Photography Sessions · Workshops

Mindful Photography – Light & Shade

This Saturday 20th March 2021 our session is Mindful Photography with Ray Hobbs. 

Working with Documentary Photographer Ray Hobbs we will explore ‘Mindful Photography in your home’ looking how to look at your home in a new light…

Materials: your camera, camera phone and you!

For this Mindful Photography workshop, we shall be considering Light & Shade in the home. The brief is to produce a set of five images using any camera or phone you may have.
The objective is to consider how natural and/or artificial light impacts on our home environment.
It may be the passing of light through a glass bottle containing a coloured liquid or the effects of shadow on a surface or how light bends around objects; the choice is yours.
I shall be presenting a short PowerPoint presentation of images I took with a simple compact camera. 

You are then invited to email your chosen five images to me via WeTransfer with any comments or poems you may wish to accompany the images. I will prepare a PowerPoint presentation of your images for presentation for Saturday 27th March and following any amendments you may wish to make; I’ll create a blog for you to share. 

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday 20th March for the workshop. 

Interested in joining us then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

Workshop Details:

Mindful Photography – Light & Shade

Deliver by Documentary Photographer Ray Hobbs

Date: 20th March 2021

Time: 10:30 – 12 noon

Via Zoom – please email for log in Details

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Drawing Poems

On Saturday 6th March we are ‘Drawing Poems’ in our Online Session, inspired by the work of Peter Blake and his 20+ years art project of recreating the characters of Dylan Thomas’s ‘Under Milk Wood’.

To find out more about his project go to the National Museum of Wales website.

Look forward to seeing you!

Want to join us from 10.30-12 noon on Saturday 6th March 2021 then please email us at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com.

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Joy of Drawing

We are back with our online sessions, we’ve had an extended break and missed you all! Hope you have been keeping safe and well?

We thought that we would get back into the swing of things by a gentle 2 hour session with the ‘Joy of Drawing’.

We are going to set out to rediscover our Joy of Drawing and blow the cobwebs away.

Session Details
You will need a Plate and Knife and Fork – for our subject!

  • We will do a warm-up using our bodies and minds…
  • Then into a series of exercises using coloured pencils/pens/pastels
  • Making delicious fine line marks experiments,
  • Drawing around the plate and knife and fork
  • And drawing our faces from memory!
    • using quick line techniques
    • other hand
    • blind
    • 360/180/90/45 degree sketches
    • Additional pattern techniques
    • Plus Blending and blurring lines…

Required Materials
What ever you have to available:
Pencils, coloured crayons, wax crayons, pastels, oil/chalk, pens (biros) felt tip pens, marker pens.
Paper – Scraps of any type of paper, coloured, light cardboard

Details of the Session:

Saturday 30th January 2021 10.30am – 12.30pm

Via Zoom – to register please contact Roz on gwendraethartslab@gmail.com or 07818 036 434

FREE & OPEN TO ALL Complete Beginners – Experienced Artists

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

Mask Making Part One

We are having a week off this Saturday! – So No Online Session on the 14th November – But we are back on the Zoom on the 21st November at 11am with Papier Mache Mask Making Part One.

We will be showing two techniques on how to make the mask:

  1. Using Aluminium Foil that you mould to your own face
  2. Using Newspaper and Aluminium Foil that you create into a mask shape 

What you will need:

  • Newspaper – Lots
  • Tissue Paper
  • Aluminium Foil – Thick 
  • A Board – or very thick cardboard to use as a base to mount the mask on when you are working on it
  • Thin cardboard/Egg boxes/Textured card 
  • Masking Tape
  • Scissors
  • For the Paste – Plain Flour or Corn Flour
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Plate
  • Cloth – to wipe your hands

For the Design and Decoration of Mask

  • Paper
  • Pencils/Pens/Crayons
  • Paints/Brushes

Collection of items for your garden or home that you might want to include with your mask

  • Seeds
  • Feather
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Strings/Ribbons
  • Fabrics
  • Etc…
  • Objects that can create textures and patterns 

See you on the 21st November 2020 at 11am for Papier Mache Mask Making Part One.

Not signed up already then please email Roz at gwendraethartslab@gmail.com

Online Sketching Sessions · Photography Sessions · Workshops

Mindful Photography At Home

On Saturday 7th November 2020 we are going to have our second photography workshop.

We would like you to join us and our Associate Documentary Photography Ray Hobbs for ‘Mindful Photography At Home’

We will be meeting in your own home at 11am via Zoom and the session will run for 2 hours.

With the use of your own camera or camera phone (if you don’t have a camera and are in the Gwendraeth Area we can loan you one – just contact Roz – details below).

You are invited to express your feelings about Your Home, Ray will introduce the concept of Mindful Photography and discuss how you might want to go about looking at your home in a new light!

In the meantime please check out Ray’s previous presentation on our #Beachheritage Mindful Photography workshop and the images that were taken.

And remember to post and share your photos if you want on instagram and twitter and Facebook and tag with #GALSmyhome and #gwendraethartslab @gwendraethartslab

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 · Workshops

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

 

Online Sketching Sessions · Workshops

‘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