Sketchbook Walks

Sketchbook walk, Mynydd Llangyndeyrn

A lot of intense looking and drawing on Mynydd Llangyndeyrn last Saturday at our sketchbook walk.

We climbed up as far as the stone circle and trig point, stopping and drawing every few minutes on the way. It was especially interesting to layer up our drawings one on top of another, and to combine them with rubbings taken from the standing stone monument which marks the way up.

The views from the top are amazing, you get to see where you are in the world, and what you’re connected with – the lay of the land. We talked about attempting to return to the summit to make some 360 degree panoramic drawings at another time – I’ll keep you posted about that.

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Our Next Sketchbook Walk is at Mynydd Llangyndeyrn

Fantastic News  – We are our continuing with our famous Sketchbook walks!

Our latest one is at: Mynydd Llangyndeyrn

When: Saturday 1st August 2020

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Location: Mynydd Llangyndeyrn Kidwelly SA17 5DT

We look forward to seeing you!

We’ll meet in the large lay-by near to the the bus shelter and post box, at the cross-roads on the common (Carn Canol).
If you are coming from the Carmarthen direction on the B4306: go up through the village of Crwbin and onto the common (across a cattle grid after the last houses). You will see the bus shelter on your right, and can turn right at the cross roads just after it, and park in a large layby there.
If you are coming from the Pontyberem (Llanelli) direction on the B4306: go through the village of Bancffosfelen and onto the common (across a cattle grid after some houses).  You will see the bus shelter on your left, and can turn left at the cross roads just before it, and park in a large lay-by there.
It can be fairly exposed, and can be wet underfoot – its sensible to bring waterproof shoes and a jacket.

They are still FREE – and art MATERIALS are SUPPLIED

Please feel free to bring our own sketchbook pencils/pens/watercolours/crayons etc…

Children under 14 must to be accompanied by an adult

**Social distancing rules must be adhered too throughout the session**

Would you like to join us? Then email us at: gwendraethartslab@gmail.com

 

Sketchbook Walks

Our first Sketchbook Walk of 2020 was a gusty affair…

We has a fab but gusty time at our first Sketchbook walk of 2020!
We met at Kidwelly Quay at 10am on Saturday 18th July 2020.
Ray Hobbs a contributor and partner of Gwendraeth Arts Lab was on hand to record the session we had some new faces to the group… welcome!

Photography by Ray Hobbs Gwendraeth Arts Lab collator and partner.

 

We are waiting for more sketches to be sent in…
Want to join us: email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com.
Have a go from the comfort of your own home – watch the video and follow the directions on our session page.

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Our first Sketchbook Walk of 2020

We are finally going to venture out on our classic and popular Gwendraeth Arts LAB Sketchbook Walks. Find more info about the walk at our session page.

When: Saturday 18th July 2020

Time: 10am – 11am

Location: Kidwelly Kymer Canal & Quay

More Information about the Quay is here

Please bring your own sketchbook

Drawing materials of your choice –  we suggest dry materials like pens, felt-tip pens, pencils and maybe coloured pencils, crayons, charcoal or pastels.
Want to join us: email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com.

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‘Your Home Space’ Online Session this week

For our online session this Saturday 11th July 2020 we are going to look at ‘Your Home’ – ‘Your Home Space’ that you have felt safe, secure and happy on during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Think about what your special Home Space is:

    • a special spot in the garden
    • curled up on the sofa
    • sitting at the Kitchen table creating food, art…
    • looking out of the lounge, bedroom, kitchen window
    • Standing the front door clapping – waving
    • another place…

We want you to collect all your art materials that you have been using for the sessions.
If you only have a few materials that you have been using that great… it makes it easier to select what to draw for this week’s session.

We will start a series of mark making exercises (please see examples below) using what you have to hand; using your sketchbooks…

We want this to be part of a visual diary of your experience of Pandemic, being creative in Lockdown.

We are going to be inspired by the work creatives… of Derek Jarman, The Bloomsbury Group and Pierre Bonnard…

 

Want to join us! we are meeting up this Saturday!

When: Saturday 11th July 2020

Time: 10:45am – 12:30 noon This time we are going for an extra 1/2 hour!!
Starting at 11:00am prompt

Location: From the comfort of your own home through Zoom ( Zoom – not used it before then you will have to sign up it FREE)

Interested – Please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com to sign up for the sessions

Online Sketching Sessions

Our Lockdown journeys…

On the 27th June 2020 the Gwendraeth Arts Lab delivered its ‘Mapping’ Online session courtesy of Zoom and again wonderful work was produced.

First off we do our warm up: 3 deep breaths, hand claps, finger movements, shoulders, arm and hand movements too warm up and get ourselves sitting comfortably for the next hour and a half.

Then a few quick mark marking exercises:

First off we watch and listened to the sounds of Oxford Street on YouTube – Closing our eyes we drew what we heard, responding to the sounds.

Then we listen to nature sounds on Spotify – listening to sounds of the countryside in the summer (very noisy!!) and again drawing what we hear and responding to the sounds.

Then we asked everyone to think of a journey that they take, one that they might take every day in Lockdown or one that they would really like to take but can’t due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions. Then recalling your memories and imagination of that journey we asked everyone to reproduce it, some people worked together to create one journey –  what was produced was amazing and all so unique!

Our Lockdown Journeys…

Warm -up exercises – Sound Sketches

 

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Iwan Bala’s lockdown drawings

This is a very quick post, following on from our on-line drawing session on Saturday, mapping our real and imaginary lockdown journeys. I just wanted to give you a link to some very inspiring work by Iwan Bala. He’s an artist working here in Wales, and has made some fabulous drawings during the lockdown. You can see photos of them if you click this link to his page on gallery ten’s website :

https://www.gallery-ten.co.uk/iwan-bala

Online Sketching Sessions

Our Self Portraits session…

Last Saturday the 6th June 2020 we had our first Self Portrait sketching session – this one was curtesy of Zoom, in the session we also looked at the wonderful work of David Hockney’s portraits…

After our warm up sessions and discovering our faces, using felt tips and crayons with our right hand and left hand doing continuous line, word, blind and one eye sketches we produced these wonderful and inspiring sketches…