Online Sketching Sessions

Our Self Portraits session…

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…


A Portrait of You… Online Sketching session…

Hi everyone,

We are back with our online Zoom sketching sessions and this week; Saturday 6th June 2020 we will be having a go at self-portraiture.

You’ll need to set up a mirror by your device, and you’ll need lots of paper and some pens or pencils for drawing with. Coloured pencils or felt-tips and wax crayons would be good if you have some.

We will also be using words… so think about words that describe you… all good…

Session: Self Portraiture

When: Saturday 6th June 2020

Time: 10:45am – 12:00 noon This time we are going for an 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)

Inspiration this week is David Hockney’s Portraits…


Sketching out on your own…

As we are taking the week off Saturday 29th May 2020 – from the Zoom, we thought we would give you some suggestions on what you could do on Saturday morning in this glorious weather…
Choose a walk that you do often – one that starts from your home or very near to it.
You’ll need a little bag (or a big pocket) and a drawing book if you have one, or otherwise paper and something to lean on.
You can take a folding stool if you have one, and if you want or need to use it.
Drawing materials of your choice –  I suggest dry materials like pens, felt-tip pens, pencils and maybe coloured pencils, crayons, charcoal or pastels.
Print out or save on your phone (or quickly jot down) the suggestions that I have made below in bulltet points for drawing approaches – so that you can take them with you.
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 leave.
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.
Don’t forget to keep your drawings  – and send some images in to our email for the website if you can!
And don’t forget to use your mobile phone or camera if you have one to keep extra records of what you encounter – photos, sound recordings, videos.


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.

Online Sketching Sessions

‘My most precious prossessions…’ online session…


Yes it’s that time again!

Session: ‘My most precious prossessions…’

When: Saturday 23rd May 2020

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…

CARD – Amazon packaging – Cornflake boxes…

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE SESSION THEN GO TO THE ‘My most precious processions…’ online session page

Want to sign up for the sessions then email us at


Sketching Plants Online Session

If you had the chance to join us last Saturday for our 3rd online sketching session then – THANK YOU – we are now up 14 of us! And there are a few more people waiting in the wings – hoping they can join us next week…

It was a real work out – lots of sketching and some incredible work produced, working with sticks and twigs; inks and natural colours including soya sauce, turmeric and chocolate! We looked at the wondrous shapes of the plants (some of you in the garden and some in the home – poor Liz had to come in from the garden as her iPad got too hot! We drew vegetables too – hoping Karen will send her cabbage sketches in!

We looked at negative shapes, natural organic lines and patterns; those incredible natural patterns that plants create.
We worked very quickly and used lots of continuous line and worked quick and slowly rhythms to work on the sketches, we touched the plants and got right underneath them and looked at them from all angles and rotated the paper too, creating patterns; duplicating the natural patterns that had been grown and formed.

Here are some examples that have been sent in so far…

Here are some examples how you can take your sketches further using colour…

Look at these artists; Georgia O’Keefe, Frank Brangwyn and Henri Rousseau and others for inspiration to work up some of your plant sketches with full colour…

and talking of colour our next week sketching session is ‘my most precious possessions…’ working in rich full colour…

If you are interested in joining us then please check out our Lockdown online session page it give you more details on what we are doing or email us we look forward from hearing from you!



Our 3rd online session is…

Plants & Foliage…

When: Saturday 16th May 2020

Time: 11:00am – 12:00 noon This time we are going for an hour!!
(*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)

Session: Plants/Foliage in the Garden or House Hold Plants (dependant on your broadband signal!!)

We’ll be doing lots of quick drawings of plants and bits and bobs things from the garden, the idea is to keep things moving, a virtual sketchbook walk!

If its good weather and you can take your smartphone or other device outside in the garden, that’s great.

If not, don’t worry, bring some things into the house, and gather some houseplants together like these…


Kitchen Sink Sketching Session…

Here is some of the wonderful work produced on Saturday 9th May 2020 at our ever expanding online sketching sessions…

This week our theme was the Kitchen Sink!! – you can find out more about the session here and the support information for the session is here.

GALS Kitchen Sink Sketching Session

If you would like to join us please check our our other sessions to get further details of the sessions, and if you like what you see and would like to join us on a Saturday at 11:00am then please email us at to be put on our mailing list to be sent the relevant information on the sessions.