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A lovely reflective session last Saturday, looking at objects that connect us with our memories, with the past, with important people: family heirlooms, a record player and records, books. We started with making some very quick drawings, this time one on top of another and using a bright and contrasting colour.

The group went on to make some fantastic longer pieces of work – you can see some of the paintings and drawings below, a couple are paired with photographs of the precious objects as they were drawn. We used contrasting and bright colour to really explore the feeling of preciousness, and it has made the drawings and paintings sing.

Online Sketching Sessions

‘My most precious prossessions…’ online session…

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Yes it’s that time again!

Session: ‘My most precious prossessions…’

When: Saturday 23rd May 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 noon
(*NB* you can log on at 10:45 just to get your self set-up and to ask any questions)

Location: From the comfort of your own home through Zoom ( Zoom – not used it before then you will have to sign up – We will send through the log in details on the Friday)

So what we want you to do is to collect 2 or more items that means a great deal to you, these are things that are really precious to you, they hold memories, family heir looms, just very special things that you have in your life… (so if there was a fire in your house they would be the second thing you would think to grab… 1st would be you! and the dog, cat or any other furry or non furry pet!!).

We want you to use COLOUR for this session and lots of it, BE BOLD! – we would like you to use felt tips to sketch in, big marker pens, highlighters, sharpies.
Then to work in paints if you can, bright colours, acrylics, or watercolours (tubes) inks – brushes – THINK BIG AND BOLD !!

Papers – Thick – watercolour paper – lining paper – wallpaper…

CARD – Amazon packaging – Cornflake boxes…

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE SESSION THEN GO TO THE ‘My most precious processions…’ online session page

Want to sign up for the sessions then email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com

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Sketching Plants Online Session

If you had the chance to join us last Saturday for our 3rd online sketching session then – THANK YOU – we are now up 14 of us! And there are a few more people waiting in the wings – hoping they can join us next week…

It was a real work out – lots of sketching and some incredible work produced, working with sticks and twigs; inks and natural colours including soya sauce, turmeric and chocolate! We looked at the wondrous shapes of the plants (some of you in the garden and some in the home – poor Liz had to come in from the garden as her iPad got too hot! We drew vegetables too – hoping Karen will send her cabbage sketches in!

We looked at negative shapes, natural organic lines and patterns; those incredible natural patterns that plants create.
We worked very quickly and used lots of continuous line and worked quick and slowly rhythms to work on the sketches, we touched the plants and got right underneath them and looked at them from all angles and rotated the paper too, creating patterns; duplicating the natural patterns that had been grown and formed.

Here are some examples that have been sent in so far…

Here are some examples how you can take your sketches further using colour…

Look at these artists; Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Brangwyn and Henri Rousseau and others for inspiration to work up some of your plant sketches with full colour…

and talking of colour our next week sketching session is ‘my most precious possessions…’ working in rich full colour…

If you are interested in joining us then please check out our Lockdown online session page it give you more details on what we are doing or email us gwendraethartslab@gmail.com we look forward from hearing from you!

 

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Our 3rd online session is…

Plants & Foliage…

When: Saturday 16th May 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 noon This time we are going for an hour!!
(*NB* you can log on at 10:45 just to get your self set-up and to ask any questions)

Location: From the comfort of your own home through Zoom ( Zoom – not used it before then you will have to sign up – We will send through the log in details on the Friday)

Session: Plants/Foliage in the Garden or House Hold Plants (dependant on your broadband signal!!)

We’ll be doing lots of quick drawings of plants and bits and bobs things from the garden, the idea is to keep things moving, a virtual sketchbook walk!

If its good weather and you can take your smartphone or other device outside in the garden, that’s great.

If not, don’t worry, bring some things into the house, and gather some houseplants together like these…

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Kitchen Sink Sketching Session…

Here is some of the wonderful work produced on Saturday 9th May 2020 at our ever expanding online sketching sessions…

This week our theme was the Kitchen Sink!! – you can find out more about the session here and the support information for the session is here.

GALS Kitchen Sink Sketching Session

If you would like to join us please check our our other sessions to get further details of the sessions, and if you like what you see and would like to join us on a Saturday at 11:00am then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list to be sent the relevant information on the sessions.

 

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Our Kitchen Sink Sketching Session is this Saturday 9th May

Welcome to our second online sketchbook session again in the comfort of your own home…

When: Saturday 9th May 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 noon This time we are going for an hour!!
(*NB* you can log on at 10:45 just to get your self set-up and to ask any questions)

Location: From the comfort of your own home through Zoom ( Zoom – not used it before then you will have to sign up – We will send through the log in details on the Friday)

Session: The Kitchen Sink!

Support Info is here

Yes, the Kitchen Sink, we are looking to explore all aspects of the home while we are in Lockdown! We started with the classic still life and now we want to start to stretch you, and get to really look at what is in your home.

First stop the Kitchen Sink, we are looking at pots, pans, plates, cups, sauces and glasses dishes and washing up bubbles – SPHERES – ELLIPSES – but also other items you find like knives, forks, spoons etc…

You can focus on the kitchen sink and draw the washing up in bowl or item around the sink or in the rack or just the bubbles in the bowl, remember we are looking for – SPHERES – ELLIPSES –

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Our Lockdown Online Sessions

Here are some of the sketches from our first online lockdown sketchbook session…

On Saturday 2nd May 2020 we set up a Still Life to inspire then everyone did there own version from the comfort of their home…

It was a half hour session and we did our usual 15 minute exercises and then a 15 minute sketch…

This was the inspiration…

This is what was produced…

Here is us on the Zoom session…

GALS Still Life sketching Session

If you would like to join us please check our our other sessions to get further details of the sessions, and if you like what you see and would like to join us on a Saturday at 11:00am (or get settled in from 10:45am) then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list to be sent the relevant information on the sessions.