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Self portrait in the age of Selfies, with Nick Bashall

Nick Bashall, Self portrait sketch, charcoal
  • The Studio, Bransbury, nr Winchester, SO21 3QJ
  • 15th-17thNovember, 2019

At the push of a button you can capture your image on a phone.  Who hasn’t taken a selfie? Who hasn’t taken a second, and a third to find a better image? A self-portrait is an altogether slower, contemplative process; we are all much more than a moment’s click on a phone. This is an opportunity to explore portraiture and work on the face we think we know so well.

Renowned portrait artist, Nick Bashall, will be teaching at The Studio, Bransbury, nr Winchester for a 2.5 day self-portraiture course. Lessons at his studios in London are highly sought after. This is a chance to learn how to look, see and to paint through the eyes of a master of his craft. 

The course is suitable for all abilities. Whilst the focus is on learning, the atmosphere is one of fun in a relaxed environment. This promotes the sharing of ideas both in the studio and over meal times. 

Nick Bashall

Although born in England,to a British army officer and a painter, Nick Bashall emigrated with his family to the then British colony of Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when his father joined the colonial forces. At the age of 20 Nick returned to England to study law at Cambridge University and was a heavyweight boxing blue. He practised law for a few years before returning to his first love, art, studying at the art school of Joaquin Torrents Llado in Mallorca, Spain for 5 years. 

Nick has developed an impressive portraiture clientele, including HRH the Princess Royal, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, the family of the Duke of Westminster, General Sir Michael Jackson, and Bill Powers, President of the University of Texas, to name a few. He has an established reputation as a war artist. The British Army has invited him several times over the years to paint in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Under its protection, he has painted large canvases on the streets, with crowds of local inhabitants looking on. 

In 2016 he and Nicky Philipps joined forces in the historic Rossetti Studios in Flood Street, Chelsea, to share their combined and considerable knowledge with students. 

For more information about Nick’s work, his approach to teaching, and videos of him in action try these two links:

www.nickbashall.com          www.studiosbashallphilipps.com

The Boring Bits

The course will take place in a delightful, purpose-built wooden studio  overlooking the Hampshire chalkstream, the River Dever. It is tucked away on the edge of a small hamlet but still easily accessible from the A303, from Winchester and Stockbridge. Both residential and non-residential students will be welcomed on the course. 


£425/person for 2.5 days tuition, materials, lunch, tea, and coffee included.

The course will start promptly at 10.00 on Friday morning, through until lunch at 1.00. The afternoon session starts at 2.00 and runs until 5.00. There will be coffee and tea breaks at regular intervals throughout the day.

Sunday morning class will run until 12.30 followed by buffet lunch.

We suggest you join the residential party on the Thursday evening and join us for supper at Riverside Cottage at 7.30, before the course begins.

Supper will be available for everyone on the course each evening.  It will be a sociable event with a chance to catch your breath and relax after a good day’s work. If you are staying at Riverside cottage the meal is included in the price. Those of you who are not staying at Riverside have the option of a hearty supper for an extra £25 per night. 

Residential Options

If you would like to stay near the Studio in Bransbury here are a few options, in addition to the cost of the course. Please speak directly to the places concerned. We would recommend Riverside Cottage so you are on site. There are 5 bedrooms so it is on a first come first served basis.

Riverside Cottage, Bransbury, http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

Clare Dryden, who created the delightful studio, house and gardens is offering a special price of £300/head for three nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. If you wish to share a room there will be a reduction of £20/head/night. Arrive at 6.00pm on Thursday 14thNovember giving you time to unpack, unwind and relax before supper.

Below is a brief list of other places nearby:

Catering and dietary requirements 

Please inform us of any dietary requirements in advance so we can prepare alternative options. 

Plus ones 

We welcome ‘plus ones’. Whether your partner / friend is a painter, or not, there is plenty to do around Riverside Cottage. We can recommend the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals, walks in the Test Valley, or curl up in front of a log fire and read a book.

Don’t hesitate to call us for more information. Plus ones are required to pay  £240 for dinner, bed and breakfast.

For more information please contact Kate Measham: 01980 863155 or kate@artdrawpaint.com

An Evening with Nick Bashall.

In Conversation and Portrait Demonstration.

  • 20thAugust, 2019  6.30-8.30pm
  • Riverside Cottage, 
  • Bransbury, Nr Winchester,SO21 3QJ
  • £10/evening

Booking essential, places limited. Please contactkate@artdrawpaint.com

As he draws, Nick will describe the process and answer questions from the audience. Not only will you know the thoughts and methods of the artist we should also hear from the model.

Nick Bashall is a renowned war artist and portrait painter whose subjects have included members of the Royal Family, Military and Business leaders.

When not painting portraits for posterity Nick does performance  painting  for festival goers at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and other events. Our model isn’t Kylie for this evening (I can’t think why we didn’t ask her). There will be fewer costume changes, but it will be just as exciting and interesting in every other way.

Nick will be teaching a 2 ½ day self-portrait course at the Studio, Bransbury in  mid November. For more information see the website below.

www.artdrawpaint.com              https://www.nickbashall.com/

Refreshments provided

Summer Classes

There are a number of classes over the summer, some regular classes, and some new. Please contact me if you want to know more.

Class List

More information about the Evening with Nick Bashall to follow shortly.

There will be more classes that arise at different times over the next few months so keep an eye on the art draw paint website.

If you haven’t been to the Studio at Bransbury come and visit us in August during the Hampshire Open Studios fortnight. There will be more information nearer the time.

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


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


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, 

Just painting – Oils – a reminder…fullsizerender

9.30am – 1.00pm

Wherwell Studio


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)


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)


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


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



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


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


£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

How would the Fauves do it?derain

Riverside Yurt Cafe


£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.