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Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Saturday 14th April,

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

10.00am – 1.00pm


Suitable for all

I like to look to  the natural environment as a source for a still life. NO BLING, no  jugs, no vase of flowers, but all of life in a Still Life.


There will be a number of different seeds and seed heads, exotic, large and small shells, stones collected locally and from beaches far and wide, and a selection of skulls.fullsizeoutput_314

The aim is to examine the variety of texture, tone, shape and subtle colour in these natural objects. The morning will start with drawings using charcoal, pencil and ink.

The aim is to get interest and excitement into a subject that has been seen before…new angles, play with different media, and explore composition.



Drawing: Mind, Body and Senses

Holistic Drawing

27th, 28th, 29th April, 2018

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey

Drawing is a wonderful, engaging, cerebral affair; you think, you look, you investigate. The aim of this retreat is to engage further; to include your body and your senses in an holistic act of drawing.



Instead of a drawing appearing on the paper from a conjunction of thought and sight alone, you will engage with all your senses, with your breathing, and your body.

IMG_1810You will begin the day with yoga to relax, shed tension and enable you to open yourself to the possibility of drawing with other senses.

You will learn how drawing is enriched when you work from a calm place in mind and body. You will feel the rhythm of your breath, trust the intelligence of your body, learn to release tension and discover a freedom and potential for inventiveness.

This course is suitable for all artistic and yoga abilities.

  • Accommodation provided at £495 sharing, or £595 single room
  • Day time attendance only £350 for Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday
  • All catering, all art materials, art and yoga tuition supplied

Plan for the Weekend

Friday 27th April

  • sconeArrive on a Friday afternoon any time
    after 3pm to a Cream Tea, with scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.
  • 6pm drinks and drawing games to break the ice (nothing to do with the drinks)
  • 8pm supper



Saturday 28th April

  • 8-10am Breakfast, croissants, fresh fruit, granola, yoghurt and local jams, followed by a country walk, if desired.
  • 30 Yoga – A 1 hour class – a very gentle flow to calm and release the energies within ready for a mind and soul drawing class using all your senses. You do as much yoga as you feel comfortable. Just come to the mat with an open mind and let the power of Yoga work its magic!
  • Following the various yoga exercises you will be exploring drawing, mark making, textures and tone using all your senses. Lavender eye masks will stop you from peaking, and the smells from the Riverside Cottage garden will inspire you in new directions. The studio is overlooking the River Dever so there may be some outside interaction.

We will stop for a light buffet lunch and there will be various coffee breaks throughout the day. You will finish the drawing class at 4.00 in time for tea at 4.30. There will be drinks at 7.00pm, followed by supper at 8.00pm.

Sunday 29th April

IMG_02518-10am Breakfast and walk

10.30am  Yoga

As with day one yoga will set the tone for the day of drawing.

You will have a model to draw using the imaginative, inventive marks and expressions developed in day 1.

There will be various sensory short drawings, and longer exercises  so you will  take away a number of drawings by the end of the weekend.

As with day 1, a light lunch will be at 1.30 with the drawing class resuming for a final session finishing at 4pm.


If you would like more information about this course  please click on these links to contact me, Kate Measham, or Clare Dryden of Riverside Lifestyle.

We look forward to hearing from you.




Looking into the Future…

There are some classes set in concrete for 2018 and others are bubbling away trying to find a slot. There will be regular classes at Ramshill, my studio in East Winterslow, classes at Rum’s Eg in Romsey, at Riverside Cottage, Bransbury and other venues. Keep a look out for regular updates on new classes.

Every Thursday there will be either drawing or painting classes and more beginners oil painting classes at Ramshill.

Keep a look out for ‘Larger than Life, Life Drawing’, ‘Thinking Aloud’ a course to encourage you to take risks, be creative and get more from your work. Also ‘Big Drawings in Challenging Places’, ‘Dynamic Landscapes, Mixed Media, Drawing, Print and Paint’, ‘Music and Movement’, and ‘Experimental Drawing’. There will be restorative retreats at Riverside Cottage and excursions to galleries and other places of interest.

AND a very exciting trip to Andalucia in October.



Drawing, Drawing, Drawing

Sketch and Scones, but without the delicious scones

January 11th, 25th, February 8th, 22nd, March 8th and 22nd

£165  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 1.00pm, or 2.00pm – 5.00 pm

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 6 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.

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.

Dia:Beacon and Jasper Johns

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.

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


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.


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.

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.


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


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.