The Metropolitan Museum of Art


There’s always something there to surprise you…

A holiday weekend in New York means the culture vultures are out in force

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At every turn there are pieces to make you smile, or gasp in wonder.  Amongst almost endless works that are so well known they are made into tea towels, t-shirts and playing cards, there are surprising things that catch the eye.

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I set the alarm off trying to move around this piece to get more photographs.

 

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I am always a sucker for patterns and  this work by Philip Pearlstein ticks every box.

Busy Morning with Still Life


17th May, 2018: Drawing, Drawing, DrawingStill Life with Laundry Basket

 

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Drawing classes go from strength to strength. Whatever monstrous Still Life is offered to the classes EVERYONE steps up to the mark. Very good work yesterday.

Sadly, I forgot to take photos of the afternoon’s class (apologies)…every bit as varied, and every bit as interesting.

Well done

 

 

Summer Art Classes


Open Drawing and Painting Classes at Ramshill, East Winterslow

All Thursdays:

June 14, 21, 28

July 5, 12

August 2,9,16,23, and 30


Everyone has complicated commitments over the summer months; Drawing and Painting classes don’t always find a place on ‘to do’ lists.

This summer I plan to hold an open regular class on Thursdays.  It will be quite casual with drawing, painting  and general free for all encouraged. 

There won’t be separate afternoon sessions – you buy a day and turn up anytime between 10.00 and closing time at 16.00.  If you opt for all 10 sessions it will be £350 for the summer.  If you opt for individual days, which you need to specify, it will be £50/day.  Priority will be given to those that book for the full summer.

FIRST COME FIRST SERVE

I will provide coffee, tea and biscuits as usual, advice to those that want it, drawing exercises at 10.00, and a general theme/plan for the day.

 

If you are interested, or want to find out more click on Kate Measham

Life Drawing


Last Saturday was the first of the spring Life Drawing classes.

The class started the day with yoga, and finished with the yoga teacher as the model for their drawings. The emphasis of the day was to experience the physicality of drawing, and to recognise yourself in the model. This was a new experience for everyone and produced some very interesting drawings.

The next class, 9th May, will be a totally different approach. Measured life drawing is about carefully plotting the body in front of you.

There are still a few places. Contact me, Kate Measham for more information. Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat gives you information about all three upcoming life classes.

 

A couple of places available on – Rhythm, Ebb and Flow; to catch a river


A River Workshop at Riverside Cottage,

Bransbury, Barton Stacey, Winchester SO21 3QJ

Riverside Cottage

Tuesday 12th June 2018

10.00am – 5.00pm

£95/day  to include lunch, coffee and tea

This workshop is appropriate for all abilities.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Art Classes – have a go…


Taster Day at Riverside Cottage,

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Bransbury,
Barton Stacey,
Winchester
SO21 3QJ

15th May, 2018

10.00 – 5.00

£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.

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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.

Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing,

Holistic Drawing

28th April, 2018

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. The aim of this retreat is to engage further; to include your body and your senses in an holistic act of drawing.

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Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body.

You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

In the afternoon our yoga teacher becomes the model.  You will engage with the  model who will reflect poses your body will have learnt. You will be able to feel the stretches as you draw taking you to a new level of engagement with your work.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities.

  • 10-5pm,
  • £130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea and light lunch, plus materials

 

Classes for Spring, 2018


A brief reminder of dates and prices.  contact me Kate Measham to check for spaces, or for more information


Drawing Drawing Drawing

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

At Ramshill , East Winterslow

Morning classes are full. There are a couple of spaces in the afternoon, 2 – 5.00pm

£135

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £30/class.


Painting Painting Painting

April 12, 26

May 10, 24

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

Only a couple of places left

10-4.00pm, £220 for all 4

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £60/class.


Saturday Morning Painting

April 7, 14 21

May 12

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

£120/4 or £37/ morning


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

April 28

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm,

£130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea, light lunch and materials for the class.

The yoga teacher becomes our model and you will draw her as she repeats the moves and poses you learnt in the morning.


Measured Life Drawing

May 9

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-1pm

£45 To include tea, coffee

 

Larger than Life, Life Drawing

May 16

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

Music and Movement

May 23

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

If you want to do all of the May Life Drawing classes we offer them at a discount price of £260.

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat


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Measured Life Drawing

9th May, 10.00-13.00

£45/morning, Including  model

At the Riverside Cottage

Bransbury, SO21 3QJ

Foreshortened legs, unusual sitting positions, distorted bodies and any number of other Life Drawing ‘problems’ can be overcome with measuring. All too often  you think you know where a line should be because you absolutely know where the leg/arm/foot/hand SHOULD be…but maybe it isn’t quite like that.

Learn to trust in measuring.

We will provide materials, easels, drawing boards etc.


LARGER THAN LIFE

16th May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing on a grand scale…and something of an adventure.

An easy  option is to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time.  Here you will change the scale of your work – BIG is beautiful, certainly physical, always exciting.

Let’s take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure. Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas.

You will use a mix of drawing media and big paper.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.  It is quite a messy affair so I would suggest you wear old clothes.


Music and Movement

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23rd May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

People move.

In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement, combined with rhythm and movement in music. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.

There will be a series of exercises designed to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, but an expression of time and rhythm.

This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.


If you are interested in all the courses we offer a £25 reduction – £260 for three.

Contact Kate Measham for more information, or to book a place on a course.

 

For more variations on Life Drawing don’t miss Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

 


The link below is to the a brief series of short Masterclass films made by the Tate. Well worth the 10 mins it takes to watch them.http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/life-drawing-masterclass-video-series#open279897

All Too Human, Painting Life at the Tate


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BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE

All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

Lucian Freud, 1922-2011: Girl with a White Dog, 1950-1. Oil paint on canvas

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

I want the paint to work as flesh does.
Lucian Freud, 2009

The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

[I want to portray the] sensation of a page torn from the book of life
Walter Sickert, 1910

Works by Leon Kossoff, Euan Uglow, Kitaj, Jenny Saville and others, show how different individuals get to grips with their own existence.

 

Well worth a visit to Tate Britain.

Also Tate, five ways to paint a body is an interesting link to the exhibition

Art courses, in Hampshire and beyond

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