On Saturday 21 July we had a full studio at the Peter Clarke Art Centre, when Tony Durrheim shared his secrets with us in a one day workshop.
Mainly self-taught, Tony discovered a passion for painting in 2000, when he attended a painting demo, after leaving the police force. We were regaled with tales of his life in and leaving of “the force”, keeping us well entertained throughout the day.
Tony’s love of the sea grew from his experiences as a young surfer in the 70s and shows in the mood and movement of his many seascapes, for which he is most well known.
The workshop was very fast paced – we completed a seascape in oil and acrylic in just over three hours – exhilarating for some, nerve-wracking for others – as Tony gave us all sorts of tips and “cheats” that he uses to enhance the watery effects in his work.
Tony’s advice to would-be artists “….you’ve got to have your own studio and you’ve got to paint every day…..the more you paint, the easier it becomes.”
The first of the SASA Winter Workshops for 2018 took place at the Peter Clarke Art Centre on Saturday May 26.
Gabriella Kaplan introduced us to a whole new world of mixed media and a whole new way of looking at art. She encouraged us to use and experiment with the most amazing array of materials, to – in her own words – “Explore with curiosity; Be open to the unexpected; Reconnect with yourself; See with new eyes; Still the judges within; Trust the process; Rediscover intuitive responses; Unblock the creativity within”
Gabriella gently guided us through the process, allowing each new step to emerge naturally, bringing out the best in all of us.
The morning was about self exploration – where you are and where you have come from – and culminated in each person’s presentation of “self” in a painting and in words.
A very relaxing and non-judgemental workshop. Many thanks to Gabriella for presenting it and to Irene Oxley for organising it.
On Saturday 26 May, contemporary artist, Gabriella Kaplan, will be giving a workshop using a multitude of mixed media. The workshop will be held at the Peter Clarke (formerly Frank Joubert) Art Centre. Please see the SASA newsletter for more details.
Our Winter Workshop on 26 August at the Peter Clarke Art Centre featured Derric Van Rensburg, a renowned and accomplished artist. He shared with us his own personal spin on the art of painting with acrylics.
Derric was his usual entertaining and informative self and the lucky group of SASA members who’d managed to secure their place on the workshop, enjoyed a light-hearted, yet highly rewarding day.
Derric weaved his magic, demonstrating different techniques on two landscapes and a figure study, giving us the chance to experience and experiment with his unique use of tools and materials, producing wonderfully vibrant and colourful compositions.
Thank you Derric for another successful and enjoyable event. It’s no wonder there’s always a waiting list for your workshops! 🙂
On Saturday 24 June, Karin Davel will be holding a mixed media workshop – the first of the SASA annual Winter Workshops. For more information and to book your place, please email Liz Pearson at email@example.com
Gerda Kenyon gave a relaxed and fun workshop at the new “Art Source”, on Saturday 25 July.
She shared with us the beginnings of her sculpting process in the bright and airy studio space in Roeland Street, Cape Town.
Starting with a wire armature on a board, we were shown how to build up our sculptures in clay – either potter’s clay, or ball clay, which has wax added to it and never really dries, so can be reworked later. Gerda gave guidance on proportions and valuable advice on details, like sculpting realistic-looking eyes. The final product would be cast from a mould, in bronze, or resin.
Everyone brought their own references and beautiful sculptures emerged from a wonderful selection of subject matter. A truly inspiring morning and I’m sure there will be a lot more sculpture being created by those SASA members who attended the workshop.
This was the last of the Winter workshops for this season. Thanks to everyone who made them happen and we look forward to a lot more inspiration next year.
All the activity included preparations for selection day (actually it took a whole weekend), our landscape and life competition – congratulations to our winners
Lynn Brown – Life drawing/painting section
Grazyna Janik – Landscape/seascape section
Then there were the winter workshops. First was Cherry Nichols watercolour/mixed media workshop for experienced watercolourists (see previous post) and then we were honoured to have Natalie Hirschman give us a workshop in oils. An incredible experience from a master of the medium.
And then our own SASA member and Fellow, Di Ackerman, gave us a workshop on drawing in ink and finishing in acrylics.
A big thank you to all three wonderful artists for sharing their years of wisdom and experience with us.
Cherry Nichols gave an awesome watercolour workshop for
SASA members on Tuesday 21 June. All participants had to change
the poppy drawing they were sent to use at the workshop. Cherry started off by showing them how to remove parts of the painting that were no longer
wanted, using oil pastels and turps. The oil pastels were also used to darken
the areas in between the poppies and then taking the colour into the flowers.
This technique was also used to form the background of the painting.
Participants were shown how to do introduce gel
medium over the wet paint and when slightly dry, how to ‘scratch out’ the
stamens, leaves, buds, etc using a toothpick. She went on to show us how to put the different
colours into the flowers, how to complete the vase section of the painting,
showing the water levels and how to finish off the painting.
On Thursday, August 12th, Marion Langton, renowned watercolourist and teacher, held a workshop at the Portuguese Hall for SASA members.
We had a maximum 12 members taking part in what was an incredibly exciting and informative day. All the participants were given two projects, a landscape with cottages and a vase of flowers. Marion took the class through every process step-by-step and some incredible work was produced.
Thank you Marion, for all your hard work, and for your generosity.
Landscape artist, Adolpho McQue will be holding two, 3-morning LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING WORKSHOPS on
JULY: Wed 28, Thurs. 29 and Fri. 30 – 9.30 to 12.30 am.
AUGUST: Wed 4, Thurs. 5 and Fri.6 – 9.30 to 12.30 am.
VENUE: STAG STUDIO next to Simonstown Library.
The fee will be R600.00 per person for 3 morning workshop, maximum 10 Artists per workshop, so book early.
The aim is to learn to SEE shape, design, tone, colour and to apply oil paint and have a lot of fun doing it, we’ll aim to complete one small landscape painting during the workshop, beginners are welcome.
In booking you will receive material requirements and in depth course info.
PHONE TO BOOK
Jane de Haas 083 3057846
Adolfo McQue 076 7449855
Visit the web site for more of Adolpho’s work www.adolfomcque.co.za