Beginners Art Course

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Beginners Art Course

Pilot Course Week 2 March 26/27/28

An opportunity for first time and novice artists to paint and learn new techniques in a relaxed, no-pressure environment under the guidance of an experienced artist. John believes that we can all learn the skills required to paint and draw. It is not a natural endowment nor a special knack you simply have or do not have. This beginners art workshop will help you learn the artistic skills and principles for producing your own painting, from setting up, drawing, values, edges, colour and light, composition and technique. The primary aim of the course is not to teach participants to be this or that kind of artist, but to share basic universal techniques that will help them on their own chosen path as artists. We will focus on representational art – to paint what you see and experience.

At the end of the workshop you would’ve completed one or more paintings and leave empowered to continue your artistic endeavors.

BE PREPARED:We will supply you with a list of materials required for the workshop.These can be purchased at My Smart Art Shop in Swellendam.

About the Facilitator:

John Mulder : I live and work in the Hermitage Valley of Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, Western Cape South Africa. I am a representational artist, working primarily in oil and acrylics and often combining the two mediums. My favorite subject matter is the South African landscape and natural surrounds with its emotive beauty which I tend to portray in a slightly impressionist way making use of a painting knife or brushes to practice my craft as the mood dictates. The opportunities afforded me to paint with and look over the shoulders of a number of accomplished artists over the years was invaluable in my growth as an artist and for this I am eternally grateful. I was never one for formal tuition and to this day cherish the opportunity to share with other artists of all levels of proficiency in a group environment.

“As artists we are but the sum total of those that have gone before . . “


COURSE TIMES: The course will start promptly at 14h00, and the first workshop/module will end at 17h00. There will be a break with coffee provided.
Each day, participants should gather at the designated venue at 8h30 for coffee. Courses start promptly at 09h00. Please bring your own lunch.
The courses will end at 17h00 each day except the last, when they end at 12.30.
Participants are requested to complete and submit a Course Evaluation Questionnaire at the completion of the course.
Contact the Registration Office on 076 503 3503 for help….



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