Joining Us Virtually on Our Sketchbook Walk

Morning, our sketchbook walk is at 10.45am at Glan-yr-Afon – River Walk Kidwelly this morning.
If you can’t make this mornings sketchbook, don’t worry you can join us on your own one..

Below are some simple instructions on what you can do on your own sketchbook walk.

Explore, play with your sketching and have find joy in the world that surrounds you!

Drawing materials of your choice –  we suggest dry materials like pens, felt-tip pens, pencils and maybe coloured pencils, crayons, charcoal or pastels.If you can’t make it and are doing this from YOUR HOME then you also need a mobile phone, watch, or stopwatch –  to use as a timer.


Start by taking a moment to do a relaxation and mindfulness exercise as or before you start.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.


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.)


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)

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.


KEEP A RECORD Don’t forget to keep your drawings  – and send some images in to our email for the website if you can!




..back on the Sketchbook road…

Thank you to everyone who came today to sketch at St Mary’s Church, Kidwelly.

I hope I can speak for everyone, to say that it was a truly inspiring experience in a wonderful historic place and we are definitely coming back!

Also to the wonderful team of volunteers who are creating a wonderful experience for the people of Kidwelly for tomorrow Remembrance Sunday Centenary,
Red and Purple poppies everywhere creatively produced and displayed throughout the town and around the Church where we were sketching today, thank you.

Half the group of 15 (which is fab when it was just a horrid day) ended up in Time for Tea on the High Street for a well deserved cuppa!

Our next meeting is on Saturday 8th December 3-4pm at the Kidwelly Community Hub, for Christmas Drinks and Mince Pies for us to say thank you for all your support.

If you are interested in joining us then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com and we can keep you posted on all our up and coming events.


Thank you

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that took part in the ‘Drawing on the Past” Sketchbook Walks, supported and participants at our Mural Painting Day at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum.

All involved produced an amazing piece of work and it’s all due to the wonderful participants who have been so committed and have been wonderfully creative and inspiring over the last few months.

We hope that all that have been involved will be able to continue with us on our next adventure.

In the mean time here are few images of our mural painting day… enjoy!


Today is our Mural Painting Day

It’s finally here – all our hard work and the support of the Big Lottery Fund has resulted in us producing ‘Drawing on the Past’ Mural Painting Day at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum.

Thanks to the support of the Trustees of the Museum we are able to put on the this event.

Starting at 11am this morning we will have a morning (11am -1pm) and afternoon (2pm-4pm) session of painting the Reception Building at the museum.

We will have a community lunch at 1-2pm kindly produced by Caffi Iechyd Da it will be free to all the mural participants.

We also have a Kidwelly Black Cat Trail – suitable to the under 12’s

And last but not least we have produced an exhibition of all the work that has been produced over the last 2 sketchbook walks in the Kidwelly area,

**Also we have a free bus that will be shuttling people for Kidwelly Town Square to the Museum curtesy of Burns Pet Food.

We would like to say a huge thanks to the community for supporting our events and are looking forward to our next project…

Thanks to Lucy, Sian and Lindsey in prepping the site ready for today – Roz due to illness has been supporting on the digital front.


‘Drawing on the Past’ Project – Public Mural Painting Event

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund we have developed a Community Arts Project in collaboration with the trustees of Kidwelly Industrial Museum called ‘Drawing on the Past’.

Which has comprised of 3 Sketchbook Walks in the Kidwelly Area open to all abilities, ages and focusing on the Industrial Heritage of the Kidwelly area:

  • The Castle Walk to Kidwelly Castle
  • Kidwelly Quay
  • Kidwelly Industrial Museum (including a tour)

Sketches from these events (submitted by participants) have been collated and developed into a design for the Mural Painting event at the Kidwelly Industrial Museum.

The Mural will be painted on the Reception Block of the Museum by the general public and supported and guided by the four artists from the Gwendraeth Arts Lab:
Roz Moreton, Lucy Donald, Sian Barlow and Lindsey Witcombe.

The ‘Drawing on the Past’ project has been supported by the Big Lottery Fund, The Kidwelly Industrial Museum and at the Mural Painting Day by Caffi Iechyd Da, which will be providing a community picnic for the event and a FREE Bus from Kidwelly Town centre courtesy of Burns Pet Food.

Date: Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

Time:     Mural Painting Morning Session 11am – 1pm

Community Picnic – open to all and free to Mural Painters

Mural Painting Afternoon Session 2pm – 4pm

We look forward to see you there – creating inspiration for our community.

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