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August SASA Plein Air Outing

We’re planning a plein air outing to Keurboom Park Rondebosch on Monday the 15th of August. A lovely location to sit and sketch. For more details, see the latest SASA newsletter and if you’d like to be added to the whatsapp group, please email Sonja Frenz –

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Plein Air at the Arboretum

The scheduled SASA plein air outing for July was to have been at the Clock Tower at the Waterfront, but unfortunately this had to be cancelled, due to rainy weather. This is Winter in Cape Town – it’s supposed to rain – but we’ve had lovely sunny days in between, so we’ve been lucky to get as much plein air painting in as we have done.








For the past couple of weeks our group has been taking advantage of those sunny/non rainy days and meeting up with others at the Boschenheuvel Arboretum, just below Kirstenbosch, for some painting and sketching.











This beautiful piece of land, with its old shady trees, lush green grass and glorious assortment of early Spring flowers will, very sadly, soon give way to housing developments, so we need to enjoy and absorb it all while we still have the chance.








Our plein air painters have certainly been doing this and producing some wonderful work along the way.







Thank you to the organisers. If you’d like to join the plein air outings, please email Sonja Frenz – – and she’ll add you to the whatsapp group.


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Charcoal Workshop With Sonja Frenz

We met at the Peter Clarke Art Centre in Claremont on Saturday morning, 23 July in a studio that was very bright and sunny, despite the chill in the air outside. We were a comfortable group of ten ladies and we had a lovely time, both instructive and sociable, as Sonja showed us the way she “builds” a charcoal drawing.








We had a whole lot of different charcoals to work with, from the very soft, natural willow sticks, to hard and dark compressed charcoal, as well as charcoal powder and black pan pastel. We also had a few different kinds of erasers, including very soft putty rubbers, paper blending stumps and hard vinyl and electric erasers, which were also used for drawing and mark making, rather than getting rid of mistakes.










Sonja stressed the importance of paper quality, as the beauty of the medium lies in its many layers, added and removed, using all the tools at our disposal.

She had us all practice on scrappy paper, so we could play a little and find out exactly how each tool behaved and reacted with each new mark or layer, before we got to the good stuff. We all left itching to go home and experiment some more.







Thank you Sonja, for a very enlightening and satisfyingly messy finish to our 2022 winter workshop series! Thanks as well to Irene and Avril for making it all happen.

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Charcoal Workshop With Sonja Frenz

The last of this year’s Winter Workshops will be held on Saturday 23 July from 9:30 – 3:30 at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Sonja Frenz will be sharing her wonderful skills with charcoal and graphite. See the latest SASA newsletter for details. If you’ve yet to book, but would still like to attend, please email Nicole –

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SASA Life-Drawing Studio 2022

Saturday 18 June was the fifth and final official SASA life-drawing session for this season……Although our artists have enjoyed it so much, many of them will be joining exciting little groups that meet regularly, so they can carry on with it. Wonderful!









Our model for this session was Jessie, whom we all know well…..mind you she looks a little different from the last time we met, with her short, vividly coloured hair!







Jess is so relaxed and totally happy in her body, that we get offered really lovely, natural looking poses, that are great to draw. We also get the more difficult ones, which challenge our eyes with foreshortening and unusual angles.








Once again, our artists have used exciting styles and techniques, each personally unique, which makes for very interesting viewing.





Thanks to Sonja and Avril for all the organising you do to set this up for us…..and thanks to all our “drawers” – see you next year.

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SASA Winter Life-Drawing 2022

On Saturday 11 June we had the fourth in the current season of life-drawing sessions in the Duminy Hall. Modeling for us on the day was the very accomplished Sinead, whose beautiful shapes and colours make her an absolute pleasure to draw.










We stuck to our usual routine of short poses, followed by longer ones, with a break for tea and leg-stretching. Short poses are good for capturing the gesture and “getting your eye in”, while the longer ones give us time us to study the details, lines and planes of our model.

Another most enjoyable morning. Thanks to Sinead, as well as our organisers, Avril and Sonja.

Next week will be the last for this season. If anyone still wishes to join us, please get in touch with Nicole, the SASA secretary – – and she’ll give you all the details.




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13 June SASA Plein Air Outing

On Monday 13 June the SASA plein air group will be meeting at the clock tower at the V & A Waterfront for a morning of painting and sketching. For more info please see the latest SASA newsletter. If you’d like to take part in plein air outings, please email Sonja Frenz – – and she’ll add your name to the whatsapp group.

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Winter Life-Drawing Session Number 3

On Saturday 6 June there were eleven SASA members in the Duminy Hall for the third in our 2022 life-drawing series.









This time we drew Anoushka, who is very relaxed as a model and gave us a wonderful range of poses, her lovely long hair adding another element to our sketches.








Once again our artists used a variety of techniques, media and styles, each beautiful and unique to the individual, showing just how diverse we all are in our interpretation of what we see before us.

Thanks to Sonja and Avril for organising it all. We look forward to the next one! If anyone still wants to join us, there are two more sessions to go, on the 11th and 18th of June in the Duminy Hall, right next to the Atheaeum.

For more information, please see the latest SASA newsletter, or contact our secretary, Nicole, by email at –

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Second SASA Saturday Life-Drawing Session

The second of the SASA Winter life-drawing sessions was held in the Duminy Hall in Newlands and despite the miserable weather, we had fourteen enthusiastic participants. A big Thank You to council-members Sonja and Avril for organising it all.












Our model for the morning was Gomez, with his lovely masculine shapes, lines and planes, in wonderful contrast to the softness of our last week’s model.







With our artists using so many different drawing styles and experimental interpretation of our subject, it proved to be a very interesting and productive morning and we’re all looking forward to the next one.

If you’d like to join us, we have three more for this season. Please book your place by emailing Nicole, the SASA secretary –

The Duminy Hall is right next to the Athenaeum, where we hold our monthly members’ meetings and is easily accessible, with loads of parking.