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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

Art Courses for 2019


Christmas is over. It is  time for new year’s resolutions…so what are you going to choose?  Are you a ‘giver-upper’? Will it be… no more chocolate – ever? Or do you try something new…a ‘taker-upper’?

Surprisingly,  the beach photo from Norfolk was taken in January 2018. How about some blue sky thinking for 2019? (try not to focus on the clouds…just enjoy the possibilities)

Oil Painting for Beginners, January 2019

You will start at the very beginning, learning about the equipment, how to mix paints and what to do next. You will be looking at tone and become used to working with oils. After these three days you will be launched into the world of oil painting.

It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy. Everyone is welcome.

The boring bits

10am – 1.00pm

Saturdays 12th and 19th and 26th January, 201

£165/3 sessions

Materials, tea and coffee included

This will be held at Ramshill, East Winterslow

If you want to know more about this course please contact me Kate Measham


The Drawing Course 2019

In Brief…for more information about each week please click on the underlined dates.

This will be held at the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury,  Barton Stacey, Winchester

This is VERY flexible. You can book in for a 1 day course, 5 separate 1 day courses, a week or the whole 5 weeks (20% reduction if you commit to the whole course). Almost any combination you can think of is possible.

If you want to try the introduction week before you book for the whole 5 weeks you will still qualify for the 20% reduction…

January 14th – 18th Introduction 

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Learning to look (1day) Monday 14th
  • Discovering materials (1day) Tuesday 15th
  • Composition (1day) Wednesday 16th
  • Expressive drawing (1day) Thursday 17th
  • The Start of things to come (1day) Friday 18th

February 11th – 15th Mindfulness and Mark Making 

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing (1day)
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you (3days)
  • Music and movement (1day)

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Learning to look (1day)
  • Size matters (3 days)
  • Composition (1day)

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Time and tide wait for no one (1day)
  • On the shoulders of giants, first day will be at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (4 days)

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

£450/week OR £90/day

  • Project Week (5days)

Spring in Spain, Painting in Andalucia

Join us from 21st to 28th March for a week in Andalucia, painting and drawing the countryside in spring. Click on title for much, much more information.

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Please click on heading for more information. If you want to join any of these courses contact me,  Kate Measham, or call on 01980 863155

The Drawing Course 2019


Drawing is where you start.

In 2019 we are embarking on a Drawing Course that you can approach as a whole, or pick and choose which parts suit you. Each month there are 5 days of courses. you can do all 25 days, or pick and choose what you fancy doing.

If you are uncertain you can try the introductory week and then book for the rest of the course. If you are unable to do the Introductory Week this does not mean you can’t take the rest of the course.

 Each class is a stand alone class.

In Brief – for more information click on the months

January 14th – 18th Introduction

  • Learning to look
  • Discovering materials
  • Composition
  • Expressive drawing
  • The Start of things to come

February 11th – 15th Expression, Line and Mark

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you
  • Music and movement

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

  • Learning to look
  • Size matters
  • Composition

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

  • Time and tide wait for no one
  • On the shoulders of giants

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

  • Project Week

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

Drawing is where you start.

The primary way to explore your environment and your emotional response to it can be through drawing.  Children  draw before they  write. Somewhere along the way we complicate matters, lose the pleasure of drawing, and its intuitive possibilities.

This course is designed to encourage you to find the pleasure in something that was once a natural response,  to be inquisitive and give you confidence in your abilities. Drawing is both straightforward and complicated.  Through drawing you can contemplate all the attributes of painting except the hue. It can be an end in itself, or a firm step towards other visual arts.

Starting in January with an introductory week this series of classes is designed to make you look at, and reconsider the many different aspects of a creative process. You will go from looking to seeing and understanding and, finally, towards interpreting your world.

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There will be aspects of this course that  feel firmly figurative; this is just a starting place. If you feel a more abstract or expressive approach would be a direction you wish to take this would be warmly encouraged.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate, or withdraw something from something else.

All students will discover their own area of interest and a visual language that works for them.  The mix of ideas and interests within a group, combined with discussion and research makes for a creatively fertile environment.

There are five weeks of classes, over five months with one concentrated week in the studio, or at another venue, per month. There will be an element of preparation and research between the months.  The more work put into the non-class time will result in a greater appreciation of the subject.

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

All abilities are welcomed.

If you would like more information about the course or, about accommodation, please contact me, Kate Measham.

 I would like to have an exhibition of the work produced over the months.  At the moment we are looking at some time in June or July.

Tate  definition of Drawing

Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks

From Life Drawing to somewhere else…


Below are some photos from last week’s three day course, ‘Life Drawing, Papier Mache to Painting’.  

On Monday our model adopted two different poses and the students drew relentlessly, all day.  It was appreciated that there is a difference between a working, note taking drawing, and drawing for the sake of it…(I love life drawing just for the sake of it…but it is different).

Tuesday started with making quick maquettes of each pose followed by WONDERFUL creations from one pose.  Wednesday involved working from the pieces made on Tuesday.

I loved the work the students made from this process.

Drawing – first class of new term


Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

Sept 20th, Oct 18th, Nov 1st, 15th, 29th

£30 for half a day (£135/5)

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 7 per class.

Drawing is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques and, very importantly, you will learn how to look.

for more information of to book a place on this course contact me, Kate Measham. contact

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

You may not have picked up a pencil for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class. The idea of this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.

Classes Autumn Term


There is nothing like a wet Sunday in August to remind you that the seasons are changing, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ will be available in shops near you before too long, and the Autumn Term is upon us.

Below is a list of the classes currently available.  Click on titles for more information. If you want to contact me please send me an email Kate Measham

I hope to squeeze in a couple more classes  at some point so keep an eye out for updates.

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Drawing, Drawing, Drawing (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Thursdays, September 20th, October, 18th, November 1st, 15th and 29th

£135/5 or £30/half day (either am or pm) 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm


Painting, Painting, Painting (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Thursdays, September 27th, October 25th, November 8th, 22nd and Dec 6th

£275/5 or £60/whole day  10am-4pm


Beginners Oil Painting  (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Saturday Mornings, October 20th, 27th and 3rd November

£150/3sessions 10am-1pm  Materials included


Autumn Life Classes  (The Studio, Bransbury, Barton Stacey)

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

£165/4 sessions or £45 each   6pm – 9pm   Materials Included


Life Drawing, Papier Mache, Painting  (The Studio, Bransbury, Barton Stacey)

November 5th, 6th and 7th

£265/3days  Lunch included plus some materials


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BERNARD HODDER, KATE MEASHAM AND GROUP OF 9

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Travel on A303 towards ANDOVER approach via BRANSBURY turn off – over bridge and Riverside Cottage is straight ahead – drive in to park

Riverside Cottage artist in residence Bernard Hodder has been inspired by life on the River Dever.  Kate Measham has traveled the River Test painting its changing paths and teaches at Riverside.

Disabled access

Driveway parking

Opening times

10am-5pm; closed 18th, 19th & 24th

Address

  • Riverside Cottage BRANSBURY Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

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BERNARD HODDER, KATE MEASHAM AND GROUP OF 9

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.