Welcome to Hampshire Open Studios 2018! Our full colour brochure is out now and highlights more than 250 venues that you can visit across Hampshire in the ten days leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend – 18th to 27th August.
What could be more lovely than to sit by a river, painting and drawing? Rivers are moving and changing all the time so what could be more frustrating?
Learn through experiments and new techniques how to find your own approach to capturing a river, and how to overcome these frustrations.
The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the River Dever. Its glories inspire fishermen, poets and artists alike. The Riverside Cottage studio is set amongst trees by the river and will be our base for the day’s workshop.
You will spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. To help capture an image you will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment.
After a delicious lunch in the Riverside Cottage you will use the morning’s drawings to work towards a painting. Any media welcome. If you need assistance that is not a problem.
“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times
Sunday 7th- Saturday 13th October, 2018
In early October join us for art and culture in the Axarquía. This week offers you the opportunity to explore and paint the unspoilt landscape, hills and orchards of Andalucía, farming villages, and the ancient cultural centre of Malaga.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa, (do look at the Casa Rosa’s fabulous website) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.
Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively or semi abstractly.
Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.
Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in inculcating a house style, but in encouraging students to find their own voice and helping them to develop the necessary skills to explore it.
She has exhibited at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, Fisherton Mill, and various other exhibition spaces.
Locally Sourced Food and Wine
The week will have a house party feel with most meals being eaten together.
Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and produces olive oil used for your meals. Early October will see pomegranates ripening in the orchards.
Local wine will be available plus copious amounts of tea, coffee and other soft drinks, and local produce will be used for delicious meals with a Spanish slant (see jamon iberico below, waiting to be chosen for tapas in the evenings).
Rosie is a talented chef. She is the daughter of a diplomat and spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights. Rosie will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give her good warning before you arrive.
The Artist’s Day
The day will be divided into three sessions; two will be led by Kate, and the third is free for you to use as you wish and maybe to revisit an earlier project . Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30. Artists will gather at 10.00 for 3 hours tuition followed by a delicious and healthy lunch.
There will always be a taught morning session; and only one taught session after lunch – either afternoon, or evening.
Tuition will resume at 2.30 for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. The evening session will be from 5pm to 8pm. After the evening session, everyone will gather for drinks and supper. There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if wanted – over wine, olives and food.
What to Expect on the Course
The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa, enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.
You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere. Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week. Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.
A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.
Participants are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and instead enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía. There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and a table tennis room to divert you if you need diverting.
Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa. The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.
You will spend a day enjoying the delights of old Malaga, a relatively unknown destination to most tourists.
Malaga has been transformed over the last few years. It was a dilapidated, but charming Mediterranean port which suffered much in the Civil War of the 1930s, and was subsequently allowed to fall into decay.
The old heart has retained its character and has been beautifully and sensitively restored, from the exquisite Malagueña mansion of the Picasso Museum to the Roman Amphitheatre, the exciting modern marina and the charming Carmen Thyssen Museum.
There will be opportunities for sketching, or painting, a visit to the Picasso Museum and lunch in Malaga – transport, to and from Malaga, and lunch will be included.
The Boring Bits
£1,250 includes full board, with own room, ensuite.There is no single supplement. However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £150 reduction each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £950.
A deposit of £300 secures a place on this course.
If the suggested flights are booked, collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price of £1,250. Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.
If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport.
Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We advise you to have travel insurance.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Tuesday 27th Feb and Tuesday 13th March, 10.00am – 4.00pm
How can you take your painting forwards?
Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?
How do you take a step sideways in order to move forwards? You know what you want to say, but not how you want to say it. You may get tighter when you want to get looser, or looser when you want more control.
The more time you spend painting the more you know there are other things out there you can’t quite reach.
And what about abstraction? Different palettes? Different media? Supports? Intuition? And every other sort of variation on a theme.
This course will be short, but exciting. It will encourage you to make mistakes, and to enjoy them, to play and learn. I’m not too worried about what media you want to use – the idea is to experiment, play, discuss and try new things.
Each day will have a different theme and build on the previous day. You will be encouraged to do some research in between classes.
These two days will be more about the process of using paint and colour, than about the destination.
Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.
The river Test runs through a series of mills in Whitchurch, from Bere Mill, Town Mill, and the Silk Mill, down to Fulling Mill below the town.
Footpaths, streams, islands and bridges weave their way through the town. Over many years the keepers at the Whitchurch Fishery have managed the banks, weed and wild areas to keep the flow of the river and the diversity of wildlife in balance.
The Silk Mill in Whitchurch is an interesting piece of industrial heritage with the original water wheel restored and working. Silk is woven on site using 19th century machinery. It also has a first floor cafe with dangerously tasty looking cakes and sandwiches.
You are welcome to do the tour of the Mill or simply to use the cafe and visit the grounds. A large part of the mill is visible from the garden.
February has a number of art classes on offer at a variety of venues. Don’t let the weather get you down.
Contact me for more information, Kate Measham
Jan 25th (three Wednesday evenings in a row)
Oil painting for beginners a 3 day crash course at the Yurt
Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters
£45/evening (or £120/3 if you pay in advance)
The world of oil painting is vast, exciting and relatively straight forward. Once you learn the basic methods you will be able to tackle anything. I will introduce you to painting in oils using charcoal drawing. This helps you to get to grips with tone, mark making and various other techniques.
If you have had little, or no experience of painting in oils this is the class for you. Basic principles will be introduced and reinforced. As with all things, practice makes painting easier.
Oil painting for beginners also on – 1st Feb and Feb 6th
Monday 6th February
River Test, Source to Sea; a Journey
Laverstock Mill, home to Bombay Sapphire Gin.
Day two of our journey is at Laverstock, by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. If you are not able to visit all the sites along the Test with us do not worry. You can join for one off trips, keep up with photos on Facebook and at #rivertestsourcetosea on Instagram.
Contact me for more information, Kate Measham
£25/day plus entrance fee 10.30am – 4.00pm
Meet in the car park at 10.30am There is a coffee and snack van on site. We can park and enjoy the view for free but if you want to go into the buildings, see the Thomas Heatherwick greenhouse and the distillery then you need to pay an entrance fee. I would recommend the visit.
Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again
£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)
This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing and life collage (a new art school discipline?) I like to take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness and adventure.
In this class you will recycle and reuse your own marks, tones and textures, and introduce others from outside sources. Once you have tried this technique you will have a fresh approach to drawing.
Feb 14th (St Valentine’s Day)
Life Drawing, Chocolate Cake, Happiness
Instead of sitting at home, or eating at an overpriced restaurant (talking in hushed tones) join us for St Valentine’s Day, eat cake and draw. If you know someone who has not tried life drawing before, bring them along.
Materials will be provided. Suitable for all standards.
Beat the cold, the wet and the snow; revisit your painting skills
There are two classes coming up for those of you who have done some oil painting recently, or ages ago, and just want a bit of a reminder about how it all works.
Wednesday 18th January, 9.30 am – 1.00pm
Monday 20th February, 9.30 am – 1.00pm
Suitable for all who have done an introductory course, or are just a bit rusty…
You will be taken through the equipment and basic methods with a few exercises along the way. It will all come back to you; a chance to practise all those things you have learnt in classes. There will be a Still life set up and a reminder about the process of painting in oils. Bring whatever equipment you have and I will have some extras to fill the gaps.
Don’t shy away from oils because you haven’t used them for ages and you remember the whole thing as being complicated. This class will guide you through and remind you what a wonderful thing it is to paint with oil paints.
I thought I would have a look for some cold landscapes to encourage everyone to escape into a warm studio. This link had rather good pictures snowy landscapes