Visitors to the National Arts Festival this year are being given the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get creative with a new series of art classes that form part of the Visual Art programme for the first time this year.

Curated by Carmen Ford and the National Arts Festival, the series of classes are taught by artists who are masters of their craft and include Afro-Futurist collage making with Graeme Germond, soapstone carving with Beloved Makina and Elisha Rangwari, and learning woodcut carving and printmaking techniques with Ian Tainton.

“The workshops were introduced as a way of giving our Fringe visual artists another platform to share their skills and earn a little extra while at Festival,” says Ford. “It will also be a way for artists to network and engage with the public outside of their exhibitions. Doing one of the workshops will give people, of all ages, a wonderful creative outlet, taking them beyond being a spectator and they will create a special treasure to take home too.”

The workshops as well as the Curated Spaces exhibition at the Monument are both in response to feedback received from artists who participate in Fringe exhibitions. “We’ve realised that the Fringe visual art programme needed a few changes and the art workshops and a curated exhibition were top of the list of achievable short-term goals for this year.”

  • NOTE: All art workshops take place in the Carinus Annex studio rooms in Donkin Street. Prices are per person – concessions are available for learners and students. All materials are provided. Unless stated otherwise, workshops are 2.5 hours.

Friday 29 June

Kuimba Shiri Stone Sculpture

Hosted by Beloved Makina and Elisha Rangwari
Learn soap stone carving at a sculpture workshop. All materials provided. Suitable for children 10 years and above and adults.
Cost: R200 / R170
Time:  10:00 – 12:30  and 14:30 – 17:00 (Double slots with a lunch break in between.)
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Saturday 30 June

Printmaking 101: Monotype/Collagraph – Turning a Leaf 

Hosted by Madelize van der Merwe
Spend the afternoon experimenting with the endless monotype printing techniques, focusing on composition  and layered effects of colour, with artist, teacher and printmaker Madelize van der Merwe. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages.

Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 14:30
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Sunday 1 July

Printmaking 101: Monotype/Collagraph – Turning a Leaf 

Hosted by Madelize van der Merwe
Spend the afternoon experimenting with the endless monotype printing techniques, focusing on composition  and layered effects of colour, with artist, teacher and printmaker Madelize van der Merwe. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 10:00
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The Zen Art of the Painted Clay Bowl

Hosted by Graeme Germond & Mimi van der Merwe
Paint and decorate your own Classical Chinese premade blank rice bowl. Please note that bowls will be glazed and fired after the workshop and will be ready to be collected by participants on Friday 6 July. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 14:30
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Monday 2 July

Kuimba Shiri Stone Sculpture

Hosted by Beloved Makina and Elisha Rangwari
Learn soap stone carving at a sculpture workshop. All materials provided. Suitable for children 10 years and above and adults.
Cost: R200 / R170
Time:  10:00 – 12:30  and 14:30 – 17:00 (Double slots with a lunch break in between.)
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Tuesday 3 July

Kuimba Shiri Stone Sculpture

Hosted by Beloved Makina and Elisha Rangwari
Learn soap stone carving at a sculpture workshop. All materials provided. Suitable for children 10 years and above and adults.
Cost: R200 / R170
Time:  10:00 – 12:30  and 14:30 – 17:00 (Double slots with a lunch break in between.)
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Wednesday 4 July

Woodcutting with Ian Tainton

Hosted by Ian Tainton
Spend the morning learning various woodcut carving and printing techniques with accomplished printmaker Ian Tainton. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200
Time: 10:00
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Thursday 5 July 10:00

Woodcutting with Ian Tainton

Hosted by Ian Tainton
Spend the morning learning various woodcut carving and printing techniques with accomplished printmaker Ian Tainton. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200
Time: 10:00
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The Art of Etching on Aluminium Plate        

Hosted by Mimi van der Merwe
Learn the art of eco-friendly organic aluminium plate etching with master printmaker Mimi van der Merwe from The Tait Studio in Pretoria. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 14:30
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Friday 6 July

Surreal Afro-Futurist Collage Fantasies

Hosted by Graeme Germond
Inspired by the film Black Panther and collage artist Wangechi Mutu, join this exciting collage workshop to explore your inner Afro-Futurist fantasies. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R100
Time: 10:00
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Printmaking 101: Linocut Relief Printing – Looking at the Insect/Natural World

Hosted by Madelize van der Merwe
Spend the afternoon creating your very own linocut prints with artist, teacher and printmaker Madelize van der Merwe. Each participant will choose (or bring their own) image to work into, stylise and transfer in order to make a Relief print. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 14:30
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Saturday 7 July

Mandala Clock Workshop

Hosted by molo mimi
Decorate your own working mandala clock inspired by rhythmic patterns and colour combinations with artist and creative designer, molo mimi. This will be completed by a clock mechanism to hang on your wall. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R250 / R225
Time: 10:00
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Drawing 101: Message in a Bottle

Hosted by Madelize van der Merwe
Spend the afternoon improving your observational drawing skills, working in pen, ink and experimental media, with artist, teacher and printmaker Madelize van der Merwe. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 14:30
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Sunday 8 July

Printmaking 101: Drypoint- Message in a Bottle 2

Hosted by Madelize van der Merwe
Participants will produce drawings (or bring along drawings) that will then be transformed into drypoint prints with a focus on line. Get a crash course in drypoint etching with artist, teacher and printmaker Madelize van der Merwe. Suitable for all ages.
Cost: R200 / R150
Time: 10:00
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13 June 2018: This article has been edited to reflect changes to the programme.