MIXED-MEDIA ART WORKSHOPS: Exploring basic art techniques through a variety of media, with the emphasis on developing art-making skills at your own pace. Acrylic and water-based paint and drawing materials, such as charcoal, pencil, ink, pastels, graphite and many other experimental and unconventional mixed media.

Aim of the workshop: We start by working with, and applying different media and doing a series of mixed-media exercises; then we create a mixed-media artwork, combining all or some of the media. In so doing, we learn, share and create together. Thus we push our own boundaries gently by exploring and awakening our inner creative world.

SELF-EXPLORATION PORTRAIT PAINTING WORKSHOPS: Natasja guides participants through a series of self-portrait exercises, by exploring the external presentation of the internal exploration of the Self. Participants need to provide their own materials. LIST OF MATERIALS NEEDED: Format of canvas: one or two stretched or loose sheets of canvas or gesso (not smaller than 50 x 70 cm), range of brushes (different sizes: thick thin flat round etc.), palette, palette knife, container with lid (ice-cream container), spray bottle (for water), Acrylic paint (at least the primary, secondary, black and white colours, plus any other colours you have), apron, two plastic containers for water, three sheets of A3 cartridge paper, pencil and kitchen towel.

NEW PAINTING WORKSHOPS: This painting workshop is free and expressionistic, by exploring different painting techniques on canvas, with an open mindset. The application and combination of thick opaque bold paint, subtle layering and sensitive brushstrokes, using various brush sizes, sponges, spray bottles with water-based paint (acrylic), and/or different vehicles on a surface is a subtle but mindful approach to contemporary art making. The aim is to explore and push the media, and learn through the creation of an abstract work with some recognizable images or objects.

DRAWING WORKSHOPS: Pencil drawing on paper is my first love, and I would like to share different techniques with inexperienced and experienced workshop participants. By using a broad range of pencils and graphite from hard F and H pencils to soft B pencils (up to B8 or B9), as well as using an eraser and pencil shavings as drawing tools, one can create an evocative, sensitive but also dramatic work. This is best achieved by exploring and letting go of the preconceived idea that one has to create a masterpiece. The aim of this workshop is to explore different techniques through a series of exercises and to create an artwork through learning in a safe environment where there is no right or wrong way of creating.

Dates: One Workshop monthly, during 2018 - 2019

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Duration of Workshop: 5 hours including two half an hour tea breaks.

Venue: Kirstenhof, Cape Town, South Africa.

Fee: R750.00 for 2018 (ZAR South African Rand) - excluding materials.

Refreshments: Two half an hour tea breaks - tea and chocolate-brownie cake. Feel free to bring your own refreshments.

Please be so kind to deposit the fee of R750.00 one week before the workshop and email proof of payment with your name as reference a.s.a.p. Deposit non-refundable.


For more information contact Natasja here

 Work in progress in the studio

Work in progress in the studio