• 20 modules

  • 16 assignments

  • Personal assessment and feedback on assignments

  • Personal crit on artworks

  • Assessment by Dr. Elfriede Dreyer

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In a world that has become digital and online in so many respects, CAP Online offers online professional training to emerging and established artists.

 

The Short Courses and Certificate are suitable for artists, art lovers or collectors who want to know more about art, its practices, theories, histories and concepts. The content is dense and includes a variety of topics. It provides training in conceptual & creative development; basic & advanced art practice; art theory & history; and professional exhibition practice. Courses are interactive and includes text, audio, notes, video and online resources. Although the courses cover an interface of Western and African theory and history, there is strong focus on contemporary African artists, thus an engagement with African Modernism. 

The CAP Online courses in contemporary art practice are 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.

- Dr. Elfriede Dreyer

  • All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to postgraduate. 

  • You complete courses in your own time online and at home.

  • Some courses have sound: Download the VLC player for Mac/Windows here 

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1. SHORT COURSE in ART PRACTICE BASIC    Read more

COURSE FEES:

R2500-00/$186

The Art Practice Basic Short Course includes ​FIVE modules and  ONE Zoom crit on 3 of your artworks with Dr. Elfriede Dreyer. There is an assignment in each of the Modules, but they are not compulsory. You receive a personal assessment on TWO Assignments in this Short Course. 

Individual Modules each: R500-00/$38.

The Short Course will equip you with an understanding of basic formal principles in art production. Various fundamental technical and formal aspects are covered. This course is strongly aimed at the acquisition of skills and knowledge in art praxis.

  • After registration you will receive a link to the study material which you have to work through. 

  • Several web links are included; please visit these and read through in order to maximise your learning experience.  

Module 1.1  Colour    Read more 

This module investigates colour as a fundamental formal element in the making of an artwork. The Newton colour wheel is considered, as well as colour theory and colour terminology, accompanied by an application of these aspects in older and contemporary artworks. 

Module 1.2 Composition Read more 

This module looks at fundamental compositional terms, the role of purpose in composition, compositional techniques and the application of these to artworks.  The rule of 'thirds' is looked at, as well as how to break this rule.

Module 1.3 Markmaking  Read more 

In this module we look at markmaking as a fundamental formal element of an artwork. Different kinds of marks are investigated in terms of how they generate meaning and conceptual association.  

We consider expressive markmaking, angular marks, juxtaposition, doodling and writing as 'marks' in art. 

Module 1.4 Perspective   Read more 

This module guides you to understand methodologies of perspective. We look at one-point, two-point and three-point perspective, as well as foreshortening. The module teaches you how perspective creates content  through the aspects of viewpoint and angle.

Module 1.5 Space  Read more 

This module looks at spatiality in art, different cultural theories on space, spatial metaphor and the semantics of psychospace. We consider positive and negative space; closed and open space; shallow and deep space;  spatial duality; Self and Other in space; real and imagined space; space as home; urban space; and non-place.

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2. SHORT COURSE in ART PRACTICE ADVANCED   Read more 

COURSE FEES:

R2500-00/$186

This Art Practice Advanced Short Course includes ​FIVE modules and ONE Zoom crit on 3 of your artworks with Dr. Elfriede Dreyer. There is an assignment in each of the Modules, but they are not compulsory. You receive a personal assessment on TWO Assignments in this Short Course

Individual Modules each: R500-00/$38.

The Short Course will equip you with an understanding of more advanced techniques and methodologies in art production. More complicated methodologies such as found materials and multi-layering are investigated. This course is strongly aimed at the acquisition of skills and knowledge in art praxis.

  • After registration you will receive a link to the study material which you have to work through. 

  • Several web links are included; please visit these and read through in order to maximise your learning experience.  

Module 2.1 Chance   Read more

Art training involves learning techniques, procedures and certain ‘rules’. However, sometimes artists lose their spontaneity being bogged down by exactly these. This can suppress your creativity and even lead to artist’s block. In this module we look at processes to renew your creative impulses, help you overcome anxiety and experience free expression again. The module has two parts.

Module 2.2 Anatomy of a concept   Read more

In this module we look at the anatomy of concept in art. We consider processes and methodologies in concept development. Concept is needed to develop artist's identity and focus, as well as obtain depth in content. You will learn to understand the relationship between form and content. We look at methodologies of finding a concept. The module includes notes on the anatomy of a concept.

Module 2.3 Found materials    Read more

In this module we are  looking at the methodology of using found objects and materials in art production. This is art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects or products that are not normally considered materials from which art is made, often because they already have a non-art function. In Part 1 a historical introduction is provided to the use of found materials, collage and assemblage in art.In Part 2 we look at the use of found materials in art today. Race and gender located in found materials.  political and socio-cultural associations in found materials.

Module 2.4 Multi-layering  Read more

In this module you will be taught how to deepen the content of your work and produce a 'fuller' and richer composition by using techniques such as cutting through, layers of see-through and others. This module falls into three parts: In Part 1 we consider layering techniques in paint and how to avoid a 'muddy' look in painting. In Part 2 we look at the use and purpose of layers of the same media and materials. In Part 3 we consider multi-layering with different materials, stacking and the use of transparent layers.

Module 2.5 Photomontage  Read more

In this module we look at photomontage as a form of collage including photographs or photographic reproductions. It is a process of generating an original image out of other images and fragments which can be cut, layered, glued and arranged. Part 1 looks at the use of photomontage as technique in art. The origin of photomontage in 19th c. photography is traced. In Part 2 contemporary examples of photomontage are analysed.

REDUCED FEE: of R4600-00/$305 when you enrol for 2 Short Courses