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


ALL TOO HUMAN

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

Spring Classes


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April 5th, 19th, May 3rd, 17th, and 31st

Morning, or afternoon session

10.00 – 1.00 or 2.00 – 5.00

£135 for whole term.

This is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced an artist.  You will be looking at many different aspects of drawing from classic drawing exercises to experimental explorations. It is always exciting, and always challenging.

 

Painting, Painting, Painting

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April 12th, 26th and May 10th and 24th

10.00 – 4.00

£220 for whole term

As with Drawing, Drawing Drawing this is an ongoing class that anyone can join, no matter how experienced. You will look at various different aspects of painting, mark making, colour theory etc.  Each week is a new challenge. It does not matter what media you wish to use.

 

 

 

Ancient Landscapes


Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire are home to a number of noteworthy landscapes from Avebury, to Stonehenge, Beacon Hill, Clarendon Palace, Old Sarum, Wood henge, and many more. I would like to spend 2018 visiting a different site each month.

I suspect January may be a little cold but that shouldn’t put us off. We will start at Avebury, in Wiltshire, followed by Clarendon Palace in February, The New Forest in March and on from there.

The format will be similar to the monthly ‘River Test; Source to Sea’.

Avebury, Wiltshire – World Heritage Site

Monday 22nd January,

Meet at NT car park. £25/day

World-famous stone circle, and museum  in the heart of a prehistoric landscape

At Avebury, the world’s largest prehistoric stone circle partially encompasses a pretty village. Millionaire archaeologist Alexander Keiller excavated here in the 1930s, and there is a museum bearing his name.

Arranged in two parts, the Alexander Keiller Museum is divided into the Stables, displaying archaeological treasures from across the World Heritage Site, and the Barn, a 17th-century threshing barn housing interactive displays and children’s activities that reveal the story of this ancient landscape.

For more information about Avebury try these two links Avebury  and Avebury NT

 

Why didn’t I think of this?


Christmas is the time of year for nut crackers…but why not put them to use all year around? They are perfect for getting a grip on those hard-to-remove paint tops.

This was a excellent tip came from a student on the Thinking Aloud course earlier this year.


I love this cartoon sent to me by a student after the last class of the year. I think I am embracing the look rather too wholeheartedly.

Clearly, art classes not earrings on all lists for Father Christmas…

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Andalucia, Autumn Light and Painting in Rural Spain


“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times

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Sunday 7th- Saturday 13th October, 2018

In early October join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week offers you the opportunity to explore and paint the unspoilt landscape, hills and orchards of Andalucía,  farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga.  rosa open plan living (2)

Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from  the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa, (do look at the Casa Rosa’s fabulous website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.

Kate Measham

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Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.

Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.

 

fullsizeoutput_555Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.

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Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.

She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and various other exhibition spaces.

 

Locally Sourced Food and Wine

The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together.

Toma_Aceite_70-400x400 pomegranatesCasa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and produces olive oil used for your meals. Early October will see pomegranates ripening in the orchards.

Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant (see jamon iberico below, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).fullsizeoutput_54b

Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights.  Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her good warning before you arrive.

The Artist’s Day

The day will be divided into three sessions; two will be led by Kate, and the third is free for you to use as you wish and maybe to revisit an earlier project . Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.  Artists will gather at 10.00 for 3 hours tuition followed by a delicious and healthy lunch.

There will always be a taught morning session; and only one taught session after lunch – either afternoon, or evening.

Tuition will resume at 2.30 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing.  The evening session will be from 5pm to 8pm.  After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper.  There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.

 What to Expect on the Course

The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be  personalised to meet all skill levels.

The course will be based at Casa Rosa, enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.

You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a  feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week. Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.

A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.

Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.  There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and a table tennis room to divert you if you need diverting.

Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa. The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.

You will spend a day  enjoying the delights of old Malaga, a relatively unknown destination to most tourists.

DP217006Malaga has been transformed over the last few years. It was a dilapidated, but charming Mediterranean port which suffered much in the Civil War of the 1930s, and was subsequently allowed to fall into decay.

The old heart has retained its character and has been beautifully and sensitively restored, from the exquisite Malagueña mansion of the Picasso Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre, the exciting modern marina and the charming Carmen Thyssen Museum.

There will be opportunities for sketching, or painting, a visit to the Picasso Museum and lunch in Malaga – transport, to and from Malaga, and lunch will be included.


The Boring Bits

£1,250 includes full board, with own room, ensuite.There is no single supplement. However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £150 reduction each.  For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £950.

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A deposit of £300 secures a place on this course.

If the suggested flights are booked, collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price of £1,250. Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.

If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.

Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We advise you to have travel insurance.


If you want to chat about  the trip please contact:

Kate Measham on kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on rosie@tatham.biz or T:07940 833025

 

Looking into the Future…


There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.

Every Thursday there will be either drawing or painting classes and more beginners oil painting classes at Ramshill.

Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.

AND a very exciting trip to Andalucia in October.

 

 

Painting, Painting, Painting


Practise, Practise, Practise

January 18th, February 1st, 15th, March 1st and 15th

£250  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 4.00 pm

This will be a relaxed day with a different theme to each class including mark making,  cloth, glass, reflective surfaces, shape and tone – normal stuff.  You can work in any media.

The guiding ethos will be about making your work exciting, and interesting.

It hope this will become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays.  They will be full day  sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

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Sketch and Scones, but without the delicious scones

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd

£165  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.

It has become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays. Pick  morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

Drawing is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques and, very importantly, you will learn how to look.

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

You may not have picked up a pencil for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class.

The idea of this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.

Art courses, in Hampshire and beyond

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