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 ..

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

23 December 2015


Season's greetings to all.

Our first drawing session of the New Year will be on Saturday 16 January 2016 at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. We meet at 10am in the main foyer, draw, then a chat in the downstairs cafe.

Red biro

portrait drawing in red biro by Jan

Drawing at the Museum

2 December 2015

Richard's finished drawing

large drawing on block framed canvas 120cm x 100cm
using charcoal, lead, graphite and very sharp razor blades!

26 October 2015

Saturday 5 December

Saturday 5 December 2015 from 10am.
Probably our last meeting of 2015 at probably the best museum in Wales.
We'll be sketching, then coffee and a chat in the downstairs cafe.

27 September 2015

Saturday 24 October 2015

Saturday 24 October from 10am.     

We're meeting at 10am in the entrance hall of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, our favourite place to get-together, draw, have coffee and chat. Lots of amazing art and natural history exhibits. FREE entrance.

15 September 2015

Saturday 26 September 2015

Two FREE "Open Doors" venues for us to visit and draw.

Meet at 11am. outside the Greek Orthodox Church on Bute Street (guided tour at 11:30). Beautifully decorated Byzantine style with gilded icon panels.
Info here
Photos here
Afterwards, wander on down towards Cardiff Bay and look inside the Exchange Building on Mount Stuart Square. Victorian coal trading floor, wood panelled music hall.
Info here
Photos here

31 August 2015

Free Dance Friday

Friday 4 September starting at 5pm.
Wales Dance House (at the back of the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay).
It's free to attend rehearsals for this new production, on Friday 4 September when we can watch and draw.
National Dance Company Wales

Read about it HERE - Book free tickets HERE