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Andalucia, Autumn Light and Painting in Rural Spain


“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

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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.  rosa open plan living (2)

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 Measham

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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.

 

fullsizeoutput_555Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work and she is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.

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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.

Toma_Aceite_70-400x400 pomegranatesCasa 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).fullsizeoutput_54b

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.

DP217006Malaga 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.

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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:

Kate Measham on kate@artdrawpaint.com or T:+44 01980 863155

Or Rosie Tatham on rosie@tatham.biz or T:07940 833025

 

Painting, Painting, Painting


Practise, Practise, Practise

January 18th, February 1st, 15th, March 1st and 15th

£250  for whole term

Ramshill, Easton Common Hill, East Winterslow

10am – 4.00 pm

This will be a relaxed day with a different theme to each class including mark making,  cloth, glass, reflective surfaces, shape and tone – normal stuff.  You can work in any media.

The guiding ethos will be about making your work exciting, and interesting.

It hope this will become a regular fixture on  alternate Thursdays.  They will be full day  sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 6 per class.

Thinking Aloud – experimenting with paint and colour


Weds 25th October, 1st and 29th November

10.00am – 4.00pm

£155/3 days

How can you take your painting forwards?

Do you get frustrated, and possibly a bit bored by your paintings?

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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 three days will be more about the process of using paint and colour,  than about the destination.

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Thinking Aloud would be appropriate for more experienced artists.

For more information contact Kate Measham

River Test, Source to the Sea – Whitchurch


Tuesday 7th March

£25/day – entrance fee to Silk Mill not included

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.

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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.

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

We will meet in the carpark by the library which is next to the Silk Mill at 10.30am. to discuss the approach to the day.

There are well marked walks around the town that may be of interest to some.

Walks in Whitchurch

 

February art classes – mostly indoors


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

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £120/3 if you pay in advance)

Beginners

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

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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.


Feb 13th

Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again

Wherwell Studios

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)

Intermediate

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.

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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.

Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)


Wednesday 15th February

Van Gogh Mark Making

see Rum’s Eg website for more information

Brush up your oil painting…


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

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

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

Art Classes


2017 is just over the horizon.

 

New Year’s Resolutions – who’d have them? How do you make sure they last beyond January 3rd? In my household we are busy with plans and resolutions with varying degrees of probable success. Here are some Measham thoughts –  going to more exhibitions, being a bit tidier, less chocolate (yeah yeah) and some of us want to be more rigorous about painting and drawing EVERY DAY.

So many plans. Good.

‘Keep busy, keep trying new things, and learning new skills, join groups of people doing things they enjoy doing’

The Mantra for 2017 (no mention of chocolate)

barometerWe have lots of classes on offer. Some are one off chances to try something new, others are like putting on something comfortable. There are some short courses and some things that will last all year. As the year goes on new classes will be offered so keep an eye on the website.

There are classes at Wherwell Priory Studio, the Riverside Yurt Café (and its winter quarters) and at Rum’s Eg in Romsey.

For more information about times, costs etc click this link:

Courses for the cold bits, 2017

The River Test will be the subject of a year long investigation, (The River Test, Source to Sea, A Journey) and there will be a weekly instagram drawing for anyone to join.

January classes are as follows:

Monday, 9th Jan, Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls, at Wherwell Priory

Wednesday, 11th Jan, River Test, Source to Sea, a Journey, at Overton

Sunday, 15th Jan, Size Matters, at Rum’s Eg, Romsey

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Wednesday, 18th Jan, Just Painting, at Wherwell Priory

Wednesday 25th Jan, Crash Course in Oil Painting, at Riverside Yurt Cafe, (Winter Quarters)

Courses for 2017

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Other classes to look out for – more information soon:

Upcycle Dolls and Stuffed Toys.  Give new life to old toys (yours, a loved one’s, or from a charity shop) Turn them into monsters, fantastic creatures, or something altogether more avant-garde. This is not designed as a dolls hospital; more Frankenstein revisited with plastic surgery.

Time; Ephemeral, Past and Present. A photo can capture a moment but how can we approach time passing, and time passed?

Russian Doll Painting. Mess with tradition.  Instead of a Matryoshka with head scarf and flowery pinafore create a nest of dolls with a story, maybe a family history, your own  hidden characteristics, secrets and aspirations. Or animals, bugs, skeletons, muscles, or your last three meals…endless possibilities.

Please contact me if you would like more information, or to book onto a course:

Kate Measham

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Courses for 2017


In 2017 there are a variety of courses on offer to appeal to many different interests. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  Vouchers are available for classes as presents for Birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion.

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

 

January 9th mon

Seeds, Shells, Stones and Skulls

Wherwell Studio

9.30am – 1.00pm

£40/morning

Suitable for all

Start the year with a return to the natural environment. NO BLING, no tinsel, no presents, no washing up, but all of life in a Still Life. There will be a number of different seeds and seed heads, exotic, large and small shells, stones collected locally and from beaches far and wide, and a selection of skulls.

The aim is to examine the variety of texture, tone, shape and subtle colour in these natural objects. This is a no pressure morning; you can paint or draw (I will help if anyone wants assistance).

 

The River Test, Source to Sea, a year’s journey

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Once a month, different venues

One day at a time

£25/day (plus entrance fees where necessary, but nearly all in public spaces)

Suitable for all

I have spent many years living near the Test, or in the Test valley itself. In 2017 I want to record different parts of the river, and different seasons, and to capture something of the way a river changes over its journey. This is something I want to do and invite anyone who is interested to join me along the way.

We will start near the source of the Test  and  the end of year will be down stream at Testwood Nature Reserve where the river is tidal. It may be cold and wet occasionally, but that is part of the story. There are many warming pubs along the way if we are overwhelmed by weather.

The River Test, Source to Sea, a year’s journey – dates

January 11th, February 6th, March 6th,

April 3rd, May 8th, June 7th, July 12th,

August 9th, September 11th, October 11th,

November 8th, and December 6th

 

 

January 18th, 

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9.30am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

Suitable for all who have done an introductory course

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. 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.

 

 

Jan 25th        

Oil painting for beginners a 3 day crash course at the Yurt

Riverside Yurt Cafe

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £120/3 if you pay in advance)

Beginners

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

 

Feb 13th

Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again

Wherwell Studios

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)

Intermediate

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 20th mon

Just painting – Oils – a reminder…

9.30am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

Suitable for all who have done an introductory course

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. 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.

 

February 22nd 

Experimental Drawing – exploring the senses.

9.30am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio

£40/morning

Intermediate

Art is a creative subject, but the hardest leap seems to from what you can see to what you have to imagine when you can’t see.

In this drawing class will look at translating, smell, touch, hearing, taste and memory into a visual format. Rhythm, colour, mark making will all be called upon to extend your visual vocabulary into the unknown. What does the inside of your mouth feel like? Can you draw the sharp, salty tang of stilton? How would you portray the feelings evoked by a song sung in a language you don’t recognise?  These are hard steps to take, and there is no right or wrong answer, but no reason not to try.

 

Mar 20th mon

The luck of the draw

Riverside Yurt Cafe

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening

More information to come. 

 

 

May 8th 

The River Test, Source to Sea, a year’s journey

Half way through the journey, show and tell at the prizewinning Riverside Yurt Café

 

 

May 17th

See and be Seen, Beyond the Selfiegentileschi2

Self Portraits now.

Riverside Yurt Cafe

9.30am-4.00pm

£85, light lunch and materials included

Suitable for all

 Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look. On this course you will investigate 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 will be a lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.


May 31st

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Riverside Yurt Cafe

9.30am-4.00pm

£85, light lunch and materials included

Suitable for all

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.

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.

 

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 (?).

 

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.