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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to our mailing list and send out more detailed information about what you’ll need, closer to the time.
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!
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 :
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…
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…