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Summer courses

Below is a  quick round-up of the courses on offer over the summer. I have to give numbers to the Ashmolean so would be grateful if those of you who are interested could get back to me quite quickly.


Summer courses

Ashmolean Museum; Drawing from Drawings

June 23rd, 12.00 – 4.30, £25, (includes exhibition entrance and guided tour)

A guided viewing of the Ashmolean Museum’s exhibition of British Drawings from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by drawing in the cast room.

Inspiration from Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop

July 13th – 16th, 9.30am – 4.30pm, £260/ 4 days, (£150 / first 2 days)

Sketching and research on site at Longstock Park Nursery and Farm Shop developed into a finished piece at Wherwell Priory Studio.


4 x 4, Off Road Art

August 10th – 13th, 9.30 – 4.30, £260/ 4 days

Four days, four different sites, four different media, outside come rain or shine

For more information please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com

Jackson Pollock

Not Jackson Pollock, Roger Measham (Jack Russell)

I love the work of American artist Jackson Pollock. The Tate, Liverpool has a show of his paintings over the summer. Hopefully I will get there.  There is an excitement, rhythm and vibrancy to his work that is rarely seen in the pictures of other artists.

For more information have a look at the exhibition tab. www.tate.org.uk/liverpool

Until then I have our own Jackson Pollock (aka Roger the Jack Russell). Sadly not on my wall, but in slightly chewed biro on a cushion. Like the work of the more famous of the two artists Roger’s reassures you that he was very much alive and there in the moment.

Tone and Colour

paysage auxPainting, colour and tone

I have been planning the next class for my Charcoal into Oil Painting group and wondering how much longer they will put up with me banging on about tone. BUT TONE MATTERS. It doesn’t matter what colour you paint a tree; if you get the tone right it will work.

A strong use of tone releases you from the tyranny of trying to match a colour.

You can play around with any colour, use any palette so long as the tone works. Suddenly colour and painting become more fun.

If you want to come to the colour into tone: tone into colour class or the Charcoal into Oil Painting Course join us for the morning at 9.30am on Thursday 14th May, at Wherwell. It does not matter if you haven’t been with us for earlier classes on this course. The painting element of the morning will be using oils, and we will be doing another tonal drawing using charcoal. More classes in this course over the next few weeks.