What could be more lovely than to sit by a river, painting and drawing? Rivers are moving and changing all the time so what could be more frustrating?
Learn through experiments and new techniques how to find your own approach to capturing a river, and how to overcome these frustrations.
The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the River Dever. Its glories inspire fishermen, poets and artists alike. The Riverside Cottage studio is set amongst trees by the river and will be our base for the day’s workshop.
You will spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. To help capture an image you will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment.
After a delicious lunch in the Riverside Cottage you will use the morning’s drawings to work towards a painting. Any media welcome. If you need assistance that is not a problem.
£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.
£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.
Yesterday’s River Test outing was plagued from the start; it was meant to happen a month ago but bad weather and bad diary management meant it had to be postponed. Yesterday we battled with rain, cattle, TB testing, postmen and equipment falling in the river amongst other excitements. During one downpour the chairs doubled up as umbrellas.
Next month (August) the plan is to visit Mottisfont – if the weather is as changeable we can retire to the tearooms.
Spend the morning in the Yurt by the River Test learning the basic skills for painting in oils. All materials will be provided. No previous experience is necessary. This will be a fun, small group designed to give you personal attention, and get you under way with oil painting. Places are limited so contact me for more information, or to book a place.
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.
Longstock Garden Centre and Farm Shop, 10.00 for coffee rendezvous
The Bunny is a single track road that joins the Peat Spade pub, in Longstock with the Andover to Stockbridge road. This makes it sound a bit dull.
At one end the delightful pub will be a possible lunch spot. From here the road meanders across narrow bridges, through head-high bull rushes, by willows and streams. The eel traps and thatched fishing huts on one side of the road must be one of the most photographed settings in Hampshire – I had to queue for my moment to take the picture above.
The views from this track are the challenge for May.
Anyone is welcome to join us for the day. It doesn’t matter if this is your first step on the ‘journey’. Please contact me if you want to come along and I will tell you what it involves. Kate Measham
I had to jump into the river in January, to rescue a pencil – obviously a special pencil. It was not too cold and I was wearing wellies. Since then I have learned to be more careful, don’t balance anything on the edge of bridges, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t boast.
Today I forgot; I chatted to an interested stranger, told him why I was sitting so carefully on the edge of the bridge and dropped my most expensive brush into the water. It floated. Away. I had to run across the bridge, climb over wire to get to the river bank and plunge in. I was up to my knees wearing plimsoles and jeans. The interested stranger was busy trying to work out how to take a video of me splashing around, and then asked why I hadn’t taken my trousers off. This is why you don’t talk to strangers.
Despite an early bath it was a glorious day. We walked 5 miles, drew, painted, photographed and admired some acrobatic helicopter flying. As the year progresses, and the Test gets broader and faster the changes are noticeable. Today the colours of spring with young leaves on the trees, and new grass on the banks made January feel like a long time ago.
Spring on the River Test at Longparish is a burst of fresh, new life. The trees along the banks are just coming into leaf, primroses and daffodils are everywhere, and if there is a field with lambs you can be certain they will be gamboling.
Longparish has different sized streams running through it, from the main river, through the mill race, the various ponds for coarse fishing to the rill running through gardens in the centre of the village. It is the very essence of chalk stream chocolate box. Fingers crossed that it will be sunny on Monday 3rd.
We are meeting at the carpark by the church at 10.00am. Bring whatever materials you fancy. Please send me an email if you intend to join us. It is a very, very pretty stretch of the Test.