5 December 2018

Saturday 8th Dec. from 10am. to 12 noon.

Saturday 8th Dec. from 10 - 12 noon. 

Stop shopping and start sketching!

A pre-xmas meeting at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Draw Tim Peake's Spacecraft, Poppies for Remembrance, Artes Mundi artworks or the paintings of Kyffin Williams, then meet in the downstairs cafe for a seasonal chat and coffee.

Suggested by Jan

8 November 2018

Thursday 15 November

Join Anna for a visit to the Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea on Thursday 15th November to see the "On Paper" exhibition.

Meet at the bus stop on Customhouse Street, Cardiff to take the X10 bus, departing at 09:35 and arriving in Swansea at 10:45am.
It's a short walk to the gallery for coffee, see the exhibition, lunch if desired and free time in the afternoon. Buses return at 15 mins past each hour until 17:15pm.

(free travel for seniors with All-Wales concessionary bus pass)

14 October 2018

Saturday 10 November from 10am.

Christmas is coming ... lets get together for an early mince pie!

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Meet in the foyer at 10am. on Saturday 10 November before setting off to Draw your favourite object! from the fascinating collections of art, science, natural history, etc.

Then 11:30 in the downstairs cafe, to 'show and tell' your selection.

Organised by Richard

30 September 2018

Wednesday 3rd October from 7pm.

Interested in drawing with fountain pens, ink and water?
Wednesday 3rd October from 7pm.
Meet at Beelzebub's, Church Street, Cardiff for an experimental session of playing with different pens and (this month) with BROWN ink!!!

Organised by Andra

30 August 2018

Wednesday 5 Sept from 7pm.

Cardiff Pen & Ink
Meet at Beelzebub's, Church Street, Cardiff on Wed 5th. Sept from 7pm.

Come and play with different pens, inks, papers, techniques (without a set goal of producing an artwork). Bring what you currently use and are willing to let others try out.
Organised by Andra

16 August 2018

Saturday 18 August from 10am.

Saturday 18 August 2018

Meet 10am. at Cardiff Central Station, to draw at 1 of 2 surprise secret venues, both within 10 minutes walk from the station.
There will be contingency plans for bad weather.
Gather for coffee and to reveal all at 11:30am.
Organised by Anna

1 August 2018

Saturday 4th August from 11am.

KIZUNA exhibition at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Meet 11am. in the main hall of the museum for a calligraphy performance and drawing-with-a-paintbrush workshop, then from 1pm. sketch at the Aikido martial arts demonstration.

Follow these links for information -
KIZUNA Japan-Wales exhibition
Calligraphy performance and workshop
Aikido martial arts demonstration

11 July 2018

Friday 27 July from 10am - 12 noon

On Friday 27th July, in the morning from 10am till 12 noon, we'll be at Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff

Inside : draw the impressive Epstein sculpture (Christ in Majesty), the Rossetti triptych, the fine arches, tombs and stained glass windows.
Or sketch outside : the architecture, the gardens and tranquil views.

Parking is good if you arrive early, by 9.30am. but can be busy later.
Meet at the main entrance doorway, coffee and chat afterwards.
Organised by Richard.

Info: City of Llandaff
Info: Llandaff Cathedral

3 June 2018


Friday 8th June from 6 - 8pm.
Portraits - Private view of work by Anna Polya at Llanover Hall Arts Centre
Location -  click here

Saturday 9th June from 10am.
Insole Court House and Gardens, off Fairwater Road, Cardiff
Location - click here
Cafe on site, free car parking, free entry to house and gardens.

Sunday 10th June from 10:30am.
Farm Open Day - drawing at Goldsland Farm, Wenvoe, Cardiff
Location - click here
Information - click here
A lovely free day out for all your family and friends, click here to read about our previous visit in 2015

30 May 2018

Friday 1 June from 7:30pm.

Poet's Love - another chance to be entertained by Chris Glynn (along with Richard Parry).
Cardiff Drawing Group members are welcome again at St Edward's Church, Penylan, Cardiff. A talk, illustrated musically, followed by 35 minute song cycle, an opportunity to get inside the music and poetic ideas. Tickets on the door £6 / £3 concessions.

Sketching during the performance, refreshments and chat afterwards.
Further details - CLICK HERE
Location - CLICK HERE

25 May 2018

Saturday 2 June from 10 - 12 noon

Drawing Portraits from the Old Masters.
Saturday 2 June from 10 - 12 noon at the National Museum of Wales, for a sketching session with Richard O'Connell.

Meet in the foyer at 10am, coffee and chat afterwards.
Richard's coloured pencil drawing of
Pope Innocent X after an oil on canvas
painting by Diego Velázquez (1650)

14 May 2018

Saturday 19 May from 6 - 8pm

Saturday 19 May from 6 - 8pm

Travellers Gallery, Barry
An invitation to attend the private view of artworks by Bernard van Lierop, being held at the Travellers Gallery, Platform 1, Barry Station, CF62 7AE

Entitled "Some I made earlier..." this show is a collection of work from 1962 to 1996, including study drawings of the human figure.

The exhibition continues until 29 June 2018
Monday to Friday 7am - 12 noon
Location: Barry Railway Station
Info: Bernard van Lierop

9 May 2018

Friday 11 May from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Newport Medieval Ship
Another chance to draw the artefacts and timber remains of this fifteenth century merchant sailing ship, discovered in 2002, buried in the muddy banks of the River Usk.

Meet at the warehouse conservation centre, Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Newport NP19 4SP

Info: about the Newport Medieval Ship
Info: Warehouse Location

10 April 2018

Saturday 21 April from 10:30am - 12:30pm

Drawing the Newport Medieval Ship
Sketch the artefacts and timber remains of this 1400s merchant sailing ship, discovered buried in the muddy banks of the River Usk.

Meet at the warehouse conservation centre, Queensway Meadows Industrial Estate, Newport NP19 4SP

Info: about the Newport Medieval Ship
Info: Warehouse Location

9 April 2018

Swansea - Sunday 15 April

Cardiff Drawing Group visit to Swansea on Sunday 15th April.

The Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea is hosting a major exhibition of the work of Kathe Kollwitz, one of the leading artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Drawings and prints - portraits and self-portraits.

Meet at the bus stop on Customhouse Street, Cardiff at 11:00am. to catch the 11:15 bus to Swansea bus station (service X10), arriving 12:25, then a 15 minute walk to the gallery.

Or, if travelling by car, meet at 12:40 in the gallery.

There are options for return buses, the last one is at 18:00pm.
Return ticket is £8 or free with a concessionary bus pass.

Info: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Info: Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz
Info: First group X10 bus

25 March 2018

Sunday 8 April from 3 - 4 pm.

Sunday 8 April 2018 from 3 - 4 pm.
St Edward's Arts and Music Centre, Westville Road, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5DE
We'll be drawing at a Piano Recital by Chris Glynn (£3 admission)
Further details - CLICK HERE
Location - CLICK HERE

8 March 2018

Saturday 24 March 10am - 12noon

Visit Sebastian at his art studio in Warwick Hall, Whitchurch, Cardiff for a session of still-life drawing with tea, coffee and arty chat.
Website: Sebastian Aplin drawings
Contact info click here     
Search Google maps for the location.
Warwick Hall Studios, off Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, CF14 3NR is situated in the back alleyway between Banastre and Soberton Avenues.

Note: Car parking can be difficult in this area (allow plenty of time to find a spot) or use the frequent buses which run along Whitchurch Road.

21 February 2018

Saturday 10 March 2018


Saturday 10 March from 10 - 12 noon.
Richard will be giving a session on "drawing from memory"

- the more you look the more you see
- capture images in your head
- remember the essentials
- sketch still-life & faces
- have fun :-))

Meet at 10am. in the Creative Suite room, Floor 5, Central Library, Cardiff

Cardiff Central Library

14 February 2018

Saturday 17 Feb 2018

Come along to the Creative Suite, Level 5, Cardiff Central Library on Saturday 17 Feb from 10am - 12 noon.

We'll be sharing ideas and experimenting with different drawing materials - charcoal pencils, pastels, technical pens, water brushes, coloured papers, etc.

This is also another chance to continue filling your little sketch-folders with more of those amazing rooftop views.

Cardiff Central Library is at the bottom end of The Hayes, opposite the John Lewis store. Take the lift from just inside the foyer, up to floor 5 (the very top level of the library).

3 February 2018

Saturday 10 Feb - The Naked and The Nude?

 The Naked and The Nude?

Manchester Art Gallery removed a previously displayed painting of naked nymphs - read all about it … BBC report HERE ... Manchester response HERE

On Saturday 10 February we meet at the National Museum of Wales for a chat by Richard about this, and the importance of figure / life drawing in art.

The Cardiff exhibition "Bacon to Doig" closes in a few weeks, so this is a chance to study and sketch here (and the other galleries) particularly in relation to The Naked and The Nude?

Meet in the Museum foyer at 10am.
Coffee afterwards in the downstairs cafe.

Manchester Art Gallery
National Museum of Wales

28 January 2018

21 January 2018

Saturday 27 January 2018 from 10-12

Saturday 27 January 2018 from 10 - 12

A follow-up visit to Cardiff Central Library for another chance to draw the unexpected views and amazing rooftop cityscape.

Select a totally new viewpoint or continue adding to the little sketch folders, ready for work to be displayed in the library's glass cabinets.

Cardiff Central Library is at the bottom end of The Hayes, opposite the John Lewis store. Take the lift from just inside the foyer, up to floor 5 (the very top level of the library) and meet there at 10am.

31 December 2017

Saturday 20 January 2018 from 10 - 12

Cardiff Central Library - a new venue for 2018

Draw the amazing cityscape and rooftops of Cardiff, capture the strange perspective and aerial views of people in the streets below!

Situated at the bottom end of The Hayes, opposite the John Lewis store.
Take the lift from just inside the foyer, up to floor 5 (the very top level of the library) and meet there at 10am.

Information and location:

30 November 2017

Goodbye 2017

Our last get-together in 2017, drawing at our favourite place, the wonderful National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Saturday 16 December from 10am till 12 noon

Meet in the foyer before going off to sketch, then coffee and a chat in the downstairs cafe from 11:30

See you there to say goodbye to 2017

28 November 2017

4 October 2017

Saturday 14 October 10am - 12 noon

Saturday 14 October 10am - 12 noon

Spend your Saturday morning at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff,
free entry and it's warm and dry inside!
Meet at 10am. in the foyer, draw from the wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures, natural history, etc.

Around 11:30 we'll be in the downstairs cafe for coffee and a chat and then, if you can stay longer, there's a free tour starting at 12:30pm - highlights of some of the art galleries with a volunteer guide (book at the information desk on arrival).


17 September 2017

Saturday 23 Sept from 10am.

Saturday 23 Sept from 10am.
Meet outside Barry Town Hall & Library at 10am. and sketch in King Square for an hour before going in to the Art Central Gallery for the latest exhibition of work by VOGA (Vale of Glamorgan Artists).
Richard and two other artists will be talking about their work between 11am and 12 noon.

Drawing at King Square, Barry - busy Saturday shoppers, colourful local characters, Victorian architecture and nearby Central Park - something for everyone.

Click for info:
Art Central Gallery
King Square, Barry
Central Park

11am - 12pm. Saturday 23rd September
Art Central, Barry Library, King Square

Three VOGA artists talk about their work

30 August 2017

Sunday 3 September from 2:30 to 4:30pm

Sunday 3 Sept from 2:30 to 4:30pm
Croesllanfro Farm, Newport is open as part of the National Gardens Scheme - come and draw in these beautiful surroundings. Two acres of mass plantings, stone barn and formal courtyard, with indoor areas if the weather is wet. Home made teas available.
Cost of admission £4.50

Information, map and directions -

Going from Cardiff? Please let us know in advance if you can offer a lift or need one (Anna can take 2 people). Meet outside Cardiff Museum at 2.00pm to share lifts, otherwise meet 2:30pm. at the farm.

24 July 2017

Saturday 29 July 2017 from 10:30am

Saturday 29 July
Meet up with Richard at 10:30am. in the foyer of the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay.
View the VOGA art exhibition in the upstairs Futures Gallery, then draw
inside or out around the bay and the old dock basins.
Coffee and chat at 12 noon in the Millennium Centre.
The Pierhead Building - info

(picture: Julian Nitzsche, CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Barnabas Arts House

25 May 2017

Doing anything this weekend?

Doing anything this weekend?
Come and join us for some or all of these happenings over the 2017 bank holiday weekend, lots of things to see and draw, don't forget your sketchbook!

Saturday 27 May from 10am.
Meet up with Richard who'll be at Art Central, Barry from 10am - 12noon.
'Six Hands' – an  exhibition of drawings by Antonia Spowers and Martina Jirankova-Limbrick. Charcoal, pen and pencil, line and tone drawings of the artists’ hands, feet and life drawings. As well as framed images, there are others hanging washing-line style - an exciting, addictive display.

Sunday 28 May from 10 - 12noon
Free Drawing and Collage workshop with Anna at The Mindfulness and Wellbeing Centre, 250 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff from 10am - 12noon
Paper, textiles, scissors and glue provided but you might like to bring your own favourite drawing pens/felt-tip pens/black markers.

Sunday 28 May from 2 - 4pm.
Visit the Cardiff Met Campus, Llandaff to see the Summer Show of work by students at the Cardiff School of Art.
Meet in the foyer of the Art School building at 2pm. See the exhibitions and wander through the design departments including Ceramics, Graphics, Fine Art, Illustration, Architecture, Textiles, etc.

Tuesday 30 May from 10:30am

Some of us will be drawing in Newport, popping into The Barnabas Arts House around 10:30am for coffee and cake before going off to explore the neighbourhood and sketch the local views.

Follow these links for more information …

'Six Hands' exhibition, Art Central, Barry
The Mindfulness and Wellbeing Centre, Cardiff
Cardiff School of Art & Design, Llandaff
The Barnabas Arts House, Newport

16 May 2017

10 April 2017

Saturday afternoon - 13 May 2017 from 2pm.

Spend Saturday afternoon at Insole Court, Llandaff, drawing the wonderful Victorian house and mature gardens.
Free entry, free car parking, cafe on site.

Meet at 2pm in the car park.
The Potting Shed cafe serves afternoon teas, or bring your own picnic!!!


Location map here -

23 March 2017

Saturday 8 April 2017

Saturday 8 April - time for a Newport adventure!!

Meet around 10am. at The Barnabas Arts House for coffees and to see the display space. Then stroll up to the Newport Museum & Art Gallery and afterwards to the Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre.

Lots of things to see and lots of things to draw.

Venue links here ....
The Barnabas Arts House
Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre

6 March 2017

Saturday 18 March - all day

Morning?  Afternoon?  All day?
Another busy day for the Cardiff Drawing Group on Sat 18 March


In the morning, at our favourite museum sketching, coffees and arty chat.
In the afternoon, at Cardiff Castle drawing its amazing interiors, the Norman Keep, wartime tunnels and city views from the Roman Walls.

Join us all day, or in the morning from 10am, or in the afternoon from 1:30pm
10:00 we'll meet in the National Museum for sketching, coffee+chat
12:30 time to pop around town for a quick lunch
13:30 meet at the entrance to Cardiff Castle then inside drawing everything!
15:30 pop over the road to Nata Bakery for coffee+Portuguese custard tarts
16:00 all done - happy days

Do you have your Key to Cardiff Castle?
Get FREE admission if you live or work in Cardiff.
Follow this link to get your own Castle Key Card

15 February 2017

Saturday 25 Feb 2017 from 10am.

Saturday 25 February from 10am.
A busy Saturday morning at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Meet in the foyer at 10am, go drawing, then coffees and chat together.

See the new exhibition -
Bacon to Doig: Modern Masterpieces from a Private Collection

Don't miss -
Nature's Song: Chinese Bird and Flower Paintings
and this will be the last weekend of the Artes Mundi 7 show.

Also from 12:30 you could join a free guided tour: Highlights of Art

24 January 2017

Saturday 11 Feb in Newport

Saturday 11 Feb from 10am
Cardiff Drawing Group goes to Newport

We'll be drawing at the Barnabas Arts House gallery, very quirky, and also weather permitting, along the river front or around the new town centre. The gallery has a good little coffee shop serving sandwiches, paninis and cakes. And very nice too!

Whether you travel by train, by bus or by car, we'll meet at the gallery itself around 10-10:30am. to chat with the owner and see the exhibition space.

Barnabas Arts House, New Ruperra Street, Newport, NP20 2BB
See the gallery location here

6 January 2017

Saturday 21 Jan 2017 from 10am.

Saturday 21 Jan 2017
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Meet in the foyer at 10am

Visit the Artes Mundi show and the new exhibition - a collection of traditional Chinese Bird and Flower Paintings. Free entry to both exhibitions.
We draw, then go to the downstairs cafe around 11:30 for coffees and an arty chat together.

18 December 2016


The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has changed its openings for the xmas/new year period and it will be closed on the day originally proposed for our visit.

We will instead be off to Swansea two days later on -

Same travel arrangements, meet at the X10 bus stop around 9:15am.
(see previous posting)

11 December 2016


New date - FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER 2016

Leonardo da Vinci - Ten drawings from the Royal Collection
- an exhibition at the Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea

We'll be meeting around 9:15 at the bus stop on Custom House Street, Cardiff, in plenty of time to catch the X10 bus to Swansea at 9:35am.

1 hour 10 mins bus journey, 5 minute walk to the gallery
Return ticket is £8 or free with a concessionary bus pass

Glyn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
First Group X10 bus