Category Archives: life drawing

Life Drawing, Picasso and Composition


  • with Kate Measham
  • Monday, 24th February, 2020
  • 2.00pm – 5.00pm
  • The Studio, Bransbury, nr Winchester
  • £40/session, model included

unusual composition picasso

Picasso quotes are 10 a penny on the internet. How many are genuine and how many are wishful thinking…who knows.

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

I love life drawing. However, I have noticed that life drawing, as with other drawing can get a little repetitive. This life drawing afternoon is aimed at a fresh look at life drawing.

Everything you can imagine is real.

Please bring with you your favourite drawing tools, to include masking tape, pritt stick, various sizes of charcoal and large cartridge paper (A1). This is available to purchase if you run out.

This will be an exciting and invigorating afternoon of drawing.

Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.

Have a look at the Royal Academy exhibition details and link, Picasso on Paper

Drawing into Oil Painting for Beginners


Drawing into Oil Painting – Beginners

with Kate Measham

We run this beginners drawing and oil painting course over three  three-month terms, with a two day class once a month.

  • £480/ term,
  • £1,250 if you buy all three terms (offer only available until 20th January).
  • light lunch each day during the course.
  • sketchbook and file for notes provided.

If you want to learn in a small class, with students keen to apply themselves this course is aimed at you. We will teach you that art is fun, frustrating, relaxing, exciting, sociable and contemplative: it will enhance your wellbeing, expand your view as you look at  the world, and should give you a lifetime of pleasure.

Spring Term, 2020

January to March class dates:

  • Thursday 16th-Friday 17th January
  • Thursday 13th-Friday 14th February
  • Thursday 12th-Friday 13th March

Summer Term, May to July, 2020

May to July class dates:

  • Thursday 14th-Friday 15th May
  • Thursday 18th-Friday 19th June
  • Thursday 16th-Friday 17th July

Autumn Term, 2020

September to November class dates:

  • Thursday 17th-Friday 18th September
  • Thursday 15th-Friday 16th October
  • Thursday 12th-Friday 13th November

From 10.00am to 4.00 pm each day. A light lunch will be included.

beginners oil painting palette

There will be a certain amount of homework between months. This will involve sketchbook work, painting and reading. We will provide a sketchbook and file for notes for each term.

Besides the sketchbook and file you will also get a list of suggested drawing and painting materials before the start of the course. Furthermore, the list will be out before Christmas (presents?).  There will be a 10% discount from CASS ART if you buy the basket we suggest through our link to their online shop.


I am a beginner- where should I start , or how to start again as a rusty returner?

This is the class for you. Your tutor will guide you through the process of learning to draw and paint in a step-by-step fashion. Drawing underpins everything we do and is how children communicate visually, before they can write.

You can do it.

Everything you learn whist drawing can be translated into how you paint. Oil painting, though tricky to start with, is probably one of the most instinctive, forgiving and enjoyable ways to paint. It combines with drawing in an easy, natural way.

What will I learn?

drawing from still life
still life with antlers

At HAMPSHIRE ART studio we view drawing as the foundation of art practise. You will learn to use charcoal, different pencils, ink, brush, graphite and anything else we can find. As important as the tools you use to draw is what you draw ON. You will try different papers and other supports.

Elements learnt with drawing are essential in painting practise. The course will  include: measured drawing, expressive drawing, structure, mark making, composition, tone, texture, light, styles and approaches and use various  different materials.

All the above will be addressed in painting with oils.   Also you will look at colour theory.

How will the course work?

Students will learn in a variety of ways, from still lifes, copying works of masters, drawing from life and from the imagination. You will make studies from still-lifes etc. to develop your skills of composition, draughtsmanship and modelling. We will also investigate the work of master artists to learn their techniques.

working from paintings by masters of their craft

The same elements used in drawing will be studied with regard to oil painting. In addition you will look at colour theory.

The course will run for two consecutive days each month for 9 months over the period of a year. Each month we will introduce you to one of the basic building blocks of art.  You will approach it via drawing and then into painting.

There will be a certain amount of optional homework between classes. You will be encouraged to keep sketchbooks.

How will my drawing and oil painting progress be assessed?

Each month there will be one to one, and group feedback sessions.

There will be  continuous dialogue and evaluation of work produced. Your progress will be mapped by both you and the tutor so you are both aware of any anxieties and aspirations. Drawing into Oil Painting for beginners will be a carefully planned series of classes that build on what you learn from one month to the next.

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What can I expect to go on to after this course?

 This year will be a springboard for you.

After a year’s work you will be considerably more knowledgeable about where your interests lie. You should have full sketchbooks and a bulging portfolio of work.

intermediate painting class looking at the style of Scottish Colourists

We can help you decide what the next step you take will be. A year of regular classes, student and tutor support and a certain amount of private study will set you firmly on the road to whatever area of interest you wish to pursue. If you want to join other classes with HAMPSHIRE ART studio you could look at intermediate classes, and masterclasses.

Is there accommodation available? 

We can advise you about different places to stay. There is plenty of parking at the studio.

How do I purchase this course?

Please visit the shop. Purchase either by term, or the entire course.

Life, Drawing, Life Drawing


I love drawing.

It is totally absorbing whilst you are in the act of drawing. It appeals to me physically as I lose myself in creating line, tone, marks. Drawing allows you to experiment, investigate, record, explore. It is thought provoking, challenging, frustrating, exciting. It is instinctive, expressive and purposeful.

As birthday, or Christmas, or anytime presents I give large paintbrushes or sketchbooks to anyone I think will enjoy them. This is in the hope that they will get as much pleasure from them as I do.

Charcoal life drawing by Matisse

Join me for a drawing class on Thursday 26th September, morning, or a Life Drawing Class on Thursday afternoon.

This week both classes will be looking at line, weight of line, and economy of line. The work of Matisse will be used as a reference. Please bring charcoal, paper, any pencils you can lay your hand on.

Have a look at HAMPSHIRE ART studio for more information and to book the classes

New Classes start in September


It is a glorious sunny day; a Sunday to laze about with a book, or a sketchbook, or a Sunday to get jobs done. Don’t waste it…pick fruit, get outside. This evening plan which autumn classes will make the darker days more interesting and fulfilling.

Blue skies; ripe damsons

Autumn isn’t here yet but there is change in the air. At this time of year I promise myself I’m going to take up something new, French, Tai Chi, marathon running, etching. Some are more successful than others.

September is a time for new beginnings

New Classes with HAMPSHIRE ART studio

This week is the start of the Autumn Term for artdrawpaint with HAMPSHIRE ART studio. I have classes for those of you who want to learn about painting with oils, drawing classes, regular life drawing classes, and painting classes (jointly with Chris Davies). There are five drawing classes, five life drawing classes and five painting classes. They are linked and progressive, but can very easily be taken individually.

If you need help deciding what is right for you contact me and we can work through it together.

If you want to extend the summer join me in Andalucia in 4 weeks time for a week of painting at the very lovely Casa Rosa.

There are other classes with new tutors, and new venues are going to be part of the HAMPSHIRE ART studio remit. I am very excited about it.

This term is the start of our Master Classes with Nick Bashall and Sarah Spackman sharing their expertise. Their classes are both fully booked however we are taking a few people onto waiting lists. There will be more masterclasses in the new year so keep an eye on what is happening.

Visit HAMPSHIRE ART studio for more information and to book.

Damsons ready to make Damson Vodka – very warming in December