Category Archives: drawing

Summer Rain

I can hear my garden heave a sigh of relief…grey, grey skies and rain at last. My husband seems to be fishing, or possibly hiding in a hut, watching the water levels rise.

If you are reluctant to get an umbrella to get outside come and join a few summer art classes, inside if it is raining, outside if its warm, dry and appropriate.

Some classes start this week. Pick and choose whatever suits the dates you are free.

Drawing and Painting starts again on Thursday 6th June (click for more info)

Music and Movement, Life Drawing with a twist, 4th July (click for more info)

An Evening with Nick Bashall.

In Conversation and Portrait Demonstration.

  • 20thAugust, 2019  6.30-8.30pm
  • Riverside Cottage, 
  • Bransbury, Nr Winchester,SO21 3QJ
  • £10/evening

Booking essential, places limited. Please contactkate@artdrawpaint.com


As he draws, Nick will describe the process and answer questions from the audience. He is a renowned war artist and portrait painter whose subjects have included members of the Royal Family, Military and Business leaders.

In a different approach, Nick has done performance  painting  for festival goers at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and other events.

Nick will be teaching a 2 ½ day self-portrait course at the Studio, Bransbury in  mid November. For more information see the website below.

www.artdrawpaint.com              https://www.nickbashall.com/

Refreshments provided

Summer Classes

There are a number of classes over the summer, some regular classes, and some new. Please contact me if you want to know more.

Class List

More information about the Evening with Nick Bashall to follow shortly.

There will be more classes that arise at different times over the next few months so keep an eye on the art draw paint website.


If you haven’t been to the Studio at Bransbury come and visit us in August during the Hampshire Open Studios fortnight. There will be more information nearer the time.

BP Portrait Awards

30th March-26th June, 2019, admission, free

I happened across this exhibition at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre.

How loudly can I shout about it?

The winners of last years BP Portrait Award, plus a large number of other portraits are in the Gallery at the library (discovery centre) in Winchester. The competition is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world. There are portraits from all over the globe.

The winning entry, by London based Miriam Escofert, is ‘An Angel at my Table’. This was selected from 2,667 entries from 88 countries.

Go to the gallery with your friends, your children and any waifs and strays you can find. This is a fabulous exhibition on our doorstep Hampshire

Ballet SKetching in Salisbury

Thursday 30 May at 12pm

Salisbury Playhouse, Main House, Tickets £10

BALLET CENTRAL: SKETCHING SESSION

A unique chance to sit in the auditorium to watch and draw the dancers during ballet class. This is an untutored session and open to all. Bring your own materials.

Please note Company Class takes place during preparation for the evening performance and can be subject to delay. You will not have access to the stage and any conversation and noise should be kept to a minimum.

To book, or find out more please go directly to Salisbury International Arts Festival www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

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

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://artdrawpaint.com/2018/10/20/our-andalucian-autumn/


Spring Drawing/painting Class

Spring Showers are forecast

There are a few places available in the drawing/painting classes.

These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

  • Thursday, 4th April, 2nd May, 23rd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 11th April, 9th May, 30th May – Painting
  • Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
  • Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
  • 10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front

If you are interested in joining the drawing class please contact me, Kate Measham on 01980 863155


Spring has sprung, 
the grass is ris...

… mowing has started, and other gardening tasks are planned. I love this time of year. I know lots of you like to be busy outside too. However, there are the occasional meteorological knock back. Thursday 4th April is the first drawing day of the spring classes and rain is forecast (https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633858).

So, ignore the garden and hide out with us in Bransbury.


Slight lie…it won’t be scones, but expect good coffee and possibly some biscuits

For more information about the painting and drawing classes try this link:

https://artdrawpaint.com/2019/02/20/drawing-painting-drawing-painting-drawing-painting/

Size Matters: THINK BIG

  • Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th March, 10am – 4.30pm
  • £180/person
  • Materials will be provided.
  • Coffee and Tea readily available, please bring something to eat for lunch.

In this class you will be thinking about how, and why size matters.

It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or you have never drawn larger than A4 …because …before you know it you will be stretching through an aerobic workout, reaching areas of paper you hadn’t contemplated before. This is surprisingly physical.

There will be elements of mixed media, and various different drawing techniques. You will contemplate the different compositional approach needed for a big picture. If a drawing is larger than life size what are you saying; does it DEMAND more? Come and experiment and see what you think.


For more information contact kate@artdrawpaint.com

Let’s not be boring doing all drawings the same size. Size matters. Explore, experiment and grow. In this class you will be doing huge drawings (about 4′ x 4′) . See and feel the difference size makes.

Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting.


These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

  • Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
  • Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
  • 10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front
Charcoal…almost painting, almost drawing

Regular drawing and painting is the best way to learn and to improve.

Here are six classes. On alternate weeks there are drawing and painting classes…always on a Thursday.

These are all stand alone classes so if you can’t do one or two don’t worry.

As far as possible, the painting class will paint a Still Life that was drawn in the previous drawing class. So if you are doing both classes this will help to familiarise you with the still life.

You can still come to the painting class if you weren’t at the drawing class, and you don’t have to come to painting classes if you only want to draw. You decide what YOU want to do.

  • Thursday, 6th June – Drawing
  • Thursday, 13th June – Painting
  • Thursday, 18th July – Drawing
  • Thursday, 25th July – Painting
  • Thursday, 1st August – Drawing
  • Thursday, 8th August – Painting