Art Classes

Fine Art Oil Painting Classes with Deodanda Pretorius

Expert Advice & Individual Assistance

Suitable for Beginners to Advanced Painters, Tailored to Your Needs

Weekly Morning & Evening Sessions & Saturday Morning Sessions 

Spacious Studio with a Relaxed Atmosphere and No Overcrowded Classes!

Want to know 11 amazing benefits of painting? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and read the article by Jeannina Blanco.  
"Every artist was first an amateur"  ~  Ralph Walden Emerson

What can you expect from the weekly classes?

Beginners in my representational art program follows a unique method of learning, by studying the works of some of the best late & contemporary impressionist and post-impressionist master painters from around the world.  This approach helps them get a better understanding of the design elements needed for a successful painting and to develop important technical skills which are critical when taking the next step towards working from life, painting outside and composing works using their own photographs across different genres.  The artists and paintings that we study are therefore carefully selected for the learn how to paint program. Their paintings are not copied, instead they are used as academic tools and pulled apart, analyzed and repainted to learn as much as possible and with some magnificent and interesting end results on the canvas of every beginner painter who attempts them.

  • The classes cater for absolute beginners as well as advanced painters.  I provide each person with individual assistance, regardless of their skill level and do a lot of one-on-one demo work with each of the students.  
  • No overcrowded classes or sessions where you have to struggle on your own.
  • The classes offer intensive learning sessions that allow me as a career artist 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.     
  • Information that includes both basic and advanced aspects is conveyed right from the start in such a way that results are seen in a very short time without the fear of missing critical basic steps.  However, keep in mind that each person's ability to process information is unique and painting like any other new skill needs to be developed over time and requires a lot of practice and patience.  While you will be able to do and see amazing results in your class paintings you need to keep in mind that the more you paint, the faster you will gain experience - painting is a journey of discovery that involves your personal investment of quality time and focus, even if you only have an hour a week extra to spare at home.  There are many ways of speeding up your learning curve at home  - I will share a few suggestions with you in the class.  
  • The full painting program stretches over about 8 months (if you attend one lesson per week).  Four genres are covered in the program, namely landscapes, florals, still lifes and animal portraits.   You will do 2 paintings of each of these genres. Each painting will take 3-4 wks to complete.  You have the option to do more than two paintings of a specific genre.  Alternatively, you have the option to shape your focus only on one or two genres during the entire program, depending on where your interest lies.  
  • Each painting across the different genres will focus on a wide range of aspects such as accurate drawing & correct proportions on the canvas, composition, brushwork dynamics and painting knife techniques, colour mixing dynamics, understanding of light and atmosphere, tonal values, edges and how to use those elements to render authentic form, learning about different paint application methods, and much more.  
  • The classes provide a relaxed atmosphere where you can work at your own pace and meet like-minded people. Tea & coffee and something cold to drink are provided on the house and will definitely get you in a feel good mood along with some relaxing music in the background.  This is your personal time away from work, daily stress and the rush of everyday madness.  
  • The classes cater for individuals with different goals, whether you are a serious painter who would like to take your work to the next level, or someone who paints leisurely for the pure joy of relaxing or learning a new hobby, each session is aimed to provide you with the opportunity to achieve those goals.  
  • Please read the T&Cs for the classes and attendance below.       

Venue:  Deodanda Pretorius Art Studio in Durbanville.   

Costs:   R160 per session.   Only pay for the sessions you attend. Class fees exclude painting materials.   Easels are provided.      

Class Times:    
Mornings:  Tuesdays to Thursdays from 09h30 to 12h30                 
Evenings:  Mondays to Thurdays from 18h00 to 21h00   
Saturdays:  09h30 to 12h30

In comparison to other art studios that usually require advance payment and a fixed monthly class fee for lessons, my studio offers you the flexibility to pay only for the number of sessions that you attend and at the end of each month.  This means you don't need to pay in advance or worry about finding the time to catch up on missed sessions or losing the money for sessions which you have already paid for. Terms and conditions apply for class cancellations, please read below.   

You also have the unique option to switch between different time slots during the week whenever needed to fit your personal schedule.  

In addition, the art studio offers classes during selected public holidays, but please arrange with the instructor before you attend.  

Studio & Class T&Cs:  

  1. Class fees are payable via EFT either at the end of each month (within 6 days of invoice date) or via EFT after each session (within 48 hours of invoice date) - late payments will be fined with 10%.    
  2. If you do not show up for a class without informing the instructor you will be billed for that session.
  3. A lot of money, time and energy goes into preparing the class sessions.  If you cancel a session within 2 hours of the class you will be billed for that session unless you cancel your booking with more than 2 hours's notice.        
  4. A yearly increase in class fees will be in effect at the start of each year to accommodate for rental space and materials costs and inflation.  
  5. 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.     

To sign up for the classes, please contact Deodanda Pretorius:

Cell: 076 016 2934

  • Learn about the history of oil paints, different manufacturers, what to buy and what to avoid. 
  • Discover the hidden value of a good quality brand that does not cost a fortune, and much more.
  • Learn how to care for and extend the life of your paint brushes and other tools. 
  • As experienced scientist I will share with you the wonderful aspects of science that forms the basis of oil painting. 

  • Discover hundreds of colours, shades and tints with the use of only a few paint tubes. 
  • Learn how to loosen up your brushwork.
  • Regardless what your interest is, you can learn to create beautiful artworks and apply your knowledge to every subject you choose to paint.     

  • Learn how to create beautiful and interesting effects using different types of supports and different tools such as painting knives.   
  • Learn how to push the colour boundaries in expressive works that vibrates with colour and texture. 

  • Learn the techniques of the Dutch and Italian old masters, the romanticist painters and the impressionist painters. 

  • If you don't have time for regular classes come and do a workshop.  They are filled with tons of information, practical experience and support to help you take your work to the next level.  
  • The workshops are limited to only a small group of people to ensure every painter gets my constant attention and individual support.  They are ideal for the beginner or anyone who wants to brush off their old painting skills.  
  • Share in the fun and laughter of like-minded people and experience the positive energy that will boost your confidence and help you feel connected with others while accomplishing something extraordinary on the canvas.  
  • Learn to fall in love with your own paintings, after all "you can learn how to paint like anyone, even yourself" ~ Kevin Macpherson.  

About the Teacher:  

Deodanda Pretorius, is a full time painter and art teacher and the author of her own Adults Oil Painting Program. She has dedicated 10 yrs to the extensive studying of learning the language of oil painting in representational fine art. Apart from being a retired professional medical writer she also holds a Masters Degree in Science (M.Sc) from the University of the Free State. After a long career in the pharmaceutical industry and working as academic researcher during her post-graduate studies, her love for and dedication to art eventually led her to exchange her science career for a full-time career in painting.  Her approach to oil painting and teaching is always backed by her scientific background and she enjoys sharing her inspiration and knowledge with her students. She also enjoys writing about her materials and has published both as oil and pastel demonstrator for the South African Artist Magazine and as guest author for Deodanda believes in quality and technical proficiency as two key elements in painting.  

The Benefits of Painting ~ An article by Jeannina Blanco

One would think that the first reason is because it gives pleasure, at least that is why I paint! Being able to do what one wants provides great satisfaction. 

After a little more meditation and research from a psychological, social and medical point of view, I have found many more benefits for the physical, mental and spiritual body not only of children but adults as well. Since I mostly teach adolescents and adults, let me summarize the information in this way: 

1. Communication
Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language. This is a great benefit for all people and mainly for those who have conditions with a lack of communication or problems expressing themselves such as: shyness, autism and other disabilities. 

2. Therapy 
Painting is an individual activity even in the workshop or classroom; the student enters his/her own world, a world full of possibilities. Stimulus of the creative mind allow the student to positively isolate from reality, which provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happiness feelings. This is especially significant for people with aggression or nervousness conditions. 

3. Self-esteem
Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment (the teacher plays a major role here) will enable the student come closer to greater personal achievements; this will strengthen his/her individuality and self-esteem. This is especially significant for people with codependency, traumatic conditions and elderly people who need activities that can strengthen their autonomy. 

4. Mobility
Learning to hold and handle a brush and/or pencil will help regulate the hand movements and stimulate brain connections at the same time the skill is being developed. In elderly people, painting helps them strengthen their fine motor skill. 

5. Concentration and Healing
People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body. This concentration state is called Alpha; one part of the brain is conscious and the other pulls the unconscious out. There is more creation because a pure energy is transmitted to what´s being created, and we can spend hours without feeling tiredness, pain or other conditions (unlike other activities.) This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician AndrĂ©s Segovia are examples of this. 

6. Mental Health
Painting helps us get distracted from our problems; it helps us take anguish out and transform it in something nice, which is given a title. This helps us identify the feelings and increase our expression capabilities. This is especially significant for people with nervousness, mental conditions (like schizophrenia) or people going through an emotional imbalance like a break-up who use the visual expression to achieve catharsis. Adults who learn to paint fight the fear to confront themselves, learn to persevere and are encouraged to create something that belongs only to them, a personal project, unique and enormously satisfying. 

7. Brain Activity
Drawing and painting stimulate both the left and right brain hemispheres. The first deals with the rational, logic elements and the second one maximizes our creativity and emotions. Painting is helpful during the growth and development stages of children as well as in adulthood when it is very valuable to fight illnesses like Alzheimer. Painting boosts imagination; the imagination of Alzheimer patients, whose memory starts to vanish, is strengthened. 

8. Emotional Intelligence
Emotions are part of the creative world we all have inside. Making those emotions flow through painting helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experiment happiness, love, empathy and peace. Within this chaotic world we live, the visualization and relaxation that we obtain through painting are tools that in the long run, benefit our emotional, organic, energetic and spiritual being. 

9. Art Appreciation
Practice, understand and talk about art creates a better understanding of it. Individuals see themselves reflected and motivated by the work of others, which also allows us to be a receptor of this type of communication, which dates back to the beginning of human history. 

10. Culture
The knowledge that a person can achieve when learning to paint enables him/her to understand human history through art. 

11. Fun
Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.