Below are some photos from last week’s three day course, ‘Life Drawing, Papier Mache to Painting’.
On Monday our model adopted two different poses and the students drew relentlessly, all day. It was appreciated that there is a difference between a working, note taking drawing, and drawing for the sake of it…(I love life drawing just for the sake of it…but it is different).
Tuesday started with making quick maquettes of each pose followed by WONDERFUL creations from one pose. Wednesday involved working from the pieces made on Tuesday.
I loved the work the students made from this process.
Andalucia, Spring Flowers and Painting in Rural Spain
Saturday 23rd- Saturday 30th March, 2019
Or Wednesday 20th – Saturday 30th (see below for extended Andalucian visit)
“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times
In March join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week is a chance to explore and paint this unspoilt, spring landscape. All artists, regardless of ability, from beginner to the more experienced artist will enjoy the beautiful challenge.
The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be alive with the signs of Spring. The countryside will be covered in spring flowers and blossom, with farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga showing signs of the change of seasons.
For an all-inclusive week fee of £1550 all meals will be catered by the house chef, drinks and snacks provided as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa, an elegant and beautifully appointed country mansion.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa , (do look at the Casa Rosa website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
There is the opportunity to explore the area in greater depth by joining us a few days before the start of the Painting Week.
You arrive on Wednesday night, to be taken by taxi to Granada on Thursday morning. A visit to the Alhambra with a pre-booked visiting time, and guide, followed by time to walk around some of the sites of this fascinating city. Supper will be back at Casa Rosa.
Friday will be devoted to the olive which is at the heart of the Andalucian rural economy.
There is a guided walk around the most ancient of our local trees, some more than a thousand years old. This will be followed by a tasting of various oils. Olive oil from our local village recently won an international gastronomy prize in New York. The olives from the Casa Rosa estate go to the local cooperative. We use our estate oil in all our cooking. The cooperative makes other products using olives such as soap and cremes.
Saturday will be a rest day whilst the rest of the group arrive, and before the hurley-burley of the painting week.
Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.
Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood-turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.
Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.
Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.
She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and other spaces.
Locally Sourced Food and Wine
The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and early spring will see blossom in the orchards with wild flowers at every turn.
Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant (See below jamon iberico, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).
Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her good warning before you arrive.
The Artists’ Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.
At 10.00 there will be a three-hour, taught morning session followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time to work on your own projects.
Tuition will resume at 5.00 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper.
There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.
What to Expect on the Course
The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced.
Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa using the studio there and enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.
You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week.
Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.
A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.
There will be a rest day in the middle of the week. Various activities will be on offer such as walking, or visiting the village of Periana. You may prefer to sit by the pool, catch up on a painting project, or read a book. Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.
There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and table tennis to divert you (if you need diverting). You can use the studio at anytime.
Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.
The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.
The Boring Bits
Saturday 23rd March to Saturday 30th March, 2019.
£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite.
There is no single supplement.
However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1150. A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.
If you wish to explore Andalucia further with a day in Granada and the Olive day, it will cost a further £375/person. This will include full board for three nights whilst at Casa Rosa, taxi to and from Granada, entrance and guide at the Alhambra, and guide and picnic for the Olive walk on Friday.
Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price if you choose to book our suggested flights.
Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.
If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.
Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc (to leave more space in your suitcase), and arrange for a courier to bring back your work – please tell us what you want. There will be cartridge paper, drawing boards, and easels available free of charge.
We advise you to have travel insurance.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Kate Measham on email@example.com or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on firstname.lastname@example.org or T:07940 833025
I returned from Spain on Monday after a fun, exciting, hectic first art holiday to Casa Rosa in Andalucia.
Rosie and I loved it. I hope those of you that joined us there enjoyed it as much as we did. The next trip is planned for March 2019 and another in the autumn. There will be more information about that very soon.
Below are some of the highlights…though there doesn’t seem to be enough pictures of the food which was spectacular. Thank you all who came along; I look forward to catching up soon.
The morning light catches the brow of the hill across the valley from Casa Rosa
Lemons from the garden
Olives and a cut lime on a Casa Rosa cushion
Evening light as we drove down the hill to Casa Rosa
Marie V and Salvador who fed us on fresh vegetables from their garden and these dangerous little doughnuts
Pomegranates are in season
Trying to capture the landscape as the sun goes down
Complementary colours in the garden
Orange and blue still life
An artist working on purple and yellow
A morning session
Octopus at Malaga market
‘ere today, gone tomorrow
Trying to capture Casa Rosa
Not strictly ‘Strictly’, but a flamenco dancing model
A glimpse of the irresistible wiggly road
Complementary colours in a bowl
The occasional deluge brought the river to life
Datura seen on a walk through a local village
Looking back across the valley towards Casa Rosa as we said goodbye until next time
If you want to here more about future holidays please contact Kate. I look forward to hearing from you.
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We need the rain – the grass by the studio is still bald in places…but the wonderful September evenings have been a joy.
As autumn sets in (slightly) thoughts turn to other things. It is a time for trying something new, or returning to old pleasures. If you haven’t painted for ages, you are a bit uncertain, or you just want a fresh take on what to do next come and join this bi-weekly class.
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 7 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.
for more information of to book a place on this course contact me, Kate Measham. contact
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.
There is nothing like a wet Sunday in August to remind you that the seasons are changing, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ will be available in shops near you before too long, and the Autumn Term is upon us.
Below is a list of the classes currently available. Click on titles for more information. If you want to contact me please send me an email Kate Measham
I hope to squeeze in a couple more classes at some point so keep an eye out for updates.
Welcome to Hampshire Open Studios 2018! Our full colour brochure is out now and highlights more than 250 venues that you can visit across Hampshire in the ten days leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend – 18th to 27th August.
Slightly struggling, I am putting together a list of equipment for artists to take to Casa Rosa for our week of painting in October. As I try to make a reasonable (not enormous) list of suggested colours I thought I’d look at palettes used by Spanish masters. Joachin Sorolla, a glorious artist renowned for his depiction of light was my first thought; what a distraction. Every picture is singing with life and light.
There is a major exhibition of his work coming to the National Gallery in London in spring of 2019. For more information try this link Sorolla exhibition
Apparently his plein air palette was as follows: Cobalt Violet, Rose Madder, All the Cadmium Reds, Cadmium Orange, All the Cadmium Yellows, Yellow Ochre, Chrome Green, Viridian, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Lead White
Henry Lamb (1883-1960) stands amongst the most distinctive, talented but unjustly forgotten figurative painters of the early decades of the last century. The excellent Out of the Shadows exhibition at Salisbury Museum is the first major retrospective in over 30 years and aims to put Lamb back in the forefront of twentieth Century British art.
WELL WORTH A VISIT
The exhibition is on until 30th September, 2018.
Henry Lamb was one of the leading British figurative painters of the first part of the 20th century. He was also an accomplished musician, trained as a doctor and his friends described him as a well-read and erudite conversationalist. A close friend of Augustus John, patron of Stanley Spencer and friends with members of the Bloomsbury Group, he was a founder member of the Camden Town Group in 1911. Portraiture played an important role in his career as a painter, but his townscapes and landscapes as well as his early subject pictures of Ireland and Brittany and his work in both World Wars reveal him to be a painter of considerable range and talent. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of Henry Lamb’s work since 1984. Time then for him to emerge from the shadows…
The exhibition represents a partnership between The Salisbury Museum and Poole Museum and is co-curated by Harry Moore-Gwyn, an independent curator, dealer and writer on modern British art, whose previous shows have included Kenneth Rowntree (Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden), Laurie Lee (Royal Geographical Society) and Walter Bonner Gash (Alfred East Gallery, Kettering).
The exhibition represents a partnership between The Salisbury Museum and Poole Museum under the umbrella of the Wessex Museums Partnership, supported by Arts Council England. Poole Museum, who will mount a similar Henry Lamb exhibition in 2019, are curating an exhibition about Augustus John in 2018, which comes to Salisbury in 2019. For full details of Poole Museum’s Augustus John: Drawn from Life exhibition 26 May – 30 September, 2018 please click here