Current teaching activities at Swains Yard Studios Observatory

2016 This year I will be teaching blocks of open sessions where people under guidance can work on their own themes and so develop their own personal artistic ideas.

Class Times

Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Mornings 9.30am - 12.30) and afternoons (1pm - 4pm)

All student will be able to purchase one of three options or packages of ten classes.

Option 1/ 10 consecutive classes. Price R1600
This option is for ten classes, specifying a specific (slot /day) morning or afternoon, Tuesday or Wednesday. Missed classes can be made up on other days within the 10 weeks from commencement.
no classes are carried over past the 10 weeks from the start of a package.

Option 2/ 10 Non consecutive classes. Price R1800 This option is
for people who know they can’t commit to a regular weekly attendance or will be away for a period and offers a bit of flexibility
This option runs for 10 sessions over 3 months. Missed classes can be made up on other days by arrangement and the 12 sessions can start at any point during the year..
no classes are valid past the 3 months from commencement.

Option 3/ occasional use classes. Price R2000 this option is for people who just want to use the studio on an occasional Basis.
This option is valid for 6 months and the 10 sessions must be used within the allotted time.

I will inform each student on class No 8 of any purchased package that they have two classes remaining. Please can you pay fees on or before the commencement of a new package and not after.
I will have some weeks during the year where I am not in the studio and I will inform people beforehand where possible. I’ll give time extensions on packages in this regard.

Payment

Please note fees for each block must be paid for prior to the beginning of each block.

Participants must provide all their own materials.

Occasionally specific material will be provided and charged accordingly.

Places are limited to 10 per session and 12 on full day workshops.

People wishing to join classes There is an option to make up sessions missed, but not carried over to another block.

One day work shops must be registered for separately and are not included. The studio is equipped with easels boards and tables, tea & coffee making facilities.

For further information contact me on 0823633046 or e-mail me at pjbirchall@yahoo.co.uk

Other teaching activities

I am currently working with the Truworths Social Development Trust, teaching township children.
Michaelis UCT realitiy to illusion.

My ideas around teaching

For a number of years, I worked in a commercial art studio alongside a talented group of artists. The exchange of knowledge and practical techniques across all mediums has given me a wide base of skills to use in my own work and to pass on to others.
Combined with my more formal training at art school, I try to engage students in exploring both techniques and intellectual ideas about the images they create.

I try to help students to fully realise their ideas.
I believe that even with a limited skills base, students can create interesting work by engaging their intellect with the learning process.

Most people that I have worked with seem to think that they need to learn to draw before they can create something they might consider a finished art work.
Learning to draw is a discipline that takes many hours of dedication, trial and error, exploring different techniques. I was taught to draw in a very logical and practical manner, using the point and line technique. This has underpinned everything that I have done as an artist. From time to time, I run a structured drawing programme based on this technique. Anyone interested in finding out more can contact me at the above address.

What I try to do as a teacher is to enable students to develop individually creating a diverse interaction of styles and ideas. I try to combine learning skills with developing ideas and to make finished pieces of work and individual artists.