Category Archives: drawing

Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns


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Map of broken Glass by Robert Smithson (detail)

 

Days out in Different Places

I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.

In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things.  I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings.  In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor.  They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.

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Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to  Jasper Johns.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)

Loved it.

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour


Weds 25th October, 1st and 29th November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£155/3 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

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

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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.

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 three 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

Oil Painting for Beginners I – starting out


Sept 7th, 21st

1.30pm – 4.30pm

£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 classes, Oil Painting for Beginners, II and III.

If you would like more information don’t hesitate to drop me a line Kate Measham

Oil Painting for Beginners III (slow painting)


 

November 21st and 28th, 9.30am – 4.30pm

£145/two days

Materials list provided before first session

If this was a recipe the dish would be a delicious slow cooked stew with layers of flavour and interest. Your ‘slow painting’ will have time to develop complexity too. You will build up a relationship with your picture that is quite different to a flashy 3 hour number.

This course will involve a Still Life set up that you will paint over four sessions, (two days).

Some pictures just take longer.

A picture of twelve hours is very different to one of three hours.  Your engagement with it is different, the way you deal with the paint is different.

This is to encourage you to go for the longer game occasionally. Nobody wants to spend hours on a picture that they don’t like very much so you will look at planning and composition.

This is more of a Test match than a T20 (probably lost my audience there).

Oil Painting for beginners – II (Colour)


October 17th and 24th, Nov 7th, 9.30am – 12.30pm

£130/3 classes

Materials list before each class

Three Classes, Three Different Approaches to Colour

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.

Colour is a huge, limitless topic, but you will start by looking at three different approaches.

You will look at painting with a limited palette, from tone to colour, and alla prima. The idea is to show you that sometimes limitations are liberating, allowing you to explore different aspects of painting. You will see that you are the master of your painting and you can paint it any way you want…with a bit of practise.

 

 

 

Life Drawing – Poses from the Masters


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

£90/3

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?

Classes at Rum’s Eg


Still Life Drawing

​Wednesday 20 September
​10.30am – 4.30pm
£45

‘Time and tide wait for no man’…  a look at the passage of time through a still life.

In an age where it is possible to video your cat in real time on the other side of the world, how do you approach the classical discipline of a Still Life? You can take a photo with the click of a button so what more can you bring to the picture? Can you do something  with a drawing that is about the passage of time rather than a snapshot? Maybe add things that are not there, or colours that express your feelings about the objects in a new way.

This is a thoughtful approach to the content of a drawing.

Please bring: A1 sketchbook, charcoal, propelling pencil, drawing pencil, rubber, masking tape.

For more information and to book please go directly to  Rum’s Eg

​Super-sized Autumn Fruits and Leaves

charcoal and mixed media

Sunday, 10th October, 10am – 5pm,

at Lockerley Hall

This is a Fundraiser special for Rum’s Eg.

The day costs £85 and includes refreshments, and a delicious lunch.

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If your  drawings are always  the same size and in the same media it can get a bit boring.
This is a chance for you to expand your horizons and make huge drawings of autumnal vegetation from the Lockerley Estate.
The size of the drawing offers its own problems such as stamina to fill a large area, but this size also lends an importance to the work. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, or have never drawn larger than A4, before you know it you will be stretching through an aerobic workout, reaching areas of paper you hadn’t contemplated before.
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One Morning, One Pose: Life Drawing

Wednesday 15 November

10.30am – 1pm

£45

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One model holding the same pose for an entire morning giving you the rare chance to really study the body and work on a long drawing. You will look at different elements of drawing including measuring, mark making and tone.

Please bring: A1 sketch book, charcoal, rubber, masking tape.

Portraits in the Yurt; Mixed Media, Mixed Generations


Parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles join us in the yurt for an exciting portrait session.

24th August, 2017, 2.00pm – 5.00pm

1 adult, plus 1 child, (age 8 – 13), £40/pair, additional children £15 each (max 3 per adult)

materials provided

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In a world of smart phone snaps, and selfies, how can you make a portrait that says more?

 

Using lots of different methods of drawing, a bit of mask making, a lot of cutting up and pasting develop portraits of each other that are a bit different.

The adults will make portraits of the children and the children will make portraits of the adults, or of each other. These won’t be traditional portraits just based on what a person  looks like, but will include interests, hobbies, aspirations….everything that goes to make a person.

No special skills necessary, just be ready to see yourself afresh.
For more information contact Kate Measham at: Kate@pennylanefarm.com

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