Live Music and Art

Welcome to our new Sunday Workshop:
“Live Music and Art”

Sunday 21 October from 10am – 1pm
R 400 per person.
This price includes materials and refreshments.

This workshop is designed to help you relax and unwind and get into a space of being in the present moment through art, music and breathing techniques. We let go of outside distractions in order to access an innate creative place within yourself.

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome to join us for this special morning.

The Workshop includes:
An initial warm-up with sculpting something experimental from Crazy Clay.
Voluntary group reflection after each process.
Gentle breathing techniques that bring focus and relaxation.
Colouring-in circular designs known as Mandalas. Drawing just to express, not impress. Emotions felt whilst listening to music are put on paper with a choice of different art materials.
Creating a take-home inspirational drawing focusing on a person that makes you smile. Please bring a photo of a moment / person that made you smile.

Refreshments and all art materials will be provided.
Booking is essential , limited seats.

354 Albert Road, Woodstock
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Bookbinding Workshop

Learn to make your own artist books with a bookbinding workshop for beginners!
This course will run over 2 sessions, 20 and 27 October , and cover two different bookbinding techniques.
You will walk away with two of your own handmade sketchbooks.
The cost also includes detailed and easy to understand notes plus a beginners bookbinding kit so that you can continue to use this skill for years to come!
All other materials will be provided on the day, but attendees must please bring their own steel rulers and NT cutters.
Spaces are limited to 8 people max.
Date: Saturday 20 and 27 October 2018 ( 2 sessions)
Time: 2-5.30pm
Price: R1400 all included
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 Figure Painting Workshop  – 5 sessions by Anthony de Klerk.

Painting the Human Figure

We will be focussing on finding an own individual style, whilst still paying attention to composition, drawing and proportions.
We will be working in oil on canvas from a live model and the workshop will run over 5 sessions on Wednesday  nights 6: 30pm to 9.30pm.
START : 7November 2018
Dates :7/14/21/28 November  2018 and 5 December 2018

Price: R2000 per workshop 5 sessions

Booking essential


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“I know nothing” Beginners Painting course – 4 weeks

You may not think you can paint or draw.
You may not know how to mix colours.
You may not know where to start.
You don’t have to know.
What you need to do is relax and let go.

We’ll take you on a journey of self discovery while you have fun learning all the techniques and styles.
You’ll be given Step-by-step instructions and projects specifically designed to get you to see that, in fact, you can paint.
Before you know it the course will be over and soon you might be showing your painting at our gallery.

R250 per session
or R1000 per course ( 4 sessions)
Materials included
Bring your own brushes or buy our beginner brushset  – R140 for 8 pieces

Course starts on the first Saturday of the month.
Classes take place on Saturday mornings 10am – 1pm in September, October, November 2018.    

Start: Saturday 03 Nnovember 2018 

Dates: 3/10/17/24 November 2018
Time: 10am – 1pm

Booking essential

Next Course:
2/9/16/23 February 2019



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Ryno Swart Workshop

Ryno Swart Painting Workshop ” Painting the Nude”
Date 12-14 October
Price: R2700 per person

We are very proud to host Ryno Swart for a very special weekend workshop at Bright Studio.
Friday 12 Oct  2-4pm
Saturday 13 Oct  2-6pm
Sunday 14 Oct 10- 2pm

Live model and step by step tuition

Booking is essential


Ryno Swart
As well as being one of our foremost figure artists, Ryno Swart is well known as a teacher and a philosopher. In his often erotic images, there is a sense of truth and of respect that gives depth, dignity and beauty to his work.
As a teacher, he has shared the ideas and concepts that has formed his own art and philosophy over many years. These teaching activities have led him to an unceasing exploration of the techniques and the underlying meaning of the artistic process.
Central to his personal artistic philosophy is the principle of vision. As music communicates directly to the ear, so does painting relate to the eye:
Paint exactly what you see. Then learn to see.
The artist has to learn to see the mystery, the beauty, the majesty of the unmediated visual experience. Because we do not see faces, bodies, or garments, but colours, shapes, textures, clarities and mystery. These are the subject of Ryno’s work.
We can only ever paint one thing. It is that thing which occupies our thoughts, the things we dwell on. We paint what we love. There is no point in asking ourselves why we love mountains, or birds, or clouds. In Ryno’s work it is the beauty of the female mystique.
Growing up to be an artist in the 50s and 60s was never easy, because of the total dominance of modernism. Any love for figurative or naturalistic art was very much discouraged in art schools; so it was against the odds that Ryno struggled to find a place for his dreams. He did not make it any easier when he decided that he would only work from direct visual experience, never from photographs.
Ryno’s works falls into 3 basic categories; work done from life, with the model in the studio; work done from sketches done in the field, at ballet schools and in clubs; and work done from imagination, in the dark and mysterious spaces of our mind.
Believing that the message can never be separated from the voice that carries it, Ryno, from the beginning, was determined to learn the techniques and the methods of the masters he so much admired, Degas, Rembrandt, Turner, Titian. Much of this search was simple chance and the result of experiment, but today Ryno has an unusual command over his medium, in oils, pastels and watercolour. It is this which makes possible the sense of the intonation of a living voice, talking, chanting, whispering.
 Over the years the subject matter of Ryno’s work has undergone an evolution. After working in film storyboarding for about 3 years, he went to Paris to learn painting from the old masters he loved so much. Exposed for the first time to the beauty of European cities, his subjects were everywhere, children, buildings, river barges, all beauty; but when he returned to Johannesburg, he felt the need actively to seek out beauty. Here he found it in the ballet, where he trained his eye and his hand in unison with the dancers training their bodies. Every day for four years he spent the entire day from 10am to 6pm, drawing, drawing the dancers, even choreographing an experimental ballet in the form of drawings. This discipline only ended when the ballet company moved from Johannesburg to Pretoria. Then, with some of the more adventurous young dancers, he ventured into the word of cabaret.
In 1986 this love took him full circle, back to Paris and now to the Alcazar nightclub where long before his hero Toulouse Lautrec did some of his beautiful work. At the same time he started to explore a personal mythology, peopled with mysterious, beautiful women, moving about on a journey the destination of which only time shall reveal.
Today Ryno Swart lives in the peaceful village of Simon’s Town with his wife Anne and their son, Jean Reynault, far from the action of clubs and of the theatre, but, as always, beauty is there to be found and to be celebrated.
 In his work there is always the one simple message:
“This I see. This I love.”
1945. Springbok. Ryno is born on the 19th July.
1969. University of Stellenbosch. B.A. Fine Arts.
1970. East London School of Art. Lecturer.
1971. Johannesburg School of Art. Lecturer.
1972/74. Johannesburg and Salisbury. Visualiser.
1974/75. Johannesburg. Freelance scriptwriting and storyboarding.
1976. Paris. Study and painting. Ryno chooses a career in fine art.
1977. Johannesburg. Ballet. Drawing. Study of movement.
1980. Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. First solo exhibition.
1982. La Reunion, Mauritius, Greece, Paris. Painting and study.
3 months etudiant libre, Beaux Arts, Paris…
1983. Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg. One man show.
1984. Cape Town. Ballet & cabaret painting.
1985. Gallery 709, Cape Town. One man show.
1987. Gallery 709, Cape Town. One man show.
1989. Paris. Galerie Ettienne de Caussans. One man show.
1989. Chartres. Galerie du Cloitre. One man show.
1989. Cape Town. Founder member, the Artists’ Co-operative.
1990. Gallery 709, Cape Town. One man show.
1991. Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg. One man show.
1994. Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire. One man show.
1995. Brian Sinfield Gallery, Oxfordshire. Group show. Important British art.
1998. Galerie Gérard, Wassenaar. Group show.
1999. Albertyn’s Stables, Simon’s Town. One man show.
2000. Carmel gallery, Cape Town. One man show.
2001. Gallery Plett, Zeist, Holland. Group show.
2002. Thompson’s Galleries. London. Group show.
2003. Gallery Plett, Zeist, Holland. One man show.
2009. Upstairs Gallery, Johannesburg. Solo show.
2010. Bar al Fontego, Venice. Solo show.
2010. Ryno Swart Art Gallery. Solo show.
2010.  Flathead Valley Community College, Montana. Workshop and exhibition.
2012. Ryno Swart Art Gallery. Solo show.
2014. Flathead Valley Community College, Montana. Workshop and exhibition.
2016+ Workshops in Greece and Venice.


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Mosaic Workshop

MOSAIC Workshop

All welcome , Beginners and Advanced

Price: R450
children R400
All Materials included

Saturday 22 Sep2018  2-5pm

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Collage – Workshops

Expressionistic Collage Workshops

Teacher: Giselle Petty

Please join us for our exciting new Collage workshops.

Date: Saturday  15Sep
Time: 2-5pm
Theme: Self-Portrait
Bring a self-portrait photograph and transform it through collage into an expressionistic art work.
You will have numerous image options from magazines and other printed material, gold and silver leaf and pieces textured paper, glue and pairs of scissors and be shown how to construct a meaningful and beautiful self portrait collage.


All materials Included

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Figure Drawing/ Painting session once-off

Join us for a Figure drawing/ Painting session on selected Friday mornings – we will have a live model and paint or draw.  ( no Tuition)

Date : Friday mornings TBA
Time: 10-1pm
Price: R150
no tuition

Bring your own materials – newsprint paper and charcoal free

We will do some short warm up poses – and then a long pose for a full painting or drawing.

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Figure drawing

Every Monday night from 6:30pm to 9:30pm there will be a model at Bright and 20 easels.

There will be a Bright lecturer but no instruction. So just come and spend 3 hours with that muscle, flesh, power and vulnerability.

You can book for one session only or come every week. R150 per session

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Life Drawing 101

Life Drawing 101
Tutored life Drawing session with live model.

Date: TBA
Time: TBA

Teacher: Anthony de Klerk

R250 all included

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Fear Factor

“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can only be explored by those willing to take risks” Mark Rathko wisely said.
If you are willing to take risks, you’ll discover potential in your abilities you never thought possible.

This course will be like jumping out of an airplane. Terrifying at first but exhilarating once you get the hang of it. We’ll stimulate you, confront you and push you kicking and screaming into a much better place. And that place is where you are happy to lose control.
This course is not for the faint hearted.

Date: Wednesday 24 November 2018
Time: 6.30-9.30pm
R350 per session including all materials

Booking essential

Private session for 1-2 Students  R600

On Request



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“I know something” Painting Course

You’ve painted before. Maybe at school. Maybe you spend your Sunday’s with a still life in front of you. But you want more.
You want to get to another level. A level that allows you to paint more, see more and feel more.

In this course, we’ll give you tasks and projects and step-by-step instructions that will push you to discover your painting potential.
Remember Vincent Van Gogh couldn’t draw when he started. He just never gave up.

R250 per session – you can come as often as you like, every session is different.
R900 for 4 sessions pre-paid

Every Saturday morning
Time: 10am – 1pm


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Watercolour for Beginners

Learn to create beautiful watercolour paintings, no previous experience required!
Introduction to Watercolor with Fine Artist Bianca de Klerk.
This course will explore different basic techniques.

R300 Incl materials


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