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Should I Paint the Sides of My Canvas?

Should I Paint the Sides of My Canvas?

 “The customer rarely buys what the company thinks it’s selling.” – Peter Drucker – Many artists are trying to sell work which, in my opinion, is incomplete. If you’re going to paint a boxed canvas, there’s a front AND four sides. Why would you ignore […]

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP – DAY 4: GECKO MANIA

HOLIDAY WORKSHOP – DAY 4: GECKO MANIA

Day 4 at In The Zone school holiday workshops had the learners painting up a storm with their wooden, cut-out geckos. Boy, did they LOVE this project!   They first painted their gecko tails black and then chose different colours for the rest of the […]

Holiday Workshop – Day 3: Design-A-Creature

Holiday Workshop – Day 3: Design-A-Creature

It was a crazy-crazy-wow-sjoewee day at In The Zone! Another paint-a-canvas day. The theme was ‘design-your-own’creature’. We had to think of at least 5 creatures with very different looks, for example: an elephant, a crocodile, a ladybird, a polar bear and a monkey. The idea […]

Holiday Workshop – Day 2: Making a Dreamcatcher

Holiday Workshop – Day 2: Making a Dreamcatcher

Day 2 – In The Zone’s school holiday workshops had the children making their very own dream catcher. It certainly had them concentrating as they skillfully wound wool around a wooden circle, weaved their webs with string and knotted beads on their many strings of […]

Holiday Workshop – Day 1: Safari Painting

Holiday Workshop – Day 1: Safari Painting

In The Zone started their April school holiday programme with a safari-inspired acrylics-on-canvas painting. Each child got an A3 stretched canvas, a bunch of plastic wild animals to choose from, pencils, paper and very inter-active discussion about wild animals. After drawing their lion, giraffe, bat, […]

Portrait Demo with Lesley Charnock

Portrait Demo with Lesley Charnock

Wow! What a wonderful experience we had with Lesley Charnock at SASA’s monthly meeting in Newlands. Lesley imparted so much passion and wisdom it was a joy to be part of such a well-attended gathering.    We learned a lot while she painted a portrait: […]

Art in the Park – March, 2018

Art in the Park – March, 2018

South African Society of Artists (SASA) had their Art-in-the-Park event on Saturday 17th March. In The Zone had a glorious and very successful day. The weather was perfect, although it did start off a bit blustery, but all calmed down by mid-morning. At 9am, Rose and […]

How should I sign my painting?

How should I sign my painting?

“A man’s kiss is his signature.” – Mae West. Always consider your clients. When creating your art, one’s signature is part of the composition and therefore it affects the whole aesthetic. It’s not an afterthought. It’s the final brushstroke to say, “yes, I’m done!” In Mae […]

What-A-Lot-Of-Dots-I-Got!

What-A-Lot-Of-Dots-I-Got!

Whoohoo! – Our first Facebook competition winner, Kim Cassidy and friend, Gabrielle, joined us at In The Zone for an acrylics-on-canvas painting project. Firstly, the group rummaged through magazines tearing out pieces of colour to form an interesting ‘family’ of colours. Our artists then mixed […]

Hannah’s 10th Birthday

Hannah’s 10th Birthday

Hannah chose the theme “Mythical Creatures” for her 10th birthday party at In The Zone. We started with a brain storming session where the seven girls called out all the mythical creatures they could remember. We had a mixed bag of wonderful, believable-unbelievable creatures: peacats, […]