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.

Nick Bashall, Self Portrait, charcoal

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. 

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. 


£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.

Residential (in addition to daily tuition)

There are a variety of options available.  We suggest you arrive on the evening of Thursday 14thNovember and join us for supper at Riverside Cottage before the course begins.

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.