Art Workshops

2017 Oil Painting Workshops and Demonstrations.

See the list below for a quick overview of courses.  Scroll down for a description of each workshop below. 

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To book a course contact me at 076 016 2934 or email to deodanda.pretorius@gmail.com

Courses are suitable for beginners to advanced painters.  Individual assistance is provided to everyone.   

Groups are limited to 6 persons per  course.  

* Landscapes like the Post-Impressionists:  17-19 Aug 2017
* Demonstration:  Farms, trees, fields:  2 Sep 2017
* Bigger is not always better ~ small seascapes: 9 Sep 2017
* Visual Vibrancy ~ Impact with colour: 23 Sep 2017
*  Roses ~ A journey of light & colour:  19-21 Oct 2017





  



Now open!!  The new studio venue for workshops & classes:





Painting Landscapes like the Post-Impressionist Masters

Almost fully booked!  2 spots open.   Due to its enormous success this popular workshop is now even bigger and better.

Dates:  17-19 August 2017 (you need to attend all three days to complete your painting).  
            
Time:  09h30 - 15h00 

Venue:  My Studio in Durbanville.  Space limited to 6 persons for this workshop.

Studio T&Cs:  Please note the instructor, Deodanda Pretorius will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.  

Costs:  R1800 per person.  Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and hot & cold drinks during the sessions.  Painting materials are excluded.  The studio provides table easels as well as a high quality gesso primed MDF board (A3 size) for your painting.  R400 deposit will secure your spot.  Deposit non-refundable if cancelled within 6 days of workshop.    

Who can attend:  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome. 

Art Materials:  You need to bring your own painting materials. Once you've signed up I will send you the list of required materials.  Reference photos and easels will be provided.  


What will you learn?  Tons of information and practical experience will be provided in this exciting course.  We will look at the landscapes of two phenomenal masters from the post-impressionist era, namely Edward Seago (1910-1974) and Errol Boyley (1918-2007).  


Seago was a self-taught British painter, writer, and illustrator, born in Norwich and became known for his remarkable atmospheric landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes that captured the attention of both the public and the British Royal families.  


Errol Boyley was a South African painter of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, figures and wild life.  He was also a professional guitar player.  In his art Boyley was mainly self taught but also studied during his late 20's at the Natal Technical College.  He held many successful exhibitions throughout his art career and was later approached by the Royal Arts Academy in London for some of his paintings.  Boyley is well-known for his expressive landscapes which he infused with colour and light.   


Join me in exploring the different painting techniques of these two master painters and learn how to apply these techniques to your own landscapes. Create captivating skies, farm lands, country houses and sand dunes filled with light, atmosphere and splendour from the post-impressionistic methods and styles of these great master painters.  


Learn how to mix and apply harmonizing neutrals that will infuse your landscapes with visual vibrancy.  Loosen up your style and discover how different brush strokes can add energy and interest to your paintings.  Learn how to push the boundaries of colour to create expressive and energetic landscape scenes.  


It is only by studying and learning from the great masters before us that we can truly discover the endless possibilities that will enable us to grow and fulfill our own destinies as painters of a new era.


Included in the workshop will be intensive discussions on the painting materials we will be using such as palette layout, brushes, paints, paint manufacturers - what to buy and what to avoid, knives etc.  How to care for an oil painting, tips on varnishing, framing, galleries, selling of art, copyright laws and much more.  I provide a lot of mini demonstrations on technical and colour mixing aspects during the course along with other practical tips and advice on oil painting which you can apply to your own works at home.  You will also get the opportunity to take a look at my own paintings in my private art studio as well as have a look at the many different art books which I can recommend.  This is much more than a workshop, this course allows me to share with you my passion for painting, my knowledge and practical experience which I hope will enable you to reach further as you continue to fulfill your own personal goals as an oil painter.  


You will complete and sign your painting on the last day of the course.  You will also be required to provide it with a title of your own choosing.  If time permits you will have the opportunity to start with a second painting to put into practice what you have learned from the course. I will assist you with this painting which you can complete at home.




Winter morning clouds
After Errol Boyley
12 x 16 inch, oil on panel




Afternoon clouds
After Edward Seago.
12 x 16 inch, oil on panel


There is a promise in the sky
After Errol Boyley.
12 x 16 inch, oil on panel



Evening kaleidoscope
After Errol Boyley
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel

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Demonstration:  The Secrets to Painting Beautiful Trees, Fields & Farm Houses

Date:  Saturday 2 September 2017  
            
Time:  09h30 - 13h00

Venue:  My Studio in Durbanville.    

Studio T&Cs:  Please note the instructor, Deodanda Pretorius will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.  

Costs:  R160 per person.  Includes coffee/tea & cupcakes.  


Who can attend:  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome. 

Materials:  Bring a notebook and pencil as I will be giving a lot of tips and advice. 


What will you learn?
  I will provide lots of information and practical demonstration work on my own paintings that are in progress to show you how I achieve certain effects when painting trees, veld, farm houses, fences and other details in a landscape.  I will demonstrate and talk about identifying and mixing colours, how to manipulate the edges to achieve beautiful effects (a very important aspect in creating professional paintings), and how to use colour temperature effectively on these objects.  We will also discuss the influence of light, how to create skyholes in trees and create visual vibrancy. I will discuss the advantages of using a fixed range of tube colours on my palette to create colour harmony and why I prefer those colours.





Winter morning clouds
After Errol Boyley
12 x 16 inch, oil on panel


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Bigger is not always better ~  powerful small seascapes in the style of the post-impressionistic masters

Date:  Saturday 09 September 2017  
            
Time:  09h00 - 15h00 (6 hours)  

Venue:  My Studio in Durbanville.  Space limited to 6 persons for this course.

Studio T&Cs:  Please note the instructor, Deodanda Pretorius will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.  

Costs:  R500 per person.  Coffee/tea & cupcakes will be served.  

Materials:    You bring your own oil painting materials.  The studio provides easels.  The fee includes a high quality prepared MDF board (size 23 x 30 cm) that will be used to paint on.  R150 deposit will secure your spot.  Deposit non-refundable if cancelled within 6 days of workshop.    


Who can attend:  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome. 

What will you learn?   You will complete a 23 x 30 cm painting during this session.  Lots of practical experience will be provided in this exciting short course.  We will look at the seascapes of one of Britain's well-known masters from the post-impressionist era, namely Edward Seago (1910-1974).  


Seago was a self-taught painter, writer, and illustrator, born in Norwich and became known for his remarkable atmospheric landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes that captured the attention of both the public and the British Royal families.  


Loosen up your style and discover that painting on a small format does not mean having to paint tightly!! See how different brush strokes can add energy and interest to smaller works and learn how to push the boundaries of colour to create expressive and energetic small seascapes.   Many of my paintings are done on a small format (23 x 30 cm) and I have learned a great deal by studying the works of the late great masters.  


As many of the world's top plein air painters will tell you, there are many advantages to painting on smaller formats compared to large scale formats.  So come and discover the power of a small canvas that is filled with atmosphere and visual vibrancy.   


I will be doing a lot of demo work on my own canvas as well as assist you with colour mixing and technical aspects.  You will learn to use the tooth of your painting support to achieve interesting colour results.  


These techniques were used by the late impressionist & post-impressionist masters and are still used today by the world's top contemporary painters.



Low tide reflections
After Edward Seago
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel


Winter Morning Low tide
After Edward Seago
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel

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The Secrets to Visual Vibrancy!

Due to its enormous success in July this course is repeated again in September.

Date:  Saturday 23 September 2017 
            
Time:  09h00 - 13h00 (4 hours)

Venue:  My Studio in Durbanville.  Space limited to 6 persons for this course.

Studio T&Cs:  Please note the instructor, Deodanda Pretorius will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.  

Costs:  R400 per person.  Coffee/tea & cupcakes will be served.  

Materials:    You bring your own oil painting materials.  The studio provides easels.  The fee includes a high quality prepared MDF board (size A3) that will be used for exercises.  Or you can bring your own stretched canvas or canvas panel (same size).  R150 deposit will secure your spot.  Deposit non-refundable if cancelled within 6 days of workshop.    



Who can attend:  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome. 

What will you learn?  Lots of information and practical experience with demo work will be provided in this exciting short course.  We will look at mixing and using colour effectively.  We will talk about the advantages of using a standard and limited range of tube colours.  What are neutrals and how do I mix them?  How to identify a specific colour that I see.  Learn about the characteristics of each tube colour on your palette and how to manipulate those tube colours into achieving successful colour mixtures.  How to look for warm and cool notes and learn to apply them in such a way that they create exciting visual vibrancy in any type of subject you choose to paint.  And much more!!!  


I will be doing demo work on my own palette and as well as assist you with colour mixing exercises on your own palette and on the MDF panel provided to you.  You will also learn how to use different types of brushes and brush strokes to assist you in applying layers of colour effectively. You will learn to use the tooth of your painting support (canvas or panel) to achieve interesting colour results.  

These techniques were used by the late impressionist & post-impressionist masters and are still used today by the world's top contemporary painters.
 





Whispering delights
Inspired by Weizhen Liang
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel

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Painting Roses in Oils ~ A Journey of Light & Colour

Dates:  19-21 October 2017 (you need to attend all three days to complete your painting).  
            
Time:  09h30 - 15h00

Venue:  My Studio in Durbanville.  Space limited to 6 persons for this workshop.

Studio T&Cs:  Please note the instructor, Deodanda Pretorius will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.  

Costs:  R1800 per person.  Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and hot & cold drinks during the sessions.  Painting materials are excluded.  R400 deposit will secure your spot.  Deposit non-refundable if cancelled within 6 days of workshop.    

Who can attend:  Beginners and experienced painters are welcome. 

Art Materials:  You need to bring your own painting materials. Once you've signed up I will send you the list of required materials.  Reference photos and easels will be provided.  


What will you learn?  Tons of information and practical experience will be provided in this exciting course.  During this workshop you will have the option of painting roses alone or in combination with a still life composition.  


We will focus on the important elements of flower painting as used by the world's top impressionist and post-impressionist masters floral painters, which will include the gesture drawing of the flowers on the canvas, composition, tonal value, colour mixing and colour harmony dynamics, colour temperature and saturation, the last two being the most critical elements in successful flower painting.  You will learn how to create the illusion of form and depth.  You will learn about the importance of edges (an advanced method used by master painters) and how to create natural looking greens and other neutrals for leaves, stems and foliage.  You will also learn about the importance of the texture and colour of your painting support such as the canvas or primed board and how to use it to create interesting effects in your flower painting.  


You will complete and sign your painting on the last day of the course.  You will also be required to provide it with a title of your own choosing.  If time permits you will have the opportunity to start with a second painting to put into practice what you have learned from the course. I will assist you with this painting which you can complete at home.     


Included in the workshop will be intensive discussions on the painting materials we will be using such as types of palette, colour layout, brushes, paints, paint manufacturers - what to buy and what to avoid, knifes etc. How to care for an oil painting, tips on varnishing, framing, galleries, selling of art, copyright laws and much more.  I provide a lot of mini demonstrations on technical and colour mixing aspects during the course along with other practical tips and advice on oil painting which you can apply to your own works at home.  You will also get the opportunity to take a look at my own paintings in my private art studio as well as have a look at the many different art books which I can recommend.   This is much more than a workshop, this course allows me to share with you my passion for painting, my knowledge and practical experience which I hope will enable you to reach further as you continue to fulfill your own personal goals as an oil painter. 



Whispering delights
Inspired by Weizhen Liang
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel



Fleeting moments
Inspired by Kyle Ma
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel



Fiery delights
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel



Pink and gold whispers
9 x 12 inch, oil on panel