Category Archives: drawing courses

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Saturday 14th April,

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

10.00am – 1.00pm


Suitable for all

I like to look to  the natural environment as a source for a still life. NO BLING, no  jugs, no vase of flowers, but all of life in a Still Life.


There will be a number of different seeds and seed heads, exotic, large and small shells, stones collected locally and from beaches far and wide, and a selection of skulls.fullsizeoutput_314

The aim is to examine the variety of texture, tone, shape and subtle colour in these natural objects. The morning will start with drawings using charcoal, pencil and ink.

The aim is to get interest and excitement into a subject that has been seen before…new angles, play with different media, and explore composition.



Spring Classes

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April 5th, 19th, May 3rd, 17th, and 31st

Morning, or afternoon session

10.00 – 1.00 or 2.00 – 5.00

£135 for whole term.

This is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced an artist.  You will be looking at many different aspects of drawing from classic drawing exercises to experimental explorations. It is always exciting, and always challenging.


Painting, Painting, Painting


April 12th, 26th and May 10th and 24th

10.00 – 4.00

£220 for whole term

As with Drawing, Drawing Drawing this is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced. You will look at various different aspects of painting, mark making, colour theory etc.  Each week is a new challenge. It does not matter what media you wish to use.




Art on a Saturday Morning

Early Spring Classes

3, 10, 17 March and 7, 14, 21 April, 2018

10.00am – 1.00pm

£40/ morning, or £210/6 mornings

Many of you find during the week to be one thing too many.  This is a chance to learn about drawing and painting in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.  There is a maximum of 6 people per class.

Each class will start with drawing exercises. There will be a Still Life or something else to work from each week.  You will look at mark making, line, tone, composition, colour and many other subjects. Charcoal and paper will be available here.  I will suggest other materials before each class.

If you are interested in joining this group, or you would like more information please contact me Kate Meashamimage


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.




Art Classes in East Winterslow 2018

A quick reminder about upcoming classes.

IMG_1663Beginners Drawing, or ‘Can’t Draw; Won’t Draw’

Tuesday 9th, January, 2018, 10.00am – 1.00pm,

£40/head. All materials included

The aim of this morning is to remind you that drawing is fun, that you can learn to be better at it, and that it can lead to all other visual art forms. It is a pleasure in itself. This one off drawing class will introduce you to different aspects of drawing in an encouraging environment.

All materials are provided – you just have to turn up ready to have a go.

Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd,

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

£165 for whole term

This is a regular fixture on alternate Thursdays. Pick am or pm sessions. Space is limited so there will be a max of 6 per class. 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 and, importantly, you will learn how to look.

This class is appropriate for all abilities.

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Oil Painting for Beginners I – Starting Out on Saturday Mornings

6th and 27th January, 10am – 1pm,

£90/two sessions, materials included

There is a mystique about painting with oils paints that needs to be shattered. In these classes you will learn, from scratch, the basic mechanics of painting with oils. This is perfect for total beginners, people who know about watercolour but not oils, people who haven’t picked up a brush in a while, or those who have been given a lovely set of paints and don’t know what to do next. I will teach you the basic skills that you can start to build upon. I provide the materials needed for this early stage. If you wish you can join the follow on class Oil Painting for Beginners, II.

Oil Painting for Beginners II (Colour) on Saturday Mornings

17th and 24th February, 3rd March, 10 am – 1pm £115/three sessions


If you have done the Beginners Oil Painting class the question is what to do next. On this course you will start to look at colour. _______________________________________________________________________________________

Classes are held at: Ramshill, East Winterslow.
Contact Kate Measham for more information about these and other courses.


or telephone: 01980 863155




Ancient Landscapes

Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire are home to a number of noteworthy landscapes from Avebury, to Stonehenge, Beacon Hill, Clarendon Palace, Old Sarum, Wood henge, and many more. I would like to spend 2018 visiting a different site each month.

I suspect January may be a little cold but that shouldn’t put us off. We will start at Avebury, in Wiltshire, followed by Clarendon Palace in February, The New Forest in March and on from there.

The format will be similar to the monthly ‘River Test; Source to Sea’.

Avebury, Wiltshire – World Heritage Site

Monday 22nd January,

Meet at NT car park. £25/day

World-famous stone circle, and museum  in the heart of a prehistoric landscape

At Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Millionaire archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name.

Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into the Stables, displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and the Barn, a 17th-century threshing barn housing interactive displays and children’s activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape.

For more information about Avebury try these two links Avebury  and Avebury NT


Looking into the Future…

There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.

Every Thursday there will be either drawing or painting classes and more beginners oil painting classes at Ramshill.

Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.

AND a very exciting trip to Andalucia in October.



Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

Sketch and Scones, but without the delicious scones

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd

£165  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

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 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 this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.

Life Drawing – Poses from the Masters

Sept 21st, October 5th, and 19th, 6.00pm – 9.00pm


Last weekend I went to see the magnificent Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.

As you look at his drawings you feel as though Raphael is in the seat next to you; his observations, corrections, alterations and thoughts are as clear now as they were hundreds of years ago.

Over these three days you will draw a model adopting poses from Masters of Drawing.  This is not so you can draw in the same style, but so the poses can inspire you, and you can find your own line.

I want to use Raphael as one of our guides. I am open to ideas for both Old Masters and Contemporary master artists. Henry Moore, Euan Uglow, Poussin, Rodin – please feel free to leave suggestions or comments.


For more information contact Kate Measham



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?