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The Drawing Course 2019


Drawing is where you start.

In 2019 we are embarking on a Drawing Course that you can approach as a whole, or pick and choose which parts suit you. Each month there are 5 days of courses. you can do all 25 days, or pick and choose what you fancy doing.

If you are uncertain you can try the introductory week and then book for the rest of the course.

In Brief – for more information click on the months

January 14th – 18th Introduction

  • Learning to look
  • Discovering materials
  • Composition
  • Expressive drawing
  • The Start of things to come

February 11th – 15th Expression, Line and Mark

  • Yoga and mindful life drawing
  • Expressive mark making, Van Gogh,  Cy Twombly and you
  • Music and movement

March 4th – 8th What is it, how big, and where does it go?

  • Learning to look
  • Size matters
  • Composition

No Drawing Week in April

May 13th – 17th On the shoulders of giants

  • Time and tide wait for no one
  • On the shoulders of giants

June 3rd – 7th  Are we nearly there yet?

  • Project Week

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

Drawing is where you start.

The primary way to explore your environment and your emotional response to it can be through drawing.  Children  draw before they  write. Somewhere along the way we complicate matters, lose the pleasure of drawing, and its intuitive possibilities.

This course is designed to encourage you to find the pleasure in something that was once a natural response,  to be inquisitive and give you confidence in your abilities. Drawing is both straightforward and complicated.  Through drawing you can contemplate all the attributes of painting except the hue. It can be an end in itself, or a firm step towards other visual arts.

Starting in January with an introductory week this series of classes is designed to make you look at, and reconsider the many different aspects of a creative process. You will go from looking to seeing and understanding and, finally, towards interpreting your world.

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There will be aspects of this course that  feel firmly figurative; this is just a starting place. If you feel a more abstract or expressive approach would be a direction you wish to take this would be warmly encouraged.

Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate, or withdraw something from something else.

All students will discover their own area of interest and a visual language that works for them.  The mix of ideas and interests within a group, combined with discussion and research makes for a creatively fertile environment.

There are five weeks of classes, over five months with one concentrated week in the studio, or at another venue, per month. There will be an element of preparation and research between the months.  The more work put into the non-class time will result in a greater appreciation of the subject.

Pricing is designed to encourage students to commit to themselves and take on a demanding  course. 

  • Individual classes – £90/day. 
  • Complete course (25days) – £1,800 (20% reduction on daily rate)

All abilities are welcomed.

If you would like more information about the course or, about accommodation, please contact me, Kate Measham.

 I would like to have an exhibition of the work produced over the months.  At the moment we are looking at some time in June or July.

Tate  definition of Drawing

Drawing is essentially a technique in which images are depicted on a surface by making lines, though drawings can also contain tonal areas, washes and other non-linear marks

From Life Drawing to somewhere else…


Below are some photos from last week’s three day course, ‘Life Drawing, Papier Mache to Painting’.  

On Monday our model adopted two different poses and the students drew relentlessly, all day.  It was appreciated that there is a difference between a working, note taking drawing, and drawing for the sake of it…(I love life drawing just for the sake of it…but it is different).

Tuesday started with making quick maquettes of each pose followed by WONDERFUL creations from one pose.  Wednesday involved working from the pieces made on Tuesday.

I loved the work the students made from this process.

Classes Autumn Term


There is nothing like a wet Sunday in August to remind you that the seasons are changing, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ will be available in shops near you before too long, and the Autumn Term is upon us.

Below is a list of the classes currently available.  Click on titles for more information. If you want to contact me please send me an email Kate Measham

I hope to squeeze in a couple more classes  at some point so keep an eye out for updates.

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Drawing, Drawing, Drawing (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Thursdays, September 20th, October, 18th, November 1st, 15th and 29th

£135/5 or £30/half day (either am or pm) 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm


Painting, Painting, Painting (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Thursdays, September 27th, October 25th, November 8th, 22nd and Dec 6th

£275/5 or £60/whole day  10am-4pm


Beginners Oil Painting  (Ramshill, E. Winterslow)

Saturday Mornings, October 20th, 27th and 3rd November

£150/3sessions 10am-1pm  Materials included


Autumn Life Classes  (The Studio, Bransbury, Barton Stacey)

Tuesday Evenings, November 13th, 20th, 27th and 4th December

£165/4 sessions or £45 each   6pm – 9pm   Materials Included


Life Drawing, Papier Mache, Painting  (The Studio, Bransbury, Barton Stacey)

November 5th, 6th and 7th

£265/3days  Lunch included plus some materials


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Autumn Life Classes


This sounds like ‘how to survive middle age’; maybe it is…

Many studies have shown that life drawing in a class enhances your life, helps concentration, general coordination and is a  good thing to do.

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These classes are going to be using models doing something more than modelling.  We hope to have a ballerina, possibly a martial arts expert or boxer, a musician, and something Christmassy for the December class. (sorry to mention Christmas in JULY).


Life classes will be at Bransbury in the Studio attached to Riverside Cottage. They will mostly be on Tuesday evenings, from 18.00 until 21.00.

13th, 20th, and 27th November and 4th December

£45/session, or £165 if you do all 4

Suitable for all abilities

Tea and coffee will be available

 

Life Drawing, Paper Mâché, Paint


NB These are not the dates that were originally published (The old dates clashed with half terms)

November 5th, 6th and 7th

10.00am  – 4.00pm

£265/3 days

At the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

On this three day course you will start with a life model, drawing for reference and information. Using  very rapid sculptural techniques you will construct 3D models from your drawings using paper mâché, tape, wood, and probably wire, and anything else that seems appropriate. When you start to ‘draw’ the model in 3D different information is needed – this adds to the interesting step from straight forward life drawing to sculpture.

The sculpture will become the model for your drawing and painting over the rest of the course.

This method opens your imagination to adapting the model. It sounds a bit weird and creepy – and why not? The models can take you way beyond masks, or even catrinas as seen below. The resulting drawings and paintings have an observed reality. It should be an exciting few  days.

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Papier-mâché Catrinas, traditional figures for day of the dead celebrations in Mexico

Coffee, tea, biscuits and a light lunch will be provided each day.

Some materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to use/recycle old drawings and paintings as well as other dry waste materials (egg cartons, loo roll holder, boxes, posters…who knows)

Try this link to see how other artists have used this medium  Papier mâché artists

Life Drawing


Last Saturday was the first of the spring Life Drawing classes.

The class started the day with yoga, and finished with the yoga teacher as the model for their drawings. The emphasis of the day was to experience the physicality of drawing, and to recognise yourself in the model. This was a new experience for everyone and produced some very interesting drawings.

The next class, 9th May, will be a totally different approach. Measured life drawing is about carefully plotting the body in front of you.

There are still a few places. Contact me, Kate Measham for more information. Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat gives you information about all three upcoming life classes.

 

Classes for Spring, 2018


A brief reminder of dates and prices.  contact me Kate Measham to check for spaces, or for more information


Drawing Drawing Drawing

April 5, 19

May 3, 17, 31

At Ramshill , East Winterslow

Morning classes are full. There are a couple of spaces in the afternoon, 2 – 5.00pm

£135

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £30/class.


Painting Painting Painting

April 12, 26

May 10, 24

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

Only a couple of places left

10-4.00pm, £220 for all 4

If you can only do the occasional day it is always worth calling me to see if there is a space. These will be charged at £60/class.


Saturday Morning Painting

April 7, 14 21

May 12

At Ramshill, East Winterslow

£120/4 or £37/ morning


Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

April 28

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm,

£130 to include yoga class, coffee, tea, light lunch and materials for the class.

The yoga teacher becomes our model and you will draw her as she repeats the moves and poses you learnt in the morning.


Measured Life Drawing

May 9

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-1pm

£45 To include tea, coffee

 

Larger than Life, Life Drawing

May 16

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

Music and Movement

May 23

At Riverside Cottage, Bransbury

10-5pm

£120 To include tea, coffee and a light lunch

 

If you want to do all of the May Life Drawing classes we offer them at a discount price of £260.

 

 

 

 

Life Drawing, Three Ways, Retreat


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Measured Life Drawing

9th May, 10.00-13.00

£45/morning, Including  model

At the Riverside Cottage

Bransbury, SO21 3QJ

Foreshortened legs, unusual sitting positions, distorted bodies and any number of other Life Drawing ‘problems’ can be overcome with measuring. All too often  you think you know where a line should be because you absolutely know where the leg/arm/foot/hand SHOULD be…but maybe it isn’t quite like that.

Learn to trust in measuring.

We will provide materials, easels, drawing boards etc.


LARGER THAN LIFE

16th May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing on a grand scale…and something of an adventure.

An easy  option is to come to a life class, make yourself comfortable and draw the body in front of you in the same way you drew it last time.  Here you will change the scale of your work – BIG is beautiful, certainly physical, always exciting.

Let’s take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness, exploration and adventure. Practise certainly improves drawing skills, but it doesn’t make you think about new approaches and new ideas.

You will use a mix of drawing media and big paper.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.  It is quite a messy affair so I would suggest you wear old clothes.


Music and Movement

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23rd May, 10.00 – 17.00

£120/all day, including materials and lunch, and model

At the Riverside Cottage

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In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement, combined with rhythm and movement in music. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.

There will be a series of exercises designed to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, but an expression of time and rhythm.

This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.

Riverside will provide a light lunch, and we will provide the materials.


If you are interested in all the courses we offer a £25 reduction – £260 for three.

Contact Kate Measham for more information, or to book a place on a course.

 

For more variations on Life Drawing don’t miss Yoga, Mindfulness and Life Drawing

 


The link below is to the a brief series of short Masterclass films made by the Tate. Well worth the 10 mins it takes to watch them.http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/life-drawing-masterclass-video-series#open279897

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.

 

 

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