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

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 ..