Paint Days and Workshops Update September 2020

Apologies, but these events have been cancelled due to new government rules.

As you know the Society has had to cancel all activities for the past few months because of Covid-19 pandemic. I am happy to say that following a Committee meeting in early August it was agreed that limited activities such as Paint Days and Workshops can resume by ensuring a safe environment by following the government guidelines for group meetings.

Ken Bridges has therefore booked the Llanelltyd Village Hall for the following dates and times:

Paint Days

Tuesday 22nd September 2020 Paint Day – time: 10:30 am till 4:00 pm
Thursday 26th Nov Paint Day – time: 10:30 am till 4:00 pm

Workshop: Watercolour, the Basics

The next workshop will be on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm. The tutor will be Ken Bridges

The aim of the workshop is to provide an introduction to the medium of watercolour for anyone who would like to take up watercolour or is just starting out in the medium. The session will begin with looking at watercolour materials We will then go on to discuss their use, after which the group will undertake a few basic practical exercises. Followed by a very simple painting. Those attending should bring along the following:

  • A selection of soft hair or synthetic brushes.
  • Watercolour paper or pad approximately A3
  • A small selection of watercolours in at least the three primary colours i.e. Red, Yellow and Blue.
  • Something to mix colours in, either a dedicated water colour palette or saucers or a small plate will do.
  • A Pencil and rubber.

Anyone who does not have any materials but wants to have a go please come along anyway. Bring your own lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Use the contact form below for more information or to book your place.


To comply with the Covid-19 requirements numbers for all three events are to be restricted to a maximum of 10 and those wishing to attend any of the events will be required to book a place with the secretary – use the booking form or the contact form above. If the uptake for any of the events is less than 5 then that event will be cancelled.

The painting days will continue in the same format as before, i.e. just turn up with your gear and have a paint among like minded members of the society, but don’t forget to book with Meena Davies.  Ken will be there to run the day and hopefully offer useful advice and tips if needed.

Llanelltyd Hall Covid 19 precautions

The following must be observed during the Paint Days and Workshop:

  • Only one room is to be used per event, in our case the large room.
  • Hand sanitiser to be used on entering and leaving the hall area, (there is some provided but bring your own if you wish).
  • Supply your own masks.
  • Only one person to use the toilets at any one time.
  • The Kitchen facilities are to be used for tea and coffee making only. Users will have to supply their own mugs and spoons.
  • Furniture to be left out at the end of the day so that it can be sterilised.
  • Group leader to leave their contact details.

2020 Paint Days and Workshops

Please put the following dates in your diaries for Paint Days or Workshops at Llynelltyd Village Hall:

  • 20th February
  • 19th March
  • 23rd April
  • 21st May
  • 18th June
  • 23rd July
  • 20th August
  • 24th September
  • 22nd October
  • 26th November
  • 17th December

These days will either be paint days or workshops depending on whether or not a tutor can be arranged for the day. It will be announced beforehand which it will be.

Additional days for tutor led workshops may be arranged in addition to the above if the opportunity arises.

Charges for these days will remain the same: Workshops £10 for members, £12 for non members, and Paint Days £3.

These workshops are suitable for people with disabilities as the hall is accessible, and there are folks on hand to provide assistance.

Please check the website for details of future workshops.

Workshop: Still Life

Our next workshop will be on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at Llanelltyd Village Hall, starting at 10:30am, and finishing at about 4pm. The cost for members will be £10 and £12 for non-members. The tutor will be Chris Pugh. Chris will be looking at approaches to still life.

You will need to bring:

  • Drawing and painting materials of your own choice
  • Appropriate support i.e. paper, board or canvas
  • An object of your choice to draw or paint.

Chris will also bring along some subject matter. The day will involve suggestions on approach demonstrated by Chris followed by practical exercises.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

N.B. Please stay at end of workshop to help clear-up

Use the contact form for more information or to book your place.

Workshop: Perspective Drawing

Our next workshop will be on Wednesday 7th August 2019 at Llanelltyd Village Hall, starting at 10:30am, and finishing at about 4pm. The cost for members will be £10 and £12 for non-members. The tutor will be Ivor Arbuckle.

A lot of people have difficulty with perspective when drawing so this workshop has been organised to try and help people tackle this discipline

You will need to bring:

  • Paper –minimum A3, ideally A2.
  • Pencils – HB/B.
  • Long ruler –  minimum 30 cms. (ideally longer).
  • Small pritt/glue stick (not wet adhesive).
  • Drawing board.
  • Each person should also bring a couple of Sunday supplement type colour mags and/or clothes catalogues (not TV listing magazines); we need lots of largish pictures for a collage type exercise – this is the important bit!

Suitable paper will be available to purchase at the workshop.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

N.B. Please stay at end of workshop to help clear-up

Use the contact form for more information or to book your place.

Informal Painting Day 24th June: Demonstration of Encaustic Art

On our informal painting day on 24th June,  we are pleased to welcome Melanie Williams who is going to give us a  demonstration of Encaustic Art.  Melanie, who lives near Bala, has worked in this medium for many years. It involves creating works of art using hot liquid wax, oils and pigments. This is usually applied in layers and can result in quite spectacular and unusual effects.

Melanie has recently had a successful exhibition at Ty Meirion Gallery, Dyffryn Ardudwy.   She exhibits permanently at Tan yr Hall Gallery in Bala. For more information about Melanie and her works please visit her website.

We will be meeting at Llanelltyd Village hall, starting at 10:30am. The cost for the day is £3.00. No need to book, just come along and pay on the day. Non members are also welcome (£6 on the door).

Workshop: Watercolour Techniques Mood Board

Our next workshop will be on Thursday 4th April 2019 at Llanelltyd Village Hall, starting at 10:30am, and finishing at about 4pm. The cost for members will be £10 and £12 for non-members. The tutor will be Tracy Ann Smith.

The objective of the workshop is to create textures by using the simple techniques which can enhance watercolour painting and add interesting pattern. Hopefully there will be enough time to create a piece of artwork.

You will need to bring:

  • Water colours
  • Watercolour paper (large if possible)
  • Brushes

We will be using candles, bubblewrap, kitchen roll, sharp points, rock salt etc. The tutor will bring a couple of painted examples to show how to insert some techniques. It will be a fun session, tiring but well worth it. It might be an idea for those attending to bring along some subject matter to paint.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.

N.B. Please stay at end of workshop to help clear-up

Use the contact form for more information or to book your place.