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Drawing by the River Test – Rhythm, ebb and flow


A morning by the river

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating?

Learn through experiments and new techniques, how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

IMG_0018Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

NEW -Summer workshops in Riverside Yurt


Enjoy the summer with art workshops in a meadow by the river Test, near Barton Stacey. If the weather turns British we will retire to a yurt with its cafe and wood burning stove. If you wish to enrol for all three classes at once we offer a combined price of 3 courses for £135. Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

Drawing By the River – Rhythm, ebb and flow

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating? Learn through wild experiments how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

River

22nd June, 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm

£77/day, including lunch

It is so easy to jump out of a car, to snap a photo with a smart phone and feel we have caught something. A river is a slow experience. Spend a day capturing the moment and a sense of time, place and spirit of the river.

In the beautiful setting of the Riverside Yurt, near Barton Stacey on the Test, you will look at different ways to record being by the river. In this workshop you will look at how to capture a sense of place, season, and the sounds and flora that go with it. We will consider how maps, poetry, music and sounds are able to inform your work.

Using a mixed media approach you will explore the environment, gathering information. You will be drawing things of interest, recording the rhythms, textures and colours of the river, and bringing them together to form a final piece. For more information have a look at our courses or try this link River

This workshop would be appropriate for all abilities.

A delicious Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Lavender Workshop

6th July, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£39/morning

The meadow by the Riverside Yurt has its own lavender field. This beautiful plant is used in their own bath and body products, and various culinary delicacies. The middle of the morning will be a chance to taste the produce with a cream tea including scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.

This workshop will involve drawing, painting and coloured pencils around the lavender, partly still life, and partly landscape. for more information have a look under ‘courses’ or try this link Lavender Workshop

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

 

First Tuesday


Life Drawing at Wherwell Priory

6.00pm-9.00pm

£20/person

Easels provided, please bring your own materials. Please send me a message if you are interested in coming along. kate@artdrawpaint.com

Tea, coffee and biscuits also provided.

Experimental Drawing, part 1


Experimental drawing is a rich dish

Thursday’s class was supposed to be a taster day, but it has been renamed part one, (amuse bouche? appetiser? pseuds corner? moi?) 

The class played with the cornerstone of art classes – The Still Life

After various exercises involving different drawing media, collaborative drawing, drawing with different hands etc, they moved on to design drawings of individual items. These items were removed and the class had to build from their drawings; Blue Peter would have been proud of the cornflake box concoctions. Having made their new bowls, pots and pieces,  the class redrew the still life – staying true to the new forms.

I had great fun watching the still life  through all its various stages of creation. The final forms created a still life that echoed its inspiration, but took it in a new direction. The artists were in control of their work, but the journey brought its own surprises.


If this sort of class sounds of interest to you look out for experimental drawing part 1. Other Experimental Drawing classes will be available as one off days, each with a very different focus.

For more information contact Kate Measham – kate@artdrawpaint.com

Taster Morning for Art Draw Paint


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Taster Morning

Before you commit to an entire term taking classes from someone you don’t know, at a studio you don’t know, doing a course in something you are not too sure about either…come and try a taster morning.

21st September, 9.30 – 12.45am, £25 for the morning

If you enjoy the morning you can join the term course with a £15 reduction.

At Wherwell Priory Studio. (See map below). All materials provided.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Kate on:

kate@artdrawpaint.com

Art Draw Paint, an introduction to different methods and media


Don’t get stuck doing the same thing time and time again.

Do you remember the pleasure of cutting and sticking, snowflakes made out of newspaper, papier mache masks, wax crayons stacked up layer upon layer, doodling, squashing paint between bits of paper to make strange shapes? All these wonderful physical and visual pleasures that we rarely indulge in as adults. Art Draw Paint hopes to capture that pleasure and excitement, and to encourage method and rigour at the same time.

experiment, explore, discover, play and enjoy

This course, starting at the end of September, will introduce you to  tone, mark making, the importance of line, composition and colour using pencil, graphite, ink, charcoal, a bit of printmaking, mixed media, watercolour, gouache, felt tips,coloured crayons, dye paints, acrylic, and anything else that comes up.


Monday mornings 9.30am – 1.00pm

Starting Monday, 28th September 2015, and each monday until 14th December, except 2nd and 9th November for half term.

10 weeks of classes – £325, or half a term at £180


It will be a busy term learning new techniques and re-visiting methods you may not have used for some time.

This course would be suitable for beginners, the rusty, or those of you who want to try something different with their art.

You will cover the basics and a lot more. At the end of the term you should feel confident enough to have a go at anything, and want to do more.  I will provide some of the materials needed, and ask you to get some things for yourself. I will suggest homework for anyone that wishes to do it.

Reasons to be Cheerful, One, Two, Three…


This is taken from a BBC Magazine article on 14th July, 2015. I am not sure how to reblog from their site so I hope I haven’t broken laws etc. Too good a piece not to share it with you.

We’d all like to know about how to keep our brains as sharp as possible as we age. But what are the best ways to do this, asks Michael Mosley.

Ask anyone over the age of 40 what worries them most about growing older and the answer that comes back is almost always the fear of losing your memory. I worry about the fact that I find it harder than ever to remember names and that without my phone to remind me, I would forget many of my daily appointments.

There are some fairly obvious things to avoid if you want to maintain good brain health. These include smoking, becoming overweight and developing Type 2 diabetes. But what can you positively do to enhance your brain.

Trust Me I’m A Doctor, with Michael Mosley, Gabriel Weston and Dr Chris van Tulleken, is broadcast on BBC Two at 20:00 BST on Wednesday 15 July

Watch the programme on BBC iPlayer

With the help of Newcastle University we recruited 30 volunteers to find out.

Before we began our experiment all our volunteers were subjected to a barrage of tests that measured things like memory, ability to problem solve and general psychomotor speed (reaction times).

Everyone was then fitted with an activity monitor to measure how much and when they were moving.

The volunteers were then randomly allocated to three groups and asked to do a particular activity for the next eight weeks.

One group we simply asked to walk briskly, so that they were just out of breath, for three hours a week. The idea is that walking – in fact any form of vigorous exercise – will keep your brain fed with lots of oxygen-rich blood. This was not a popular choice with some.

“Walking is my least favourite activity,” sighs Ann. (Newcastle does have punishingly steep hills.)
The second group were asked to do puzzles, such as crosswords or Sudoku. Again they had to do it for three hours each week. The reasoning behind this approach is that your brain, like a muscle, benefits from being challenged. Use it or lose it.

The final group were asked to stare at a naked man for three hours a week. Or, to be more accurate, they were asked to take part in an art class which also happened to involve drawing a naked man, Steve.

The results

By the end of our eight-week trial almost everyone in the walking group noticed a big improvement in their general health – how much easier they found managing a particular hill.

Some of the puzzler group had found the puzzles hard at first, but by the end of the eight weeks many were hooked and swapping Sudoku tips.
The most enthusiastic group, however, was undoubtedly the art class. Although a few found attending a class once a week daunting, all of them commented on how much they enjoyed it.

“I have become a compulsive drawer of everything,” says Simone. “I have been out to buy myself some pastel pencils and even a book on ‘How to’.”

So, art equals pleasure, but which group enjoyed the greatest improvements in brain power?

Our scientists redid their battery of cognitive tests and the results were clear-cut. All the groups had got a bit better, but the stand-out group was those who had attended the art class.

It seems the naked man, Steve, had made a big impression.
Gabriel Weston with life model Steve
But why should going to an art class make a difference to things like memory? Clinical psychologist Daniel Collerton, one of our experts from Newcastle University, says that part of the benefit came from learning a new skill. “Learning something new,” he says, “engages the brain in ways that seem to be key. Your brain changes in response, no matter how many years you have behind you.”

Learning how to draw was not only a fresh challenge to our group but, unlike the puzzlers, it also involved developing psychomotor skills. Capturing an image on paper is not just intellectually demanding. It involves learning how to make the muscles in your hand guide the pencil or paintbrush in the right directions.

An additional benefit was that going to the art class meant that for three hours a week they had to stand while drawing or painting. As we’ve shown before on Trust Me I’m a Doctor, standing for longer periods is a good way of burning calories and keeping your heart in good shape.

The art class was also the most socially active, another important thing to bear in mind if you want to keep your brain sharp. This group met regularly outside class, were keen to exchange emails and there was a definite social aspect to this intervention.
All of which meant that this group enjoyed a triple benefit when it came to boosting brain health. One of our volunteers, Lynn, says that learning to draw had produced other, unexpected benefits.

“Part of my job involves writing and pitching bids, which is a difficult and lengthy process,” she explains. “I am dyslexic which is an added hurdle. But having done the art class I found that my writing now flows and my ability to concentrate has improved. It seems to have opened my mind. I’m not sure I can explain it properly, I just know it made a difference.”

It is likely that any group activity which involves being active and learning a new skill will help boost your brain. Ballroom dancing, anyone?

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford,Drawing from Great British Drawings – places left


If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be  given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These  guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.

  • Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
  • 11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
  • £25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours –  one of the largest and most important in the world.

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Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn

Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.

5 things to pack in your holiday art bag


It is holiday time of year – Packing is an art form – I ALWAYS take too many things with me on holiday.


When I go on holiday I have plans, aspirations, good intentions, and hopes – I’m sure you know what I mean. I used to pack accordingly, and on arrival I was almost too scared to open my very heavy art bag.

This does not need to happen. Less is more, as always.

List of Five Essential Items

Famous Fishing cap ready to go in my holiday ART bag
Famous Fishing cap ready to go in my holiday ART bag

  1. 1 sketchbook, no bigger than A4 (possibly a handbag size one as well but you will NEVER use both)
  2.  1 roll masking tape (small)
  3. 2 x Faber Castell thick pencils, 3B and 7B, 2 x diposable WH Smith retractable pencils with rubbers on the end
  4. 2 black waterproof pens of different thicknesses
  5. 1 set KohiNoor soluble dyes and a medium size watercolour brush

You could mistakenly call that a list of 10 items.  I think we can stretch the point.


1. The Sketchbook

I always plan to do major things on holiday so imagine I need a huge pad. This is unnecessary. If the size of sketchbook is not big enough for a picture stick two pieces together with masking tape on the reverse side. Thus any size sheet is possible.

Everyone has their preferred size, shape and quality of paper for their sketch book. I like square books, with a reasonably heavy paper, and a strong, hard cover to lean on. The cover is very important as it will double as drawing board.  Seawhite do a series with 160gsm paper in a firm, black cover.  I use the square one. http://www.cassart.co.uk/seawhite_euro_portrait_sketchbook_with_black_microline_cover_160gsm_50_sheets

You can add another sketch book, but I bet you don’t use it. You can take expensive watercolour paper, but that can be too frightening to touch. Stick with one.

2. The Roll of Masking tape

See above. Don’t get a huge roll – no point and it gets in the way.

3. The Pencils

As with everything else, it is tempting to take too many, ‘just in case…’

My favourite drawing pencil would be a combination of very fine retractable HB and thick, dark, soft 3B and 7B. I always choose an odd number ‘B’. Faber Castell do a set of jumbo pencils, so choose what you like from these.

http://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing/pencils/product_type_graphite_pencils/faber-castell_9000_jumbo_pencils_pack_of_5_black.htm

I would like to be clever about disposable retractable pencils but I always buy mine from WH Smiths. They are very cheap and effective, come in a large pack and have good rubbers on the end. I like the neatness of the rubbers – you are not tempted to rub out large errors, but you can fiddle with small ones.

4. The Pens

I was going to suggest a pack of Staedtler Pigment Liner Set of 6 Black but when I went on the Cass Art website to get a link there were so many sets of interesting pens I feel you should decide for yourself. Do look at the pigment liners – they are excellent, different thicknesses and do the job. Don’t take more than two.

I should experiment more too.

http://www.cassart.co.uk/drawing

5. The Colour

I used to recommend Caran d’Ache Neoart water soluble wax pastel. These are water soluble highly pigmented wax pastels wKoh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Dye Watercolour Stacking Set of 24 colourshich can be used either wet or dry. I still use them regularly, but I find they get a bit sticky if you take them somewhere hot. Fine in a cold country.

Instead, I would recommend Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Dye Watercolour Stacking Set of 24 colours. Emma Faull, painter of beautiful birds, introduced me to them (www.emmafaull.co.uk/). They are bright, colourful dyes that you treat as water colours, and are extraordinarily cheap at under £7.00 for the set. They are not easy to find in shops but I have found them on the internet at:

http://www.rainbowsilks.co.uk/SubCategory.cfm?SubCatId=528


The above are all you need, but I suspect you will want to add a few more things…I would want to, but not many.

I always use a camera, even if it is only my smart phone. I have a sun hat in my bag, a penknife to sharpen the pencils and a large cotton sarong type scarf/rug/sunshade/cushion/shawl. Then I’m done.