CAP Institute

  Est. 2015   Founder/Manager/Course instructor: Elfriede Dreyer 

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Education in Contemporary Art Practice for emerging and established artists

All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to postgraduate

Taking artists further.

CAP Institute offers physical workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as online Short Courses, Modules and a Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice. 

Artists' testimonials

All over the world artists are producing art.  Often without a formal qualification in art (meaning a college degree in art). Although a formal qualification in art will always remain first choice, many have not had the opportunity to study art or live in remote areas not close to training institutions.

Art production is primarily a creative activity combined with marketing savvy. You need to be an entrepreneur to function fully as an artist. Therefore also, some formally trained artists never became successful professionals because they never learnt how to be entrepreneurs.


The CAP Workshops and Courses cover all these skills needed to become a successful professional artist. The physical workshops and online courses cover conceptual and creative development; praxis - basic and advanced; art theory and history; and professional and exhibition practice. The workshops are well known for academic rigour; interdisciplinary approach combining theory, history and practice; and focus on the personal development of each student.


My methodology follows a tertiary model of teaching art. ​The CAP educational model is grounded in my 30+ years experience of being a professor in art; writing course material for university students; developing new university degrees; accrediting course material with education authorities; founding and running a successful contemporary gallery for 10 years; curating exhibitions nationally and internationally at reputable galleries and museums; and on the side, making art myself.

I hope you will find benefit by my courses and become a successful and productive artist.​

 -  Elfriede Dreyer  (View: About me)


Workshops in skills training and Online Courses

The educational programme in contemporary art practice entails a specialist model of workshops and visual presentations. Specific objectives are:
  • to improve technical competence;
  • to gain theoretical and technical knowledge and insight;
  • to develop critical reflection ability and resourcing methodologies;
  • and to understand idea development processes.
Critical and creative thinking development

The workshops consist of:

  • theoretical discussions;

  • concept, creative and critical thinking development;

  • training in digital and technical skills; and critical assessment.

During each workshop a topic relevant to art production, art exhibition, art marketing or art writing is theorised and discussed. Each participant receives individual attention as well as learn through observing the development of the work of others and the discussion thereof. 

Previous workshops

| Art History & Theory workshops    NEW 



31 January - 4 February 2022


Workshop and Exhibition @ Barbecue Bend Corporate Campus, Units 36 AND 37, Kyalami, Midrand.  More info

This workshop is repeated with a twist at the Gallery at Glen Carlou from 21-26 June 2022. More info


Short Courses and Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice

Since its foundation in 2020, the online leg of CAP has developed exponentially with more than 50 students currently registered for courses. Students are mostly from Cape Town and surrounding areas; the Northern Cape; the West Coast; the Garden Route; and Gauteng. 


Course content is based on  an open university model of teaching visual arts


The course content integrates art practice, art theory, history of art and professional art practice.


Elfriede Dreyer


Certificates are issued on completion of the Certificate and each Short Course that reflects the content of the course as well as the CPD hours completed