CURRENT LESSON THEME

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.

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

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

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

CLASS FEES 2022

CLASS DURATION AND COSTS

Each class will last for three hours at a cost of R300 per class.

A DEPOSIT SECURES YOUR SEAT

A 50 % per term deposit will confirm your seat and the balance must be settled the following month-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 admin@studioartgallery.co.za, with your initials and surname as reference.

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

EFT PAYMENT MUST BE MADE TO:

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 admin@studioartgallery.co.za

PLEASE NOTE: 

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

*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 Artists 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.

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CLASS SCHEDULE

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

Mondays

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

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 10 students.

Evening Class – 6 pm – 9 pm – a maximum of 10 students.

Tuesdays

Morning Class – 9 am to 12 am – a maximum of 10 students.

Afternoon Class – 2 pm to 5 pm – a maximum of 10 students

Evening Class – 6 pm – 9 pm – a maximum of 10 students.

CLAREMONT ART CLASSES AT THE ROTARY CLUB OF KIRSTENBOSCH

Athenaeum Road, Newlands, Cape Town.

Wednesdays

Morning Class – 10 am to 1 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.

2022 TERM SCHEDULE

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

Term starts on 31 Jan – Term ends 13 April (PLEASE NOTE 1-week break from 11 to 20 March)

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

Term starts 18 April – Term ends 23 June

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

Term starts 18 July – Term ends 29 September

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

Term 4 starts 10 October – Term ends 15 December

PLEASE NOTE: 

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

*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.

*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 Class can order from The Studio Art Gallery’s Art Supply Shop and Marc will bring the supplies to the next lesson.

*For Artists 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.

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WHAT TO BRING

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING:

BRUSHES

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

A NEW REFERENCE OR CURRENT PROJECT

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 a project that you are currently working on.

SUBSTRATE

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

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

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 Arylamide Yellow and Transparent Lemon Yellow

A warm and a 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

MEDIUMS & SOLVENTS

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, third refined linseed oil, and a third alkyd medium/liquin. (Premixed mediums are available at the Art Supply Shop). A brush cleaning tank with wire spiral or sieve for cleaning oil paint brushes filled with odourless white spirit.

GENERAL

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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, 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: No.

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 10 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 light snacks 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 student’s exhibition?

Answer: Certainly, each artist should submit at least one artwork for the student’s 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 amount of table easels for each student.

Question: Does the academy provide the art materials?

Answer: No, each student must bring their own paints, brushes, palette, 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.

EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES

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 flooded 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.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
SOUTH AFRICAN ART COMPETITIONS

Sanlam portrait Award

Sasol New Signatures

The PPC Imaginarium Award

APPLICATION FORM

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.

GIFT CERTIFICATE

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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 admin@alexanderartacademy.com about available space before purchasing this certificate!