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.
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.
For more information about the painting and drawing classes try this link:
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.
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
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.
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
“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.”
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on email@example.com or T:07940 833025
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.
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
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
£95 for the day, to include lunch and all materials,
Have you thought about having a go at art classes? at re-visiting drawing, or painting? or do you want to prepare for a bit of sketching on holiday? If the answer is ‘yes’ come to a Taster Day at Riverside Cottage.
In the morning you will experiment with drawing materials and drawing, followed by an afternoon of painting and throwing everything at it.
Drawing materials will include pencil, charcoal, chalk, ink, marker pens, wax crayons, calligraphy brushes, twigs, sponges…whatever we can squeeze in. There will be painting in the afternoon in a similar vein. This will be a busy and exciting day.
Riverside Cottage will provide a delicious, light lunch, coffee on arrival and cream tea when you are exhausted in the afternoon.
Bring a friend, send a sister, encourage anyone who needs a new adventure – no experience necessary, no equipment needed.
All materials will be provided – you just need to turn up and be prepared to have a go.
This is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced an artist. You will be looking at many different aspects of drawing from classic drawing exercises to experimental explorations. It is always exciting, and always challenging.
Painting, Painting, Painting
April 12th, 26th and May 10th and 24th
10.00 – 4.00
£220 for whole term
As with Drawing, Drawing Drawing this is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced. You will look at various different aspects of painting, mark making, colour theory etc. Each week is a new challenge. It does not matter what media you wish to use.