Category Archives: drawing

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

Autumn in Andalucia, 2019

Sunday 29th – Sunday 6thOctober, 2019

Full Board and tuition, £1,550 per person, no single supplement, own room and en suite bathroom

Olives and pottery bowl, Casa Rosa

“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

Casa Rosa in the autumn, made for artists

In late September join us for art and culture in the Axarquía, the mountainous area to the north east of Malaga. The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be ripe with autumn fruit. Casa Rosa, nestling into the surrounding hills, will have pomegranates, garden flowers and persimmon fruit growing in their orchards and gardens. 

If you join us at Casa Rosa you can expect a week with an intensive painting and drawing program, a week of delicious, healthy food made from local produce, and a week in one of the most delightful, comfy, luxurious houses in southern Spain.

For an inclusive fee of £1,550, all meals will be provided, together with drinks and snacks, as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa. No hidden extras.

The road winds to and fro, taking you to and from Casa Rosa

Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa ( do look at the website to see more about the buildings and the estate) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.

Rad.ish in the shape of Jessica Tatham will delight you with her delicious and beautiful food.

Kate Measham, tutor

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.  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 creating 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

Pomegranates grow in the surrounding orchards . Their pink blush is matched by this rug from Casa Rosa. This bowl is from potteries in  Granada, about an hour away. 

Pomegranates are in season

The week will have a house party feel. You will eat most meals together with Kate, Rosie and the other students. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and autumn will see the orchards groaning with fruit. The house and cottages are  full of delightful surprises collected locally and from years of travel.

This year we have the added temptation of ‘Rad.ish’ doing our catering. Rad.ish is the health and eco conscious catering business of Jessica Tatham, a Ballymalloe trained chef and regular visitor to Casa Rosa. Have a look at her website for a visual feast https://www.rad-ish.co.uk

Having completed chef training, Jessica has gone on to develop her own health and well-being based catering business. Her approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour at the easel.  

Together, mother and daughter, Jessica and Rosie have spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. They will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give good warning before you arrive.

The Artists’ Day

Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30am.

From 10.00 until 1.00pm there will be a three-hour, taught morning session in the studio followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time for you to work on your own projects.

Tuition will resume from 5.00 until 7.00pm for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing.  After the evening session, you will gather for drinks and supper.

There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if you want to – 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 allskill levels.

The course will be based at Casa Rosa using their studio 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.

Trying to capture Casa Rosa

Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.

A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.

Orange and blue still life

There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and  table tennis  to divert you (if you need diverting). Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. You can use the studio at anytime.

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 enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.

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

Sunday 29thSeptember – Sunday 6thOctober, 2019.

£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite and tuition.

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.

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. If we need to book a taxi to collect, or deliver you to an alternative flight this will be at your cost.

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.

What do I need to bring with me?

Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc at local prices (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.

Places on the  course are limited so allocation will be made on a first come, first served basis according to deposit paid. Kate Measham at Casa Rosa reserves the right to cancel for whatever reason. In the event of cancellation you will be advised of vacancies on alternative courses. If you do not wish to book on an alternative course, a full refund for the course will be given when Kate Measham at Casa Rosa cancels.

In the event of cancellation by the student, we will endeavour to fill your place and if successful we will refund your deposit, if we are unable to fill your place the deposit will be non-refundable.

If you want to chat about the trip please contact:

Kate Measham on kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on rosie@tatham.biz or T:07940 833025

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, 4th April – Drawing
  • Thursday, 11th April – Painting
  • Thursday, 2nd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 9th May – Painting
  • Thursday, 23rd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 30th May – Painting

Life Drawing, Paper Mâché Sculpture and Paint

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April 8th, 9th and 10th

10.00am  – 4.00pm

£285/3 days

At the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

On this three day course you will start with a life model, drawing for reference and information. Using  very rapid sculptural techniques you will construct 3D models from your drawings using paper mâché, tape, wood, and probably wire, and anything else that seems appropriate. When you start to ‘draw’ the model in 3D different information is needed – this adds to the interesting step from straight forward life drawing to sculpture.

The sculpture will become the model for your drawing and painting over the rest of the course.

This method opens your imagination to adapting the model. It sounds a bit weird and creepy – and why not? The models can take you way beyond masks, or even catrinas as seen below. The resulting drawings and paintings have an observed reality. It should be an exciting few  days.

Coffee, tea, biscuits and a light lunch will be provided each day.

Some materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to use/recycle old drawings and paintings as well as other dry waste materials (egg cartons, loo roll holder, boxes, posters…who knows)

Try this link to see how other artists have used this medium  Papier mâché artists

First Aid Course

First Aid Course 

With Southwest Health and Safety

1stMarch, 8.30am – 5.00pm

£104/head (normal price £114, incl VAT or £95 without)

At Riverside Cottage Studio,Bransbury, nr Andover, SO21 3QJ


Southwest Health and Safety (SWHS) are a professional organisation offering first aid courses and CPR training with a certificate on completion. This course will help you with essential first aid skills that may be called upon in the home, at work,  with employees – or wherever they may be needed. 

Do you know what to do if someone is cut badly, or has an eye injury, chokes or burns themselves? If a person collapses how do you make them safe and comfortable? SWHS are offering a first aid course that will enable participants to give immediate correct attention if someone is injured, or taken ill.

SWHS follow HSE guidance and deliver a high standard of first aid training.

Why should I take this First Aid accredited course?  

SWHS courses lead to fully approved qualifications. They are designed to meet all of an employers regulatory and statutory duties by complying with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.

Their trainers have a wealth of experience within the first aid sector, so feel free to ask questions during the course and apply to them at a later date with further questions; we are confident they will be able to help you.
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Would you know what to do?

First aid education and qualifications give you the confidence to help when it is needed. 

All SWHS courses are fun & engaging, with lots of practice. They know that first aid is a serious matter but if enjoy the day you will learn, remember and be prepared to use your crucial new skills. 

If you are interested in joining this course please contact me as soon as possible either by phone (01980 863155) or email: kate@pennylanefarm.com  

For more information about South West Health and Safety please visit their website:

https://www.southwesthealthandsafety.com

Yoga, Mindfulness, Mark Making

Monday 11th February, £90/day

The Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury SO21 3QJ


You will start the day with a yoga class.

This will be appropriate for any standard, from total beginner to regular practitioner. If you have aches and pains that prevent you from doing certain moves these can be accommodated.

Throughout the class you will be made aware of your body, which parts are being stretched, how you feel when relaxed etc.

After the yoga class you will be experimenting with many different sorts of marks. Particular attention will be paid to how your body feels when making these marks. Gravity, physicality, noise and irritations all play a part in what happens when you start to draw.

After these exercises our yoga teacher will become the model for the day. She will repeat the exercises from the morning class. You will have experienced the tension, pull and release of these poses. These memories will inform the drawings as you work through the day.


Some materials will be provided. Coffee and tea are available but please bring your own lunch

January 2019 Drawing Week at Riverside Studio

Introduction to Drawing

The first week from the Drawing Course was busy, creative, stretching, tiring and very interesting. Some students booked in for the whole week, others did fewer days. Everyone made it work for them.

“Kate, thank for a tremendous week. Really amazing.” P.F. “Fun day and very useful too.” J. O’B “Class was great! Really stretched me and i found it very rewarding” M.D.