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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).


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

NEW -Summer workshops in Riverside Yurt

Enjoy the summer with art workshops in a meadow by the river Test, near Barton Stacey. If the weather turns British we will retire to a yurt with its cafe and wood burning stove. If you wish to enrol for all three classes at once we offer a combined price of 3 courses for £135. Have a look at Riverside Lifestyle’s website for more information and directions http://www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

Drawing By the River – Rhythm, ebb and flow

15th June, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm

£35/ morning.

What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating? Learn through wild experiments how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.

The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.

Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.

£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.

The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day


22nd June, 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm

£77/day, including lunch

It is so easy to jump out of a car, to snap a photo with a smart phone and feel we have caught something. A river is a slow experience. Spend a day capturing the moment and a sense of time, place and spirit of the river.

In the beautiful setting of the Riverside Yurt, near Barton Stacey on the Test, you will look at different ways to record being by the river. In this workshop you will look at how to capture a sense of place, season, and the sounds and flora that go with it. We will consider how maps, poetry, music and sounds are able to inform your work.

Using a mixed media approach you will explore the environment, gathering information. You will be drawing things of interest, recording the rhythms, textures and colours of the river, and bringing them together to form a final piece. For more information have a look at our courses or try this link River

This workshop would be appropriate for all abilities.

A delicious Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Lavender Workshop

6th July, 2016, 9.30am – 12.45pm


The meadow by the Riverside Yurt has its own lavender field. This beautiful plant is used in their own bath and body products, and various culinary delicacies. The middle of the morning will be a chance to taste the produce with a cream tea including scones and delicious raspberry and lavender jam.

This workshop will involve drawing, painting and coloured pencils around the lavender, partly still life, and partly landscape. for more information have a look under ‘courses’ or try this link Lavender Workshop

This workshop is appropriate for all standards.


Back to School

Taster Day for Art Draw Paint

There was a slight nervousness about the first day of school today. Who will I sit next to?  What time is Break? Where is the loo? All vital questions.  The ice was broken with a game of Pictionary – left handed, holding someone else’s hand etc etc. Some of you will have done it before; for others it may have been a bit of a shock at 9.37am on a Monday morning.

The group worked hard throughout the morning producing some excellent work, often with materials that were new to them. ‘Charcoal rules’ for some, though perhaps not for all.

Art Draw Paint

This course starts on Monday 28th September. Please contact me if you wish to join it.  There will be 10 classes covering different materials, and different aspects of drawing and painting.  It is a taught class and you will be encouraged to try things you haven’t done before. It may get messy. It will be hard work but it will be interesting, fun, and by the end you will know how to approach a drawing.

Taster Morning for Art Draw Paint


Taster Morning

Before you commit to an entire term taking classes from someone you don’t know, at a studio you don’t know, doing a course in something you are not too sure about either…come and try a taster morning.

21st September, 9.30 – 12.45am, £25 for the morning

If you enjoy the morning you can join the term course with a £15 reduction.

At Wherwell Priory Studio. (See map below). All materials provided.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Kate on: