Art Classes

Fine Art Classes with Deodanda Pretorius

Expert Advice & Individual Assistance for Beginners and Advanced Painters

Spacious Studio with a Relaxed Atmosphere and No Overcrowded Classes.

Perfectly colour balanced studio lights for day and night classes.

If you don't have time for regular classes, come and do a workshop!

Want to know 11 amazing benefits of painting? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and read the article by Jeannina Blanco.

What can you expect from the weekly classes?

The classes focus on representational fine art and caters for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced and also advanced painter. Beginners work from a selection of references from my painting program.  Experienced painters can choose to follow the program or work from their own photo references. 

As instructor I believe in technical proficiency as a key element and all my teachings are based on academic information, research and experience acquired over years of studying the works and methods of many of the best late and contemporary master painters from around the world. Beginners who have never painted before follows this same unique approach in the classes to get a better understanding of the elements needed for a successful painting and to develop important technical skills which are critical when taking the next step towards working from life, painting outside and composing works using their own photographs across different genres.  The artists and paintings that we study are therefore carefully selected for the learn how to paint program. Their paintings are not copied, instead they are used as academic tools and pulled apart, analyzed and repainted to learn as much as possible and with some magnificent and interesting end results on the canvas of every beginner painter who attempts them.  Advanced painters are welcome to join in some of these sessions as it includes demonstration work done by me in the classes and provides an indepth understanding of  the elements needed to create a profession looking artwork.   

Venue:  Deodanda Pretorius Art Studio in Durbanville.   

Costs:   R160 per session.   Only pay for the sessions you attend. 

Materials:  Class fees exclude paints and brushes.  Selected other materials are provided.      

Class Times:    
Mornings:  Tuesdays to Fridays from 09h30 to 12h30                 
Evenings:  Mondays to Fridays from 18h00 to 21h00   
Saturdays:  09h30 to 12h30

You have the option to switch between different time slots during the week to fit your personal schedule.  

The studio offers classes during selected public holidays, but please arrange with the instructor before you attend.  

Studio & Class T&Cs:  

  1. Class fees are payable via EFT at the end of each month (within 6 days of invoice date) - late payments will be fined with 10%.    
  2. If you do not show up for a class without informing the instructor you will be billed for that session.     
  3. A yearly increase in class fees will be in effect at the start of each year to accommodate for rental space and materials costs and inflation.  
  4. The instructor, Deodanda Pretorius, will not be held liable for any loss of or damage to personal effects and motor vehicles of clients on the premises of the instructor's studio.     

To sign up for the classes, please contact Deodanda Pretorius:

Cell: 076 016 2934


About the Teacher:  

Deodanda Pretorius, is a full time painter and art teacher and the author of her own Adults Oil Painting Program. She has dedicated 10 yrs to the extensive studying of learning the language of oil painting in representational fine art. Apart from being a retired professional medical writer she also holds a Masters Degree in Science (M.Sc) from the University of the Free State. After a long career in the pharmaceutical industry and working as academic researcher during her post-graduate studies, her love for and dedication to art eventually led her to exchange her science career for a full-time career in painting.  Her approach to oil painting and teaching is always backed by her scientific background and she enjoys sharing her inspiration and knowledge with her students. She also enjoys writing about her materials and has published both as oil and pastel demonstrator for the South African Artist Magazine and as guest author for Deodanda believes in quality and technical proficiency as two key elements in painting.  

The Benefits of Painting ~ An article by Jeannina Blanco

One would think that the first reason is because it gives pleasure, at least that is why I paint! Being able to do what one wants provides great satisfaction. 

After a little more meditation and research from a psychological, social and medical point of view, I have found many more benefits for the physical, mental and spiritual body not only of children but adults as well. Since I mostly teach adolescents and adults, let me summarize the information in this way: 

1. Communication

Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language. This is a great benefit for all people and mainly for those who have conditions with a lack of communication or problems expressing themselves such as: shyness, autism and other disabilities. 

2. Therapy 

Painting is an individual activity even in the workshop or classroom; the student enters his/her own world, a world full of possibilities. Stimulus of the creative mind allow the student to positively isolate from reality, which provides a mental rest that lowers stress and generates relaxation and happiness feelings. This is especially significant for people with aggression or nervousness conditions. 

3. Self-esteem

Working in a non-competitive, relaxed environment (the teacher plays a major role here) will enable the student come closer to greater personal achievements; this will strengthen his/her individuality and self-esteem. This is especially significant for people with codependency, traumatic conditions and elderly people who need activities that can strengthen their autonomy. 

4. Mobility

Learning to hold and handle a brush and/or pencil will help regulate the hand movements and stimulate brain connections at the same time the skill is being developed. In elderly people, painting helps them strengthen their fine motor skill. 

5. Concentration and Healing

People who immerse themselves several hours painting or creating something enter a purer area, in a very strong state of concentration; they abstract themselves from their surroundings and time passes by without noticing it. Physical pains fade away; it is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body. This concentration state is called Alpha; one part of the brain is conscious and the other pulls the unconscious out. There is more creation because a pure energy is transmitted to what´s being created, and we can spend hours without feeling tiredness, pain or other conditions (unlike other activities.) This is a state similar to that achieved through praying, meditation, music, aromatherapy, and being in love. There have been cases of miraculous temporary healing in painters, musicians who, when in this state, are able to move their atrophied hands or don´t feel pain when creating or executing. Painters Renoir and Gauguin and musician AndrĂ©s Segovia are examples of this. 

6. Mental Health

Painting helps us get distracted from our problems; it helps us take anguish out and transform it in something nice, which is given a title. This helps us identify the feelings and increase our expression capabilities. This is especially significant for people with nervousness, mental conditions (like schizophrenia) or people going through an emotional imbalance like a break-up who use the visual expression to achieve catharsis. Adults who learn to paint fight the fear to confront themselves, learn to persevere and are encouraged to create something that belongs only to them, a personal project, unique and enormously satisfying. 

7. Brain Activity

Drawing and painting stimulate both the left and right brain hemispheres. The first deals with the rational, logic elements and the second one maximizes our creativity and emotions. Painting is helpful during the growth and development stages of children as well as in adulthood when it is very valuable to fight illnesses like Alzheimer. Painting boosts imagination; the imagination of Alzheimer patients, whose memory starts to vanish, is strengthened. 

8. Emotional Intelligence

Emotions are part of the creative world we all have inside. Making those emotions flow through painting helps create harmony between the heart and mind, which leads us to experiment happiness, love, empathy and peace. Within this chaotic world we live, the visualization and relaxation that we obtain through painting are tools that in the long run, benefit our emotional, organic, energetic and spiritual being. 

9. Art Appreciation

Practice, understand and talk about art creates a better understanding of it. Individuals see themselves reflected and motivated by the work of others, which also allows us to be a receptor of this type of communication, which dates back to the beginning of human history. 

10. Culture

The knowledge that a person can achieve when learning to paint enables him/her to understand human history through art. 

11. Fun

Learning how to paint has all the benefits of good entertainment: we laugh, socialize, learn something new, feel motivated to finish what we start, appreciate nature and feel passion for something good.