26 November 2013

Read all about us

Visit the OSSJAY website for a write-up about our current exhibition.

14 November 2013

WE DRAW 2013 Member Catalogue

Click for : WE DRAW 2013 Member Catalogue
Read online or download the pdf-bo file (2.6MB)

Click for : Butetown History & Arts Centre
Click for : LOCATION MAP

17 October 2013


16 November 2013 to 5 January 2014

Cardiff Drawing Group - CDG - will be holding an exhibition at Butetown History and Arts Centre (BHAC) in lower Bute Street, Cardiff Bay. The exhibition WE DRAW presents fifteen drawings selected and curated to show something of the range of work produced by the members of the group.

Cardiff Drawing Group was established in 2002 with meetings being held in various locations including arts centres, museums, pubs and parks. The group has previously exhibited at Cowbridge Arts Centre, The Hayes Old Library Building, Art Central in Barry and other local venues.

There will be a digital catalogue featuring the work of current group members to accompany this show.

12 September 2013

5 September 2013

Monday 9 Sept 2013 at 7pm

Aimee has volunteered to model for a figure sketching session on Monday 9 September from 8pm to 9pm at THE GOWER PUB, Gwennyth Street, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4PH

Since this is one week before the current 'handing in' date for the BHAC drawing exhibition, it is a good opportunity to discuss proposed or completed drawings before handing in.

Please bring your work along, we'll be meeting in the lounge one hour earlier, at 7pm.

Richard has visited the pub and discovered that a small group of musicians with banjos etc. will take up the lounge from 9pm onwards.  
We could stay on for a while to draw these music makers!

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2 September 2013

Web links

Follow these links to interesting web stuff found by Aimee -

Busy Mockingbird
All about an artist who collaborates with her 4 year old daughter, resulting in some amazing drawings!

Real Beauty Sketches
A "Dove" advertising campaign, but fascinating, a forensic artist working from only verbal descriptions.
YouTube video 3 minutes
YouTube video 6 minutes

23 August 2013

22 August 2013

Monday 9 Sept 2013 at 7pm

A recent CDG request for a figure sketching session resulted in Aimee kindly volunteering for clothed model poses on Monday 9 September from 8pm to 9pm at THE GOWER PUB, Gwennyth Street, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4PH

This is one week before the current 'handing in' date for the BHAC drawing exhibition and is a good opportunity to discuss proposed or completed drawings before handing in.

Please bring your work along, we'll be meeting in the bar/lounge one hour earlier, at 7pm.

Click for: GOWER PUB

21 August 2013

Cardiff Museum

National Museum Cardiff - free entry
Current exhibitions include Visions of Mughal India and the Crawshay Portraits.
As well as art (paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics) the museum has archaeology, geology and natural history collections.


A little sketching session at Cosmeston Country Park, Penarth.
Lakes, medieval village, nature, wildlife, bird-watching, walking.
Open all year, free of charge.

12 August 2013

Tuesday 20 August 2013 from 6pm

This month, instead of an evening in the Lansdowne Pub, we will be meeting by the Café Castan, Llandaff Fields for a park drawing session (landscape, trees, people at play, strollers, dog walkers, sports & games).

An hour or so sketching and then into the Halfway Pub about 8pm for a drink.
We will do the drawing THEN the drinking!!!
Also a chance to plot some CDG drawing events that may supply the subject matter for our upcoming exhibition at Butetown History & Arts Centre.

Cafe Castan is at the top of Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, just at the south-east corner of Llandaff Fields (car parking available).

The Halfway Pub is nearby, on the other side of Cathedral Road.

Click for info: CAFE CASTAN

Click for info: HALFWAY PUB

8 August 2013

Sunday 11 Aug 2013

We're drawing at the National Museum, Cardiff (free entry) this Sunday morning from 10:30 to 12:30

What's On at the National Museum : Crawshay Portraits
A small exhibition of portrait paintings from the 1830's of workers from Francis Crawshay's ironworks at Hirwaun and tinplate works at Treforest. The subjects include manual workers as well as managers, all depicted in working dress and with the tools of their trade.

Meet near the coffee shop in the Main Hall.

3 August 2013

25 July meeting

A busy, chatty evening, discussing venues for future sketching events and information about a CDG members' show this autumn, at the Butetown History & Arts Centre, Cardiff Bay.

Evening drawing work included this portrait study by Jan.

11 July 2013

Lansdowne on Thursday 25 July 2013

Come to the Lansdowne pub for another super sketching session.
Chat, drink, eat, pose, look, see, draw, laugh, gossip, be merry.

The Lansdowne Pub, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1PU Tel: 02920221312

Portraits from the Lansdowne 25 June

24 June 2013

Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 7pm

Don't forget this CDG meeting at The Lansdowne Pub.
Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 7pm.

You can 'pose' and draw and chat.

The Lansdowne Pub, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1PU Tel: 02920221312

Lansdowne drawings

Portraits from our last drawing session at the Lansdowne pub.

24 May 2013

St Donats art show

Congratulations to Heather. Her lovely tide-line drawing, at the Glamorgan Heritage Coast exhibition, has been sold.

Drawing at Lavernock

We had a great morning drawing at Lavernock Battery. Fine weather, interesting location and a family joined in with our sketching session!!!

18 May 2013

Celebrating The Glamorgan Heritage Coast

You are invited to attend an evening viewing at St Donats Arts Centre on Tuesday 21 May 2013 from 7-9pm

Celebrating The Glamorgan Heritage Coast
An exhibition showcasing a collection of artists who have been inspired by the beautiful and mesmerising Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Enjoy a diverse range of paintings, photography, textiles, ceramics, poetry, film and music as well as meet the artists.

17 May 2013

Drawing at Lavernock Battery

A special location for some interesting drawing on Sunday 19th May.
Park and meet next to the church at Lavernock Point at 11am.
It's a short walk to the nature reserve and path to the battery area.
Also nearby is the Marconi Club for coffee etc.
Event arranged by Heather

Lavernock Battery stands isolated and abandoned high above the Penarth costline at the northern most point of a chain of defences across the Bristol Channel. These concrete remains are part of an anti-aircraft defence system built during World War II.

12 May 2013

2 more meetings at The Lansdowne

Another two CDG meetings have been booked at The Lansdowne Pub.
Thursday 30 May 2013 and Tuesday 25 June 2013 both at 7pm.

Please bring drawing stuff and something to keep you still and occupied when you (voluntarily) 'pose' for 15 minutes!!!!!

The Lansdowne Pub, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1PU Tel: 02920221312

8 May 2013

Drawings Online

Follow this link to an online show and auction of drawings -
over 200 artists drawing in any medium on A4 size paper

3 May 2013

Amazing pencilwork

Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki uses light, shadow, and perspective to create optical illusions. Prop up his sketchbook and view from an angle to see his images turn into 3D. Lots of info, pictures and videos on the web.

Tea & Cake Tuesday

7 May at Ffotogallery, Penarth for The Time Machine 11am – 5pm

14 May at Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff for Wild Oats 11am – 5pm

FREE - drop-in for a chat about the exhibitions over tea and cake. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the artists’ work. Tea and cake provided.

8 April 2013

CDG meeting Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 7pm

At Sue Shield's drawing session last month in the Lansdowne Pub, it was thought that it would be a good place to have a long overdue group meeting.

Lets meet to pay our membership fees, organise personalised membership card for discounts, discuss updating our web page, meet new members etc.

Lets drink... meals / snacks are available (pre-arranged buffets are available, pub has connections with the Potted Pig, Cardiff)

Lets draw as well.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions please bring them with you ....
.... if not, still please come, its seems ages since we last met.

Please let Stephanie know if you hope to attend.
The Lansdowne Pub, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1PU Tel: 02920221312

11 March 2013

Trust me I'm a Doctor

Although Heather Jones couldn’t make it to the Lansdowne drawing event, her kind contribution of a delicious cake in celebration of Jan’s recent viva outcome was enjoyed by all present.

28 February 2013

Open evening - The Broadway Drawing School

Friday 1 March 2013 from 6pm.
Open evening at The Broadway Drawing School
Studio 8, 59-61 Broadway, Roath, Cardiff
Drawing Exhibition by Jac Saorsa and live acoustic music by Finn Le Marinel from his new album 'Violence'. Come and have a glass of wine with us and help celebrate the launch of our new Drawing School. Find out about our range of day and evening classes and events coming up.

26 February 2013

The Broadway Drawing School

The Broadway Drawing School is located in the friendly surroundings of a working artist’s studio and is dedicated to providing a unique choice of professional drawing instruction at all levels. Courses are led by Dr Jac Saorsa (visual artist, writer and researcher).

From beginners' mark-making to advanced drawing techniques, these courses can be complemented by weekly ‘drop in’ life drawing classes, all-day and 2-day intensive workshops, location drawing classes and one to one tuition.

Studio 8, 59-61 Broadway, Roath, Cardiff
Visit their website for more information.

CDG event Thursday 7 March 2013

Come to an evening of drawing at The Lansdowne Pub organised by Sue Shields. A free house serving real ales, Weiss beers, good cider, proper pub food and pickled eggs!
On the corner of Lansdowne Road and Beda Road in Canton, Cardiff.
Meet at 7pm.
The Lansdowne Pub, Cardiff 
"At the Lansdowne, we have an ever changing menu of pub grub, including Faggots and Peas, Burgers, award winning Pies, Curry with half and half, Chilli Cheese Dog…"

CDG event meeting - no entrance fee.
Please bring your own drawing materials and sketch books.

13 February 2013

CDG event Tuesday 19 Feb 2013

Jan Bennett has arranged an afternoon of drawing at The Pumping Station, Penarth Road, Cardiff from 2 - 5 pm on Tuesday 19 February 2013.

"Established in an old Victorian pumping house, The Pumping Station is home to arguably the most eclectic mix of traders this side of the Severn Bridge. With more than 35 different traders under one roof, it is easy to while away an entire afternoon at this welcoming destination".
"Three floors of unique stores and boutiques, with clothing, jewellery, antiques, dolls houses, model railways, etc. and also an outdoor garden store and indoor café." 

CDG event meeting - no entrance fee,  free of charge.
Please bring your own drawing materials and sketch books.

15 January 2013

Sometimes We Look

Marega Palser combines her training in dance and fine art at Chapter, Cardiff. A performing exhibition of her work, this site specific combination of dance, drawing, animation and printmaking investigates how the simple use of mark-making can affect the way movement can be created, and how dance, in turn, can affect the impulse to draw.
From Wednesday 16 Jan to Saturday 19 Jan 2013.

1 January 2013

The Derwent Art Prize

A new prize for pencil artists working with coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, pastel pencils, graphite or charcoal, The Derwent Art Prize winner will receive £5,000. Deadline for entries is 1 July 2013.

Edward Hopper's sketchbook

View this interactive online version of Edward Hopper's sketchbook on the TATE website. Meticulous records of a lifetime of painting, with drawings and notes on each work before it left the studio.

Come Draw with Me! London

7 February 2013 Come Draw with Me! London at Two Temple Place, WC2
Join four acclaimed artists for an exciting evening of portraiture, narrative and life drawing. Refresh your drawing skills or try something entirely new!