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Self portrait in the age of Selfies, with Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall, Self portrait sketch, charcoal
  • The Studio, Bransbury, nr Winchester, SO21 3QJ
  • 15th-17thNovember, 2019

At the push of a button you can capture your image on a phone.  Who hasn’t taken a selfie? Who hasn’t taken a second, and a third to find a better image? A self-portrait is an altogether slower, contemplative process; we are all much more than a moment’s click on a phone. This is an opportunity to explore portraiture and work on the face we think we know so well.

Renowned portrait artist, Nick Bashall, will be teaching at The Studio, Bransbury, nr Winchester for a 2.5 day self-portraiture course. Lessons at his studios in London are highly sought after. This is a chance to learn how to look, see and to paint through the eyes of a master of his craft. 

The course is suitable for all abilities. Whilst the focus is on learning, the atmosphere is one of fun in a relaxed environment. This promotes the sharing of ideas both in the studio and over meal times. 

Nick Bashall

Although born in England,to a British army officer and a painter, Nick Bashall emigrated with his family to the then British colony of Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when his father joined the colonial forces. At the age of 20 Nick returned to England to study law at Cambridge University and was a heavyweight boxing blue. He practised law for a few years before returning to his first love, art, studying at the art school of Joaquin Torrents Llado in Mallorca, Spain for 5 years. 

Nick has developed an impressive portraiture clientele, including HRH the Princess Royal, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, the family of the Duke of Westminster, General Sir Michael Jackson, and Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas, to name a few. He has an established reputation as a war artist. The British Army has invited him several times over the years to paint in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Under its protection, he has painted large canvases on the streets, with crowds of local inhabitants looking on. 

In 2016 he and Nicky Philipps joined forces in the historic Rossetti Studios in Flood Street, Chelsea, to share their combined and considerable knowledge with students. 

For more information about Nick’s work, his approach to teaching, and videos of him in action try these two links:

The Boring Bits

The course will take place in a delightful, purpose-built wooden studio  overlooking the Hampshire chalkstream, the River Dever. It is tucked away on the edge of a small hamlet but still easily accessible from the A303, from Winchester and Stockbridge. Both residential and non-residential students will be welcomed on the course. 


£425/person for 2.5 days tuition, materials, lunch, tea, and coffee included.

The course will start promptly at 10.00 on Friday morning, through until lunch at 1.00. The afternoon session starts at 2.00 and runs until 5.00. There will be coffee and tea breaks at regular intervals throughout the day.

Sunday morning class will run until 12.30 followed by buffet lunch.

We suggest you join the residential party on the Thursday evening and join us for supper at Riverside Cottage at 7.30, before the course begins.

Supper will be available for everyone on the course each evening.  It will be a sociable event with a chance to catch your breath and relax after a good day’s work. If you are staying at Riverside cottage the meal is included in the price. Those of you who are not staying at Riverside have the option of a hearty supper for an extra £25 per night. 

Residential Options

If you would like to stay near the Studio in Bransbury here are a few options, in addition to the cost of the course. Please speak directly to the places concerned. We would recommend Riverside Cottage so you are on site. There are 5 bedrooms so it is on a first come first served basis.

Riverside Cottage, Bransbury,

Clare Dryden, who created the delightful studio, house and gardens is offering a special price of £300/head for three nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. If you wish to share a room there will be a reduction of £20/head/night. Arrive at 6.00pm on Thursday 14thNovember giving you time to unpack, unwind and relax before supper.

Below is a brief list of other places nearby:

Catering and dietary requirements 

Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance so we can prepare alternative options. 

Plus ones 

We welcome ‘plus ones’. Whether your partner / friend is a painter, or not, there is plenty to do around Riverside Cottage. We can recommend the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals, walks in the Test Valley, or curl up in front of a log fire and read a book.

Don’t hesitate to call us for more information. Plus ones are required to pay  £240 for dinner, bed and breakfast.

For more information please contact Kate Measham: 01980 863155 or

BP Portrait Awards

30th March-26th June, 2019, admission, free

I happened across this exhibition at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre.

How loudly can I shout about it?

The winners of last years BP Portrait Award, plus a large number of other portraits are in the Gallery at the library (discovery centre) in Winchester. The competition is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world. There are portraits from all over the globe.

The winning entry, by London based Miriam Escofert, is ‘An Angel at my Table’. This was selected from 2,667 entries from 88 countries.

Go to the gallery with your friends, your children and any waifs and strays you can find. This is a fabulous exhibition on our doorstep Hampshire

Life Drawing, Paper Mâché Sculpture and Paint


April 8th, 9th and 10th

10.00am  – 4.00pm

£285/3 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.

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

Spring in Spain

Andalucia, Spring Flowers and Painting in Rural Spain

Saturday 23rd- Saturday 30th March, 2019

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.


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.

Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant 

Salads, homemade mayonnaise and more for yet another delicious meal (so beautifully presented it could double up as a still life!)

Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her 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.

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 or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on or T:07940 833025