2018 Workshop info



Autumn Workshop/Retreat 1

7-11 May 2018
Picardi Place, Rawsonville, Western Cape.

Gauteng Workshop 2

2-6 July 2018
Alberton, Johannesburg

 Follow-up Workshop 3 *Previous students ONLY*

17-21 September 2018
Rene Snyman studio, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Western Cape

Spring Workshop 4

15-19 October 2018
Rene Snyman studio, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Western Cape

Solo Exhibition Portrait Demo

Saturday 17 November 2018, 14h00-18h00
Kotze Gallery, Bloemfontein

Summer Holiday Workshop 5

10-14 December 2018
Rene Snyman studio, Sir Lowry’s Pass


Retreat2018-1We are starting off the year with an awesome art retreat in Rawsonville in May at Picardi Place. Last year we had such an enjoyable successful retreat that I decided to do it again this year. I was looking at my options of being able to spend more time with students and being involved in the conversations and discussions but still enjoy good food and cooking. Our host Jaco Brand cooks out of his permaculture garden and is an excellent host. He will handle all for us on his charming little farm between the vineyards. This will include accommodation and all the meals. Since it is close by, I will be traveling with my WHOLE studio and set it in a space on his farm similar to what I am working in.  We will arrive Sunday the 6th of May and stay till Friday afternoon.  This is an excellent option for people coming from far or needs a break away.

The Western Cape workshops will be held at my studio and home in Sir Lowry’s Pass near Somerset West, Western Cape.

At my studio I am equipped for working  from life including things such as a proper easel, palette setup, model stand, equipment to build backgrounds, different light sources that I can adjust, dark walls to stop reflection, high ceilings, windows with curtains where I can control light up to appoint of completely block out natural light.

I can give my best here and people can come to a full understanding of what it takes and how I function.

The Gauteng Workshop will be held at the studio of Paula Martins in Alberton. After she attended one of my workshops a few years ago she has implemented a lot of the above in her studio which make it possible for me to teach there.

I’m having a solo exhibiton in November in Kotze gallery in Bloemfontein. I will be giving a potrait demonstration on Saturday the 17th. Anyone is welcome!

Workshop Description 

Workshop will run over an intense 5 day period.  I will be sharing everything I know and hard earned knowledge from trial and error over the years and my many trips overseas where I have studied with other artists and having spent countless hours in museums studying the work of the old master artists.

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I will be spending a whole day on some vital principals such as your posture, drawing and how to measure properly in order to transfer information accurately on to canvas drawing from life. (I have discovered over time in classes that there is a huge gap concerning this, that though people think they know how to measure but they don’t and are forever struggling) So I am here to help and make it easy! To bring understanding, showing in detail and communicating everything that I am thinking and processing. After which everybody will have an opportunity to draw so that I can make sure everyone grasps the concept. We will not be here to preform or impress but to learn and understand.

On other days I will demonstrate painting portraits and or still life in different light conditions such as direct and indirect light. Students would be able to see the artwork develop from beginning to end which is life changing. The one thing I do and give attention to is to voicing everything I do and think so that students can learn how to do their own problem solving back home. If you can see what I see you would be able to do what I am doing!

We will also be discussing images of masterworks such as Sargent, Sorolla, Fechin and others to demonstrate principles of accurate edge control, value control and colour temperature. All these are works that I have studied and photographed in person in various museums overseas.

Weather permitting we will do a plein air study to learn what information needs to be captured in order to make a bigger studio artwork. The whole process of conveying all the information will take me a full 4 days. Students will then be given the opportunity to paint. It is more important spending time giving the student as much information as possible teaching and equipping you to be able to grow on your own.

This workshop is applicable to artists of all levels. Beginners can be taught the right stuff from the word “GO!”



Places are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost of the Autumn Art retreat in Rawsonville is R9500. This includes accommodation p/p sharing, all your meals, tea and coffee. Modeling fees.

The cost of the Gauteng workshops 2 is R5250. This includes tea and coffee. Modeling fees. Each student will bring something for lunch which will be shared among each other.

The cost of the workshops 3,4 and 5 at my studio in Sir Lowry’s Pass is R5850.  This includes tea, coffee and lunch. Modelling fees.

Workshops has a R2000 deposit requirement. An early-bird discount of R500 will be given to students that register before Saturday 10 March 2018.   After filling in the registration form I will then respond to confirm availability and banking details.

The remaining balance is due during the week of the workshop.

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A list will be provided for students coming.

Click here to register

For any further questions you can email or phone me.