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Sunday, October 14, 2012


Part time art classes in drawing and painting techniques are offered in a large variety of media by well known artist and teacher, Fransie Pretorius.

“Studying art will help you to become more aware of the world around you and teach you more about yourself,” Pretorius explains. “You will have opportunities to develop your technical skills and to explore your own hidden ideals and desires, which could become powerful tools in understanding and expressing yourself. Most importantly, you will discover and acknowledge your own value, build up self esteem and experience the sweet taste of achievement and self-realization through making art.”

Anyone really committed to learning about art is welcome to attend and no previous experience is required. Fransie Pretorius believes that all people have hidden skills and creative potential that can be unlocked and developed through right brain thinking. “It is amazing to see how much each student improves after attending only a couple of classes,” she says.

“Whether you are an inexperienced novice or a student in design, arts or crafts that need to hone your skills, there is something in store for you. Whoever you are, you could learn more and improve your expertise.”

Clients will learn about the various drawing and painting media that are available and how to use them. This includes watercolours, oils and acrylic painting. They will experiment with various techniques, in pencil, charcoal, inks and mixed media. They will have the opportunity to explore different themes in art such as Portraits, Objects, Interiors, Still life, Landscapes and Botanical art.

Fransie Pretorius is well versed in teaching art at all levels up to tertiary level therefore more experienced artists will also benefit from attending her art classes. She taught drawing and a variety of other subjects at Technikon Natal (now Durban University of Technology). She retired from her position as Associate Director in the Fine Art Department, at the end of 2005.

Her extensive field of interests includes Fine Art painting and drawing. Photography, Design, ceramics, dress design etc. She is passionate about drawing in any media but is particularly fond of charcoal and pastel drawing.  She is represented by her art in all the major art galleries in KZN, including the Durban Art Gallery and The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, as well as other private and public collections.

Art Classes are offered in Westville on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons. For more information contact Fransie Pretorius on 031 266 6422 or 082 929 9685 or e-mail: