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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

 

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…

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A Portrait of You… Online Sketching session…

Hi everyone,

We are back with our online Zoom sketching sessions and this week; Saturday 6th June 2020 we will be having a go at self-portraiture.

You’ll need to set up a mirror by your device, and you’ll need lots of paper and some pens or pencils for drawing with. Coloured pencils or felt-tips and wax crayons would be good if you have some.

We will also be using words… so think about words that describe you… all good…

Session: Self Portraiture

When: Saturday 6th June 2020

Time: 10:45am – 12:00 noon This time we are going for an 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)

Inspiration this week is David Hockney’s Portraits…

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Sketching out on your own…

As we are taking the week off Saturday 29th May 2020 – from the Zoom, we thought we would give you some suggestions on what you could do on Saturday morning in this glorious weather…
GETTING READY
Choose a walk that you do often – one that starts from your home or very near to it.
You’ll need a little bag (or a big pocket) and a drawing book if you have one, or otherwise paper and something to lean on.
You can take a folding stool if you have one, and if you want or need to use it.
Drawing materials of your choice –  I suggest dry materials like pens, felt-tip pens, pencils and maybe coloured pencils, crayons, charcoal or pastels.
Print out or save on your phone (or quickly jot down) the suggestions that I have made below in bulltet points for drawing approaches – so that you can take them with you.
You also need a mobile phone, watch, or stopwatch –  to use as a timer.
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MINDFULNESS
Start by taking a moment to do a relaxation and mindfulness exercise as or before you leave.
Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and pay attention to the sounds around you and the air around you.
Pay attention to your body – especially to your hands, your arms, your eyes.
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WALK – DRAW – WALK – DRAW
Now set your timer for one minute.
You are going to walk for a short time, and then draw, then walk, then draw, and so on.
(Its important to set the timer so that you don’t spend lots of time choosing what to draw. The idea is that when your timer tells you to stop, you stop. Then draw and record the things that you see. Think of this as making a kind of visual diary of your walk.)
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1 MINUTE DRAWINGS
You can start by warming up with 5 very quick drawings –  after walking for no more than 1 minute, and then no more than one minute drawing. You can do these on the same piece of paper, one on top of the other.
Decide on an approach before you start each drawing.
You can use some of the exercises that Roz has been doing with us over the last few weeks:
  • drawing with a continuous line without looking at the paper
  • drawing with your other hand
  • using a paler colour, drawing only the shapes of ‘negative spaces’ (for example the shape of the sky as it meets the tops of buildings and the trees)
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5 MINUTE DRAWINGS
Continue your walk. Stop and make a drawing every 5 minutes. These drawings should take 5 minutes.You can do as many as you like, but at least 4!
(You can adapt this method and do the drawings much more often if your walk is a very short one – I have done this kind of exploration in my very short garden, and made a drawing every 5  paces).
As before, decide on an approach before you start drawing.
You could try any mixture of these suggestions:
  • A negative spaces drawing – drawing the  areas between and around objects, and drawing and blocking in those shapes.
  • A magnified drawing of a tiny detail of what is around you: for example, a leaf, a corner of a brick, a piece of litter, a bit of tree bark.
  • A drawing that is looking through something – from one space into another: for example, a gate, a bridge, a doorway, through trees to open space, an alleyway.
  • A drawing of a boundary: for example,  where water meets land, where a road is edged or where it cuts through another kind of space, a junction, the place where something human-made meets something natural, a bridge, a bank, a fence, a wall.
  • A drawing with words: try writing down on your drawing the things that you hear or feel or remember, the names of the colours that you are seeing, the words that you see written on your walk.
  • A drawing following contours and lines (a continous line drawing) without looking at your paper.
  • A coloured drawing that is in more than one layer. So – draw the landscape in one colour pen  for 1 and a half minutes, then turn your body a quarter turn, and draw it again in another colour on top, and repeat, and repeat.
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KEEP A RECORD
Don’t forget to keep your drawings  – and send some images in to our email for the website if you can!
And don’t forget to use your mobile phone or camera if you have one to keep extra records of what you encounter – photos, sound recordings, videos.
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WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR EXPEDITION!!!