other excitements. During one downpour the chairs doubled up as umbrellas.

 

Next month (August)  the plan is to visit Mottisfont – if the weather  is as changeable we can retire to the tearooms.

River Test, The Journey Begins

AND WE START ON WEDNESDAY 11th January…

I have lived in, or near, the Test Valley for many years, and been married to a fly fisherman for even more.  This year I am going to record the river from as near to its source as I can manage, down to the tidal waters at Testwood,and the sea.

Along the way there will be a Facebook page with information and possibly the occasional picture. Keep an eye on instagram #rivertestsourcetosea – sorry…don’t know how to do a link.

Each month  a different area of the river will be the focus, with a mixture of rural idyll and industry that relies on the water. By the end of the year there will be quite a body of work.

On Wednesday, 11th January at 10.00am we will meet at the  White Hart in Overton http://www.whitehartoverton.co.uk/eat-drink/. The second outing will be to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (more of this later).

I think this first day will be the hardest of the journey, not only because it is January, cold and wet, but also it is a new experience for us all.

The Test rises in a field to the east of Overton. A footpath can take you very near to it but it is a wellies venue. Quiddhampton Mill is very attractive, as is the view from the bridge at Polhampton. The back gardens of Overton, going down to the stream through the town are attractive in a different way.I think we will probably take a look at different spots on the day.

Throughout the year I am trying to keep to mostly public sites so you can revisit them in your own time if you feel you need more information.

It is possible to take a shopful of equipment but that just gets expensive and annoying.  I would suggest a large hardbacked sketchbook, or a board and paper, masking tape, a camera or phone, pencils, charcoal etc and whatever paints you are happiest using. I will take some pens, oil pastels and the bright dyes I like to use. Also useful can be a large envelope, or plastic filing sleeve.  I always pick up bits and pieces and it helps to have somewhere to put them. I might put in something to sit on, I might not.  I have a travelling easel but I won’t bring it.
I have my fingers crossed that umbrellas won’t be necessary!
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us please pass on the information.

Art Classes

2017 is just over the horizon.

 

New Year’s Resolutions – who’d have them? How do you make sure they last beyond January 3rd? In my household we are busy with plans and resolutions with varying degrees of probable success. Here are some Measham thoughts –  going to more exhibitions, being a bit tidier, less chocolate (yeah yeah) and some of us want to be more rigorous about painting and drawing EVERY DAY.

So many plans. Good.

‘Keep busy, keep trying new things, and learning new skills, join groups of people doing things they enjoy doing’

The Mantra for 2017 (no mention of chocolate)

barometerWe have lots of classes on offer. Some are one off chances to try something new, others are like putting on something comfortable. There are some short courses and some things that will last all year. As the year goes on new classes will be offered so keep an eye on the website.

There are classes at Wherwell Priory Studio, the Riverside Yurt Café (and its winter quarters) and at Rum’s Eg in Romsey.

For more information about times, costs etc click this link:

Courses for the cold bits, 2017

The River Test will be the subject of a year long investigation, (The River Test, Source to Sea, A Journey) and there will be a weekly instagram drawing for anyone to join.

January classes are as follows:

Monday, 9th Jan, Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls, at Wherwell Priory

Wednesday, 11th Jan, River Test, Source to Sea, a Journey, at Overton

Sunday, 15th Jan, Size Matters, at Rum’s Eg, Romsey

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Wednesday, 18th Jan, Just Painting, at Wherwell Priory

Wednesday 25th Jan, Crash Course in Oil Painting, at Riverside Yurt Cafe, (Winter Quarters)

Courses for 2017

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Other classes to look out for – more information soon:

Upcycle Dolls and Stuffed Toys.  Give new life to old toys (yours, a loved one’s, or from a charity shop) Turn them into monsters, fantastic creatures, or something altogether more avant-garde. This is not designed as a dolls hospital; more Frankenstein revisited with plastic surgery.

Time; Ephemeral, Past and Present. A photo can capture a moment but how can we approach time passing, and time passed?

Russian Doll Painting. Mess with tradition.  Instead of a Matryoshka with head scarf and flowery pinafore create a nest of dolls with a story, maybe a family history, your own  hidden characteristics, secrets and aspirations. Or animals, bugs, skeletons, muscles, or your last three meals…endless possibilities.

Please contact me if you would like more information, or to book onto a course:

Kate Measham

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Still life in the Still Life

Still Life should NEVER be boring

One of the principal genres (subject types) of Western art – essentially, the subject matter of a still life painting or sculpture is anything that does not move or is dead. Tate website

The Still Life is a place to play with ideas, experiment with materials, try new compositions, most importantly, to take your work forward. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of any other types of subjects.

There are a few classes left this term to try new things, play with old ones and to put your own stamp on the genre.

Each class is £45/ea, or £120 for 3. Please contact kate@artdrawpaint.com for more information.

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15th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Cezanne found in Still Life a vehicle for his revolutionary explorations in geometric spatial organization. For Cézanne, still life was a primary means of taking painting away from an illustrative or mimetic function to one demonstrating  the elements of color, form, and line – a major step towards Abstract art.

You will look at Cezanne’s Still Life, with a fresh version in the studio, learn from his approach and bend it to your will.

 

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Colour as it Isn’t

22nd November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Today is all about colour; why stick with a dull copy of the objects in front of you when you can do so much more? You will be playing with the idea of restricted palettes and full on, full blast, sock-it-to-the-Fauves bright and wild palette. See what suits you.

Throw Everything at It

29th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Rather a clumsy title but gives some indication of  the mixed media, multi media approach of contemporary practise. During the 20th and 21st century, the notion of the still life has been extended beyond the traditional two dimensional art forms of painting into video art and three dimensional art forms such as sculpture, performance and installation. Some mixed media still-life works employ found objects, photography, video, and sound, and even spill out from ceiling to floor and fill an entire room in a gallery.

You will be restricted by the size of the studio otherwise let your imagination run wild – something akin to Blue Peter on a sugar rush (?).