Category Archives: Wherwell

Great inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery…and delicious lemon polenta cake


The weather wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t rain and it was warm.  Everyone worked outside at Longstock sketching feverishly. Tea and Lemon Polenta Cake saved the day after hours of hard work and concentration.

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Sketch by Liz Shard

The wonderful work produced gives the impression of warmth, light, texture, colour. Incorporated in the work were tall grasses blowing in the wind against the prickly leaved artichokes, and a variety of other plants, architectural features and the everyday functions of a garden nursery.

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texture, calm, secret by Kate Parker

The herbaceous border, backed by brick and flint wall, deep with many varieties of perennials, grasses, alchemilla mollis, roses and goodness knows what, was a source of inspiration for many.

The variety of work was very impressive; mixed media at every turn.


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sketch by Minnie MacHale

Back at Wherwell Priory Studios hard work went into transforming notes and sketches.IMG_0840IMG_0843IMG_0855

Summer courses


Below is a  quick round-up of the courses on offer over the summer. I have to give numbers to the Ashmolean so would be grateful if those of you who are interested could get back to me quite quickly.

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Summer courses

Ashmolean Museum; Drawing from Drawings

June 23rd, 12.00 – 4.30, £25, (includes exhibition entrance and guided tour)

A guided viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of British Drawings from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by drawing in the cast room.

Inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop

July 13th – 16th, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £260/ 4 days, (£150 / first 2 days)

Sketching and research on site at Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop developed into a finished piece at Wherwell Priory Studio.

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4 x 4, Off Road Art

August 10th – 13th, 9.30 – 4.30, £260/ 4 days

Four days, four different sites, four different media, outside come rain or shine

For more information please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com