Photo: Water cascading over Caban Coch
by David Chandler

Art Group

Group Leader: Karen Latham -

The Art Group meets on the first Tuesday of the Month starting at 10:00am and finishing 12:00 to 12:30pm.  The usual cost per session is £3.00 and members should bring their own materials.  (Some materials may be provided for beginners until they can acquire their own.)

Venues may vary depending on weather and subject matter. Check this web site or contact the group leader, Karen Latham.


Events in 2019


In June the art group go to Frankesbridge to work on landscape. Meeting at the Lakeside at 09:30 to car share. Bring your favourite materials to this session when we will share the groups expertise and coach one another in true U3A style.


In May 2019 Ann Chandler was the guest tutor and did a session on using ink and bleach to create sepia negative pictures. It was great fun and a new technique to the group. Look out for what I suspect might be a new line in birthday cards from members of the art group!



The April meeting of the art group had the guest coach Karl Sargent who did an interesting session on "Memory" unfortunately no one remembered to take a camera or thought to take photos!

Events from 2018


Please note that there will not be a meeting in January.  However all members are invited to attend the Llandrindod Wells High Schools, Sixth Form Art Groups presentation at Celf-O-Gwpas on Wednesday 31st to start at 10:00am. Karen went last year and found it a very interesting and creatively stimulating session.


Venue MUSEUM. Start time 10:00am. Karl Sylvester has agreed to tutor a session based on a request to have an exercise /tutorial to help us "ground" our drawings on the page. Everyone has enjoyed his positive coaching style so much on previous sessions.  Karl will set up a still life as subject matter and it is suggested we work in monochrome so pencils, charcoal, single coloured pastel...


The Pales Meeting House at Llandegley. This is a beautiful location and venue with the option of distant views, garden or building to work in. If you have never been to the Pales you are in for a treat.

I suggest that we all meet at the pull in near the Lakeside Cafe in Llandrindod at 9.30 (latest to leave at 9.30) with a view to organising car shares (a couple of volunteers with cars will be welcomed) as parking is limited at the Pales. And we can then also ensure everyone knows the way. We will finish at 12.30 at the latest and be back in Llandrindod for 13.00

I suggest pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, or water colour and pastels if you wish to use colour, and sturdy white paper ( size A2 or A3). You may find a folding seat and drawing board or easel useful if you want to work out of doors although there are a few seating places outside.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Usual cost of £3.00 to allow a donation to the Pales

September 4th - Illustration

On Tuesday the 4th of September we are meeting in the Rock Park to start promptly at 10.00am.

The U3A creative writing group have put together a number of short stories and have asked if the art group can illustrate the collection in the hope of "publishing" and having available at the AGM next year. I have had the opportunity to read the stories and they really are very good. It seems a long time scale but in reality we need to aim to have the illustrations completed by the end of November. The actual mechanics ie who does which illustrations, size, colour or black and white have yet to be finalised so don't panic yet.

As a start to the process (whether or not you chose to be involved in the illustrations) I have booked a local professional illustrator to come and talk to us on the 4th September. Rob Lewis is a graphic designer. He has published illustrations in over 40 mainly childrens books. He will show us some of his work, talk about how he goes about the process of illustration and then give us a simple exercise to have a go for fun. Just bring your sketch books and pens/pencils.

October 2nd - Life Drawing

On Tuesday October 2nd we are meeting at Celf-w-Gwmpas, starting promptly at 10.00am.

A different professional life model has been bookoed for this session who will be coming from Hay On Wye. I have been promised the curves requested. Dependent on numbers coming I would also like to book Carl again as a tutor/coach so please let the group leader know if you are intending to come to this session.

November 6th

For the November we will be back in the Museum. This will be an open session to bring your own work or illustrations to complete.

PLEASE will those involved in illustrating the U3A  "Art of Creative Writing" Book, bring their final illustrations with them or use the session to finish your submission. As the editors are holding the book layout meeting on the 13th November. Works will eventually be returned to the artists.

The group leader would welcome any suggestions on what people might want to do in future sessions. 


July meeting at The Rock Park

The art group met at the Rock Park on the 3rd of July where Steve Ashley gave a repeat performance of the presentation he first gave to the art history group on the work of the master Sesshu Toyo who worked in ink wash and was the “Turner” of his day, changing formulaic landscape painting to creative atmospheric masterpieces. It's the first time our group has started with a presentation. It will not be the last!  It was truly inspiring and several of us spent the next hour happily engaged in experimenting with the techniques we had been shown. I for one thoroughly enjoyed and can appreciate the lifetime it would take to master what appears so deceptively simple. Thanks Steve. I can see a lot of happy and frustrating hours ahead!

By Sesshū Tōyō (1420-1506) (attrib.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

The Art Group session in the Rock Park. Photos: Karen Latham


The Zentangle Method

During 2017 we had a couple of very interesting sessions led by Alan Quincey on "Zentangle"

“The Zentangle Method is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.”

Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a very specific method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of “artistic meditation” as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on “one stroke at a time”. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. Both the tangles used, and the resulting completed tile are intended to be unplanned, abstract, non-objective creations that grow organically as each deliberate stroke in laid down. The results can be surprising, beautiful and are always unique even when the group works together and is given the same instructions!

More photos of our work on Zentangles are shown below. You can see photos from other art group meetings on our photo gallery page.