About Lillian Gray Art School

Welcome to the online home of Lillian Gray (Pty) Ltd.   Lillian Gray is a multi-passionate artist-entrepreneur. Founded by Lillian Gray in 2016 the team has grown extensively since then. The business is multi-faceted. Please click on the area of interest to you below.

The Artist

Lillian Gray is a contemporary South African Fine Artist. She internationally recognised with international art exhibitions in London, New York and Florence. She believes in creating unique art pieces that will serve as art investments for her clients. She is a lover of business and art and loves empowering people. Lillian Gray founded this school as a way of empowering young South African artists. 

The School

At our school, we offer weekly art classes in Johannesburg. We are suited for the beginner student as well as the advanced art student. We teach adults, teens, tweens, kids and toddlers. We also offer 12-week photography courses aimed at teens that run through the year. We offer a broad range of other artistic events such as Paint NightsWorkshops as well as Corporate Team Building activities and year-end functions

The Shop

We have our very own online art supplies store to offer starter products and kits to our students. We also sell these bespoke Art Supplies at our studio. All products have been hand-chosen and used by Lillian. We have supplies for Watercolour, Acrylic, Charcoal, Pencil Drawing, Clay, Oil Paints as well as products aimed at children starting their creative journey. You can visit our online shop here.

Meet the team

Our Team
Lillian

Lillian Gray
Founder & Co-owner

Lillian Gray started teaching art in 2015 and established the Lillian Gray Art School with her husband in 2016. They built the larger studio space and completed it in 2017. Lillian studied at Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch Design Academy and Stellenbosch Business School. She is an international recognised artist with exhibitions in New York and London.  She is best known for her contemporary oil painting portraits.

Lillian loves empowering people through art, teaching them new skills and creating a love for art history.

View Lillian’s art on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Watch courses, interviews, and Art History videos on our YouTube channel.

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Adelle

Adelle Jansen van Rensburg
Co-Owner & Tweens Art Teacher Ages 9-12

Adelle is our resident tweens and teens teacher. She has loved art all her life and loves connecting with kids. Each week Adelle develops new skills in the students, whether in drawing, clay, linoleum or painting. Adelle encourages and builds step by step.

Adelle’s love for psychology and human development also comes in handy. She hosts our small corporate team building events. Adding a touch of conscious living exercises.  As stated, Adelle loves teaching kids art and she often hosts Kids Art Parties and Paint Nights at our studio with fun art themes like Mexican – Frida Kahlo, Starry Starry Night – Van Gogh etc.

See some of Adelle’s art on the website, Facebook and Instagram.

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The Team

Grizelda

Grizelda Liebenberg
Administration

Grizelda has been doing administration for more than 8 years.

She is the official ‘left brain’ in the office, ensuring all the admin is up to date.

She is the welcoming face at the studio and the friendly voice on the other side of the phone.

Grizelda is in charge of your experience as the client. She is the one you speak to when you’re organising classes or outings or buying products. She is the first respondent to any of your queries. She is the absolute backbone of our Art School making sure that your experience is as smooth as possible.

Grizelda is creative, although she would not categorise herself as an artist she makes creative decisions every day. She is loyal, determined and hard-working.

Grizelda joined the team on the 1st of September 2017.

Faith

Faith Honey
Marketing Manager

Faith is our Marketing Manager and Brand Manager for the Lillian Gray Brand and the Lillian Gray Fine Arts School.

She has a degree in psychology, literature and philosophy; her Honours in strategic brand communication and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

She is currently completing a course in Social Media management.

She has experience in teaching, art, administration, reception and marketing. She has been a part of the team full time since May 2020.

If you heard about us on the website, via email or any social media then you’ve seen Faith’s work. She is a plan-maker and a creator.

See some of Faith’s art on Instagram.

Patience

Patience Ncube
Art Teacher Ages 4 - 8

For the last year we have been preparing and upskilling Patience Ncube in order for her to pursue greater opportunities. She started doing additional course in 2019. She has obtained her certificate in au pairing as well as her certificate in pediatric to older child first aid. She has only done course in OT Development for Kids.

At the moment Patience has completed the following courses in art:

  • Child Development Ages 4 -6
  • Mixed Media Collage for Toddlers 
  • Lillian Gray Drawing Course – 12 weeks

Patience is in charge of getting all the hospitality aspects ready for our events. She is born and raised in Zimbabwe and has a diploma as a receptionist and in bookkeeping. Patience has been a part of our studio family for over 4 years now.

Claire Cafetzoglou
Photography Teacher

Claire’s travels and life experiences have shaped the way she captures life through the lens.

She has more than ten years of experience in natural light photography and has worked professionally capturing portraits, families, and weddings in the United States and South Africa.

Claire has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design and enjoys finding new ways of blending her love for photography and design through both teaching and freelancing.

She is currently furthering her knowledge in studio lighting. 

See some of Claire’s work on our website and on Instagram.

See some of Claire's photography

Jaylin Richardson
Teens Art Teacher Ages 13-18

Jaylin is an enthusiastic and passionate woman. She is motivated and determined to share her love for art with our teenage students.

Jaylin is currently doing her Masters in Visual Arts. She has worked as an art history tutor and extra art teacher, book seller and archive assistant.

She has a lot of experience in printmaking. She is well versed in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.

She has been a part of four exhibitions and has absolutely excelled in her studies completing her Btech Fine Arts cum laude.

Jaylin has also received awards for her art: Top 100 Sasol New Signatures; Lynn Goldfinch Trophy and the Special award Design School floating trophy for excellence in painting and drawing.

See some of Jaylin’s art on Instagram.

Photos of our art studio