Monthly Archives: Jul 2018

Art project: Paul Klee

Oil Pastels on a blackboard History Lesson: Paul Klee (1879 – 1940) was a German artist. He and his colleague, Russian painter Wassily Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture. His works reflect his dry humor and his sometimes childlike perspective, his personal moods and beliefs, and his musicality. For this project You will need: Inspiration […]

Art project: Keith Haring

Art Project Keith Haring Acrylic Paint on Canvas History Lesson: Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Haring’s work grew to iconic popularity from his exuberant spontaneous drawings in New York City You will need: A3 […]

Art Project: Charlotte Gastaut

Charlotte Gastaut Oil Pastel Illustration History Lesson: Charlotte Gastaut is a French illustration artist. She has contributed to numerous women’s magazines and has written and illustrated many books for children. She creates beautiful dreamscapes with stylized characters and designs. You will need: A2 White paper Pencil Oil Pastels Acrylic Paint Process:  Look at Gastaut’s work. She […]

Art Project: Authentic artist: Gregoire Boonzaier

Art project Gregoire Boonzaier Scraperboard  History Lesson: Gregoire Boonzaier (31 July 1909 – 22 April 2005) was a South African artist well known for his landscapes, portraits and still life paintings. He was a famous exponent of Cape Impressionism, a founder of the New Group, and a contributor, through his artworks, to the struggle against apartheid. […]

Guest Artists in our Studio

Our founder Lillian Gray will be travelling Europe during August. (We know, though life hey.) But instead of all the students bursting into tears, missing Lillian we thought; “What can we do that would make August so epic they won’t even notice that Lillian is gone?”  And then the light bulb appeared. Why not invite the awesome […]

South Africa’s most successful artist William Kentridge! Understanding the 17 key themes in his art.

William Kentridge is a South African artist best known for his charcoal drawings, animations, bookmaking, puppetry, theatre productions, tapestries and films. He is a prolific artist that has been actively making art for over three and a half decades. In essence, working with what is a restrictive media, using only charcoal and a touch of […]

Inspired by the Greats Projects

ur students will be hosting an Art Exhibition “Inspired by the greats” 28 -September – 1 Oct 2018 This post is for the students of Lillian Gray Art School to brief them on their 8 projects. Project 1 Cecil Skotnes Scraperboard  History Lesson: Cecil Skotnes (1926 – 2009) was a South African artist known especially for his painted […]

Salvador Dali ’s wonderful absurd worlds

Salvador Dali lived in a tumultuous time in History. His life from 1904 – 1989 spanned over World War I, The Great Depression, World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Psychology Sigmund Freud’s theories of the subconscious and psychoanalysis was popular and spreading over Europe. If we combine all these elements we find a zeitgeist […]

The most celebrated dwarf of all times, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Copious amounts of money, not accepted by his father, deformed, unnaturally short, lover of reading and knowledge, highly skilled and gifted, drawn to prostitutes and drinking…NO I am not talking about Tyrion Lannister, I am talking about Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec. An extremely gifted artist with a sad story. You might have spotted this famous artist in the acclaimed […]

Celebrating Irma Stern

Irma Stern is still considered to be South Africa’s foremost artist in terms of public recognition and the record prices that her works fetch at an auction.  At first, misunderstood for her highly individual and Modernist style by the conservative and shockable public of Cape Town, she gradually won acceptance and eventually acclaim. Her strong […]