Painting and drawing classes

2009-11-03 00:00

IF you’re interested in learning to paint and draw, then you need to sign up for one of Peter Rippon’s new classes, being hosted by Midlands Arts and Crafts Society (Macs).

The KwaZulu-Natal artist will be starting classes at Macs House, 23 Haldane Road, Pietermaritzburg, this afternoon.

Initially students will get pointers on creating basic still-life drawings in charcoal, but later he will teach them how to paint with oils.

Rippon, who has a master’s degree in fine art from the Durban University­ of Technology, has shown his work locally and overseas, most recently as part of the Alpoa group exhibition at artSPACE berlin in July and at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban in May.

In his work, he touches on a variety of themes, including the body, mortality­, death, loss, nostalgia and containment.

“Throughout my work, I try to engage the viewer on a level that is more emotional than intellectual,” Rippon says.

“I avoid any obvious statement of a particular theme in my work, and I do not try to control the meanings that viewers ascribe to my works, but rather I allow them room for personal interpretations.”

Rippon’s classes will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission is R340 (members) and R395 (nonmembers) for four sessions­.

The artist will also be hosting crit sessions for painters of some experience who would like a forum in which to show and discuss their most recent work or work in progress with like-minded people and receive sound technical advice.

The plan is to make this a monthly forum on the second Saturday of each month. This month’s session will be on November 14. Admission is R70 (members) and R85 (non-members).

Other classes taking place at Macs this month include:

• Spinning classes on Tuesdays from 9 am to noon. Join Clare Smith and Wendy Bloy and learn to spin with a wheel and drop spindle. Admission is R35 (members) and R50 (non-members) per session.

• Playing with clay hosted by Wesley Flanagam a senior fine art student at UKZN, on Wednesdays from 2.30 pm to 5 pm. Admission R295 (R250    concessions)    for      four sessions, or R85 (R75 concessions) per session.

• Making Marks with Sue Physick on November 12 and November 26 from 9 am to noon, which includes lessons in drawing techniques. Admission is R175 (members) and R200 (non- members) for two sessions.

• Untutored feltmaking on Thursdays­ from 9 am to noon. Admission R35 (members) and R50 (nonmembers).

• Wild Knitting on November 14, 21 and 28 from 9 am to 2 pm. Admission­ is R35 per morning (including tea or coffee) or R100 prepaid for the three sessions in November.

Classes also on Saturdays from November­ 14 from 9 am to noon.

Phone 033 386 6500 for more information and to book for any of these courses.

Please note Macs is now open Monday­ to Wednesday and Fridays from 8 am to 4 pm. Also open on Thursdays from 8 am to noon and Saturdays from 8 am to 2 pm.

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