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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 (?).

 

Lines of Thought


I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.

Poole Museum

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Lines of thought

Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

FREE

Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open. 

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.

Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)

© Trustees of the British Museum

An exhilarating show        The Telegraph

Featured in The Guardian’s 5 of the best…art exhibitions

 

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

 

FREE taster day – Learning to Look


If you haven’t been to any of my classes before you might be a bit anxious about embarking on a course without knowing what you are letting yourself in for. Try this taster day, the first of the Still Life sessions of the term.

20th September,  9.30am – 12.45pm

Free ‘taster’ class open on a first come, first serve basis. Open to anyone whether you have been to a course with me before, or not. Please email me if you wish to come along; I need to know numbers.

This is the basis of all drawing and painting and is surprisingly easy to ignore, especially when you think you ‘know’ an object. There will be a number of exercises to help you really SEE what is in front of you.

This class will show you various ways to trick you into seeing what is in front of you.

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More to Still Life than Onions


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I have had worried calls from various people to say they can’t do the whole course, but can I break it down into bite sized pieces. Hopefully these newly batched classes fit the bill. The dates are the same as previously advertised, and it is still based on Still Life, but these approaches can be applied to other form of creativity.

What, How Big and Where shall I put it?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

20th Sept. Learning to look – This is the basis of all drawing and painting and is surprisingly easy to ignore, especially when you think you ‘know’ an object. This class will show you various ways to trick you into seeing what is in front of you.

27th Sept. Size Matters – What size paper/canvas/board are you working towards? What size image? What about the space?  It is so easy to pick up the same old sketch book and do the same thing time and again. Let’s make it more interesting. In this class you will be encouraged to be creative about size.

4th Oct. Composition and Repetition – It is tempting to dive straight in to a picture, full of enthusiasm, and ignore the boring planning. Don’t ignore it – embrace it. You will have a look at different types of composition, play with a few, and then dive in with enthusiasm.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Why is this in a Still Life?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

11th Oct. Narrative – Back to onions…There are lots of reasons to paint onions, but what are you trying to say? An onion, a kitchen knife, a cook book, and a soup bowl start to tell a story. A line of onions in various stages of being prepared tells a slightly different story. This class is all about what you want to say, and how to say it.

18th Oct. Everyday Items, Strange Compositions, Deviations – Let’s not be dull. This is a look at the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

8th Nov. Make it Personal – These are your paintings. What are you doing and why? How do you decide what to do next?

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Back to the Onions…

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

15th Nov. Cezanne does Still Life –Pretty much what it says on the box. You will be using Cezanne as a guide and inspiration for an oniony Still Life.

22nd Nov. Colour as it isn’t – This class will look at restricted palettes, and imagined colour. In your pictures you can use WHATEVER colour you like, but this freedom isn’t examined as much as it should be.

29th Nov. Throw Everything at it – Dreadful title, but that is what some people think about mixed media. Some think of it as Blue Peter goes wild in the Early Learning Centre. This class is about an open approach, exploring different effects, playing with resists, glue, anything to hand.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Christmas

£45/ class, or free if you have paid for all the other courses

6th Dec. A Christmas themed morning combining everything!

Autumn Art at the Studio, Wherwell Priory


Oil Painting for Beginners on Mondays

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19th, 26th,September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December

9.30am – 1.00pm

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over.


This ten week course takes you from absolute beginner to being competent, confident, and independently able to use oil paints. You will start each day developing drawing skills that underpin many methods of painting. You will learn about tone, mark making, colour, some aspects of composition, and the different materials used to paint with oils.

19th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

 Some materials are provided, but over the duration of the course you will be advised about what you need to get started. I don’t want to burden you with a huge expense before you have started.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


There’s more to Still Life than Onions…

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20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over


Still Life classes can be a bit dull.

The idea of this course is to have a look at a number of different creative approaches and apply these ideas to a Still Life.

Some of the things you will be looking at are: narrative paintings, size and composition, Cezanne’s approach to still life, strange compositions, playing with colour, found supports, repetition and deviation, making the everyday ‘special’ and making it personal. You will be encouraged to try fresh methods of doing things, and to play with new ideas.

It does not matter what materials you wish to use, these classes are about exposing you to different ideas. I will help you with any practical problems should they arise, so don’t let inexperience put you off. These classes should help you to find what you want to paint, and how you wish to do it.

20th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

This class is appropriate for anyone, what ever materials they wish to use.   I will provide paper and charcoal for initial exercises. Other materials are up to you.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – ESSENTIALS.