I happened across this exhibition at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre.
How loudly can I shout about it?
The winners of last years BP Portrait Award, plus a large number of other portraits are in the Gallery at the library (discovery centre) in Winchester. The competition is the most prestigious portrait competition in the world. There are portraits from all over the globe.
The winning entry, by London based Miriam Escofert, is ‘An Angel at my Table’. This was selected from 2,667 entries from 88 countries.
Go to the gallery with your friends, your children and any waifs and strays you can find. This is a fabulous exhibition on our doorstep Hampshire
A unique chance to sit in the auditorium to watch and draw the dancers during ballet class. This is an untutored session and open to all. Bring your own materials.
Please note Company Class takes place during preparation for the evening performance and can be subject to delay. You will not have access to the stage and any conversation and noise should be kept to a minimum.
In a letter to Robert Hooke (15 February 1676) from Sir Isaac Newton
May 14th-16th, 2019
£270/3 days, to include a guided tour at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
For more information about the course, or if you would like to book a place please contact me, Kate Measham – email@example.com
There is so much to learn from artists of every period and from all parts of the world. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has a fine and varied collection of paintings, drawings and artefacts. Discover Michaelangelo’s studies for the Sistine Chapel, beautiful sketches by Raffael, to a mantle belonging to Pocahontas’ father.
You’ll choose a piece of work to inspire you for the rest of the week.
Research Day at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Tuesday, May 14th
11.00 – 4.30
We will have a guided tour of parts of the collection and you will have time to look around the rest of the museum. Bring sketchbooks with you to take notes about various pieces. The museum has stools for anyone that would like to sit and draw. Pencil and dry drawing materials are permitted – not paint or ink.
The hardest part of the week is deciding which picture to choose as your starting point. Once you’ve decided you’ll use your time to copy the work. If there are others by the same artist you will take notes of these too.
“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal” (Picasso)
May 15th, 10.00 – 4.30
The Studio, Bransbury
But copying is a good place to start…
You will be copying your chosen work both as a whole and from various different areas. By the end of today you will understand the composition, what impressed you about the work, and how to copy work and change the size.
Today you Steal…Tomorrow will be yours…
The Studio, Bransbury
May 16th, 10.00 – 4.30
Today is a transition from copying the chosen work into making it your own.
You may want to work on one piece, a series, or a book…who knows. You may decide to interpret a renaissance painting using collage, or to create a book from small areas of a Uccello masterpiece. Equally, you can spend the day drawing an oversized version of a Pre-Raphaelite nun.
For more information about the course, or if you would like to book a place please contact me, Kate Measham – firstname.lastname@example.org
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Full Board and tuition, £1,550 per person, no single supplement, own room and en suite bathroom. Early Bird discount of £75/person if you book and pay deposit before 23rd June, 2019
“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
Casa Rosa in the autumn, made for artists
In late September join us for art and culture in the Axarquía, the mountainous area to the north east of Malaga. The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be ripe with autumn fruit. Casa Rosa, nestling into the surrounding hills, will have pomegranates, garden flowers and persimmon fruit growing in their orchards and gardens.
If you join us at Casa Rosa you can expect a week with an intensive painting and drawing program, a week of delicious, healthy food made from local produce, and a week in one of the most delightful, comfy, luxurious houses in southern Spain.
For an inclusive fee of £1,550, all meals will be provided, together with drinks and snacks, as well as transport to and from Casa Rosa. No hidden extras.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa ( do look at the website to see more about the buildings and the estate) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
Rad.ish in the shape of Jessica Tatham will delight you with her delicious and beautiful food.
Kate Measham, tutor
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. 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 creating 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
Pomegranates grow in the surrounding orchards . Their pink blush is matched by this rug from Casa Rosa. This bowl is from potteries in Granada, about an hour away.
The week will have a house party feel. You will eat most meals together with Kate, Rosie and the other students. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and autumn will see the orchards groaning with fruit. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises collected locally and from years of travel.
This year we have the added temptation of ‘Rad.ish’ doing our catering. Rad.ish is the health and eco conscious catering business of Jessica Tatham, a Ballymalloe trained chef and regular visitor to Casa Rosa. Have a look at her website for a visual feast https://www.rad-ish.co.uk
Having completed chef training, Jessica has gone on to develop her own health and well-being based catering business. Her approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour at the easel.
Together, mother and daughter, Jessica and Rosie have spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. They will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give good warning before you arrive.
The Artists’ Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30am.
From 10.00 until 1.00pm there will be a three-hour, taught morning session in the studio followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time for you to work on your own projects.
Tuition will resume from 5.00 until 7.00pm for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. After the evening session, you will gather for drinks and supper.
There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if you want to – 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 allskill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa using their studio 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 is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and table tennis to divert you (if you need diverting). Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. You can use the studio at anytime.
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 enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.
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
Sunday 29thSeptember – Sunday 6thOctober, 2019.
£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite and tuition.
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.
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. If we need to book a taxi to collect, or deliver you to an alternative flight this will be at your cost.
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.
What do I need to bring with me?
Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc at local prices (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.
Places on the course are limited so allocation will be made on a first come, first served basis according to deposit paid. Kate Measham at Casa Rosa reserves the right to cancel for whatever reason. In the event of cancellation you will be advised of vacancies on alternative courses. If you do not wish to book on an alternative course, a full refund for the course will be given when Kate Measham at Casa Rosa cancels.
In the event of cancellation by the student, we will endeavour to fill your place and if successful we will refund your deposit, if we are unable to fill your place the deposit will be non-refundable.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Kate Measham on email@example.com or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on firstname.lastname@example.org or T:07940 833025
It is cooler in England than Andalucia at this time of year. Last week Casa Rosa (http://www.casarosaestate.eu) was at its most delightful. Irises were in flower, citrus trees laden with both fruit and blossom, and the scent of jasmine in the warm evening air.
Radish (https://www.rad-ish.co.uk), the name Jessica Tatham cooks under, is a modest name for someone who produces wave after wave of delicious, healthy and unusual food. There were endless requests for recipes, and for top-ups of the evening cocktails. Lemon, rosemary and gin was my favourite – I can’t remember if anything else was in it.
Jessica’s food was beautiful. Sadly I was unable to wait long enough to take a photograph before eating it. PLEASE look at her website to get an idea of the food she produced.
Those on the Spring course worked hard producing large volumes of interesting work. Everyone was thrown into a variety of exercises. The work involved painting using complementary colours, a glance at notan, wax resist in mark making, and mixed media as a quick approach to experimental composition. Somehow there was energy left for tennis, walks and occasional specialist Bananagram. On Tuesday we drew Marta, our young flamenco dancer. The Sunday walk was to lunch at a farm in the hills above Periana.
There are a few places available in the drawing/painting classes.
These classes will be held at: The Studio, Bransbury, Nr Barton Stacey, SO21 3QJ
Thursday, 4th April, 2nd May, 23rd May – Drawing
Thursday, 11th April, 9th May, 30th May – Painting
Drawing will be mornings only, 10.00am – 1.00pm £40/morning
Painting will be all day, 10.00am – 4.00pm £80/day
10% discount if you book all classes (6 classes) and pay up front
If you are interested in joining the drawing class please contact me, Kate Measham on 01980 863155
Spring has sprung, the grass is ris...
… mowing has started, and other gardening tasks are planned. I love this time of year. I know lots of you like to be busy outside too. However, there are the occasional meteorological knock back. Thursday 4th April is the first drawing day of the spring classes and rain is forecast (https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633858).
So, ignore the garden and hide out with us in Bransbury.
For more information about the painting and drawing classes try this link:
At the Riverside Cottage Studio, Bransbury, SO21 3QJ
Suitable for all abilities.
In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement. Music combined with rhythm and movement will encourage you to draw with varied marks and strokes. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.
You will do a series of exercises to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, possibly an expression of time and rhythm.
This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.
This will be appropriate for any standard, from total beginner to regular practitioner. If you have aches and pains that prevent you from doing certain moves these can be accommodated.
Throughout the class you will be made aware of your body, which parts are being stretched, how you feel when relaxed etc.
After the yoga class you will be experimenting with many different sorts of marks. Particular attention will be paid to how your body feels when making these marks. Gravity, physicality, noise and irritations all play a part in what happens when you start to draw.
After these exercises our yoga teacher will become the model for the day. She will repeat the exercises from the morning class. You will have experienced the tension, pull and release of these poses. These memories will inform the drawings as you work through the day.
Some materials will be provided. Coffee and tea are available but please bring your own lunch