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Christmas List, not really an advent calendar, and it does have chocolate.

This is an Advent Calendar with all the doors open…but no chocolate

What do you buy for the artist in your life?  Have a look through these ideas.  They mostly have links directly to suppliers.  Obviously courses with ARTDRAWPAINT will be at the top of all lists!!!

This is OBVIOUSLY too long a blog. Sorry about that.  Persevere – there are loads of good things in here.

Some suppliers have special Black Friday deals.


1st Day of Christmas


Sketchbooks are where it all starts. A5 fits into a large pocket, or handbag. Or simply stroke it, and sniff it.

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Sketchbook - A5 300gsm HPA smooth (Hot Pressed) medium weight paper (300gsm) in A5 size with 34 pages, bound with black boards and a green linen spine.

 

A5 x34pp  300gsm Smooth   £20.00

Quill – Cut & Hardened.

I’d love to try these.  quillQuill - Cut & Hardened

QUILL

These goose and peafowl feathers have been cooked in sand and hardened. They are ready for use as a traditional writing and drawing pen.

Various

 £7.00

 

2nd Day of Christmas


Dickies Decorators Bib And Brace Workwear

Premier Jeans Stitch Denim Bib Apron
Premier PR126 Aprons & Tabard Black Denim
 …they will embroider your logo on if you want, or “Happy Christmas”, or “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” – Picasso
Product Code: PR126

 


3rd Day of Christmas


Tickets to see Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy, London

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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.

Book now

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.

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Klimt Schiele Drawings From the Albertina Museum, Vienna

Marian Bisanz-Prakken (author), Elizabeth Clegg (author), Jane Kallir (author)

Hardback (24 Oct 2018) | English

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4th Day of Christmas


Build Your Own Life-Size Skeleton

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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.
£30

5th Day of Christmas


https://www.jacksonsart.com/essdee-lino-cutting-printmaking-set-22-piece

Essdee : Lino Cutting Printmaking Set : 22 pieceI 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.Palm carving tools set of 12

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…

 

Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set

Caran D'ache Graphite Line Satin Gift Box Black Set
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.
Special Price £207.00  carat d’arche box
Price £18.30

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.

Weight: 250g

Width of graphite stick: 4.5cm

Length of graphite stick: 17cm

Depth of graphite stick: 2.5cm

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Watersoluble Blocks in Earth Tones

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

Noble Art Supplies in Salisbury are local stockists.  This is an excellent art shop with helpful owner. https://www.facebook.com/nobleartsupplies/


8th Day of Christmas


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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.


10th Day of Christmas


https://www.cassart.co.uk/brand/koh-i-noor/koh-i-noor_anilinky_brilliant_watercolours_set_of_12.htm

These are ALWAYS in every art list I make. The Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12 is suitable for graphic techniques with it’s high colour density. Also very cheap.

Koh-i-noor Anilinky Brilliant Watercolours Set of 12

I use them with these Bic Plastidecor crayons for a wax resist effect.Bic crayons

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I find the cheaper the crayon the higher the wax content.  More expensive oil pastels are not better on this occasion.

 


11th Day of Christmas


The clutch pencil is a delight to use and practical.  A small box will hold a mix of charcoal, graphite and chalks, all to fit in these holders.  I have more than one. https://www.cassart.co.uk/brand/koh-i-noor/koh_i_noor_mechanical_clutch_leadholder.htm


12th Day of Christmas


http://www.carriart.co.uk/p_artcase.html

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?

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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?

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14th Day of Christmas


Biscuits…obv. Coffee and biscuits are a vital part of any creative process.

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin500g

Waitrose Christmas All Butter Shortbread Tin
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15th Day of Christmas

A weekend in Malagafullsizeoutput_d18

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.

Or come to Casa Rosa in the Spring Spring in Spain


16th Day of Christmas


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

Concession £17

Pierre Bonnard, ‘Nude in the Bath’ 1925

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.

Book tickets

Organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Kunstforum Wien.


17th Day of Christmas


Tombow : Mono Zero Eraser Pen : Round Tip : Black Barrel

 


18th Day of Christmas


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 Painters Hardcover – 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.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cy-Twombly-Nicolas-Poussin-Arcadian/dp/1907372261


19th Day of Christmas


Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing Hardcover

 20 May 2013

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.

Joaquin-Sorolla-spanish-impressionist-Strolling along the Seashore 1909Highly 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.

Sorolla Masterworks


21st Day of Christmas


Surely it is impossible to have too many brushes?  No photo.  Just give me BIG hog hair brushes.

Price £12.90

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.

Ferrule Diameter: 62.6mm Brush Head Length: 7.8mm

https://www.jacksonsart.com/escoda-clasico-hog-series-2360-long-flat-30


22nd Day of Christmas

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.

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CHARCOAL

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

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.

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Carbon

Price £4.90

 


23rd Day of Christmas


Destination Art: 500 Artworks Worth the Trip Flexibound – 5 Oct 2018

£19.45
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.

From the publisher of Destination Architecture.


24th Day of Christmas


The Fortnum’s Christmas Box

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NEW
Catalogue code: 2201911
£75.00
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!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Still life in the Still Life

Still Life should NEVER be boring

One of the principal genres (subject types) of Western art – essentially, the subject matter of a still life painting or sculpture is anything that does not move or is dead. Tate website

The Still Life is a place to play with ideas, experiment with materials, try new compositions, most importantly, to take your work forward. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of any other types of subjects.

There are a few classes left this term to try new things, play with old ones and to put your own stamp on the genre.

Each class is £45/ea, or £120 for 3. Please contact kate@artdrawpaint.com for more information.

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15th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Cezanne found in Still Life a vehicle for his revolutionary explorations in geometric spatial organization. For Cézanne, still life was a primary means of taking painting away from an illustrative or mimetic function to one demonstrating  the elements of color, form, and line – a major step towards Abstract art.

You will look at Cezanne’s Still Life, with a fresh version in the studio, learn from his approach and bend it to your will.

 

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Colour as it Isn’t

22nd November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Today is all about colour; why stick with a dull copy of the objects in front of you when you can do so much more? You will be playing with the idea of restricted palettes and full on, full blast, sock-it-to-the-Fauves bright and wild palette. See what suits you.

Throw Everything at It

29th November, 9.30am – 12.45pm

Rather a clumsy title but gives some indication of  the mixed media, multi media approach of contemporary practise. During the 20th and 21st century, the notion of the still life has been extended beyond the traditional two dimensional art forms of painting into video art and three dimensional art forms such as sculpture, performance and installation. Some mixed media still-life works employ found objects, photography, video, and sound, and even spill out from ceiling to floor and fill an entire room in a gallery.

You will be restricted by the size of the studio otherwise let your imagination run wild – something akin to Blue Peter on a sugar rush (?).

 

Lines of Thought

I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.

Poole Museum

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Lines of thought

Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

FREE

Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open. 

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.

Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)

© Trustees of the British Museum

An exhilarating show        The Telegraph

Featured in The Guardian’s 5 of the best…art exhibitions

 

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

 

A morning drawing by the Test

BBC weather promised a dry morning. This was not the case but our intrepid artists did not let this hold them back. There were brief moments of hiding under trees, but in general most work was done on the riverbank.  Well done everyone.

The morning was about drawing, different methods and different media.

A variety of different materials were tried, many for the first time. Graphite, carbon,ink, BBQ charcoal, propelling pencils and anything else we could lay our hands on was given a go. Some pictures used raindrops as interesting marks. Pens were whittled from twigs collected from the area outside the yurt. Baby wipes were used as an artistic implement, possibly for the first time EVER.

All the work produced made good use of the beautiful setting with studies of various flora and fauna.

The retreat to coffee and delicious cake in the warmth of the yurt was welcome as the heavens opened.

Next week on Wednesday 22nd June we have a full day of river study with a delicious lunch included. For more information have a look at River

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Drawing by the River Test – Rhythm, ebb and flow

A morning by the river

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating?

Learn through experiments and new techniques, how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

IMG_0018Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

NEW -Summer workshops in Riverside Yurt

Enjoy the summer with art workshops in a meadow by the river Test, near Barton Stacey. If the weather turns British we will retire to a yurt with its cafe and wood burning stove. If you wish to enrol for all three classes at once we offer a combined price of 3 courses for £135. Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

Drawing By the River – Rhythm, ebb and flow

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating? Learn through wild experiments how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day

River

22nd June, 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm

£77/day, including lunch

It is so easy to jump out of a car, to snap a photo with a smart phone and feel we have caught something. A river is a slow experience. Spend a day capturing the moment and a sense of time, place and spirit of the river.

In the beautiful setting of the Riverside Yurt, near Barton Stacey on the Test, you will look at different ways to record being by the river. In this workshop you will look at how to capture a sense of place, season, and the sounds and flora that go with it. We will consider how maps, poetry, music and sounds are able to inform your work.

Using a mixed media approach you will explore the environment, gathering information. You will be drawing things of interest, recording the rhythms, textures and colours of the river, and bringing them together to form a final piece. For more information have a look at our courses or try this link River

This workshop would be appropriate for all abilities.

A delicious Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Lavender Workshop

6th July, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£39/morning

The meadow by the Riverside Yurt has its own lavender field. This beautiful plant is used in their own bath and body products, and various culinary delicacies. The middle of the morning will be a chance to taste the produce with a cream tea including scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.

This workshop will involve drawing, painting and coloured pencils around the lavender, partly still life, and partly landscape. for more information have a look under ‘courses’ or try this link Lavender Workshop

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

 

First Tuesday

Life Drawing at Wherwell Priory

6.00pm-9.00pm

£20/person

Easels provided, please bring your own materials. Please send me a message if you are interested in coming along. kate@artdrawpaint.com

Tea, coffee and biscuits also provided.

It will be raining throughout February…

Hampshire is due another wet week, more grey skies, mud everywhere, and half term on the horizon. At Wherwell we have a busy, interesting, warm week ahead with one off classes you can join for the day.

Get out of the house and join in the fun.

Monday, 1st February

Still Life at Wherwell        9.30am – 5.00pm

This is not a taught class – you turn up and paint, or draw, with a mostly friendly group of creative people. Sadly, the pub isn’t open on a Monday, so we bring a picnic lunch and eat together around a still life.

Come for the morning or afternoon at £20/session, or all day for £35.00.

 

Tuesday, 2nd February

Charcoal to Oil Painting    9.30am – 1.00pm

This is part of a course  that is an introduction to oil painting, but you can join us for a special morning.

Tuesday’s class will be about mark making in oil. We will be looking at the marks made by drawing and other media, and seeing how these can be replicated using oils. It should be a fun, experimental morning, exploring different ways to approach a picture.

If you are joining us for the morning  it will cost £40, materials included.

Life Drawing      6.00pm-9.00pm

The first Tuesday evening of every month is Life Drawing at Wherwell. There are warm up exercises, the model is directed, but you can do your own thing, more or less.

One session £20

Wednesday, 3rd February

Experimental Drawing    9.30am – 1.00pm

If you can see something, the chances are, you can draw it. What about all the other stuff?

How can you convey the cheesiness of cheese if you can’t smell it?, The unpleasantness of a cold ‘hot’waterbottle in the middle of the night if you can’t feel its chill? What does your back look like? These might not be things that keep you awake at night but once you start to think about them…how do you get answers?

This class is about the senses and trying to represent the unseen.

Wednesday 3rd February, 9.30am-1.00pm at Wherwell Priory Studio

£45/class

Materials will be provided.

 

If you are interested in joining in on any of these days please contact me on: kate@artdrawpaint.com

The Shipping Forecast, Painting the Squall, the Storm and Poor Visibility

The Shipping Forecast is a well known friend to many, sailors and non-sailors alike. The poetry and rhythms are companions to the insomniac and the early riser.

In this course you will endeavour to capture something of the broadcast, whether you find it alarming, stormy, mysterious, frightening or calming.

We will look at other artists whose work has reflected the sea, storms, or otherwise. You will be drawing and painting, thinking about colours, tones and textures that inspire similar emotions to the Forecast. The Royal Academy have an Abstract Expressionist exhibition in Autumn 2016. Their essay about this might add to your approach to this Class. http://artdrawpaint.com/abstract-expressionism-a-beginners-guide/

The intimate delivery from the radio opens a world beyond the words.


Painting the Squall, the Storm and Poor Visibility

18th and 19th November, 2015

9.30am –  4.00pm

£140/2days

For more information, or if you want to join the course, please contact Kate Measham on: kate@artdrawpaint.com


The forecast contains:

  • details of gale warnings in force,
  • a general synopsis
  • sea-area forecasts containg forecast wind direction and force, weather and visibility.
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  • The shipping forecast is issued four times a day at 2300, 0500, 1100, 1700 UTC and covers a period of 24 hours from 0000, 0600, 1200 and 1800 UTC respectively.
  • The waters around the British Isles are divided into 31 sea areas show on the map
  • Gale warnings are issued as required (for winds of Gale Force 8 or more).
  • The forecast, excluding the header line, has a limit of 370 words, and has a very strict format.

There are warnings of gales in Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, and Fair Isle Humber, Thames. Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor. Tyne, Dogger. Northeast 3 or 4. Occasional rain. Moderate or poor. Rockall, Malin, Hebrides. Southwest gale 8 to storm 10, veering west, severe gale 9 to violent storm 11. Rain, then squally showers. Poor, becoming moderate. Southeast Iceland. North 7 to severe gale 9. Heavy snow showers. Good, becoming poor in showers. Moderate icing.

Experimental Drawing, part 1

Experimental drawing is a rich dish

Thursday’s class was supposed to be a taster day, but it has been renamed part one, (amuse bouche? appetiser? pseuds corner? moi?) 

The class played with the cornerstone of art classes – The Still Life

After various exercises involving different drawing media, collaborative drawing, drawing with different hands etc, they moved on to design drawings of individual items. These items were removed and the class had to build from their drawings; Blue Peter would have been proud of the cornflake box concoctions. Having made their new bowls, pots and pieces,  the class redrew the still life – staying true to the new forms.

I had great fun watching the still life  through all its various stages of creation. The final forms created a still life that echoed its inspiration, but took it in a new direction. The artists were in control of their work, but the journey brought its own surprises.


If this sort of class sounds of interest to you look out for experimental drawing part 1. Other Experimental Drawing classes will be available as one off days, each with a very different focus.

For more information contact Kate Measham – kate@artdrawpaint.com