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On the Shoulders of Giants

Pablo Picasso, from Las Meninas by Velazquez

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.

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 – kate@artdrawpaint.com


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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…

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My charcoal version of a picture by Nicolas Poussin, ‘The Triumph of Pan’

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 – kate@artdrawpaint.com

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.

Sir Isaac Newton