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We offer art classes in Fourways, Kempton, occasional sessions in Cape Town, and host retreats in Paternoster. Our workshops are open for participation, and we have a passion for vegetarian cuisine, often incorporating it into our events.

Our art classes cater exclusively to adults with small class sizes, ensuring a one-on-one teaching structure. While drawing is fundamental for learning scaling, proportioning, and adding values to your artwork, if you already have drawing skills, you can submit your work, and we can provide guidance from there.

Corporate events have been many so please view the pages and send me a form if you like.

Foundation Art Course

Join our comprehensive course to master drawing techniques, including pressure control, spatial awareness, form interpretation, value understanding, composition, and scale manipulation. You’ll work with a range of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, and pastel.

Our course emphasizes independent drawing skills, teaching you to create without reliance on tracing or projection methods. Through practical projects and hands-on practice, you’ll deepen your understanding of art and its applications.

This course is designed with beginners in mind but can be tailored to suit intermediate learners. If you’re already proficient in drawing, we also offer an advanced designer course to further enhance your abilities.

Painting

In our courses, you’ll delve into various aspects of painting:

Oils: Explore different surface preparation methods, blending techniques, under-painting, alla-prima (direct painting), impasto (thick paint application), mixed media integration, wet-on-wet painting, medium-based approaches, glazing (layering transparent colors), texture creation, and bleeding techniques. Develop a deep understanding of color theory, composition, and processes for achieving successful oil paintings.

Acrylics: Gain expertise in acrylic painting, covering techniques and materials specific to this medium. Acrylics offer their unique challenges, including their ability to serve as a base for oils or as a standalone medium. Learn how to work with their fast-drying properties and achieve desired effects.

Watercolor: Discover the world of watercolor painting, including wash techniques, wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry applications, texture creation, and the use of various mediums. Our courses encourage both detailed applications and loosening up your painting style, allowing for creative exploration.

These courses cater to artists of all levels, from beginners to experienced painters, providing a comprehensive understanding of each medium’s capabilities and the artistic skills needed for successful artwork.

Mixed Media

Our course explores the exciting possibilities of combining dry and wet media in art creation. This approach adds depth and intrigue to the artistic process. While we primarily focus on canvas-based work, the scope of materials is extensive, encompassing textured and dimensional media, as well as traditional mediums.

Mixed media art allows for creative experimentation. For instance, you can create images with soft pastels and pigments, incorporate coffee and oil, and then apply paint to produce unique artworks. The course also introduces techniques like enameling and encaustic (wax-based) art.

To fully explore your artistic potential, you’ll need to conduct your own research on resources and materials based on your personal preferences and the subjects you’d like to depict in your art. This course encourages your individual exploration and creativity.

Sculpture

Our course offers a comprehensive exploration of sculpture, encompassing a wide range of materials and techniques to provide you with a diverse and enriching experience. Here’s an overview of what’s included:

Materials: You’ll have the opportunity to work with various materials, including concrete, plaster, clay, and mixed media like wire, paper, polystyrene, wood, and stone. This diverse selection allows you to experiment and create sculptures with different textures, forms, and characteristics.

Techniques: The course covers both carving and modeling techniques, teaching you how to shape and manipulate your chosen materials effectively. You’ll also learn armature construction, which is essential for providing structural support to your sculptures.

Composition: Understanding composition is crucial in sculpture, and you’ll delve into the principles of composition to create balanced and visually appealing artworks.

Expression and Essentials: You’ll explore the expressive potential of sculpture, learning how to convey your ideas and emotions through your work. Additionally, you’ll cover essential aspects of sculpture creation.

Other Techniques: The course introduces you to casting, a technique used to reproduce sculptures, and assemblage, which involves creating art by combining various found objects or materials.

Drawing and Proportioning: A strong foundation in drawing and proportioning is essential in sculpture, and the course assumes you have a good understanding of these concepts.

Overall, this course provides a holistic approach to sculpture, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to create three-dimensional artworks using a variety of materials and techniques.

Advanced Drawing

Our comprehensive drawing program is tailored for dedicated and serious artists looking to advance their drawing skills. This course is designed to take your drawing abilities to the next level by exploring a wide range of techniques and media.

Key components of this program include:

  1. Diverse Drawing Media: You will work with a variety of drawing materials, including pencils, charcoal, ink, pastels, and more. This exposure to different media allows you to experiment and expand your artistic capabilities.
  2. Varied Supports: The course introduces different drawing supports such as paper, board, and canvas. Each surface offers unique challenges and possibilities, helping you develop versatility in your artwork.
  3. Gestural and Detailed Drawing: You will learn to draw both gesturally, capturing the essence and energy of your subject with bold strokes, as well as with fine detail, enabling you to create intricate and precise drawings.
  4. Mixed Media: The incorporation of mixed media adds depth and dimension to your drawings, allowing for creative expression and experimentation.
  5. Artistic Exploration: The program encourages you to explore a greater variety of subject matter and artistic styles, helping you discover your own unique voice as a drawer.

This course is intended for those who are committed to honing their drawing skills and are ready to embrace the challenges and rewards of becoming a more proficient and versatile artist.

Workshops

Our workshops are open to anyone interested in exploring various aspects of art and creativity. The class sizes typically vary, accommodating groups ranging from 8 to 20 participants, and we select venues accordingly. Here are some of the workshop topics we offer:

  1. Color: Dive into the world of color theory and application, exploring how colors interact, blend, and convey emotions in art.
  2. Portraiture: Learn the intricate art of capturing the likeness and personality of a subject through portraiture, honing your skills in facial anatomy and expression.
  3. Anatomy Drawing: Delve into the study of human and animal anatomy, improving your ability to depict the intricacies of the human form or other living creatures.
  4. Specific Paint Techniques: Explore specialized painting techniques, such as impasto, glazing, or palette knife application, to enhance your painting skills.
  5. Monotype Printing: Discover the unique and expressive medium of monotype printing, which combines drawing and printmaking techniques.
  6. Abstract Painting: Embrace abstraction as you explore non-representational art, experimenting with shapes, colors, and forms to express your creativity.

These workshops offer a valuable opportunity to expand your artistic horizons, learn new techniques, and connect with fellow art enthusiasts. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, there’s something for everyone to explore and enjoy.

Plein Air Retreat

“Plein Air” is the term used to describe the practice of outdoor painting, capturing the beauty of nature and landscapes directly on location. When done with skill and attention, plein air painting can result in stunning and authentic works of art.

Annually, we organize a winter retreat at Sea Shack, an eco village nestled within Columbine Reserve, near Paternoster on the West Coast of South Africa. This retreat provides a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the natural surroundings, drawing inspiration from the coastal landscapes and creating art in the open air. It’s a wonderful experience that combines artistic expression with a deep connection to the natural world.

Paternoster Art Retreat

The Paternoster Food and Art Retreat is celebrating its 12th year and continues to provide participants with unforgettable experiences. This retreat combines the pleasures of great food, fantastic art excursions in and around Paternoster, and the opportunity to create lasting memories.

These art events offer a unique blend of creativity, camaraderie, and culinary delights, leaving you with cherished memories of people, art, and food. Many participants have returned year after year, attesting to the enduring appeal and rich experiences offered by this retreat.

Team Building

Team building events tailored for companies or festivals, with a minimum of 20 participants, can be organized to suit your specific needs and preferences. These events can encompass a wide range of artistic activities, including collaborative projects, individual artworks, sculpture, acrylic pouring, and more.

Depending on your requirements, we can also arrange venues, catering with food and drinks, and all necessary logistics to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for your participants.

Please keep in mind that planning such events takes time to ensure every detail is considered and executed flawlessly. Adequate time for planning and coordination is essential to create a memorable and successful team building experience for your group.

I need ample time for planning these.

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Gallery

To view the impressive artworks created by our talented students, please visit our online gallery. Many of these students have completed our Foundation Course, which has equipped them with the skills and knowledge to produce these wonderful pieces of art.

Our gallery showcases a diverse range of artistic styles, techniques, and subject matter, highlighting the creativity and growth of our students. We take pride in their achievements and invite you to explore their inspiring works.

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B V S KALYANI
B V S KALYANI
2022-10-08
He is awesome at his work. I went to his art retreat at Paternoster and it was so much learning and lot of delicious food and fun. I wanna learn more from him. He is very skilled and excellent at oil painting, acrylics, water colours, stencils and I don’t know what else he knows.
cynthia redinger
cynthia redinger
2022-10-08
What a week! What an education! The Paternoster retreat is hard to describe; fun fun fun! Highly recommend it. Ajay is great at inspiring confidence.
Dawn Sutherland
Dawn Sutherland
2022-10-08
A truly great experience enjoyed every minute and learned a lot, thank you Ajay
Amanda Klipp
Amanda Klipp
2022-10-08
Wonderful experience!
Daryl Ann Gowar
Daryl Ann Gowar
2022-10-08
Thank you for introducing me to Phthalo Green! Dearest Ajay what a wonderful memorable, fabulous creative week I look forward to being your favourite student in 2023!!!
nadines stewart
nadines stewart
2022-10-08
Phenomenal teacher with an abundance of patience.
Suritha Blom
Suritha Blom
2022-07-15
The week was absolutely wonderful. I learned so much. The ladies was great fun. Ajay and Hester was the best.
Zita
Zita
2022-07-14
This retreat is a must on any aspiring or recreational artist’s bucket list. It is the perfect retreat to rest the soul, learn new art skills and forge new friendships blended with an opportunity to explore the beautiful village of Paternoster. Ajay’s ability to effectively instruct and guide on technical aspects of art in an easy to grasp way in this beautiful setting, and the delicious meals that are served make this a highly recommended event - I absolutely loved it and wholeheartedly endorse it.
Evan Jack
Evan Jack
2021-06-21
Really knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyable learning here.

Please contact us :

info@ajaysart.co.za

ajay@ajaysart.co.za

071-473-4469

082-820-3466

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