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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:

www.nickbashall.com          www.studiosbashallphilipps.com


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. 

Non-Residential

£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, http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

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 kate@artdrawpaint.com

An Evening with Nick Bashall.

In Conversation and Portrait Demonstration.

  • 20thAugust, 2019  6.30-8.30pm
  • Riverside Cottage, 
  • Bransbury, Nr Winchester,SO21 3QJ
  • £10/evening

Booking essential, places limited. Please contactkate@artdrawpaint.com


As he draws, Nick will describe the process and answer questions from the audience. Not only will you know the thoughts and methods of the artist we should also hear from the model.

Nick Bashall is a renowned war artist and portrait painter whose subjects have included members of the Royal Family, Military and Business leaders.

When not painting portraits for posterity Nick does performance  painting  for festival goers at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and other events. Our model isn’t Kylie for this evening (I can’t think why we didn’t ask her). There will be fewer costume changes, but it will be just as exciting and interesting in every other way.

Nick will be teaching a 2 ½ day self-portrait course at the Studio, Bransbury in  mid November. For more information see the website below.

www.artdrawpaint.com              https://www.nickbashall.com/

Refreshments provided

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.

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

Summer Art Courses at Riverside Yurt Cafe

See and be Seen…beyond the Selfie                      

Portrait and Self Portrait, Parent and Child

Thursday 21st July, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look.

On this course you and your child (or grandchild, friend, godchild, niece, nephew etc etc) will play around with different ways of drawing yourselves, and each other. Through the day you will be drawing, using colour and modelling with clay (more than a chance you will get messy).

We will provide the materials needed for the day if you bring smallish mirrors for everyone doing the workshop. It will involve paint and clay so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

This is a fun exercise to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the yurt in a field by the river Test. There will be a picnic lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Art and Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday 4th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

The Riverside Yurt is set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, surrounded by fields and trees, with the river Test running next to the entrance.

Bring your child to a morning’s Nature and Art Scavenger Hunt. We will send you both off to find flowers, leaves, bark rubbings and more. And then record what you have found.

You will be asked to find, draw and record all sorts of different bits of the field, and surrounding flora and fauna.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

We will provide the materials needed for the day. It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Masks

Thursday 11th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

I love masks.

All over the world different cultures make masks for ceremonies, rituals, theatre and a multitude of other reasons.

They are great fun to make. You will make a couple of different masks using different methods. We will provide the materials needed for the day.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children.

It is appropriate for most age groups but please can you tell us the age of the child.

 

For more information about classes please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com or take a look at our website www.artdrawpaint.com.

 

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