Between taking caring of the family and work, it can be difficult to find time to tap into your artistic side with a creative course or two.
Here are our picks of wonderful creative courses that you can do over the weekend:
Industry veteran David Lazarus takes a hands-on, practical approach to teaching photography to people of all skill levels. A four-week course is offered, where you can learn everything you need in order to master your hobby.
Even gear is provided for you to use during the course, so that you don’t have to buy expensive cameras and lenses before you’ve gotten your feel of photography.
Where: 60 Barnet Street, Gardens Cape Town, South Africa
When: Saturdays from 10:30 am
Cost: R4 000 for four sessions
Contact: Call 079 777 2772 or visit dlphoto.co.za
Candle Maker’s Deli
If you love beautiful candles, why not try making your own? The process is fun, easy, and very relaxing. Plus, it’s a great way to channel your creativity. Candle Maker’s Deli offers an amazing course with master candle-maker Solly that is sure to get you well underway.
Soon, your house will be full of beautiful handmade candles…
Where: 46 Marconi Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town
When: Mondays to Sundays 10 am – 1 pm
Cost: From R350 per person
Contact: Book by calling Solly on 082 700 5233, or visit candledeli.co.za
John Smith Artist
John Smith is an amazing artist who has been working in the business for over 45 years. During his time he has mastered many mediums making him the perfect mentor for anyone wanting to indulge in their creative passions.
His course combines some art theory with the practical work allowing you to truly strengthen your abilities under his tutelage.
Where: 69 Lovat Road, Rosehill, Durban North
When: Saturdays 2 – 4:30 pm
Cost: R550 per month
Contact: Call 031 563 3753 or visit artistjohnsmith.co.za
The Ceramic Studio is the perfect place to indulge your love of pottery. With courses on basic pottery, dry-brush painting, mosaic and fabric painting lessons, you’ll definitely find a way to let loose the artist in you.
When you start a course, you’ll also receive a starter kit filled with materials to help you master the basics.
Where: 673 Main Road, Northdene, Queensburgh
When: Fridays 9:30 – 11:30 am and 6 – 8:30 pm; Saturdays 10 am – 12:30 pm
Cost: From R550 for a Beginner’s Dry-Painting Course
Contact: Call 031 708 6471, or visit ceramiccraftstudio.co.za
Olga Potgieter Goldsmith Jewellery Making Classes
Olga Potgieter is a marvellous goldsmith, who makes beautiful handmade jewellery from her home in Greenside, and is happy to share her skills with willing customers.
If you’re interested in learning how to make your own rings, pendants and even chic sugar spoons, Olga’s superior knowledge of metalworking will guide you through the beginning stages, over four sessions.
Where: 71 Greenside Road, Greenside, Johannesburg
When: Mondays to Saturdays 9 am – 12 pm
Cost: From R300 per session, excludes metals and sawblades
Contact: Call Olga on 011 646 5296 or 082 823 7096, or visit Olga’s Facebook page
Art at Ajay’s
With their main studio located in Kempton Park, and others in Fourways and Wendywood, Ajay’s offer a wide range of accessible and affordable art classes for beginners and experts alike.
Whether you want to try sculpting, painting, or drawing, Ajay’s provides excellent courses and materials for anyone interested in indulging their artistic side. Once you register, you can buy a package of 12 or 24 classes, depending on the project you want to undertake and your availability.
- 2 Quinine Street Glen Marais Kempton Park
- Norscot Manor, corner of Lesley Road and William Nicol Drive, Fourways
- 16 Minto Road, Wendywood, Sandton
When: Class times vary per venues
- Fourways: Fridays 10 am – 12 pm; Saturdays 12 – 2 pm, 2 – 4 pm, 4 – 6 pm
- Wendywood: Fridays 11 – 1- pm; Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm, 12 – 2 pm
- Kempton Park: Saturdays 7 – 9 am, 9 – 11 am, 11 am – 1 pm
Cost: Registration is R100. A package of 12 classes costs from R2 540 at Kempton Park, and R2 820 at the Fourways and Rivonia studios
Contact: Call 011 972 8557, or visit artclassesatajays.com