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 guest artist to do fun workshops. The students would be so busy learning new skills they won’t miss Lillian’s jovial personality.

So in Lillian’s absences, guest artists will be taking her regular classes.  We are excited to welcome Gordon Froud, Matthew Elwood, Loreal Vos and Annmarie Tully to the studio.

Feel free to book these classes with Grizelda our head of admin at the studio. 076 828 2448 or OR 

Scroll below for more detail on each guest artist and their specific workshop

Guest artist: Gordon Froud

Gordon Froud has been actively involved in the South African and international art world as artist, educator, curator and gallerist for the last 30 years. He has shown on hundreds of solo and group shows in South Africa and overseas and has served on many arts committees throughout South Africa. He has judged many of the important Art competitions from local to national levels in South Africa.

Froud graduated with a BA(FA)Hons from the University of Witwatersrand in 1987, a Higher education Diploma from the same university in 1987 and a master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Johannesburg in 2009 where he runs the Sculpture department as a senior lecturer. He has taught continuously at school and tertiary level in South Africa and in London since 1990. He directed gordart Gallery in Johannesburg from 2003 to 2009 showcasing work by new, upcoming artists. where he showcased the work of new, up and coming artists. He shows on more than 20 exhibitions a year.

In 2012, Froud participated in 30 shows locally and internationally in Holland, USA and France. He was represented in ‘The Rainbow Nation’ sculpture exhibition in The Hague, Holland and was the first recipient of the Site-Specific land art residency in Plettenberg Bay. Froud has curated 2 shows that will travel SA over the next 2 years.


A lesson in working 3D with found and unusual objects.


Please collect found stuff that you find interesting. Bottle lids, cable ties, plastic forks etc

Guest Artist: Ann-marie Tully

Ann-Marie Tully is a fine artist working across painting, ceramic, and textile media production. She is widely exhibited, with artworks in major South African collections including those of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the Oliewenhuis Art Museum. Her most recent and third solo exhibition, Wolf in Sheep’s clothing, debuted at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg (2013); travelling to the North West University Galleries (2014); and onto the Oliewenhuis Museum (2015).

Ann-Marie has also curated numerous thematic exhibitions including the ZOO (2013) exhibition at NIROXprojects, the Pointure (2012) exhibition at the University of Johannesburg Gallery, and the Urban Animal (2009) exhibition at the ABSA Gallery. She is a published academic author and has worked extensively as a lecturer and educator in the arts education sector. Ann-Marie holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (cum laude 2003). Her practice is concerned with the thematics of ‘human|animal’, ‘nature|culture’, mythology, cosmology, and much else.



Preparing the picture then leave to dry.


Glazing the picture.



Guest Artist: Loreal Vos

A Johannesburg native, Loreál Vos started her tertiary studies in Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg in 2008. There she bolstered her passion for creating mixed media artworks, combining digital photography with traditional art techniques.

Vos graduated with her Honours degree in 2011. After a brief period of teaching, Vos returned to her studies in 2013, obtaining her Masters degree from the University of Johannesburg in 2015. During her Masters degree, Vos explored aspects of violence in post-apartheid South Africa, imagining a dystopian world in which South Africans reside.

Vos has taken part in various exhibitions since 2008, including Joburg Fringe, KKNK and the Turbine Art Fair. She has also exhibited her sculptures and ceramics in the Gauteng regional exhibition for Ceramics SA and at the Arts Association of Pretoria.

After the birth of her daughter in 2015, Vos altered her focus from the dystopian to the utopian. In an attempt to provide positive solutions for the future, Vos endeavours to communicate ways to liberate our society from gender binaries. Her current body of work is situated in the belief that if one can embody the androgynous within your mind, you have the ability to reach the epitome of perfection.

Project A:  Mixed Media Experimental Workshop 

Material list:

  • Graphite Aquarelle (Water-soluble graphite pencils)
  • Winsor & Newton drawing ink (In Studio)
  • Watercolour art pens (there are many different types on the market and some can be quite pricey. The ones I use are Lyra Art Pens and Koi Coloring Brush Pens. If these are not within your budget or you don’t want to commit to buying these types of pens just yet before experiencing the workshop, then I suggest buying cheap koki type pens that run when applying water.
  • This would give you a similar effect and if you like the technique, you can buy then pens I’ve mentioned. For this workshop, we will mostly use black pens. You can buy the Koi pens separately, whereas the Lyra pens need to be bought in a set.)
  • Watercolour paint (this can be in tubes, blocks or in a tray.)
  • Paint brushes (In Studio)
  • Eraser (In Studio)
  • HB pencil & Sharpener (In Studio)
  • Paper (A2 or A3 300 gsm. Watercolour paper is perfect for mixed media. There are papers specifically for mixed media, which is also fine.)

Any other materials you would like to experiment with. Feel free to bring along charcoal, chalk pastel or any other materials you’ve wanted to try drawing with. Water soluble materials are best.

Preparation for the workshop:

Please prepare a simple line drawing in normal pencil of any subject you wish. Subjects that are particularly suited to this exercise are human figures, animals or botanical illustrations.

I will guide you through the materials and how I use them. This workshop is experimental, so I encourage that you experiment with the materials. This will open the door for drawing in alternative mediums while using different methods.

Project B:  Collage Art Workshop by Loreal Vos


  • Various types of paper (images from magazines or the internet, photographs, recycled paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, greeting cards/postcards, product labels.) 
  • Canvas board (any size will do, but don’t go too small. My recommendation is A3 minimum.) 
  • Craft glue (there are various types of glue that you can use. Find one that will not warp paper, but is able to stick fabrics and other materials. Consider what materials you want to stick and find the appropriate glue. Mod podge can also be used.) 
  • Scissors or crafting knife. 
  • Optional: Fabric (various pieces of interesting fabric.)

Preparation and extra info:

Collage is seen by most as a papercraft. While this is certainly true, collage can actually involve combining any type of material to create a completely new and unique piece of art.

Collage artists can use paper as well as other raw materials. This may include fabric, metal or wood. Collage using a combination of materials is referred to as “assemblage” or “mixed media.”

This medium is great for budding artists since collage or assemblage requires no special tools or training. If you master the basics of this craft, it can be elevated to a true art form. T his workshop will offer you a guide on how to get started in collage and assemblage and how you can use this in your art practice.

For this workshop, we will mostly focus on using images and paper. Fabric is an optional material that you may also include.

Guest Artist: Matthew Ellwood

I was born in Durban in 1992 and grew up in the Highways Areas of Hillcrest and Waterfall. In 2008, my parents and I moved from KwaZulu-Natal to Johannesburg, specifically Edenvale where I matriculated from Edenvale High School in 2010.

I could not decide what or where I wanted to study and so, initially started studying education but soon I found myself disliking the course and left UNISA to begin work. I began working in the vitamin’s department at Dischem as an in-store promoter. In mid-2011, I began to work in the dispensary as a merchandiser and then changed to working in the vitamins department as a vitamins consultant, in various stores, until August 2013 when I started drawing again.

I realised that all I wanted to do was make art and become an artist. In 2014, I resigned my post at Dischem and enrolled at the University of Johannesburg. I began studying my national diploma in Visual Arts; completing my diploma in 2016 and graduated in 2017. I am currently completing my B. Tech. Fine Arts at UJ and in 2018, I will be beginning my Masters and hoping to complete it 2019.

PART 1 & 2: 

This is a 2-part class where we interact with linocutting and go through a process of beginning relief printing techniques. The first workshop is a way of drawing through the techniques and concepts of the printing process. The second workshop deals with the processes of linocutting into linoleum and hand printing the work.


  • 2B Pencil (In Studio)
  • Sharpener (In Studio)
  • 30cm ruler (In Studio)
  • dust-free eraser (In Studio)
  • 1-2 medium sticks of charcoal
  • 3 or more sheets of 110gsm A3 cartridge paper (In Studio)
  • 2 black marker pens with a thick veldt tip


  • 2B Pencil (In Studio)
  • Sharpener (In Studio)
  • 30cm ruler (In Studio)
  • dust-free eraser (In Studio)
  • 150grain sheet of sand paper
  • inexpensive lino-cutting toolset – keep it cheap. The handle is the only difference anyway
  • 25x25cm lino sheet – please don’t pre-purchase as I need to show you the specific type we will work within W1
  • 3 or more sheets of 110gsm A3 cartridge paper (In Studio)
  • 1 apron or something to keep you clean (In Studio)

Preparations for Printmaking:

There are no major preparations needed but, you will need all the materials required in the lists above. The materials and the workshop are the gateway to printmaking and have no great need for any external preparations for Workshop

The second workshop will require a 1hr preparation at home but all of this will be discussed at the workshops.

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