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River Test, The Journey Begins


AND WE START ON WEDNESDAY 11th January…

I have lived in, or near, the Test Valley for many years, and been married to a fly fisherman for even more.  This year I am going to record the river from as near to its source as I can manage, down to the tidal waters at Testwood,and the sea.

Along the way there will be a Facebook page with information and possibly the occasional picture. Keep an eye on instagram #rivertestsourcetosea – sorry…don’t know how to do a link.

Each month  a different area of the river will be the focus, with a mixture of rural idyll and industry that relies on the water. By the end of the year there will be quite a body of work.

On Wednesday, 11th January at 10.00am we will meet at the  White Hart in Overton http://www.whitehartoverton.co.uk/eat-drink/. The second outing will be to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (more of this later).

I think this first day will be the hardest of the journey, not only because it is January, cold and wet, but also it is a new experience for us all.

The Test rises in a field to the east of Overton. A footpath can take you very near to it but it is a wellies venue. Quiddhampton Mill is very attractive, as is the view from the bridge at Polhampton. The back gardens of Overton, going down to the stream through the town are attractive in a different way.I think we will probably take a look at different spots on the day.

Throughout the year I am trying to keep to mostly public sites so you can revisit them in your own time if you feel you need more information.

It is possible to take a shopful of equipment but that just gets expensive and annoying.  I would suggest a large hardbacked sketchbook, or a board and paper, masking tape, a camera or phone, pencils, charcoal etc and whatever paints you are happiest using. I will take some pens, oil pastels and the bright dyes I like to use. Also useful can be a large envelope, or plastic filing sleeve.  I always pick up bits and pieces and it helps to have somewhere to put them. I might put in something to sit on, I might not.  I have a travelling easel but I won’t bring it.
I have my fingers crossed that umbrellas won’t be necessary!
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us please pass on the information.

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, 

Just painting – Oils – a reminder…fullsizerender

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

How would the Fauves do it?derain

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.

 

Lines of Thought


I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.

Poole Museum

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Lines of thought

Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

FREE

Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open. 

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.

Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)

© Trustees of the British Museum

An exhilarating show        The Telegraph

Featured in The Guardian’s 5 of the best…art exhibitions

 

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

 

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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