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Autumn Art at the Studio, Wherwell Priory


Oil Painting for Beginners on Mondays

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19th, 26th,September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December

9.30am – 1.00pm

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over.


This ten week course takes you from absolute beginner to being competent, confident, and independently able to use oil paints. You will start each day developing drawing skills that underpin many methods of painting. You will learn about tone, mark making, colour, some aspects of composition, and the different materials used to paint with oils.

19th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

 Some materials are provided, but over the duration of the course you will be advised about what you need to get started. I don’t want to burden you with a huge expense before you have started.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


There’s more to Still Life than Onions…

Red Vegetables, oil, £

20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over


Still Life classes can be a bit dull.

The idea of this course is to have a look at a number of different creative approaches and apply these ideas to a Still Life.

Some of the things you will be looking at are: narrative paintings, size and composition, Cezanne’s approach to still life, strange compositions, playing with colour, found supports, repetition and deviation, making the everyday ‘special’ and making it personal. You will be encouraged to try fresh methods of doing things, and to play with new ideas.

It does not matter what materials you wish to use, these classes are about exposing you to different ideas. I will help you with any practical problems should they arise, so don’t let inexperience put you off. These classes should help you to find what you want to paint, and how you wish to do it.

20th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

This class is appropriate for anyone, what ever materials they wish to use.   I will provide paper and charcoal for initial exercises. Other materials are up to you.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – ESSENTIALS.

 

 

Autumn Art at the Riverside Yurt Cafe


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River Landscapes on the Shoulders of Giants

14,th 21st, 28th September

9.30am – 4.00pm

£70 each, or £180 for all three

Three days by the River Test looking at different methods used by Masters of the techniques. Coffee and light lunch are included.

Contact me for more details and availabilitykate@artdrawpaint.com
Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

 

 

Van Gogh and Mark Making – 14th September, 2016

Van Gogh implies depth and distance using weight of marks. Movement, flowers, paths and more, are all depicted with an economy of descriptive line, dot, circle and shape.

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You will develop a way of drawing using a vocabulary of different marks. Materials used will be pencils, pens and inks.

 

 

Cy Twombly, Picasso, Chris Ofili and Mixed Media – 21st September, 2016

 The joy of playing with art is often forgotten. Mixed media is not a cross between Blue Peter’s cut and paste, and Playschool. Rediscover the fun of mixing wax crayons and watercolours, of sticking a print into a drawing. This playful approach will help you relax creatively, and try new ideas. There are no rules and no boundaries. Lots of different materials will be used.

 

The Fauves and Colour – 28th September, 2016

The Fauves were a group of French painters prominent from 1905, including Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, characterized by the use of bright colours and simplified forms.

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You will be interpreting the landscape by the river and yurt, embracing the Fauves use of colour. Suggested materials would be bright inks, watercolour dyes, acrylics –basically anything bright and quick drying.

 

 

 


 

Life Class on Wednesday Evenings

5th, 12th and 19th October

6pm – 9pm

£40 each or £100 for all three

Three evenings of taught life drawing in October, kept warm by a wood burning stove.

 

A Single Pose – 5th October, 2016

 

In this first class you will learn the basics of life drawing, looking at different drawing materials, thinking about foreshortening, and proportions. The model will keep the same pose all evening so you can focus on the mechanics of life drawing.

 

Music and Movement – 12th October, 2016

 

This evening will be about gestures, rhythm and flow. The thought of drawing a moving figure sends most beginners into a blind panic. DO NOT PANIC. You will find you are better at this than you thought. You will learn to observe the movement of a body, with its repetitions and rhythms.

 

The Clothed Form – 19th October, 2016

 

Most of the bodies we see are clothed most of the time. The way clothes hang, fit and move describe the body within. This evening you will look at how to capture the model still, and moving, and how their clothes enhance the actions or otherwise.

 

 

Materials and paper will be provided, plus vital tea or coffee at half time.

Summer Art Courses at Riverside Yurt Cafe


See and be Seen…beyond the Selfie                      

Portrait and Self Portrait, Parent and Child

Thursday 21st July, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look.

On this course you and your child (or grandchild, friend, godchild, niece, nephew etc etc) will play around with different ways of drawing yourselves, and each other. Through the day you will be drawing, using colour and modelling with clay (more than a chance you will get messy).

We will provide the materials needed for the day if you bring smallish mirrors for everyone doing the workshop. It will involve paint and clay so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

This is a fun exercise to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the yurt in a field by the river Test. There will be a picnic lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Art and Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday 4th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

The Riverside Yurt is set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, surrounded by fields and trees, with the river Test running next to the entrance.

Bring your child to a morning’s Nature and Art Scavenger Hunt. We will send you both off to find flowers, leaves, bark rubbings and more. And then record what you have found.

You will be asked to find, draw and record all sorts of different bits of the field, and surrounding flora and fauna.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

We will provide the materials needed for the day. It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Masks

Thursday 11th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

I love masks.

All over the world different cultures make masks for ceremonies, rituals, theatre and a multitude of other reasons.

They are great fun to make. You will make a couple of different masks using different methods. We will provide the materials needed for the day.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children.

It is appropriate for most age groups but please can you tell us the age of the child.

 

For more information about classes please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com or take a look at our website www.artdrawpaint.com.

 

For information about all the different things on offer at the Riverside Yurt have a look at www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

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A Day by the River Test


Wednesday was surprisingly busy for a contemplative sort of day. The aim of the course was  to capture the day, the moment,  and the experience of the senses and the river. Wonderful, imaginative work was produced. Delicious lunch. No rain.

The time was filled with strimming, mowing, humming, rubbing, sticking, reading, mapping, drawing, drawing, drawing, painting, thinking and writing. There are so many different aspects to capture, so much information to gather and the dilemma of ‘what do I want to say?’ and ‘how do I say it?”.

 

from “River Barrow”, by Ted Hughes

  Trees inverted

Even in this sliding place are perfect.

All evil suspended. Flies

Teem over my hands, twanging their codes

In and out of my ear's beam. Future, past,

Reading each other in the water mirror

Barely tremble the thick nerve.

Heavy belly

Of river, solid mystery

With a living vein.

There were vital moments to pause, contemplate and drink coffee (delicious cakes at Riverside Yurt Cafe too).

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There is a further day at The Riverside Yurt Cafe on 6th July, discovering their lavender field. The morning will be spent painting and drawing and trying lavender jams with cream tea at coffee time – I’m sure coffee will be allowed. To find out more try this link

Lavender Workshop

A morning drawing by the Test


BBC weather promised a dry morning. This was not the case but our intrepid artists did not let this hold them back. There were brief moments of hiding under trees, but in general most work was done on the riverbank.  Well done everyone.

The morning was about drawing, different methods and different media.

A variety of different materials were tried, many for the first time. Graphite, carbon,ink, BBQ charcoal, propelling pencils and anything else we could lay our hands on was given a go. Some pictures used raindrops as interesting marks. Pens were whittled from twigs collected from the area outside the yurt. Baby wipes were used as an artistic implement, possibly for the first time EVER.

All the work produced made good use of the beautiful setting with studies of various flora and fauna.

The retreat to coffee and delicious cake in the warmth of the yurt was welcome as the heavens opened.

Next week on Wednesday 22nd June we have a full day of river study with a delicious lunch included. For more information have a look at River

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Drawing by the River Test – Rhythm, ebb and flow


A morning by the river

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating?

Learn through experiments and new techniques, how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

IMG_0018Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

NEW -Summer workshops in Riverside Yurt


Enjoy the summer with art workshops in a meadow by the river Test, near Barton Stacey. If the weather turns British we will retire to a yurt with its cafe and wood burning stove. If you wish to enrol for all three classes at once we offer a combined price of 3 courses for £135. Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

Drawing By the River – Rhythm, ebb and flow

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating? Learn through wild experiments how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

River

22nd June, 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm

£77/day, including lunch

It is so easy to jump out of a car, to snap a photo with a smart phone and feel we have caught something. A river is a slow experience. Spend a day capturing the moment and a sense of time, place and spirit of the river.

In the beautiful setting of the Riverside Yurt, near Barton Stacey on the Test, you will look at different ways to record being by the river. In this workshop you will look at how to capture a sense of place, season, and the sounds and flora that go with it. We will consider how maps, poetry, music and sounds are able to inform your work.

Using a mixed media approach you will explore the environment, gathering information. You will be drawing things of interest, recording the rhythms, textures and colours of the river, and bringing them together to form a final piece. For more information have a look at our courses or try this link River

This workshop would be appropriate for all abilities.

A delicious Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Lavender Workshop

6th July, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£39/morning

The meadow by the Riverside Yurt has its own lavender field. This beautiful plant is used in their own bath and body products, and various culinary delicacies. The middle of the morning will be a chance to taste the produce with a cream tea including scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.

This workshop will involve drawing, painting and coloured pencils around the lavender, partly still life, and partly landscape. for more information have a look under ‘courses’ or try this link Lavender Workshop

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

 

6 TED Talks That Will Boost Your Creativity


This is from Time magazine and is  written by  Melanie Deziel. I think it is a good thing to repost. Everyone needs help to move the box along a bit…

March 15, 2016

They’ll help you start to think outside of the box ASAP

“Creativity is always a leap of faith,” author Julia Cameron said. “You’re faced with a blank page, a blank easel or an empty stage.” It’s all part of the process when you live a creative life or work in a creative field, but some days the blankness gets the better of you. You can’t seem to write the first word, paint the first mark or speak the first line.

Before you get too down on yourself, check out these inspiring TED Talks to help you find a creative (pun intended) solution to your creativity problem.

1. Shimpei Takahashi: ‘Mute your inner critic’

It’s easy to stop yourself short when you’re in a creative mindset, shooting down ideas before they have a chance to fully form. That’s why Shimpei Takahashi, a toy developer from Japan, uses a brainstorming game he calls “Shiritori,” where you simply list words, each beginning with the letter that the previous word ends with. Once you have a list, you challenge yourself to come up with ideas connected to each of those words. (If I’m at a cafe brainstorming article ideas, I might start with listing “Coffee > Elephants > Socks,” and then that list might become “When To Drink Coffee To Be Most Productive,” “Tricks for Never Forgetting Someone’s Name,” and “What To Wear For An Evening Networking Event.”)

Not all of the ideas will be great, he says, but that’s not the point; with that understanding, you can retrain your brain to be less afraid of self-censoring and have more total ideas from which to choose.

Read more: 3 Ways to Instantly Be More Productive

2. Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Turn down the pressure’

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, wants to squash the idea that you have to suffer to be creative.

“Creative genius,” she says, is inside of all of us, and our creativity can—and perhaps, should—be separated from our sense of self.

She argues that, once you start just showing up and waiting for creativity to come to you, it will. Sometimes more slowly than at other times, but it will. Listen to this talk when you need to be reminder that, all current roadblocks aside, you will create again.

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3. Matt Ridley: ‘Start mating your ideas’

Ideas are great, but ideas borne of multiple other good ideas are even better. Author Matt Ridley talks about the inventions, movements and other discoveries that have most changed humanity—and how they were all the results of the combination of the best parts of other ideas.

If you’re looking for inspiration, try mashing up the best features of two great ideas you’ve already had to create something entirely new.

4. Tim Harford: ‘Reframe obstacles as opportunities’

The story that Tim Harford presents at the start of this talk is a lesson in the power of perseverance and improvisation that every creative type needs to hear at some point—or at many points.

Flaws, challenges, mistakes and other unexpected obstacles force us to slow down and to think differently, which often results in better outcomes.

So the next time you’re struggling with an “impossible” deadline or a “ridiculous” limitation, give this talk a play and reframe the challenge as an opportunity to create some of the best work you’ve done to date.

Read more: Maria Shriver On The Power of Conversation

5. Tim Brown: ‘Have a little fun’

Fear of judgment is often what causes us to be conservative, to censor ourselves and to be embarrassed about what we create.

But it turns out, children don’t self-edit in that way; they’re focused more on possibility than judgement. To get back into that childlike mindset, designer Tim Brown encourages play. This talk comes packing some seriously fun tips and activities to help abandon self-censoring.

6. Ann Morgan: ‘Diversify your portfolio’

It’s easy to fall into the same old habits and find yourself struggling to create anything new. But sometimes, a lack of creative output comes as a result of a lack of new inputs.

When Ann Morgan found her bookshelf lacking in diversity, she set out on a mission to read a book from every country, exposing her to new voices, perspectives and stories. “Books have an extraordinary power to take you out of yourself and into someone else’s mindset so that, for a while at least, you look at the world through different eyes,” she says. Head to your nearest bookstore and pick up something outside your normal genre to see if it stirs up something new.

When you’re feeling creatively off, the instinct is to keep pushing forward on the same path, with greater force. But sometimes, by making a simple shift in your perspective, your process or your experiences, you can adjust your mindset just enough for something to click into place.

Tuesday Still Life


Yesterday was the first day of term for the Still Life workshop.

We had a go at painting using only Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine blue, and White.  below is work in progress – more to be done next week. Picture above has more work done on it.

Quite surprising results from such a limited palette.

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Late Spring Classes


Click links for more information about dates, times and prices

Monday – Beginners Oil Painting Class

Learn to paint with Oil Paints. This course takes you from total beginner to oil painting artist in a matter of weeks. Quite a big claim!

You will learn the mechanics of oil painting, step by step. Every class starts with drawing exercises that lead into new painting techniques. Then you can be confident to have a go at anything.

Monday – Beginners Oil Painting Class

 

Tuesdays are Still Life at Wherwell

Weekly Workshop

Every week there will be a Still Life set up. This is a time for you to try new skills, experiment with old skills. It is not a taught class, but friendly suggestions and  advice is always available. The studio is open all day, I will be there throughout the day, and you can stay for as long as you want.

Tuesdays are Still Life at Wherwell

 

Composition

Composition is the cornerstone of all creative work.

This workshop is about making your work do what you want it to do.  Too often enthusiasm makes us dive in without stopping to think about what we are aiming at. This is a the PAUSE and THINK button.

Composition

 

Once a month Life Drawing

Life Drawing on a Tuesday evening, once a month in term time.

An Evening of Life Drawing – The first Tuesday of each month