Online Sketching Sessions · Sketchbook Walks

dates for your diary

Here are the dates for our Gwendraeth Arts Lab online and sketchbook sessions between now and the end of the year.

If you’d like to join us, save these dates in your diaries, and get in touch with us by email to receive more details!

Sessions are on Saturday mornings:

October 10th

October 17th

October 31st

November 7th

November 21st

November 28th

December 5th

December 12th

Online Sketching Sessions · Sketchbook Walks · Workshops

September Saturday sessions

We are excited to announce that our online and sketchbook sessions will kick off again in September. This is our September programme:


Week 1
5th September, 10.45 on zoom for 11am start:
Thunderstorms! An online session using oil pastels and ink. (You can substitute with wax crayons/ candles and water-based paint if you don’t have these materials).

Week 2
12 September, morning – Burry Port. Mindful photography with Ray Hobbs (cameras provided).

Send us a message to sign up for this session, which has limited places.


If you are unable to get to Burry Port, you will still be able to follow a self-directed session using information and instructions that we will put on our website.

Week 3
19 September, morning – Burry Port. Mindful sketch book walk. If you are unable to get to Burry Port, you will be able to follow a self-directed session using information  and instructions that we will put on our website.


Week 4
26 September,  10.45 on zoom for 11am start :Online session, mindful printmaking. Making block prints and experimental print-making. Using the materials, sketches and inspiration from our coastal outings at Burry Port from weeks 2 & 3.


 If you’re interested, send a message to us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our mailing list and send out more detailed information about what you’ll need, closer to the time.

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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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

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precious possessions

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.