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 email@example.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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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…
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 :