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Our Andalucian Autumn


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.

If you want to here more about future holidays please contact Kate.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Art Courses at Riverside Yurt Cafe


See and be Seen…beyond the Selfie                      

Portrait and Self Portrait, Parent and Child

Thursday 21st July, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look.

On this course you and your child (or grandchild, friend, godchild, niece, nephew etc etc) will play around with different ways of drawing yourselves, and each other. Through the day you will be drawing, using colour and modelling with clay (more than a chance you will get messy).

We will provide the materials needed for the day if you bring smallish mirrors for everyone doing the workshop. It will involve paint and clay so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

This is a fun exercise to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the yurt in a field by the river Test. There will be a picnic lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Art and Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday 4th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

The Riverside Yurt is set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, surrounded by fields and trees, with the river Test running next to the entrance.

Bring your child to a morning’s Nature and Art Scavenger Hunt. We will send you both off to find flowers, leaves, bark rubbings and more. And then record what you have found.

You will be asked to find, draw and record all sorts of different bits of the field, and surrounding flora and fauna.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

We will provide the materials needed for the day. It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Masks

Thursday 11th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

I love masks.

All over the world different cultures make masks for ceremonies, rituals, theatre and a multitude of other reasons.

They are great fun to make. You will make a couple of different masks using different methods. We will provide the materials needed for the day.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children.

It is appropriate for most age groups but please can you tell us the age of the child.

 

For more information about classes please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com or take a look at our website www.artdrawpaint.com.

 

For information about all the different things on offer at the Riverside Yurt have a look at www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

www.facebook.com/riversidelifestylehampshire

www.twitter.com/riversidestyl

 

 

 

 

Wimbledon


Yesterday I was one of the lucky people at Wimbledon, in the scorching sun, watching Lleyton Hewitt playing his final match. It was wonderful, exciting tennis in a match that lasted over 4 hours.

The thing that made yesterday even more special was that I was enjoying it with my friend Vivien, laughing at the Aussie Fanatics, admiring the strength of the tennis and watching the lady in front of us get very burnt. Looking around us there were mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends, and relations in every direction. Nobody seemed to be there alone.

If you want to come to an art class with a friend, or relation, I will give you a discount of 10% on both tickets.  This is available for any class until Christmas – just say at the time of booking.

Summer courses


Below is a  quick round-up of the courses on offer over the summer. I have to give numbers to the Ashmolean so would be grateful if those of you who are interested could get back to me quite quickly.

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Summer courses

Ashmolean Museum; Drawing from Drawings

June 23rd, 12.00 – 4.30, £25, (includes exhibition entrance and guided tour)

A guided viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of British Drawings from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by drawing in the cast room.

Inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop

July 13th – 16th, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £260/ 4 days, (£150 / first 2 days)

Sketching and research on site at Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop developed into a finished piece at Wherwell Priory Studio.

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4 x 4, Off Road Art

August 10th – 13th, 9.30 – 4.30, £260/ 4 days

Four days, four different sites, four different media, outside come rain or shine

For more information please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com

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.