20 February 2020

Saturday 28 March - POSTPONED


Saturday 28 March, we’ll be at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay.
Sketch the visitors passing through the foyer or the tourists outside around the plaza.
Or maybe challenge yourself to draw the interior/exterior architecture and the Cardiff Bay views. Richard says bring a ruler with you!
Meet at 10am. in the ground floor foyer, by the Caffi cafe and return there at 11:30 for a chat.


29 January 2020

Saturday 15 Feb and Sunday 15 March

Sunday 15 March from 10:30am.

St. Fagans Folk Museum, Cardiff
Meet at 10:30 am. inside the main entrance. Draw the cottages, gardens, buildings, animals, or if the weather is bad we can draw inside the castle or museum.
Coffee and share afterwards in the cafe.
Organised by Anna.

Info: St. Fagans - Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019

Saturday 15 Feb from 10am.

Meet 10am. at Cardiff Museum on Saturday 15 Feb to see the new exhibition - Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London
Draw these impressive buildings in dramatic landscapes or sketch the peasants, farmers, kings and queens, lords and ladies in the museum's Historic Art galleries.

Imagine a Castle - information

Afterwards, in the downstairs cafe for coffee and chat at 11:30

20 November 2019

Saturday 7 December from 10am.

Drawing humans or drawing dinosaurs?

Meet at 10am. in the foyer of Cardiff Museum on Saturday 7 December.
Choose to sketch from the excellent photographic exhibitions or capture Dippy the Dinosaur?

Photo information HERE
Dippy information HERE

Coffee and chat from 11:30 in the downstairs cafe.

27 October 2019

Saturday 16 November from 10am.

Saturday 16 November 2019 from 10am. to 12noon.

Join us for a portrait drawing session with a live model at a new venue.

We've been given meeting space at the wonderful "I Want to Ride My Bike" cafe/bar on Park Place, Cardiff (enjoy their lovely coffee, cakes and snacks).

Opposite the National Museum of Wales - location info HERE

11 October 2019

Saturday 19 October 10am. at Insole Court

Saturday 19 October we will be drawing at Insole Court, Llandaff, Cardiff.
Meet by the house entrance at 10am. then wander the wonderful gardens for autumn colours or sketch inside if the weather is bad.

Free car park - off Fairwater Road
Free entry to the house and the gardens
Location map - click here

9 August 2019

Saturday 24 August from 10am.

Meet Richard outside the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff at 10am.

Another chance to sketch the wood sculptures of David Nash, or 'free choice' drawing inside the galleries, or even drawing outside the museum!!

Then 11:30am. for coffees in the downstairs cafe to discuss our artwork.

23 June 2019

Saturday 27 July 2019 from 10am.

Add this JULY date into your diary ...
Saturday 27th July, 10am - 12pm.

Drawing around Penarth Pier and Esplanade
Meet at the Pier Pavilion foyer entrance @ 10am.
Bring sunglasses and/or umbrella ....
Draw in the Pavilion if wet.
Coffee and meeting in the Pavilion @ 11:30am.

Organised by Richard

16 June 2019

Dance House Wales

An opportunity to draw the human body in motion.
Follow this link for information on open rehearsals at Dance House Wales.
There will be three sessions, on Wednesday evenings during July, where you are invited to watch and sketch, it’s free but you do need to book tickets in advance.

Saturday 22 June from 10am.

CDG will be holding a WTD session on Saturday 22 June.

Chris Glynn from the Illustration Department of Cardiff Met, has arranged a WalkTalkDraw get-together for the morning.

We’ll be wandering, chatting and sketching along the Llandaff riverside, then returning for coffees and to be shown around the School of Art & Design. (Alternative indoor drawing, if the weather is bad).

Meet 10am. in the car parking area on Western Avenue, in front of the University buildings.
Location: Cardiff Met, Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB
Various buses run from the city centre to the University Campus, or if driving then stay at the dedicated parking area, alongside Western Avenue.
Pay and Display charge on weekends is only 50 pence for the whole day.


CDG = CardiffDrawingGroup
WTD = WalkTalkDraw

7 June 2019

Saturday 15 June from 10am.

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Saturday 15 June 2019 - meet outside the museum at 10am. then we'll be drawing at the exhibition of works by David Nash, known for his large wood sculptures and the shaping of living trees.

Info: David Nash: Sculpture Through the Seasons
Coffee and chat from 11:30 in the downstairs cafe.

22 April 2019

Portrait of Pip

Charcoal drawing on A1 size paper.
Recent portrait of Pip, by Richard.

Saturday 4 May 2019 from 10am. to 12 noon

Drawing around the Bay
Meet Richard 10am. at the Millennium Centre @ the coffee shop near the Ivor Novello sculpture.
Sketching around Pierhead and the Norwegian Church.
Return to the Millennium Centre @ 11:30 for coffee and arty chat.

Organised by Richard

11 February 2019

Saturday 23 February from 10am.

Another chance to see the exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings at the National Museum Cardiff.

There are timed slots for viewing and an entrance ticket will need to be booked on the day, so meet well before 10am. outside the museum.

Check out information on the museum web page -

Meet afterwards in the downstairs cafe at 11:30 for coffee and chat.

3 February 2019

Saturday 9 February 2019 from 10am.

Let's draw somewhere warm!
Meet at 10am. in the foyer of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff on Sat 9th Feb.

As well as the museum collections of art, natural history, science, etc. there's a new show of 12 Leonardo da Vinci drawings, also it will be the last but one day to see Tim Peake's space capsule, and the Artes Mundi 8 exhibition continues for only a few more weeks.


See you there for drawing, then coffee and our first 2019 chat
(in the downstairs cafe from 11:30am.)

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).