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CAS Members Sketches at Ty Cerrig

A day of sunshine and showers last week when we met to sketch at Ty Cerrig.

Lots of interesting preliminary studies which are being worked up indoors 

Sketching Day Hosted by Patricia Lyne

Well the success of Patricia's Sketching Day was was happily aided by the rain staying away until about 2pm.  We had some lovely views of the church, Patricia's gardens and her lovely thatched cottage. 

 We were joined by two new members, Penny and Diana who had so much to add to the small group in artistic knowledge and in a shared history with members present.  The old adage "Its a Small World" was shared over coffee.

When the rain did arrive we retired to the studio and dining room and had the opportunity to continue until we battled through the torrential rain on the way home. 

Many thanks to Patricia for hosting a fabulous day.

Christmas Lunch

Join other CAS members for Christmas Lunch at the Dinorben Arms, Bodfari LL16 4DA on Saturday 18th December 2021 at 12.30pm.

Places are limited to about 20, so please book with Tina by email at by the 1st December 2021 at the latest. Please mention any allergies or vegan / vegetarian requirements when booking.

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Sketching Days - Diary Dates

Some dates to keep in your diary for forthcoming Sketching Days.

Thursday 9th September 2021

Friday 24th September 2021

Saturday 9th October 2021

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Details of locations and times will be published on the Events Page shortly. 

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CAS Exhibition - Ruthin Cottage Hospital

CAS members will again be able to exhibit their work at Ruthin Cottage Hospital. From early November a permanent exhibition will be set up on the main corridor to the wards. This will be updated quarterly to replace sold works and to refresh the exhibition. CAS members can display two or three works without charge. A small commission will be charged on sold works to raise funds for the "Friends of the Hospital".


More details on how to enter, collection point for works etc. will be available soon. 

Nant Clwyd y Dre Sketching Day

Two members enjoyed a splendid plein air day in a perfect setting at Nant Clwyd y Dre. The gardens are superb, with lots of subjects, comfortable seating and very few people.

Clwydians, if you missed it, why not come next time as we will certainly visit this easy to reach venue again.


Sketch of Nant Clwyd y Dre by Patricia Lyne.

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Two New CAS Exhibitions

Two new CAS Exhibitions to showcase members work are to be held at the new Visitor & Community Hub in the Old Courthouse, St Peter's Square, Ruthin LL15 1AA

The first exhibition will run between 7th December 2021 and 23rd December 2021. 

The second exhibition between 16th August 2022 and 30th August 2022.

Details of opening times, dates and art work submission arrangements will  published nearer the time of each exhibition.

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Workshop with Sue Farrington - Saturday 7th August 2021

The Welsh Mountains in the style of Monet

What a fabulous day! Eight members enjoyed a great workshop run by Sue Farrington painting the Welsh landscape in the style of Monet. Sue gave an insight into Monet's style of painting, his colour palette and demonstrated his approach and painting techniques. With great encouragement and support from Sue and the rest of group everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day producing some great impressionist paintings.      

CAS Summer Exhibition - Opening Times

The Exhibition will run from Saturday 17th July 2021 to Saturday 11th September 2021 at the Llangollen Tourist Information Centre, Y Capel, Castle Street, Llangollen LL20 8NU


The Centre is currently open from 9.30am to 5.30pm each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

From 1st August the Centre will open from 9.30am to 5.30pm six days each week. (Closed all day on Thursdays).

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The Royal Cambrian Academy - Summer Exhibition 2021

The Royal Cambrian Academy 138th Summer Exhibition will be held from Saturday 17th July 2021 to Saturday 28th August 2021 at the Gallery, Crown Lane, Conwy LL32 8AN

See the EVENTS page for details of the members visit to Conwy and the exhibition on Friday 13th August 2021.


Workshop with Sue Farrington - Saturday 7th August 2021

The Welsh Mountains in the style of Monet

" We shall be capturing the beauty and a fleeting moment in time of the magnificent Welsh Countryside using rich textured energetic brush marks", Sue Farrington.

Venue - Village Hall, Llanbedr DC, Ruthin LL15 1UP.

Places are limited, please email Julia at to reserve your place.

Click here to download the Materials List and additional details.

Bring your own lunch and drinks.

Late Summer & Autumn Workshops 2021

Advance notice of two workshops planned for later this year during September and October at the Village Hall, Llanbedr DC, Ruthin LL15 1UP.

Workshop dates, details of subjects and tutors to follow soon.

CAS Summer Exhibition



A wonderful opportunity to display your art at this popular venue.

Llangollen Tourist Information Centre from 17th July 2021 to 11th September 2021

Deadline for Entries - Saturday 3rd July 2021

Click on the button below to download Terms & Conditions, Entry Form and details of how to enter in "Word" format. For iPad and other non PC users please email Julia at to request an Entry Form.

"Stormy Seascape" with Sue Farrington - Saturday 19th June 2021   

This is a great opportunity to spend  the day painting a dramatic seascape along with

well known local artist Sue Farrington. For those who do not know Sue click on the link 

below to download her profile. Also click on the "Materials List" to download materials

requirements for the day. 

The new venue is the Village Hall, Llanbedr DC - See the Events listing for full details.

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06/07/2019  Bill Gribble Workshop   

What a brilliant day!

Bill was a truly wonderful tutor, putting us all at ease with his life in art anecdotes.

He was thoroughly prepared, clear and very professional.

The format of the day was well thought out and provided us with plenty of time to experiment with new ideas, paints and techniques, without huge chunks of information overload.

He was considerate, encouraging and appreciative, providing friendly advice and sharing some excellent tips, (who knew a large rubber band could be so useful).

Time flew by ... a sure sign we were all engrossed, and all too soon it was the end of the day.

There's definitely going to be a shortage of Water Based Oil Paints locally, as there are now several new converts.

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Sketching at Nantclwyd Y Dre

The rain held off, which for this June was an unexpected bonus.

The gardens were beautiful, with the rose arch in full bloom.

We really enjoyed our time sketching and painting.

Here are a few photos from the day.

16/05/2019  Sketching at The Lawnt   

We had a fantastic day sketching at this stunning location.

The heady scent of jasmine filled the air in the conservatory, where we were warmly welcomed by our host and the refreshments were greatly appreciated.

The weather was warm, the sun shone and the gardens were a riot of colour.

Wild flowers blossomed in the meadow and along the banks of the stream.

Bird song accompanied the sound of the water as it gently tumbled down rocks and flowed under the old arched bridge.

Exploring the grounds, we each found or own sources of inspiration.

There was so much to see, so many scenes to capture and so much to delight our senses.

All that's left to say is a massive Thank You to our hosts - we will be back.

02/05/2019    Liz Bolloten Demo   

Liz was an excellent tutor, inspiring those who attended her demonstration of watercolour painting today.

We met at Rhewl Pavilion, watched her perform her magic on paper before having a short practice with some of her tips.

I was so absorbed that I forgot to take photos, however, luckily James did.

See more of Liz Bolloten's work on her website:

Carol Wynne, Julia Jones

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25/04/2019    James Eccleston Portrait Demo   

During Thursday afternoon's meeting we looked at one of the ways to construct a "standard" head and how it relates to a skull. This can then be used as a mental template to compare with the subject.
A selection of black and white photographs were available to draw from. 
Further portrait sessions will occur!

James Eccleston

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