Category Archives: life drawing

Autumn Life Classes


This sounds like ‘how to survive middle age’; maybe it is…

Many studies have shown that life drawing in a class enhances your life, helps concentration, general coordination and is a  good thing to do.

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These classes are going to be using models doing something more than modelling.  We hope to have a ballerina, possibly a martial arts expert or boxer, a musician, and something Christmassy for the December class. (sorry to mention Christmas in JULY).


Life classes will be at Bransbury in the Studio attached to Riverside Cottage. They will mostly be on Tuesday evenings, from 18.00 until 21.00.

13th, 20th, and 27th November and 4th December

£45/session, or £165 if you do all 4

Suitable for all abilities

Tea and coffee will be available

 

Life Drawing, Paper Mâché, Paint


NB These are not the dates that were originally published (The old dates clashed with half terms)

November 5th, 6th and 7th

10.00am  – 4.00pm

£265/3 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.

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Papier-mâché Catrinas, traditional figures for day of the dead celebrations in Mexico

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

Life Drawing


Last Saturday was the first of the spring Life Drawing classes.

The class started the day with yoga, and finished with the yoga teacher as the model for their drawings. The emphasis of the day was to experience the physicality of drawing, and to recognise yourself in the model. This was a new experience for everyone and produced some very interesting drawings.

The next class, 9th May, will be a totally different approach. Measured life drawing is about carefully plotting the body in front of you.

There are still a few places. Contact me, Kate Measham for more information. Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat gives you information about all three upcoming life classes.

 

Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing,

Holistic Drawing

28th April, 2018

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. The aim of this retreat is to engage further; to include your body and your senses in an holistic act of drawing.

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Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body.

You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

In the afternoon our yoga teacher becomes the model.  You will engage with the  model who will reflect poses your body will have learnt. You will be able to feel the stretches as you draw taking you to a new level of engagement with your work.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities.

  • 10-5pm,
  • £130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea and light lunch, plus materials

 

Classes for Spring, 2018


A brief reminder of dates and prices.  contact me Kate Measham to check for spaces, or for more information


Drawing Drawing Drawing

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

At Ramshill , East Winterslow

Morning classes are full. There are a couple of spaces in the afternoon, 2 – 5.00pm

£135

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £30/class.


Painting Painting Painting

April 12, 26

May 10, 24

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

Only a couple of places left

10-4.00pm, £220 for all 4

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £60/class.


Saturday Morning Painting

April 7, 14 21

May 12

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

£120/4 or £37/ morning


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

April 28

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm,

£130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea, light lunch and materials for the class.

The yoga teacher becomes our model and you will draw her as she repeats the moves and poses you learnt in the morning.


Measured Life Drawing

May 9

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-1pm

£45 To include tea, coffee

 

Larger than Life, Life Drawing

May 16

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

Music and Movement

May 23

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

If you want to do all of the May Life Drawing classes we offer them at a discount price of £260.

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat


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Measured Life Drawing

9th May, 10.00-13.00

£45/morning, Including  model

At the Riverside Cottage

Bransbury, SO21 3QJ

Foreshortened legs, unusual sitting positions, distorted bodies and any number of other Life Drawing ‘problems’ can be overcome with measuring. All too often  you think you know where a line should be because you absolutely know where the leg/arm/foot/hand SHOULD be…but maybe it isn’t quite like that.

Learn to trust in measuring.

We will provide materials, easels, drawing boards etc.


LARGER THAN LIFE

16th May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing on a grand scale…and something of an adventure.

An easy  option is to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time.  Here you will change the scale of your work – BIG is beautiful, certainly physical, always exciting.

Let’s take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure. Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas.

You will use a mix of drawing media and big paper.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.  It is quite a messy affair so I would suggest you wear old clothes.


Music and Movement

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23rd May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

People move.

In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement, combined with rhythm and movement in music. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.

There will be a series of exercises designed to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, but an expression of time and rhythm.

This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.


If you are interested in all the courses we offer a £25 reduction – £260 for three.

Contact Kate Measham for more information, or to book a place on a course.

 

For more variations on Life Drawing don’t miss Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

 


The link below is to the a brief series of short Masterclass films made by the Tate. Well worth the 10 mins it takes to watch them.http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/life-drawing-masterclass-video-series#open279897

Looking into the Future…


There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.

Every Thursday there will be either drawing or painting classes and more beginners oil painting classes at Ramshill.

Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.

AND a very exciting trip to Andalucia in October.

 

 

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

 

 

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.

Evenings Life Drawing in June


Life Drawing in the Yurt

June 1st, 15th 29th

6pm – 9pm

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three


Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing. The evening light in June makes the atmosphere in the yurt particularly focused.