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

5 December 2016

Saturday afternoon at Cardiff Museum

Saturday 10th December from 2pm at Cardiff Museum.
Meet inside, near the reception desk (just before 2pm) and we will join the Artes Mundi guided tour to hear the stories behind works on show.
Then it's our own choice of drawing in the galleries before coffee and chat in the downstairs cafe around 3:30pm

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Artes Mundi - free guided tour starts at 2pm.
Artes Mundi Organization

2 November 2016

It's bath time.

Saturday 3 December 2016
We're off to Bath for the Jerwood Drawing Exhibition.

Meet 10am at Cardiff Central Station for the 10:27am train to Bath Spa.
Then a bus to University of Bath Campus for coffee & cake at The Edge Cafe.
See the exhibition and get inspired to sketch on-site before a meal in the nearby Lime Tree food court.
Bus back to Bath centre for sight-seeing and xmas shopping.
Train home to Cardiff.


Jerwood Drawing Exhibition - the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, exhibited in Bath for the first time, free admission - info here

The Trainline - book an off-peak open day return ticket online and add on the Bath PlusBus service. Discounted prices if you have a Senior Railcard, Student Railcard, etc. - website here

The Edge Cafe - info here

Lime Tree food court - info here

Bath Christmas Market - info here 

Historical Bath - info here

18 September 2016

Saturday 24th Sept from 10am.

We are back at our favourite museum on Saturday 24th September.
Meet outside at 10am.
Draw, draw, draw (then draw some more).
Coffee and chat in the downstairs cafe from 11:30

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

14 September 2016

Saturday 17 September

We'll save our museum visit to another date and instead we will be meeting at CRAFT IN THE BAY, Cardiff. Click here for directions.

10:30am Meet outside CRAFT IN THE BAY
11:00am Walk & Talk free event on the different approaches to drawing of artists showing at the new exhibition "Drawing Inspirations".
Then time to do our own drawing work with coffee & chat afterwards.

4 August 2016

Saturday 13 Aug from 10:30am

Saturday 13 Aug from 10:30am.
Cosmeston Country Park, Penarth

Sketch the other visitors at this lovely venue and take the board-walk around the lakes, see the nature reserve and wildlife. There's also a reconstructed village with big barns and thatched cottages for the challenge of drawing medieval domestic architecture!!

Free car parking on site or lots of buses from Cardiff to Penarth.

22 July 2016

Saturday 30 July from 2:15pm

An afternoon drawing session at Fairoak Bowling Club, Roath Park.
Meet outside the green on Saturday 30 July at 2:15pm - a league game against the visiting team begins at 2:30pm.
(there's lots of seating around this outdoor bowling green)

Coffee and chat afterwards at the nearby "Field of Beans" cafe.

Info links:
Fairoak Bowling Club, Alder Road, Roath Park, Cardiff
Field of Beans Cafe, 1 Wedal Road, Roath park, Cardiff

20 July 2016

Saturday 23 July from 10am.

Saturday 23 July from 10am.
We'll be drawing at Cardiff Bay
Meet outside the Mount Stuart Wetherspoon's Pub at 10am.
Click here for location

Lots to see around Mermaid Quay - people and boats, waterside views, 

Cardiff Bay Beach, a break dancing event at the Millennium Centre .....

3 July 2016

Plants & people - Sunday 17 July from 2pm.

Spend the afternoon drawing at this secret garden in the city suburbs.

As well as flowers, fruit & veg, nature reserve, pond and a wildflower meadow, you'll find Fairtrade food stalls, tea, cakes and wine tastings!

St. Peter's Church Community Garden
Part of the National Gardens Scheme - gardens open for charity.
Admission: adults £3, children free.

Meet at the entrance to the gardens at 2pm.
Click here for info and directions

21 June 2016

a busy July

We have three meetings proposed for next month -

Sunday 17 July - afternoon 2pm - 4pm
Saturday 23 July - morning 10am - 12noon
Saturday 30 July - afternoon 2pm - 4pm

details to follow ...........

a morning at the museum

26 May 2016

Saturday 18 June

Saturday 18 June 2016 from 10am - 12 noon

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff  
Meet at the reception desk in the main hall.

A good choice of shows at our favourite museum -
Commemoration of the Battle of Mametz Wood (Gallery 19-20)
David Jones drawings and prints (Gallery 1)
Augustus John show with new etchings (Gallery 13)
Anatomy of a Welsh Village (New Gallery - top floor)

Drawing - 10:00 - 11:30am  
Coffee    - 11:30 - 12noon

1 May 2016

NEW Market Day

A new date for our Market Day drawing session - Saturday 21 May

Meet at 10am outside the Hayes entrance of Cardiff Indoor Market
(Trinity Street, near St. John's church).
Sketch those flowers and fish, barbers and bacon, welsh cakes and wigs, and also complete a special CDG Market Quiz to test your powers of observation!

Coffee and chat afterwards.

28 April 2016


Unfortunately our Market Day drawing session will be postponed ....
Cardiff is expecting 66,000 spectators on Saturday 30th April at the Judgement Day event, with two major rugby matches being held at the Millennium Stadium. Some city centre roads will be closed, with trains, buses and car parking disrupted.
So, we'll arrange to visit the Market on a different date.
Please check this CDG blog for the latest info.

19 April 2016

Market Day

We're off to market on Saturday 30 April.
Flowers and fish.
Barbers and bacon.
Cafes and crafts.
Meet at 10am outside the Hayes (Trinity Street) entrance of Cardiff Indoor Market, wander through the mixed stalls or sketch from the balcony.
Coffee and chat afterwards.

3 April 2016

Gallery talk and portrait drawing

Gallery talk and portrait drawing at the National Museum of Wales

28 March 2016

Aplin Studios

NEW drop-in life-drawing sessions at Sebastian's studio.
Thursday evenings from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. (£10 per session)
Arrive early at 5:10 for tea, coffee and view slides of great drawings.

Life Drawing at Aplin Studios
Aplin Studios on Facebook

13 March 2016

Saturday 2 April at 10am. - Portraits

Drawing Mam Cymru and Dorelia John
Gallery talk and portrait drawing at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Meet at 10am. on Saturday 2 April 2016
We will register as a group and then all go to the Upper Galleries for a prompt start at 10:15am. (so we have time to listen, to draw, to chat).

National Museum of Wales, Historic Art, Room 1
Free entry to the museum and the art galleries.

5 March 2016

Fascinating Faces

.. work from our busy portraiture session at The Little Man Coffee Co ..

26 February 2016

Drink and draw?

Saturday 5 March from 10 - 12 noon
We're meeting at The Little Man Coffee Company and drawing in their secret, downstairs gallery space.
So, the drinking will be coffee/tea.
The drawing will be portraiture.

The Little Man Coffee Company, Ivor House, Bridge Street, Cardiff

12 February 2016


Postcard sized drawings, with love from us to you.

5 February 2016

Drawing an elegant Lady

Saturday 13 Feb from 3-5pm.
Note the special time: it's in the afternoon from 3pm to 5pm.

A drawing session with this lovely, tall, slim, elegant greyhound named Lady.
At the Spit & Sawdust Skate Park off Newport Road, Cardiff.
We'll be working in their art gallery space, but could also sketch the skaters and the surroundings of banks, blocks, hips and other obstacles.

Free entry. Cafe on site.

Anna & Lesley

15-21 February 2016
At the Broadway Drawing School, Roath, Cardiff an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Anna and Lesley. Open between 12pm and 5pm
Private view Monday 15 Feb, 6pm - 8pm

2 February 2016

studio visit

Last Saturday's visit to Aplin Studios was good fun.
See our drawing work on the Facebook page.

19 January 2016

Saturday 30 January 2016

Saturday 30 January 2016 at 10am.
Visit Sebastian's art studio at the old Coal Exchange building, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff Bay. Meet outside the white door at 10am. We can view his current work and also produce our own drawings in the studio, or outside if the weather is good.

Click here for directions.

18 January 2016