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Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns


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Map of broken Glass by Robert Smithson (detail)

 

Days out in Different Places

I have been to two very different exhibitions recently that are, inconveniently, continents apart.

In the town of Beacon, NY, the ex-paper factory, now contemporary art gallery, Dia:Beacon (Dia:Beacon ), has an exhibition of works by Robert Smithson, (Robert Smithson), amongst other things.  I was struck by how his installations felt like drawings.  In The Map of Broken Glass shards of different sized pieces of glass were spread on a polished concrete floor.  They caught disjointed reflections of the skylights and ceiling lights. With every breath and movement the reflections changed. The effect was similar to trying to see through fast moving water.

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Between the Clock and the Bed, Jasper Johns

The Royal Academy, London (Royal Academy) has three shows running; I went to  Jasper Johns.

Widely known for his iconic images of flags, targets, numbers, maps and light bulbs, Jasper Johns has occupied a central position in American art since his first solo exhibition in New York in 1958. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects, symbols and words makes the familiar unfamiliar, achieving this through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his ground-breaking paintings and sculptures, Johns established a decisive new direction in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism. (Royal Academy)

Loved it.

Life Drawing – Poses from the Masters


Sept 21st, October 5th, and 19th, 6.00pm – 9.00pm

£90/3

Last weekend I went to see the magnificent Raphael exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ashmolean Museum.

As you look at his drawings you feel as though Raphael is in the seat next to you; his observations, corrections, alterations and thoughts are as clear now as they were hundreds of years ago.

Over these three days you will draw a model adopting poses from Masters of Drawing.  This is not so you can draw in the same style, but so the poses can inspire you, and you can find your own line.

I want to use Raphael as one of our guides. I am open to ideas for both Old Masters and Contemporary master artists. Henry Moore, Euan Uglow, Poussin, Rodin – please feel free to leave suggestions or comments.

 

For more information contact Kate Measham

 

 

Sketch and Scones this Autumn


Draw Draw Draw….you can’t have too much of a good thing

 

Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, and Nov 2, 16, 30, Dec 14

10.00 – 1.00 on a Thursday morning.

£80/4 classes, to be paid at the beginning of each half term or

£145/8 classes

This is a fun drawing class for all standards.

Each week a different aspect of drawing is examined and tested using different media, and different methods.  You will experiment with content, composition, mark making, tone, narrative, repetition, line and anything else I can think of to throw your way.

And there are scones

Drawing is hard, mindful, exciting, rewarding, thought provoking and other things besides. Recording what you see is a human instinct that crosses all barriers.

For more information and to book a place on the course contact Kate Measham

If you have done this course before were there classes you would like to build on?

If you have done drawing classes anywhere else what would you like to see here?

Hidden Secrets


The Young Gallery and John Creasey Museum, Salisbury

Upstairs in the library in Salisbury are three gallery spaces with a collection of modern and contemporary works.  Many are drawings, etchings and prints with some exciting paintings thrown in too.

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The curator, Peter Riley, has a particular interest in mark making so there are some unusual and pleasing choices from well known artists such as Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Keith Vaughan, John Bellany and others.

The galleries are well worth a look with new exhibitions planned for later in the year. Combine the outing with a morning at Roche Court for a rewarding day.

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Woman Bathing (No2), Peter Folkes

 

Rhythm Ebb and Flow, A day drawing on the River


Different methods of drawing, different drawing media

Wednesday, 16th August, 2017

10am – 4pm, delicious Yurt Cafe lunch included, £80/day

Suitable for all abilities

Spend a day by the River Test exploring different drawing techniques.  You will be looking at Van Gogh and his mark making and developing your own vocabulary of marks.

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You will be working in pencil, charcoal, pen, ink, and anything else we can find to help you capture something of the river and its environment.

Some materials will be provided and I will send a list of others things you will need to bring with you.

A delicious lunch will be included in the Yurt.

Please contact me if you would like more information about this course

Kate Measham

 

Drawing people in an urban landscape


Drawing People in a Busy Townscape in Romsey

Wednesday 19 July

​10.30am – 1pm

£30

The hustle and bustle of a market town can be an overwhelming prospect for any artist. In this class you will be looking at the contrasts between the permanent buildings and the to and fro of people. We will meet at Rum’s Eg and then set off through town.

These drawings will feel like a captured moment in time. It is an exciting approach to a tricky subject.

Please bring: A2 sketch book, charcoal, propelling pencil, drawing pencil, water soluble graphite, broad watercolour brush, rubber, masking tape, drawing boards.

This class is being organised by Rums Eg in Romsey. Rum’s Eg Please book through them.

Intrepid Artists


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Inventive Anti Rain Devices

Yesterday’s River Test outing was plagued from the start; it was meant to happen a month ago but bad weather and bad diary management meant it had to be postponed.  Yesterday we battled with rain, cattle, TB testing, postmen and equipment falling in the river amongst other excitements. During one downpour the chairs doubled up as umbrellas.

 

Next month (August)  the plan is to visit Mottisfont – if the weather  is as changeable we can retire to the tearooms.

What is happening after Easter?


The beautiful, hand painted eggs above are from the Ukraine – sadly, I can’t claim them as my own.


Beginners Oil Painting

31st May, 7th June, 14th June, 9.30 – 12.30am –

£45/session or £125/3 –  Riverside Yurt Cafe

If you want to try oil painting come to this introductory morning.  All materials are provided.  Once you have learnt the basics you will be able to join in with other oil classes, such as Beginners Oil…the Next Step.


 

Sketch and Scones, regular classes

May 18th, June 1st, 15th, 29th, July 13th 27th, August 10th and 24th

£20/morning or £145/8

Needlework and knitting have stitch and bitch – this is our version. Drawing is a skill; it requires practice, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques, composition and, very importantly, how to look.  No previous experience necessary.


Evening Life Classes

June 1st, 15th 29th

£25/evening or £65 if you book all three

Whether you are a beginner, or an old hand, join us for directed life drawing.


For more information or to book on the course contact  Kate Measham

 

Knee deep in the Test


I had to jump into the river in January, to rescue a pencil – obviously a special pencil. It was not too cold and I was wearing wellies.  Since then I have learned to be more careful, don’t balance anything on the edge of bridges, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t boast.

Today I forgot; I chatted to an interested stranger, told him why I was sitting so carefully on the edge of the bridge and dropped my most expensive brush into the water. It floated. Away. I had to run across the bridge, climb over wire to get to the river bank and plunge in. I was up to my knees wearing plimsoles and jeans.  The interested stranger was busy trying to work out how to take a video of me splashing around, and then asked why I hadn’t taken my trousers off. This is why you don’t talk to strangers.

Despite an early bath it was a glorious day.  We walked 5 miles, drew, painted, photographed and admired some acrobatic helicopter flying. As the year progresses, and the Test gets broader and faster the changes are noticeable. Today the colours of spring with young leaves on the trees, and new grass on the banks made January feel like a long time ago.

NO PHOTOS OF THE SWIM

NEW… Sketch and Scones, regular classes


18th May, 1st, 15th, 29th June, 13th 27th July, 10th and 24th August

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

£20.00/morning.  £.145/8 if paid in advance. Coffee and  scones included.

For more information contact Kate Measham

Buy a voucher for a Sketch and Scones morning  – it makes a wonderful alternative to yet another Easter Egg


Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version.

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, composition 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 these classes, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try  something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.