In 2019 we are embarking on a Drawing Course that you can approach as a whole, or pick and choose which parts suit you. Each month there are 5 days of courses. you can do all 25 days, or pick and choose what you fancy doing.
If you are uncertain you can try the introductory week and then book for the rest of the course.
In Brief – for more information click on the months
Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding course.
Individual classes – £90/day.
Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)
Drawing is where you start.
The primary way to explore your environment and your emotional response to it can be through drawing. Children draw before they write. Somewhere along the way we complicate matters, lose the pleasure of drawing, and its intuitive possibilities.
This course is designed to encourage you to find the pleasure in something that was once a natural response, to be inquisitive and give you confidence in your abilities. Drawing is both straightforward and complicated. Through drawing you can contemplate all the attributes of painting except the hue. It can be an end in itself, or a firm step towards other visual arts.
Starting in January with an introductory week this series of classes is designed to make you look at, and reconsider the many different aspects of a creative process. You will go from looking to seeing and understanding and, finally, towards interpreting your world.
There will be aspects of this course that feel firmly figurative; this is just a starting place. If you feel a more abstract or expressive approach would be a direction you wish to take this would be warmly encouraged.
Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate, or withdraw something from something else.
All students will discover their own area of interest and a visual language that works for them. The mix of ideas and interests within a group, combined with discussion and research makes for a creatively fertile environment.
There are five weeks of classes, over five months with one concentrated week in the studio, or at another venue, per month. There will be an element of preparation and research between the months. The more work put into the non-class time will result in a greater appreciation of the subject.
Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding course.
Individual classes – £90/day.
Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)
All abilities are welcomed.
If you would like more information about the course or, about accommodation, please contact me, Kate Measham.
I would like to have an exhibition of the work produced over the months. At the moment we are looking at some time in June or July.
Tate definition of Drawing
Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks
Tickets to see Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy, London
Klimt / Schiele
Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna
4 November 2018 — 3 February 2019
Daily 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts
£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA. To ensure the best possible experience, Friends are required to book a free timed ticket for both themselves and their guest.
See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.
Klimt Schiele Drawings From the Albertina Museum, Vienna
10+ copies available online – Usually dispatched within 24 hours
4th Day of Christmas
Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton
Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton
A model of the human skeleton made entirely of foldable cardboard
From the medical student and biology enthusiast to the graphic designer and artist: this life-size model gives everyone access to an age-old classic of scientific illustration. Simply fold the precut pieces (no need for scissors or glue!) to build this human skeleton, complete with anatomical labels in English and Latin, bendable joints, accessories, and detailed step-by-step instructions.
Ready-cut cardboard kit, with instructions and accessories, 50.5 x 65 cm.
I enjoy making prints with lino. This seems like a good introductory se
I tend to use speedball rubber rather than lino….but they don’t have a photo of their sets on Jackson’s website.
If relief printing is something you enjoy then the best tools are these are to drool over. pfeil tools from Jacksons These tools are a joy to use, balanced in the hand and last for ever.
This is a special promotion price.
PFEIL : LINOLEUM AND BLOCK CUTTER SET OF 12 TOOLS
In Stock Online
6th Day of Christmas
Grab some Graphite
Graphite is a fabulous drawing material. The Caran d’ache box is definately at the top end of the market. I use a number of Artgraf materials. These two suggestions may be more stocking sized…
This Caran D’ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set is a comprehensive collection of graphite products of many shades and grades including graphite cubes, double hole sharpener, eraser and blender , beautifully presented satin gift box.
The extra large handmade Viarco ArtGraf Watersoluble Graphite Stick is great for use with large scale artworks or projects. It is formulated to be water-soluble to create interesting washes and effects when drawing however it can also be used as dry as a regular graphite stick.
Each stick comes in its own material pouch with a cord fastening.
Inspired by traditional tailor’s chalk, ArtGraf Tailor Shape is a rich, water-soluble block of pigment. It is extremely soft and provides artists with a wide range of shades depending on the amount of water used, from light, transparent tones to deep, rich, opaque colours.
7th Day of Christmas
Old Holland Paints are my favourites. Some colours are particularly rare and expensive. I thought I would put those on my list of Christmas ‘must haves’…but how can you choose? Any Old Holland paints would make me happy. All good on line suppliers will have them.
Sketchbooks are great, portable, contained…all sorts of things, but I love a pile of cheap paper that I don’t get precious about. I get big packs of A2 and A1 paper from Art Discount on a regular basis. Anyone who has been to a class with me will have used their paper. No photo….not really necessary.
9th Day of Christmas
I think this is totally brilliant.
I have one (obv) and use it all over the place. You can go to many museums, galleries and places of interest with a discount on entry, or free. It comes with a useful map of all places that accept the card.
If I didn’t already have this card I would want it.
National Art Pass
From Cardiff Castle and Kensington Palace to the V&A and Tate Modern – the National Art Pass gives free entry to over 240 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.
How do you get your work home from a class? Do you get paint on your car/coat/best jumper/dog? Does your picture fall on the floor? Do your paint and brushes fall onto a wet picture as you take a corner … possibly, maybe, faster than you should?
This case seems like a very clever idea. It won’t be strong enough for an airplane but would make the journey home much less fraught.
13th Day of Christmas
How about a Drawing Week with art draw paint?
14th Day of Christmas
Biscuits…obv. Coffee and biscuits are a vital part of any creative process.
Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin500g
all butter shortbread
15th Day of Christmas
A weekend in Malaga
In October we had a painting week at Casa Rosa in Andalucia. On the Wednesday we had a guided tour around the Picasso Museum in Malaga.
The thing we didn’t have time to do was a really good mooch around the town. There is clearly lots to see and do, AND it is only a brief flight from Southampton.
I am looking forward to a number of exhibitions next year…this is certainly one of the highlights.Another case of tickets and catalogue.
THE C C LAND EXHIBITION
PIERRE BONNARD THE COLOUR OF MEMORY
23 January – 6 May 2019
£18 / FREE for Members
Rediscover this master of colour and composition at Tate Modern
This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s unconventional use of colour, while surprising those who think they already know him.
Born 1867, Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory, imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment and expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.
The exhibition concentrates on Bonnard’s work from 1912, when colour became a dominant concern, until his death in 1947. It presents landscapes and intimate domestic scenes which capture moments in time – where someone has just left the room, a meal has just finished, a moment lost in the view from the window, or a stolen look at a partner.
I went to see this exhibition, loved it, but failed to buy the catalogue. What was I thinking of?
Cy Twombly and Nicolas Poussin: Arcadian PaintersHardcover– 15 Jun 2011
In 1624 and 1957 two artists, aged thirty, moved to Rome. Nicolas Poussin and Cy Twombly subsequently spent the majority of their lives in the Eternal City, and went on to become the preeminent painters of their day. This book looks at these two figures side by side for the first time, examining how the two painters, separated by three centuries, nonetheless engaged with shared interests and concerns.
An up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary drawing featuring 115 artists from around the world, Vitamin D2 allows the reader to look at the medium in detail and study drawing’s unique properties in relation to itself, to contemporary art and to the world at large.
I have a copy of this (5 years old so up-to-the-minute-ish). It is part of a series of either drawing or painting books showcasing contemporary practise. Always interesting.
I haven’t got a supplier but they are around.
20th Day of Christmas
In preparation for the National Gallery’s exhibition – Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light (18 March – 7 July 2019)
Sorolla the Masterworks
A new survey of the best works by the elusive and spectacular Spanish Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. Often compared to his contemporary, the American artist John Singer Sargent, Joaquín Sorolla (1863 1923) was a master draftsman and painter of landscapes, formal portraits, and monumental, historically themed canvases.
Highly influenced by French Impressionism, the Valencian artist was a master plein-air painter known for his luminous seaside scenes of frolicking youths and for vivid depictions of Spanish rural life and its pleasures and customs. This beautifully designed and produced volume brings together one hundred of Sorolla s major paintings, selected by his great-granddaughter Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the foremost authority on the artist. Benefiting from close proximity to the artist and his personal archives, she presents an in-depth essay that explores Sorolla s life, work, and remarkable international legacy. With virtually all of the artist s previous publications now out of print, this much-anticipated volume is an important addition to the literature on this great Spanish master.
Surely it is impossible to have too many brushes? No photo. Just give me BIG hog hair brushes.
ESCODA : CLASICO : HOG : SERIES 2360 : LONG FLAT : # 30
Made of hog bristle, this brush is traditionally used in oil painting. The white Chinese bristle from Chungking is of the highest quality. Its natural hardness responds perfectly to more or less dense oil painting technique and acrylic.
I love to use Charcoal. It is quick, responsive, subtle, surprising.. If you are giving it as a present I would suggest the largest pieces you can find. BBQ charcoal can be interesting (make sure it isnt impregnated with starter fluid). Compressed charcoal is dark and interesting, and charcoal pencils have their place.
I hope to be able to provide EXCELLENT charcoal before too long…still at the development stage at the moment.
Charcoal is most often used for quickly sketching and is especially suitable for life drawing sessions. It is chosen by so many artists because of the immediate response to the artists hand where the marks can be very bold and heavy or can be blended into soft and subtle shading. Willow charcoal breaks easily, especially the thinner sizes. But that’s okay as you will usually want to break the sticks into smaller pieces when you start drawing, as they will be easier to use.
Charcoal pencils are the perfect tool for an artist who desires the traditional effect of a charcoal stick without the associated messy dust. Charcoal pencils are charcoal leads encased in a layer of wood which not only protects the charcoal from snapping, but also guards the fingers from charcoal marks.
And for something slightly different… Artgraf do a variety of interesting drawing materials. Seek them out.
Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the TripFlexibound– 5 Oct 2018
I haven’t seen this book yet, but I like the idea. I may be found on Boxing Day, in a quiet corner, dreaming of holidays to come…
A global guide to the 500 works of permanently installed modern and contemporary art worth traveling to experience
Enjoy a world tour from the comfort of your reading chair or plan a detailed and engaging art itinerary for your next trip with Destination Art, the essential guide to 500 must-see examples of permanently installed art from the last 100 years. With the book’s geographical organization and logistical details – including GPS coordinates, addresses, websites, and symbols indicating the degree of possible access, travel planning is made easy.
Discover hidden gems in big cities, explore art in nature, and trek to remote locales for one-of-a-kind experiences of art in unique locations. The artists featured in this global selection are among the world’s best and most beloved from the past century, including Marina Abramović, Alexander Calder, Jenny Holzer, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Richard Serra, and many more.
Highlighting the best and most significant of public art in city centers, sculpture parks, site-specific installations in museums, memorials designed by contemporary artists, works of land art, and much more, Destination Art is an informative and enjoyable overview of the most significant and travel-worthy art around the globe.
This Fortnum’s Christmas Box encapsulates the spirit of a childhood Christmas. Amongst the array of sweet treats you’ll find magical biscuits and seriously delicious chocolate in all shapes and sizes. Open up this box of merry enjoyment!
Andalucia, Spring Flowers and Painting in Rural Spain
Saturday 23rd- Saturday 30th March, 2019
Or Wednesday 20th – Saturday 30th (see below for extended Andalucian visit)
“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
In March join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week is a chance to explore and paint this unspoilt, spring landscape. All artists, regardless of ability, from beginner to the more experienced artist will enjoy the beautiful challenge.
The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be alive with the signs of Spring. The countryside will be covered in spring flowers and blossom, with farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga showing signs of the change of seasons.
For an all-inclusive week fee of £1550 all meals will be catered by the house chef, drinks and snacks provided as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa, an elegant and beautifully appointed country mansion.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa , (do look at the Casa Rosa website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
There is the opportunity to explore the area in greater depth by joining us a few days before the start of the Painting Week.
You arrive on Wednesday night, to be taken by taxi to Granada on Thursday morning. A visit to the Alhambra with a pre-booked visiting time, and guide, followed by time to walk around some of the sites of this fascinating city. Supper will be back at Casa Rosa.
Friday will be devoted to the olive which is at the heart of the Andalucian rural economy.
There is a guided walk around the most ancient of our local trees, some more than a thousand years old. This will be followed by a tasting of various oils. Olive oil from our local village recently won an international gastronomy prize in New York. The olives from the Casa Rosa estate go to the local cooperative. We use our estate oil in all our cooking. The cooperative makes other products using olives such as soap and cremes.
Saturday will be a rest day whilst the rest of the group arrive, and before the hurley-burley of the painting week.
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.
Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.
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 other spaces.
Locally Sourced Food and Wine
The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and early spring will see blossom in the orchards with wild flowers at every turn.
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 below jamon iberico, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).
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 Artists’ Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30.
At 10.00 there will be a three-hour, taught morning session followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time to work on your own projects.
Tuition will resume at 5.00 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. 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 using the studio there and 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.
There will be a rest day in the middle of the week. Various activities will be on offer such as walking, or visiting the village of Periana. You may prefer to sit by the pool, catch up on a painting project, or read a book. 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 table tennis to divert you (if you need diverting). You can use the studio at anytime.
Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.
The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.
The Boring Bits
Saturday 23rd March to Saturday 30th March, 2019.
£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite.
There is no single supplement.
However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1150. A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.
If you wish to explore Andalucia further with a day in Granada and the Olive day, it will cost a further £375/person. This will include full board for three nights whilst at Casa Rosa, taxi to and from Granada, entrance and guide at the Alhambra, and guide and picnic for the Olive walk on Friday.
Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price if you choose to book our suggested flights.
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 can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc (to leave more space in your suitcase), and arrange for a courier to bring back your work – please tell us what you want. There will be cartridge paper, drawing boards, and easels available free of charge.
We advise you to have travel insurance.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Kate Measham on firstname.lastname@example.org or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on email@example.com or T:07940 833025
I returned from Spain on Monday after a fun, exciting, hectic first art holiday to Casa Rosa in Andalucia.
Rosie and I loved it. I hope those of you that joined us there enjoyed it as much as we did. The next trip is planned for March 2019 and another in the autumn. There will be more information about that very soon.
Below are some of the highlights…though there doesn’t seem to be enough pictures of the food which was spectacular. Thank you all who came along; I look forward to catching up soon.
The morning light catches the brow of the hill across the valley from Casa Rosa
Lemons from the garden
Olives and a cut lime on a Casa Rosa cushion
Evening light as we drove down the hill to Casa Rosa
Marie V and Salvador who fed us on fresh vegetables from their garden and these dangerous little doughnuts
Pomegranates are in season
Trying to capture the landscape as the sun goes down
Complementary colours in the garden
Orange and blue still life
An artist working on purple and yellow
A morning session
Octopus at Malaga market
‘ere today, gone tomorrow
Trying to capture Casa Rosa
Not strictly ‘Strictly’, but a flamenco dancing model
A glimpse of the irresistible wiggly road
Complementary colours in a bowl
The occasional deluge brought the river to life
Datura seen on a walk through a local village
Looking back across the valley towards Casa Rosa as we said goodbye until next time
If you want to here more about future holidays please contact Kate. I look forward to hearing from you.
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We need the rain – the grass by the studio is still bald in places…but the wonderful September evenings have been a joy.
As autumn sets in (slightly) thoughts turn to other things. It is a time for trying something new, or returning to old pleasures. If you haven’t painted for ages, you are a bit uncertain, or you just want a fresh take on what to do next come and join this bi-weekly class.
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 7 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.
for more information of to book a place on this course contact me, Kate Measham. contact
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.
There is nothing like a wet Sunday in August to remind you that the seasons are changing, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ will be available in shops near you before too long, and the Autumn Term is upon us.
Below is a list of the classes currently available. Click on titles for more information. If you want to contact me please send me an email Kate Measham
I hope to squeeze in a couple more classes at some point so keep an eye out for updates.
Slightly struggling, I am putting together a list of equipment for artists to take to Casa Rosa for our week of painting in October. As I try to make a reasonable (not enormous) list of suggested colours I thought I’d look at palettes used by Spanish masters. Joachin Sorolla, a glorious artist renowned for his depiction of light was my first thought; what a distraction. Every picture is singing with life and light.
There is a major exhibition of his work coming to the National Gallery in London in spring of 2019. For more information try this link Sorolla exhibition
Apparently his plein air palette was as follows: Cobalt Violet, Rose Madder, All the Cadmium Reds, Cadmium Orange, All the Cadmium Yellows, Yellow Ochre, Chrome Green, Viridian, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Lead White
This sounds like ‘how to survive middle age’; maybe it is…
Many studies have shown that life drawing in a class enhances your life, helps concentration, general coordination and is a good thing to do.
These classes are going to be using models doing something more than modelling. We hope to have a ballerina, possibly a martial arts expert or boxer, a musician, and something Christmassy for the December class. (sorry to mention Christmas in JULY).
Life classes will be at Bransbury in the Studio attached to Riverside Cottage. They will mostly be on Tuesday evenings, from 18.00 until 21.00.