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Little or Large?

 Size Matters

What size image and what size support you use are very important elements in composition. Size matters.

What size paper/canvas/board are you working towards? What size image? What about the space?  It is so easy to pick up the same old sketch book and do the same thing time and again. Let’s make it more interesting. In this class you will be encouraged to be creative about size.

27th Sept. £45 /class  9.30am – 12.45pm

I think Tuesday is meant to be sodden.  If you want to come to this class at Wherwell Priory Studio contact me for more details and availability kate@artdrawpaint.com

Roche Court, East Winterslow

http://sculpture.uk.com/programme/darren-almond-new-work-in-the-gallery-and-park/

I went to Roche Court last week and saw the  new exhibition by Darren Almond. Below is a brief extract about some of his work there.  It is particularly relevant to this class.  He has produced beautiful paintings of hypothetical views of space with colour, light and distance captured in a strangely recognisable way. I have no idea what he is painting, but I know it is space. Into this space are tiny specks of distant stars. Their size and the size of pictures make you feel very, very small.

 

 Darren Almond: new work

17 Sep – 13 Nov 2016

Almond makes work which explores ideas about time, space, history and memory and how these abstract concepts intersect and impact on the individual. At the very core of his work is an exploration of time and space and for the viewer, they raise fundamental questions about our very existence.
In the gallery, Almond will show a series of ‘Timescape’ paintings, which explore his preoccupation with time and space to their absolute limits. They suggest the conundrum, that although we know a certain amount about deep space, there is still so much that remains – at least for now – unknowable. Conceptually, these depictions of the outer reaches of the cosmos engulf us in the beauty of the Milky Way; the colourful and dreamlike atmospheres which Almond has captured ultimately remind us of our insignificance within the enormity of the universe.

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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More to Still Life than Onions

Autumn Still Life Series at Wherwell Studio

I have had worried calls from various people to say they can’t do the whole course, but can I break it down into bite sized pieces. Hopefully these newly batched classes fit the bill. The dates are the same as previously advertised, and it is still based on Still Life, but these approaches can be applied to other form of creativity.

What, How Big and Where shall I put it?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

20th Sept. Learning to look – This is the basis of all drawing and painting and is surprisingly easy to ignore, especially when you think you ‘know’ an object. This class will show you various ways to trick you into seeing what is in front of you.

27th Sept. Size Matters – What size paper/canvas/board are you working towards? What size image? What about the space?  It is so easy to pick up the same old sketch book and do the same thing time and again. Let’s make it more interesting. In this class you will be encouraged to be creative about size.

4th Oct. Composition and Repetition – It is tempting to dive straight in to a picture, full of enthusiasm, and ignore the boring planning. Don’t ignore it – embrace it. You will have a look at different types of composition, play with a few, and then dive in with enthusiasm.

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

Why is this in a Still Life?

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

11th Oct. Narrative – Back to onions…There are lots of reasons to paint onions, but what are you trying to say? An onion, a kitchen knife, a cook book, and a soup bowl start to tell a story. A line of onions in various stages of being prepared tells a slightly different story. This class is all about what you want to say, and how to say it.

18th Oct. Everyday Items, Strange Compositions, Deviations – Let’s not be dull. This is a look at the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

8th Nov. Make it Personal – These are your paintings. What are you doing and why? How do you decide what to do next?

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

Back to the Onions…

£45/1 class, or £120/3 classes, 9.30am – 12.45pm

15th Nov. Cezanne does Still Life –Pretty much what it says on the box. You will be using Cezanne as a guide and inspiration for an oniony Still Life.

22nd Nov. Colour as it isn’t – This class will look at restricted palettes, and imagined colour. In your pictures you can use WHATEVER colour you like, but this freedom isn’t examined as much as it should be.

29th Nov. Throw Everything at it – Dreadful title, but that is what some people think about mixed media. Some think of it as Blue Peter goes wild in the Early Learning Centre. This class is about an open approach, exploring different effects, playing with resists, glue, anything to hand.

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

Christmas

£45/ class, or free if you have paid for all the other courses

6th Dec. A Christmas themed morning combining everything!

Autumn Art at the Studio, Wherwell Priory

Oil Painting for Beginners on Mondays

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19th, 26th,September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October

7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December

9.30am – 1.00pm

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over.


This ten week course takes you from absolute beginner to being competent, confident, and independently able to use oil paints. You will start each day developing drawing skills that underpin many methods of painting. You will learn about tone, mark making, colour, some aspects of composition, and the different materials used to paint with oils.

19th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

 Some materials are provided, but over the duration of the course you will be advised about what you need to get started. I don’t want to burden you with a huge expense before you have started.

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


There’s more to Still Life than Onions…

Red Vegetables, oil, £

20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October

8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December

The whole 10 week course £350,

If paid as two half terms, £195 each half.

Classes missed cannot be carried over


Still Life classes can be a bit dull.

The idea of this course is to have a look at a number of different creative approaches and apply these ideas to a Still Life.

Some of the things you will be looking at are: narrative paintings, size and composition, Cezanne’s approach to still life, strange compositions, playing with colour, found supports, repetition and deviation, making the everyday ‘special’ and making it personal. You will be encouraged to try fresh methods of doing things, and to play with new ideas.

It does not matter what materials you wish to use, these classes are about exposing you to different ideas. I will help you with any practical problems should they arise, so don’t let inexperience put you off. These classes should help you to find what you want to paint, and how you wish to do it.

20th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course.

This class is appropriate for anyone, what ever materials they wish to use.   I will provide paper and charcoal for initial exercises. Other materials are up to you.

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


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – ESSENTIALS.

 

 

Summer Art Courses at Riverside Yurt Cafe

See and be Seen…beyond the Selfie                      

Portrait and Self Portrait, Parent and Child

Thursday 21st July, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

Everyone thinks they know what they look like – selfies are everywhere – but take another look.

On this course you and your child (or grandchild, friend, godchild, niece, nephew etc etc) will play around with 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 must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

This is a fun exercise to enjoy in the beautiful setting of the yurt in a field by the river Test. There will be a picnic lunch provided using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Art and Nature Scavenger Hunt

Thursday 4th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

The Riverside Yurt is set in beautiful Hampshire countryside, surrounded by fields and trees, with the river Test running next to the entrance.

Bring your child to a morning’s Nature and Art Scavenger Hunt. We will send you both off to find flowers, leaves, bark rubbings and more. And then record what you have found.

You will be asked to find, draw and record all sorts of different bits of the field, and surrounding flora and fauna.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

We will provide the materials needed for the day. It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children. It is appropriate for most age groups.

Please tell us the ages of the children taking part.

 

Masks

Thursday 11th August, 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

£80/adult and child combination.

Each additional person/£30

PICNIC LUNCH INCLUDED

I love masks.

All over the world different cultures make masks for ceremonies, rituals, theatre and a multitude of other reasons.

They are great fun to make. You will make a couple of different masks using different methods. We will provide the materials needed for the day.

At the end of the morning’s hard work there will be a picnic lunch provided by the Riverside Yurt Café, using the same fine ingredients sourced for the café.

It will get messy so wear appropriate clothes. There must be at least one adult to every two children.

It is appropriate for most age groups but please can you tell us the age of the child.

 

For more information about classes please contact Kate Measham at kate@artdrawpaint.com or take a look at our website www.artdrawpaint.com.

 

For information about all the different things on offer at the Riverside Yurt have a look at www.riversidelifestyle.co.uk

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www.twitter.com/riversidestyl

 

 

 

 

Lavender (and wild flower) Workshop – In a Field by the River Test

Lavender fields in the SUN

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A very busy morning at the Riverside Yurt Cafe. After a frantic session trying varied, and new materials the class were treated to delicious raspberry and lavender jam and clotted cream and scones. They seemed to go down well.

Strong work was produced using a variety of different media.  The two most popular seemed to be black marker pens and the wonderful KOH-I-NOOR  12 Brilliant Water Colour Paint,  (Anilinky).  These are available from Amazon for less than £5.00. Well worth a play. The sun shone all morning and we were warm. This is noteworthy.

Keep a look out for Summer Holiday Classes at the Yurt. These will be for children and adults to work together…scavenger hunts, self portrait classes, picnics and mask making. The picnics are particularly good.  These might be good days out for Grannies and Grandpas with their grandchildren. More to follow
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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).

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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

Drawing by the River Test – Rhythm, ebb and flow

A morning by the river

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 experiments and new techniques, 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.

IMG_0018Spend 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

Life Drawing – Tuesdays

 

Just a reminder…..The first Tuesday of June falls just after half term on 7th June.   This will be the last evening session until October.

 

There will be Life Drawing again in the autumn when the grim, dark nights take over.  I hope this sounds sensible.

 

I look forward to seeing all comers on 7th June, 6.00 – 9.00pm at Wherwell Priory Studio. Don’t forget to drop me a line if you are interested.

kate@artdrawpaint.com

6 TED Talks That Will Boost Your Creativity

This is from Time magazine and is  written by  Melanie Deziel. I think it is a good thing to repost. Everyone needs help to move the box along a bit…

March 15, 2016

They’ll help you start to think outside of the box ASAP

“Creativity is always a leap of faith,” author Julia Cameron said. “You’re faced with a blank page, a blank easel or an empty stage.” It’s all part of the process when you live a creative life or work in a creative field, but some days the blankness gets the better of you. You can’t seem to write the first word, paint the first mark or speak the first line.

Before you get too down on yourself, check out these inspiring TED Talks to help you find a creative (pun intended) solution to your creativity problem.

1. Shimpei Takahashi: ‘Mute your inner critic’

It’s easy to stop yourself short when you’re in a creative mindset, shooting down ideas before they have a chance to fully form. That’s why Shimpei Takahashi, a toy developer from Japan, uses a brainstorming game he calls “Shiritori,” where you simply list words, each beginning with the letter that the previous word ends with. Once you have a list, you challenge yourself to come up with ideas connected to each of those words. (If I’m at a cafe brainstorming article ideas, I might start with listing “Coffee > Elephants > Socks,” and then that list might become “When To Drink Coffee To Be Most Productive,” “Tricks for Never Forgetting Someone’s Name,” and “What To Wear For An Evening Networking Event.”)

Not all of the ideas will be great, he says, but that’s not the point; with that understanding, you can retrain your brain to be less afraid of self-censoring and have more total ideas from which to choose.

Read more: 3 Ways to Instantly Be More Productive

2. Elizabeth Gilbert: ‘Turn down the pressure’

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, wants to squash the idea that you have to suffer to be creative.

“Creative genius,” she says, is inside of all of us, and our creativity can—and perhaps, should—be separated from our sense of self.

She argues that, once you start just showing up and waiting for creativity to come to you, it will. Sometimes more slowly than at other times, but it will. Listen to this talk when you need to be reminder that, all current roadblocks aside, you will create again.

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3. Matt Ridley: ‘Start mating your ideas’

Ideas are great, but ideas borne of multiple other good ideas are even better. Author Matt Ridley talks about the inventions, movements and other discoveries that have most changed humanity—and how they were all the results of the combination of the best parts of other ideas.

If you’re looking for inspiration, try mashing up the best features of two great ideas you’ve already had to create something entirely new.

4. Tim Harford: ‘Reframe obstacles as opportunities’

The story that Tim Harford presents at the start of this talk is a lesson in the power of perseverance and improvisation that every creative type needs to hear at some point—or at many points.

Flaws, challenges, mistakes and other unexpected obstacles force us to slow down and to think differently, which often results in better outcomes.

So the next time you’re struggling with an “impossible” deadline or a “ridiculous” limitation, give this talk a play and reframe the challenge as an opportunity to create some of the best work you’ve done to date.

Read more: Maria Shriver On The Power of Conversation

5. Tim Brown: ‘Have a little fun’

Fear of judgment is often what causes us to be conservative, to censor ourselves and to be embarrassed about what we create.

But it turns out, children don’t self-edit in that way; they’re focused more on possibility than judgement. To get back into that childlike mindset, designer Tim Brown encourages play. This talk comes packing some seriously fun tips and activities to help abandon self-censoring.

6. Ann Morgan: ‘Diversify your portfolio’

It’s easy to fall into the same old habits and find yourself struggling to create anything new. But sometimes, a lack of creative output comes as a result of a lack of new inputs.

When Ann Morgan found her bookshelf lacking in diversity, she set out on a mission to read a book from every country, exposing her to new voices, perspectives and stories. “Books have an extraordinary power to take you out of yourself and into someone else’s mindset so that, for a while at least, you look at the world through different eyes,” she says. Head to your nearest bookstore and pick up something outside your normal genre to see if it stirs up something new.

When you’re feeling creatively off, the instinct is to keep pushing forward on the same path, with greater force. But sometimes, by making a simple shift in your perspective, your process or your experiences, you can adjust your mindset just enough for something to click into place.