Category Archives: painting

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour


Weds 25th October, 1st and 29th November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£155/3 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?

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How do you take a step sideways in order to move forwards? You know what you want to say, but not how you want to say it.  You may get tighter when you want to get looser, or looser when you want more control.

The more time you spend painting the more you know there are other things out there you can’t quite reach.

And what about abstraction? Different palettes? Different media? Supports? Intuition? And every other sort of variation on a theme.

This course will be short, but exciting. It will encourage you to make mistakes, and to enjoy them, to play and learn. I’m not too worried about what media you want to use –  the idea is to experiment, play, discuss and try new things.

Each day will have a different theme and build on the previous day. You will be encouraged to do some research in between classes.

These three days will be more about the process of using paint and colour,  than about the destination.

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Azalea Garden, May 1956 – detail Patrick Heron

Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Oil Painting for Beginners I – starting out


Sept 7th, 21st

1.30pm – 4.30pm

£90/two sessions, materials included

There is a mystique about painting with oils paints that needs to be shattered.  In these classes you will learn, from scratch, the basic mechanics of painting with oils.

This is perfect for total beginners, people who know about watercolour but not oils, people who haven’t picked up a brush in a while, or those who have been given a lovely set of paints and don’t know what to do next.

I will teach you the basic skills that you can start to build upon. I provide the materials needed for this early stage. If you wish you can join the follow on classes, Oil Painting for Beginners, II and III.

If you would like more information don’t hesitate to drop me a line Kate Measham

Oil Painting for beginners – II (Colour)


October 17th and 24th, Nov 7th, 9.30am – 12.30pm

£130/3 classes

Materials list before each class

Three Classes, Three Different Approaches to Colour

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, limitless topic, but you will start by looking at three different approaches.

You will look at painting with a limited palette, from tone to colour, and alla prima. The idea is to show you that sometimes limitations are liberating, allowing you to explore different aspects of painting. You will see that you are the master of your painting and you can paint it any way you want…with a bit of practise.

 

 

 

River Test, Source to Sea, Mottisfont


Friday 4th August

£25/day, (plus entrance fee if you are not already a member of the National Trust) 10.00am to 4.00pm Meet in Mottisfont car park

Join us as we draw and paint the River Test at Mottisfont Abbey

 

The River Test, as it flows through the Mottisfont Estate, has all the characteristics of a well keepered chalk stream, picturesque as is makes its way through water meadows along the Test Valley. Capture the dreamy atmosphere that places you in an England of a century ago.

And they have cream teas and ice cream.

Contact me for more information

Kate Measham

 

River Test at Mottisfont

Sheep Dip Shallows – The next stop on the River Test, The Source to the Sea


Monday 3rd July 10.00 at The Boot, Houghton

£25/day

 

June was rained off, blown away, cancelled. We are going to try Houghton again!

If you mention ‘Houghton’ to fly fishermen they will think you are talking about the illustrious Houghton Fishing Club with its clubroom over the entrance to the Grosvenor in Stockbridge. The club owns some of the most renowned fishing on the river Test from Stockbridge, downstream through Houghton.  It is very beautifully tended with streams, footbridges and glorious trees.

Most of the club water is inaccessible except for a stretch known locally as Sheep Dip Hollow. This spot was used for swimming, paddling, cooling off in the summer, and presumably for dipping sheep. The website below has a map and a few memories of childhood visits.

Wild Swimming

We will spend the day at Sheep Dip Hollow and along the footpath to the John Of Gaunt Lakes, on the King Somborne side of the valley.

Please join us; swimming costumes optional.

Drawing and Painting


Have a look at Thursdays at the Yurt – packed full of art classes.

Every other Thursday there are two classes, sometimes three.

In the morning there is Sketch and Scones – all about the cornerstone of all visual art, DRAWING.

For the summer PAINT will be run at the same time as Sketch and Scones

Also in the mornings there is a new class, PAINT. Instead of looking at how to use various different media this class will look at what to do with your painting skills… what are you going to paint, how are you going to paint it, what things work for you and how to keep yourself and your skills moving forward.

In June there is LIFE DRAWING in the evening

These should make Thursdays interesting, fun and exciting.  I have made the classes cheap to encourage you all to have a go. Tell your friends.

If you are interested contact me to reserve a place.

Kate Measham

 


Sketch and Scones

May 18th, June 1st, 15th, 29th, July 13th 27th, August 10th and 24th

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness. It will become a regular fixture on Thursdays later in the year

This is a  class about drawing.   It isn’t going to be called a ‘Beginners Guide to Drawing’ because nobody is really a beginner.

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.

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.


PAINT

May 18th, June 1st, 15th, 29th, July 13th 27th, August 10th and 24th

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

Also 10am – 1.00pm

 

This is a  class about Painting.   It isn’t about any particular medium. If you want to work in acrylic, house paint, oil or watercolour all will be welcome.

Painting is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about  different techniques, composition, mark making, you will learn how to look, and more. Very importantly, you will be encouraged to be brave, take risks, discover your own strengths and methods.

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

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

EXTRA session Beginners OIL Painting


19th April, 9.30 – 12.30am

£45/session

Riverside Yurt Cafe

Beginners Oil Painting

If you think oil painting could be fun come along to this introductory morning. All materials will be provided. Instead of committing to expensive paints and extensive equipment have a go with my oils in this class.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other Oil Painting classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.

Give a voucher for this class as an interesting alternative to an Easter Egg

If you are interested contact me Kate Measham

 

 

River Test, Source to the Sea – Whitchurch


Tuesday 7th March

£25/day – entrance fee to Silk Mill not included

The river Test runs through a series of mills in Whitchurch, from Bere Mill, Town Mill, and the Silk Mill, down to Fulling Mill below the town.

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Footpaths, streams, islands and bridges weave their way through the town. Over many years the keepers at the Whitchurch Fishery have managed the banks, weed and wild areas to keep the flow of the river and the diversity of wildlife in balance.

The Silk Mill in Whitchurch is an interesting piece of industrial heritage with the original water wheel restored and working. Silk is woven on site using 19th century machinery. It also has a first floor cafe with dangerously tasty looking cakes and sandwiches.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

We will meet in the carpark by the library which is next to the Silk Mill at 10.30am. to discuss the approach to the day.

There are well marked walks around the town that may be of interest to some.

Walks in Whitchurch

 

Degas to Picasso – on our doorstep


Oxford is just up the road from where I live. I hope to go to this exhibition after half term has run its course.

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/degastopicasso/

Degas to Picasso

Creating Modernism in France

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism. 

From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.

With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.

Tickets £11 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£10 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*£10 Standard Full Price
£9 Standard Concessions

£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members

*Gift Aid Tickets include an additional £1 voluntary donation allowing the Museum to reclaim tax on both the donation and the ticket price. More information is given on our booking pages. Standard ticket prices are shown below.
Entry to exhibitions is free for Ashmolean Members and for Under-12s.
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Please note we cannot guarantee entry to Groups without pre-booking.

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Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 10 February – 7 May 2017
Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays
We are closed on Mondays

Visiting & Tickets

Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is advised, but tickets can be bought on the day of your visit at the Museum if tickets are available.

Brush up your oil painting…


Beat the cold, the wet and the snow; revisit your painting skills

 

There are two classes coming up for those of you who have done some oil painting recently, or ages ago, and just want a bit of a reminder about how it all works.

Wednesday 18th January, 9.30 am – 1.00pm

Monday 20th February, 9.30 am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

Suitable for all who have done an introductory course, or are just a bit rusty…

You will be taken through the equipment and basic methods with a few exercises along the way. It will all come back to you; a chance to practise all those things you have learnt in classes. There will be a Still life set up and a reminder about the process of painting in oils. Bring whatever equipment you have and I will have some extras to fill the gaps.

Don’t shy away from oils because you haven’t used them for ages and you remember the whole thing as being complicated. This class will guide you through and remind you what a wonderful thing it is to paint with oil paints.

 

I thought I would have a look for some cold landscapes to encourage everyone to escape into a warm studio.  This link had rather good pictures snowy landscapes