Learn how to draw the human form in a loose and gestural way, in any of its various shapes and postures, using any drawing medium.


Dry Media – graphite, charcoal, pastels, coloured pencils, etc. These mediums are known for their versatility and ease of use, creating detailed and expressive works of art.
2023 PAST LESSONS – A rewarding technique that allows the artist to create vibrant and expressive paintings with a sense of spontaneity and life.
2023 PAST LESSONS – Join me as we examine the techniques involved in capturing inanimate objects from the natural or man-made world in drawings and paintings and giving them new life.
2022 PAST LESSONS – A personal sketchbook is a terrific tool if you consider yourself to be a creative soul and enjoy learning new ways to express, develop, and grow your creativity.

2022 PAST LESSONS – Mixed media painting techniques – Add collage, acrylic transfers, texture, gold leaf, or fine liners and watercolour to your artwork.

2022 PAST LESSONS – Focusing on several watercolour painting techniques. New students may join these classes at any stage.

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2022 PAST LESSONS – Painting water reflections, rain, waves, mist, clouds, etc., can be challenging. Join Marc as he teaches the secrets of water painting techniques.


The Alexander Art Academy is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new opportunity for children with a passion for art. Starting October 13, we will be offering a captivating children’s art class every Friday afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm at The Studio Art Gallery, Harbour Bay Mall.

Our goal is to provide a nurturing and inspiring environment where young artists can explore their creativity, develop their skills, and express themselves through various forms of visual art. We believe that art has the power to inspire, heal, and transform lives, and we are committed to providing a nurturing environment where young artists can flourish. We look forward to helping your child unleash their inner artist and discover the joy of self-expression through the visual arts. We encourage early registration, as space is limited.



Each class will last for three hours at a cost of R300 per class. The first 45 minutes of every second week is dedicated to learning something new, while the rest of the time, Marc will assist you with the practical application and your own projects. There is a midway coffee and tea break. Students are encouraged to work in their preferred medium (oil, acrylic, charcoal, watercolour, etc.) and develop their own style.


A 50% per term (10 classes) deposit will confirm your seat, and the balance must be settled by the following month’s end. We work strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable if cancelled within less than 14 days before the term starts.

Please send proof of payment to, with your initials and surname as reference.

Cash payments can be made at the art class. Please place the cash in an envelope with your name, the date, and the amount written on the front.

Students will be liable to pay class fees whether they attend classes or not, as their seats have been booked and kept.


Bank: FNB

Account Holder: Alexander Art Academy

Branch: Longbeach Mall

Account Number: 62833810816

Branch Code: 260300

Reference: Initials & Surname

Please send Proof of Payment to

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Shop 31GF, Harbour Bay Centre, Cnr Main Road & Dido Valley Road, Cape Town.


Morning Class – 10 am to 1 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 12 students.


Morning Class – 9 am to 12 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Evening Class – 6 pm – 9 pm – a maximum of 12 students.


Morning Class – 9 am to 12 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Friday – Children’s Art Class

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 12 students.


Athenaeum Road, Newlands, Cape Town.


Morning Class – 10 am to 1 pm – a maximum of 12 students.

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 12 students.


Term 1  (10 Lessons for R3000 at R300 per Lesson)

Term starts on Monday 06 February – Term ends Thursday 13 April

Term 2  (10 Lessons for R3000 at R300 per Lesson)

Term starts Monday 24 April – Term ends Thursday 29 June

Term 3  (10 Lessons for R3000 at R300 per Lesson)

Term starts Monday 17 July – Term ends Thursday 21 September

Term 4  (10 Lessons for R3000 at R300 per Lesson)

Term 4 starts Monday 9 October – Term ends 14 December


*Students may attend more than one art class per week at an additional cost of R300 per class (available space permitting).

*Students who make cash payments will be entitled to a R20 per class discount.

*Students older than 65 years will be entitled to a further R10 per class discount.

*For students who do not join the Academy at the start of a Term, a pro-rata payment will be required for the remainder of that Term.

*Art supplies are available at The Studio Art Gallery’s Art Supply Shop and registered students are entitled to a 10% discount. Students in the Claremont classes can order from The Studio Art Gallery’s Art Supply Shop and Marc will bring the supplies to the next lesson.

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A variety of brushes. Keep in mind that the bristles of some brushes are glued in with glue that may not be suitable for certain solvents or brush cleaners.

A variety of liners and angled brushes will be useful when learning how to draw out and block-in your subjects directly with paint onto the canvas.

Also, a one-inch soft flat brush, half-inch flat brush, a variety of round brushes, a variety of filberts, a fan, a soft mop or blender, and a set of rubber-tipped brushes.

A rigger or sword-liner will be useful if you will be painting detailed wildlife.


When choosing a reference, please ensure that the image is in focus and the subject is correctly lit. Your preferred reference should be printed out in colour A4 (or you may work from a tablet or laptop) and a black & white copy that is the same size as your canvas.

You may also bring any project that you are currently working on.


Canvas, wooden canvases, canvas board, primed board, paper, or any other preferable surface to work on.

The class exercises are done in an A4 or A3 sketchbook or canvas pad.

PAINTS (this list applies to oils, acrylics and watercolours)

These are the basic suggested colours, but you are welcome to bring alternatives.

A warm and cool red – e.g. Opague Cadmium Red and Transparent Alizarin Crimson

A warm and cool yellow – e.g. Opague Cadmium/Arylamide Yellow and Transparent Lemon Yellow

A warm and cool blue – e.g. Transparent Ultramarine Blue and Transparent Prussian Blue

A warm and cool green – e.g. Transparent Sap Green and Transparent Viridian Green

Earth colours – e.g. Transparent Burnt Umber, Transparent Burnt Sienna and Opaque Yellow Ochre

Chromatic Black – Transparent Van Dyke Brown and Transparent Prussian Blue

White – Opaque Titanium White


If you are working in acrylics, you will also need a retarder to slow down your paint’s drying time and a matt glaze medium for thinning your acrylics.

If you are working in oils, you will also require an oil medium which you can mix yourself by adding a third Genuine Turpentine, a third refined linseed oil, and a third alkyd medium/liquin. (Premixed mediums are available at the Art Supply Shop). A brush cleaning tank with a wire spiral or sieve for cleaning oil paint brushes filled with odourless white spirit.


A CMY Colour Wheel.

AAA Value Scale.

A 4mm glass palette – 30cm by 12cm or 30cm by 30cm, with edges ground smooth.

An A4 or A3 sketchbook for drawing and painting exercises.

White acrylic paint to prime pages in your sketchbook for painting.

A set of graphite pencils 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 6B, 9B.

Red and blue colour or pastel pencils for sketching.

A roll of paper towel for cleaning your brushes and glass palette.

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Question: Can I attend more than one class per week.

Answer: Yes, certainly.

Question: What is the format of the art classes?

Answer: Each class will last for three hours. We will start promptly with a 40-minute lesson and a practical exercise (every second week), a midway 10-minute break is also included. Artists then continue with the projects they are working on with individual assistance from Marc.

Question: Do I need to start classes at the beginning of a Term?

Answer: No, artists are welcome to start at any point in the Term. Please note that for artists who do not join the Academy at the start of a Term, a pro-rata payment is required for the remainder of that Term.

Question: Will there be classes on Public Holidays?

Answer: Yes.

Question: Do I need to do the practical exercises?

Answer: No, artists are welcome to listen in on the lesson, and just continue with their own artwork. Exercises are optional, but keep in mind the old saying that, “practice makes perfect”.

Question: How many artists will there be participating in the class?

Answer: Generally, there will be a maximum of 12 students per class.

Question: Do I need any fine art experience to join these classes?

Answer: No, both absolute beginners and seasoned artists are welcome.

Question: Will wine and eats be served during art classes?

Answer: Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be served by the gallery at all classes, you are welcome to bring your own wine during evening classes. 

Question: What happens if I cannot make a class?

Answer: Because of the space limitation, securing a seat at the Academy is a commitment. Students will be invoiced for this space whether or not they attend the classes.

Question: Can I participate in the Alexander Art Academy annual exhibition?

Answer: Certainly, each artist should submit at least one artwork for the annual exhibition if enrolled in the academy over that period.

Question: Can I leave my ‘wet’ artwork at the art class?

Answer: No, unfortunately, we are not able to store your artwork for you.

Question: Do I need to bring my own easel?

Answer: No, the academy will provide a table, chair, standing easel, and a limited number of table easels for students.

Question: Does the academy provide art materials?

Answer: No, each student must bring their own paints, brushes, palettes, etc., or purchases can be made at the Art Supply Shop, and if you are attending the Claremont classes, Marc will deliver it to you the following lesson.


The best way to build your art career and develop as an artist is to participate in as many art exhibitions and art competitions as possible. These events will allow you to network in ways you never imagined. Most art galleries are inundated with artists looking for exposure, therefore, artists who build a relationship with a gallery through participation will always be favoured. Furthermore, these events give us artists the motivational push we often need to get focused. The Studio Art Gallery offers several annual group exhibitions for students to participate in. There is no obligation, however, it is highly recommended that you engage with your art community in a proactive manner.


Sanlam portrait Award

Sasol New Signatures

The PPC Imaginarium Award


If you are interested in joining the Alexander Art Academy, please fill out an APPLICATION FORM. If your preferred time slot is fully booked, you may be offered other options or placed on a waiting list.


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Gift someone with 10 inspirational art classes with renowned artist Marc Alexander in a relaxed and creative environment and send them on a journey to self-discovery while having fun learning old and new techniques in different mediums and styles.

NB. Please enquire at about available space before purchasing this certificate!