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Drawing and Painting


Have a look at Thursdays at the Yurt – packed full of art classes.

Every other Thursday there are two classes, sometimes three.

In the morning there is Sketch and Scones – all about the cornerstone of all visual art, DRAWING.

For the summer PAINT will be run at the same time as Sketch and Scones

Also in the mornings there is a new class, PAINT. Instead of looking at how to use various different media this class will look at what to do with your painting skills… what are you going to paint, how are you going to paint it, what things work for you and how to keep yourself and your skills moving forward.

In June there is LIFE DRAWING in the evening

These should make Thursdays interesting, fun and exciting.  I have made the classes cheap to encourage you all to have a go. Tell your friends.

If you are interested contact me to reserve a place.

Kate Measham

 


Sketch and Scones

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

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

10am – 1.00pm

Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness. It will become a regular fixture on Thursdays later in the year

This is a  class about drawing.   It isn’t going to be called a ‘Beginners Guide to Drawing’ because nobody is really a beginner.

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.


PAINT

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

£20 or £145/8

Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.

Also 10am – 1.00pm

 

This is a  class about Painting.   It isn’t about any particular medium. If you want to work in acrylic, house paint, oil or watercolour all will be welcome.

Painting is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about  different techniques, composition, mark making, you will learn how to look, and more. Very importantly, you will be encouraged to be brave, take risks, discover your own strengths and methods.

This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.

You may not have picked up a brush for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class. The idea of this class is to extend yourself, try something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that painting is exciting.

FREE taster day – Learning to Look


If you haven’t been to any of my classes before you might be a bit anxious about embarking on a course without knowing what you are letting yourself in for. Try this taster day, the first of the Still Life sessions of the term.

20th September,  9.30am – 12.45pm

Free ‘taster’ class open on a first come, first serve basis. Open to anyone whether you have been to a course with me before, or not. Please email me if you wish to come along; I need to know numbers.

This is the basis of all drawing and painting and is surprisingly easy to ignore, especially when you think you ‘know’ an object. There will be a number of exercises to help you really SEE what is in front of you.

This class will show you various ways to trick you into seeing what is in front of you.

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More to Still Life than Onions


Autumn Still Life Series at Wherwell Studio

I have had worried calls from various people to say they can’t do the whole course, but can I break it down into bite sized pieces. Hopefully these newly batched classes fit the bill. The dates are the same as previously advertised, and it is still based on Still Life, but these approaches can be applied to other form of creativity.

What, How Big and Where shall I put it?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

20th Sept. Learning to look – This is the basis of all drawing and painting and is surprisingly easy to ignore, especially when you think you ‘know’ an object. This class will show you various ways to trick you into seeing what is in front of you.

27th Sept. Size Matters – What size paper/canvas/board are you working towards? What size image? What about the space?  It is so easy to pick up the same old sketch book and do the same thing time and again. Let’s make it more interesting. In this class you will be encouraged to be creative about size.

4th Oct. Composition and Repetition – It is tempting to dive straight in to a picture, full of enthusiasm, and ignore the boring planning. Don’t ignore it – embrace it. You will have a look at different types of composition, play with a few, and then dive in with enthusiasm.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Why is this in a Still Life?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

11th Oct. Narrative – Back to onions…There are lots of reasons to paint onions, but what are you trying to say? An onion, a kitchen knife, a cook book, and a soup bowl start to tell a story. A line of onions in various stages of being prepared tells a slightly different story. This class is all about what you want to say, and how to say it.

18th Oct. Everyday Items, Strange Compositions, Deviations – Let’s not be dull. This is a look at the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

8th Nov. Make it Personal – These are your paintings. What are you doing and why? How do you decide what to do next?

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Back to the Onions…

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

15th Nov. Cezanne does Still Life –Pretty much what it says on the box. You will be using Cezanne as a guide and inspiration for an oniony Still Life.

22nd Nov. Colour as it isn’t – This class will look at restricted palettes, and imagined colour. In your pictures you can use WHATEVER colour you like, but this freedom isn’t examined as much as it should be.

29th Nov. Throw Everything at it – Dreadful title, but that is what some people think about mixed media. Some think of it as Blue Peter goes wild in the Early Learning Centre. This class is about an open approach, exploring different effects, playing with resists, glue, anything to hand.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Christmas

£45/ class, or free if you have paid for all the other courses

6th Dec. A Christmas themed morning combining everything!

Autumn Art at the Studio, Wherwell Priory


Oil Painting for Beginners on Mondays

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19th, 26th,September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December

9.30am – 1.00pm

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over.


This ten week course takes you from absolute beginner to being competent, confident, and independently able to use oil paints. You will start each day developing drawing skills that underpin many methods of painting. You will learn about tone, mark making, colour, some aspects of composition, and the different materials used to paint with oils.

19th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

 Some materials are provided, but over the duration of the course you will be advised about what you need to get started. I don’t want to burden you with a huge expense before you have started.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


There’s more to Still Life than Onions…

Red Vegetables, oil, £

20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over


Still Life classes can be a bit dull.

The idea of this course is to have a look at a number of different creative approaches and apply these ideas to a Still Life.

Some of the things you will be looking at are: narrative paintings, size and composition, Cezanne’s approach to still life, strange compositions, playing with colour, found supports, repetition and deviation, making the everyday ‘special’ and making it personal. You will be encouraged to try fresh methods of doing things, and to play with new ideas.

It does not matter what materials you wish to use, these classes are about exposing you to different ideas. I will help you with any practical problems should they arise, so don’t let inexperience put you off. These classes should help you to find what you want to paint, and how you wish to do it.

20th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

This class is appropriate for anyone, what ever materials they wish to use.   I will provide paper and charcoal for initial exercises. Other materials are up to you.

Contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – ESSENTIALS.

 

 

Autumn Art at the Riverside Yurt Cafe


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River Landscapes on the Shoulders of Giants

14,th 21st, 28th September

9.30am – 4.00pm

£70 each, or £180 for all three

Three days by the River Test looking at different methods used by Masters of the techniques. Coffee and light lunch are included.

Contact me for more details and availabilitykate@artdrawpaint.com
Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

 

 

Van Gogh and Mark Making – 14th September, 2016

Van Gogh implies depth and distance using weight of marks. Movement, flowers, paths and more, are all depicted with an economy of descriptive line, dot, circle and shape.

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You will develop a way of drawing using a vocabulary of different marks. Materials used will be pencils, pens and inks.

 

 

Cy Twombly, Picasso, Chris Ofili and Mixed Media – 21st September, 2016

 The joy of playing with art is often forgotten. Mixed media is not a cross between Blue Peter’s cut and paste, and Playschool. Rediscover the fun of mixing wax crayons and watercolours, of sticking a print into a drawing. This playful approach will help you relax creatively, and try new ideas. There are no rules and no boundaries. Lots of different materials will be used.

 

The Fauves and Colour – 28th September, 2016

The Fauves were a group of French painters prominent from 1905, including Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, characterized by the use of bright colours and simplified forms.

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You will be interpreting the landscape by the river and yurt, embracing the Fauves use of colour. Suggested materials would be bright inks, watercolour dyes, acrylics –basically anything bright and quick drying.

 

 

 


 

Life Class on Wednesday Evenings

5th, 12th and 19th October

6pm – 9pm

£40 each or £100 for all three

Three evenings of taught life drawing in October, kept warm by a wood burning stove.

 

A Single Pose – 5th October, 2016

 

In this first class you will learn the basics of life drawing, looking at different drawing materials, thinking about foreshortening, and proportions. The model will keep the same pose all evening so you can focus on the mechanics of life drawing.

 

Music and Movement – 12th October, 2016

 

This evening will be about gestures, rhythm and flow. The thought of drawing a moving figure sends most beginners into a blind panic. DO NOT PANIC. You will find you are better at this than you thought. You will learn to observe the movement of a body, with its repetitions and rhythms.

 

The Clothed Form – 19th October, 2016

 

Most of the bodies we see are clothed most of the time. The way clothes hang, fit and move describe the body within. This evening you will look at how to capture the model still, and moving, and how their clothes enhance the actions or otherwise.

 

 

Materials and paper will be provided, plus vital tea or coffee at half time.

Summer Art Courses at Riverside Yurt Cafe


See and be Seen…beyond the Selfie                      

Portrait and Self Portrait, Parent and Child

Thursday 21st July, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look.

On this course you and your child (or grandchild, friend, godchild, niece, nephew etc etc) will play around with different ways of drawing yourselves, and each other. Through the day you will be drawing, using colour and modelling with clay (more than a chance you will get messy).

We will provide the materials needed for the day if you bring smallish mirrors for everyone doing the workshop. It will involve paint and clay so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

This is a fun exercise to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the yurt in a field by the river Test. There will be a picnic lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Art and Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday 4th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

The Riverside Yurt is set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, surrounded by fields and trees, with the river Test running next to the entrance.

Bring your child to a morning’s Nature and Art Scavenger Hunt. We will send you both off to find flowers, leaves, bark rubbings and more. And then record what you have found.

You will be asked to find, draw and record all sorts of different bits of the field, and surrounding flora and fauna.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

We will provide the materials needed for the day. It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Masks

Thursday 11th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

I love masks.

All over the world different cultures make masks for ceremonies, rituals, theatre and a multitude of other reasons.

They are great fun to make. You will make a couple of different masks using different methods. We will provide the materials needed for the day.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children.

It is appropriate for most age groups but please can you tell us the age of the child.

 

For more information about classes please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com or take a look at our website www.artdrawpaint.com.

 

For information about all the different things on offer at the Riverside Yurt have a look at www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

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A Day by the River Test


Wednesday was surprisingly busy for a contemplative sort of day. The aim of the course was  to capture the day, the moment,  and the experience of the senses and the river. Wonderful, imaginative work was produced. Delicious lunch. No rain.

The time was filled with strimming, mowing, humming, rubbing, sticking, reading, mapping, drawing, drawing, drawing, painting, thinking and writing. There are so many different aspects to capture, so much information to gather and the dilemma of ‘what do I want to say?’ and ‘how do I say it?”.

 

from “River Barrow”, by Ted Hughes

  Trees inverted

Even in this sliding place are perfect.

All evil suspended. Flies

Teem over my hands, twanging their codes

In and out of my ear's beam. Future, past,

Reading each other in the water mirror

Barely tremble the thick nerve.

Heavy belly

Of river, solid mystery

With a living vein.

There were vital moments to pause, contemplate and drink coffee (delicious cakes at Riverside Yurt Cafe too).

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There is a further day at The Riverside Yurt Cafe on 6th July, discovering their lavender field. The morning will be spent painting and drawing and trying lavender jams with cream tea at coffee time – I’m sure coffee will be allowed. To find out more try this link

Lavender Workshop

6 TED Talks That Will Boost Your Creativity


This is from Time magazine and is  written by  Melanie Deziel. I think it is a good thing to repost. Everyone needs help to move the box along a bit…

March 15, 2016

They’ll help you start to think outside of the box ASAP

“Creativity is always a leap of faith,” author Julia Cameron said. “You’re faced with a blank page, a blank easel or an empty stage.” It’s all part of the process when you live a creative life or work in a creative field, but some days the blankness gets the better of you. You can’t seem to write the first word, paint the first mark or speak the first line.

Before you get too down on yourself, check out these inspiring TED Talks to help you find a creative (pun intended) solution to your creativity problem.

1. Shimpei Takahashi: ‘Mute your inner critic’

It’s easy to stop yourself short when you’re in a creative mindset, shooting down ideas before they have a chance to fully form. That’s why Shimpei Takahashi, a toy developer from Japan, uses a brainstorming game he calls “Shiritori,” where you simply list words, each beginning with the letter that the previous word ends with. Once you have a list, you challenge yourself to come up with ideas connected to each of those words. (If I’m at a cafe brainstorming article ideas, I might start with listing “Coffee > Elephants > Socks,” and then that list might become “When To Drink Coffee To Be Most Productive,” “Tricks for Never Forgetting Someone’s Name,” and “What To Wear For An Evening Networking Event.”)

Not all of the ideas will be great, he says, but that’s not the point; with that understanding, you can retrain your brain to be less afraid of self-censoring and have more total ideas from which to choose.

Read more: 3 Ways to Instantly Be More Productive

2. Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Turn down the pressure’

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, wants to squash the idea that you have to suffer to be creative.

“Creative genius,” she says, is inside of all of us, and our creativity can—and perhaps, should—be separated from our sense of self.

She argues that, once you start just showing up and waiting for creativity to come to you, it will. Sometimes more slowly than at other times, but it will. Listen to this talk when you need to be reminder that, all current roadblocks aside, you will create again.

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3. Matt Ridley: ‘Start mating your ideas’

Ideas are great, but ideas borne of multiple other good ideas are even better. Author Matt Ridley talks about the inventions, movements and other discoveries that have most changed humanity—and how they were all the results of the combination of the best parts of other ideas.

If you’re looking for inspiration, try mashing up the best features of two great ideas you’ve already had to create something entirely new.

4. Tim Harford: ‘Reframe obstacles as opportunities’

The story that Tim Harford presents at the start of this talk is a lesson in the power of perseverance and improvisation that every creative type needs to hear at some point—or at many points.

Flaws, challenges, mistakes and other unexpected obstacles force us to slow down and to think differently, which often results in better outcomes.

So the next time you’re struggling with an “impossible” deadline or a “ridiculous” limitation, give this talk a play and reframe the challenge as an opportunity to create some of the best work you’ve done to date.

Read more: Maria Shriver On The Power of Conversation

5. Tim Brown: ‘Have a little fun’

Fear of judgment is often what causes us to be conservative, to censor ourselves and to be embarrassed about what we create.

But it turns out, children don’t self-edit in that way; they’re focused more on possibility than judgement. To get back into that childlike mindset, designer Tim Brown encourages play. This talk comes packing some seriously fun tips and activities to help abandon self-censoring.

6. Ann Morgan: ‘Diversify your portfolio’

It’s easy to fall into the same old habits and find yourself struggling to create anything new. But sometimes, a lack of creative output comes as a result of a lack of new inputs.

When Ann Morgan found her bookshelf lacking in diversity, she set out on a mission to read a book from every country, exposing her to new voices, perspectives and stories. “Books have an extraordinary power to take you out of yourself and into someone else’s mindset so that, for a while at least, you look at the world through different eyes,” she says. Head to your nearest bookstore and pick up something outside your normal genre to see if it stirs up something new.

When you’re feeling creatively off, the instinct is to keep pushing forward on the same path, with greater force. But sometimes, by making a simple shift in your perspective, your process or your experiences, you can adjust your mindset just enough for something to click into place.

Tuesday Still Life


Yesterday was the first day of term for the Still Life workshop.

We had a go at painting using only Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine blue, and White.  below is work in progress – more to be done next week. Picture above has more work done on it.

Quite surprising results from such a limited palette.

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Late Spring Classes


Click links for more information about dates, times and prices

Monday – Beginners Oil Painting Class

Learn to paint with Oil Paints. This course takes you from total beginner to oil painting artist in a matter of weeks. Quite a big claim!

You will learn the mechanics of oil painting, step by step. Every class starts with drawing exercises that lead into new painting techniques. Then you can be confident to have a go at anything.

Monday – Beginners Oil Painting Class

 

Tuesdays are Still Life at Wherwell

Weekly Workshop

Every week there will be a Still Life set up. This is a time for you to try new skills, experiment with old skills. It is not a taught class, but friendly suggestions and  advice is always available. The studio is open all day, I will be there throughout the day, and you can stay for as long as you want.

Tuesdays are Still Life at Wherwell

 

Composition

Composition is the cornerstone of all creative work.

This workshop is about making your work do what you want it to do.  Too often enthusiasm makes us dive in without stopping to think about what we are aiming at. This is a the PAUSE and THINK button.

Composition

 

Once a month Life Drawing

Life Drawing on a Tuesday evening, once a month in term time.

An Evening of Life Drawing – The first Tuesday of each month