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Education in Contemporary Art Practice for emerging and established artists

All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to postgraduate

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

 

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 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. The 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.​  - Dr. Elfriede Dreyer

Testimonials from artists

ONLINE

You study at home, online, using a variety of sources. You choose to do a single  module, a Short Course or the Certificate in Contemporary Art Practice.

ACADEMIC QUALITY

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

CONTENT

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

CoNTENT DEVELOPER 

Elfriede Dreyer

CERTIFICATION

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

PRETORIA: ONE-DAY WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2020

65 The Fountains, Via Firenze, Lombardy Estate, Graham Road (Silver Lakes area), Pretoria >

 

8.30 am – 4 pm

 

22 February: Space - completed

 

27 June: Texture [cancelled due to COVID-19]

25 July: Conceptual line [cancelled due to COVID-19]

22 August: Presentation & installation [cancelled due to COVID-19]

 

26 September: The formal language of art & Beyond

The workshop is theory and practice based. It entails both looking at the classic conventions in art, that is, revisiting the fundamental formal language of art. We will look at classic methodologies such as grisaille, verdaccio, egg tempera and story art, and at examples of how contemporary artists are breaking the ‘rules’.  The workshop will assist you in understanding when and why a work is considered as 'good' or successful, even when all the ‘rules’ have been broken. There is emphasis on when and why an idea or concept 'works'. 

The workshop includes PowerPoint presentations on how the topic of the workshop finds application in examples of local and international artwork. Concise theoretical and art historical background is provided.

Bring paints and canvasses to the workshop. On confirmation of attendance more info on the preparation that needs to be done will be provided.

COST: Per one-day workshop: R600-00

31 October: Excavation

The workshop is theory and practice based. It looks at practical methodologies of construction versus excavation.  We will look at layering in art, after which we will start excavating surfaces. The conceptual underpinning and implications of this process will be considered.

The workshop includes an introductory PowerPoint presentation. Concise theoretical and art historical background is provided. 

The practical workshop is experimental and explorative in nature. 

A variety of materials will be worked with. On confirmation of attendance more prep info will be provided. 

COST: Per one-day workshop: R600-00

CAP Workshops

Taking artists further.

What? One- and two-day workshops in skills training 

The one- and two-day workshops in contemporary art practice entail a specialist training programme consisting 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.
How? 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. 

CAPE TOWN WORKSHOP PROGRAMME 2020

 

3-4 April: Workshop 1 - Presentation & Installation

Rust en Vrede Gallery, Wellington Road, Durbanville

DONE ONLINE

Date changes due to COVID-19:

16-18 September: Workshop 2 - The formal language of art & Beyond

Simon’s Town Library, Main Road

8.30 am – 4 pm each day

This workshop is theory and crit based, and includes practical workshops on days 2 and 3. It entails both looking at the classic conventions in art, that is, revisiting the fundamental formal language of art. We will look at classic methodologies such as grisaille, verdaccio, egg tempera and story art., and at examples of how contemporary artists are breaking the ‘rules’.  The workshop will assist you in understanding when and why a work is considered as 'good' or successful, even when all the ‘rules’ have been broken. There is emphasis on when and why an idea or concept 'works'. The workshop includes PowerPoint presentations on how the topic of the workshop finds application in examples of local and international artwork. Concise theoretical and art historical background is provided.

Artists bring completed work to be discussed and critiqued. On confirmation of attendance more info on the preparation that needs to be done will be provided.

Programme

Day 1

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 – 11              Powerpoint on the formal language of art and breaking the ‘rules’

11 – 4              Crits on preparation work

Day 2

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 - 4                Practical workshop dealing with classic conventions in art, especially painting.

Day 3

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 - 4                Practical workshop that is experimental and explorative in nature, and aimed at breaking the ‘rules’.

COST: Three-day workshop: R1500-00

18-20 November: Workshop 3 - Psychospace

Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville

8.30 am – 4 pm each day

The workshop considers how to approach and render space and conceptualise place in an artwork. Different spaces are considered such as urban and architectural space; landscape; and interiors. There is focus on psychospace and the creation of mood and the associations embedded in colour, as well as on the importance of line and mark making in articulating psychospace. 

 

The workshop includes an introductory PowerPoint presentation considering how the topic of the workshop finds application in examples of local and international artworks. Concise theoretical and art historical background is provided.  

In preparation artists will have to create a work for the workshop; after discussion it will be completed/changed during the workshop. Bring own materials as well as an additional canvas or sheet of paper to the workshop.

 

On confirmation of attendance more preparation info will be provided.

 

Programme

Day 1

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 – 11              Powerpoint and theories on space and place

11 – 4              Mindmapping on psychospace

 

Day 2

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 – 2                Practical workshop in any medium of your choice

2 - 4                 Discussion

Day 3

8.30                 Arrival and set up

9 – 2                Practical workshop cont.

2 - 4                 Discussion

COST: Three-day workshop: R1500-00