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Sarah Spackman

A Closer Look at Colour

23rdand 24thNovember, 2019

From 10.00 to 16.30

at the Studio, Bransbury, Nr Winchester, SO21 3QJ

£320/2 day course, to include a light lunch each day

Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. The Josie Eastwood Gallery regularly shows her work. It is in many private collections and a number of paintings are part of the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.

For more information about Sarah and her work see www.sarahspackman.com

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn about, or to improve their colour mixing skills. 

Using oil paints, you will look at how colours are created, and what effect they have on each other in a painting. Every artist should make their own colour wheel and you will start by making wheels and looking at how colours are mixed. Then, working from a simple still-life set up, you will mix a large variety of colours and look at the difference between them and how they interact. 

Experience is not necessary, just a large palette to give plenty of space in which to mix paint. 

You will need to bring the following: 

Oil Paints:  Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Raw Umber 

A flexible palette knife, 
A large palette, 
2 oil painting brushes of different sizes (eg. 2 and 4), 2 jam jars, 
Low odour solvent eg Sansodor,


Lots of rags (very important!) 

2 small boards or canvases e.g.. 25x30cm or thereabouts, 

Still-life materials will be provided. 

To book a place on this course please contact kate@artdrawpaint.com, or  call: 01980 863155

Beginners Oil Painting

  • 11th and 18th June, 2019, 10.00 – 4.00
  • £190/person to include all materials

There is a mystique about painting with oils. Don’t let this put you off. Oil paints are fun, vibrant and very forgiving – have a play with them.

On this course I will provide the materials; you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. I will help you to find the materials to suit your needs.

Pictured below is sweet shop made real…you will need considerably less to get started. To start with this set would be like learning to drive in an Aston Martin.

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You will start by looking at tone, at first using charcoal then rapidly progressing to Oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.

Bring an apron, rags and a jam jar, and a willingness to have a go.

Summer Classes

There are a number of classes over the summer, some regular classes, and some new. Please contact me if you want to know more.

Class List

More information about the Evening with Nick Bashall to follow shortly.

There will be more classes that arise at different times over the next few months so keep an eye on the art draw paint website.


If you haven’t been to the Studio at Bransbury come and visit us in August during the Hampshire Open Studios fortnight. There will be more information nearer the time.

Casa Rosa, Spring 2019

It is cooler in England than Andalucia at this time of year. Last week Casa Rosa (http://www.casarosaestate.eu) was at its most delightful. Irises were in flower, citrus trees laden with both fruit and blossom, and the scent of jasmine in the warm evening air.

Radish (https://www.rad-ish.co.uk), the name Jessica Tatham cooks under, is a modest name for someone who produces wave after wave of delicious, healthy and unusual food. There were endless requests for recipes, and for top-ups of the evening cocktails. Lemon, rosemary and gin was my favourite – I can’t remember if anything else was in it.

Jessica’s food was beautiful. Sadly I was unable to wait long enough to take a photograph before eating it. PLEASE look at her website to get an idea of the food she produced.

Those on the Spring course worked hard producing large volumes of interesting work. Everyone was thrown into a variety of exercises. The work involved painting using complementary colours, a glance at notan, wax resist in mark making, and mixed media as a quick approach to experimental composition. Somehow there was energy left for tennis, walks and occasional specialist Bananagram. On Tuesday we drew Marta, our young flamenco dancer. The Sunday walk was to lunch at a farm in the hills above Periana.

We will be back at Casa Rosa for an Autumn art week from Sunday 29th September to Sunday 6th October, 2019. Have a look at last year’s Autumn art week for inspiration https://artdrawpaint.com/2018/10/20/our-andalucian-autumn/


Spring Drawing/painting Class

Spring Showers are forecast

There are a few places available in the drawing/painting classes.

These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

  • Thursday, 4th April, 2nd May, 23rd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 11th April, 9th May, 30th May – Painting
  • Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
  • Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
  • 10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front

If you are interested in joining the drawing class please contact me, Kate Measham on 01980 863155


Spring has sprung, 
the grass is ris...

… mowing has started, and other gardening tasks are planned. I love this time of year. I know lots of you like to be busy outside too. However, there are the occasional meteorological knock back. Thursday 4th April is the first drawing day of the spring classes and rain is forecast (https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633858).

So, ignore the garden and hide out with us in Bransbury.


Slight lie…it won’t be scones, but expect good coffee and possibly some biscuits

For more information about the painting and drawing classes try this link:

https://artdrawpaint.com/2019/02/20/drawing-painting-drawing-painting-drawing-painting/

Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting, Drawing, Painting.


These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ

  • Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
  • Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
  • 10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front
Charcoal…almost painting, almost drawing

Regular drawing and painting is the best way to learn and to improve.

Here are six classes. On alternate weeks there are drawing and painting classes…always on a Thursday.

These are all stand alone classes so if you can’t do one or two don’t worry.

As far as possible, the painting class will paint a Still Life that was drawn in the previous drawing class. So if you are doing both classes this will help to familiarise you with the still life.

You can still come to the painting class if you weren’t at the drawing class, and you don’t have to come to painting classes if you only want to draw. You decide what YOU want to do.

  • Thursday, 6th June – Drawing
  • Thursday, 13th June – Painting
  • Thursday, 18th July – Drawing
  • Thursday, 25th July – Painting
  • Thursday, 1st August – Drawing
  • Thursday, 8th August – Painting

March, April, May

New Dates, New Classes…Lots to See

There are new classes, new courses and a few date changes over the next few months. Below are dates and brief descriptions. Click on the titles for fuller explanations about what is on offer.

The first weeks in March form the basis of all drawing and painting, ‘What is it, how big is it and where am I going to put it?’

Life Drawing, Papier Mache Sculpture, and Painting

In the second week in April is the return of this very exciting course. Day one we have a life model who you draw with the intention of building a sculpture. Day two you build a sculpture from your drawings using papier mache and anything you can find that works. Day three you will paint from your sculptures.


On the Shoulders of Giants

Following in the tradition of learning from the great masters we are going to spend the day at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It has a splendid and varied collection of works. You will see everything (!) in the museum and choose something that you are going to work with.

There will be drawing at the museum followed by two days at the Studio Bransbury copying the picture you chose and taking the ideas forward to create a piece that is all your own.


DRAW, DRAW, DRAW, PAINT, PAINT, PAINT

There will be a return to the regular Drawing and Painting sessions but they will be at the Studio at Bransbury, NOT at Ramshill. These will be suitable for all abilities and will be based on a changing Still Life.

Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning

Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day

  • Thursday, 4th April – Drawing
  • Thursday, 11th April – Painting
  • Thursday, 2nd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 9th May – Painting
  • Thursday, 23rd May – Drawing
  • Thursday, 30th May – Painting

For more information, prices and times please click on the titles

If you would like to join a class contact me, kate@artdrawpaint.com

Oil Painting for Beginners II (Colour)

Three Classes, Three Different Approaches to Colour

Feb 16th, 23rd and March 2nd.

10.00am – 1.00pm

£165/3, or £65/session


At Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow, SP5 1QF


If you have done the Beginners Oil Painting class the question is what to do next. On this course you will start to look at colour.

Colour is a huge topic. You will start by looking at three different approaches: at painting with a limited palette, alla prima and a variation of ‘on the shoulders of giants’.

Sometimes limitations are liberating, sometimes total freedom is exciting, and sometimes exploring the work of other artists shows you a new path. You will see that you are the master of your painting and you can paint any way you want…with a bit of practise.

I will suggest a list of equipment. There will be essentials, and others, less essential you might feel inclined to add to you supplies.

For more information please contact me, kate@artdrawpaint.com

Spring in Spain

NEW DATES FOR SPRING IN SPAIN

Many people have come back to us and pointed out that the previous dates straddled the 29th March…the date for Brexit. I don’t know whether this would, or wouldn’t have any effect on our return but we have decided to change the dates very slightly to avoid confusion.

It has the huge advantage of missing the media coverage in the final week of debate.

Thursday 21st- Thursday 28th March, 2019

Andalucia, Spring Flowers and Painting in Rural Spain

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Rosita waiting…

“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.”

Sunday Times

In March join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week is a chance to explore and paint this unspoilt, spring landscape. All artists, regardless of ability, from beginner to the more experienced artist will enjoy the beautiful challenge.

The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be alive with the signs of Spring. The countryside will be covered in spring flowers and blossom, with farming villages, olive groves and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga showing signs of the change of seasons.

For an all-inclusive week fee of £1,550 all meals will be catered by the house chef, drinks and snacks provided as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa, an elegant and beautifully appointed country mansion.

Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa , (do look at the Casa Rosa  website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.


Kate Measham

Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses abroad on the Greek Island Zakynthos and here at Casa Rosa.

Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood-turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.

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Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.

Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.

She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and other spaces.


Locally Sourced Food and Wine

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Pomegranates grow in the surrounding orchards . Their pink blush is matched by this rug from Casa Rosa. The bowl is from Grenada.

The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and early spring will see blossom in the orchards with wild flowers at every turn. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises collected locally and from years of travel.

This year we have the added temptation of ‘Rad.ish’ doing our catering. Rad.ish is the health and eco conscious catering business of Jessica Tatham, a Ballymalloe trained chef and regular visitor to Casa Rosa. 

Having completed chef training, she has gone on to develop her own health and well-being based catering business. Her approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour at the easel.  https://www.rad-ish.co.uk/

Rosie is a talented chef in her own right and will be working with her daughter, Jessica. Together they have spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. They will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give good warning before you arrive.


The Artists’ Day

Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.

At 10.00 there will be a three-hour, taught morning session followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time to work on your own projects.

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Tuition will resume at 5.00 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing.  After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper.

There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.


What to Expect on the Course

The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.

The course will be based at Casa Rosa using the studio there and enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.

You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week.

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Evening light at Casa Rosa

Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.

A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.

There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and  table tennis  to divert you (if you need diverting). You can use the studio at anytime.

There will be a rest day in the middle of the week.  Various activities will be on offer such as walking, or visiting the village of Periana.  You may prefer to  sit by the pool, catch up on a painting project, or read a book. Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.

Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.

The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.


The Boring Bits

Saturday 23rd March to Saturday 30th March, 2019.

£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite.

There is no single supplement.

However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1150. A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.

Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price  if you choose to book our suggested flights.

Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.

If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.

Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc at local prices (to leave more space in your suitcase), and arrange for a courier to bring back your work – please tell us what you want. There will be cartridge paper, drawing boards, and easels available free of charge.

We advise you to have travel insurance.


If you want to chat about the trip please contact:

Kate Measham on kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on rosie@tatham.biz or T:07940 833025

Beginners Oil Painting, January 2019

This is a Saturday course designed for those of you who have never painted with oils, or are very rusty.

I will provide the materials – you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. Picture below is sweet shop made real…you will need considerably less to get started. To start with this set would be like learning to drive in an Aston Martin.

Old holland

You will start with looking at tone and becoming used to working with oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.

The boring bits

10am – 1.00pm

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

£165/3 sessions

Materials, tea and coffee included

This course will be held at Ramshill, East Winterslow, SP5 1QF

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