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Studio Collective is committed to excellence in the teaching of visual arts and professionals of the highest quality are recruited through a network of artists, art teachers and studios. We offer Adult Courses in the visual arts, offering a wide range of courses in various media. There are afternoon and holiday classes and workshops for scholars and portfolio development programmes for those taking Art as a Matric subject or who require entrance to Tertiary institutions. In addition, Art Portfolio Critique and Visual Literacy Sessions are on offer to matriculants, tertiary students and practising artists.


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An art session in progress at the Clubview studio

Studio Collective provides a safe, nurturing environment where persons, regardless of age, artistic ability or technical skills are encouraged to participate in creatively stimulating studio courses, workshops and lectures. Great value is placed on the recreational and therapeutic significance of creative artistic activities.

What we offer

Studio Collective collaborates with other studios and specialists. Courses, lessons, demonstrations and lectures in a wide range of disciplines and subjects are on offer. We have a wide network of artists and art teachers and wherever necessary, an expert in a specific visual or creative arts discipline is recruited for the presentation of a course, workshop or lecture. Professionals are recruited through our network of artists, art teachers and studios.


Students making Kilvert Collages 

Students making Kilvert Collages

Mixed & Multi-Media

The opportunity exists for participants at Studio Collective to work creatively outside the conventions and traditions of studio based art and design disciplines. These creative pursuits fall under the following headings: Conceptual, Performance, Environmental, and Installation Art.


The concept and identity of Studio Collective was developed by John Clarke, Gillian Conry-Taylor and Catherine Gaum in 2007. Originally based in Irene, Studio Collective now operates mainly from a more intimate home studio in Clubview, Centurion. 



Studio Collective staff settle in for a meeting in 2009:
Catherine Gaum, Toni van Jaarsveldt,
Gillian Taylor and John Clarke


The Clubview Studio comprises a 38 square metre space with three double doors which open onto a large garden courtyard. The studio is equipped with easels, chairs, work tables, drawing boards as well as storage and cleaning facilities. The studio is situated in a secured area with ample parking space. The Adult Programme is run from this studio.


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waterkloof studio

The Waterkloof Studio comprises a 32 square metre space with large sized glass units facing a substantial, open garden giving the studio a nice spread of natural light. The studio is equipped with easels, large work tables, chairs, drawing boards as well as storage and appropriate cleaning facilities. The studio is situated on a secured compound area with sufficient parking space. The Scholar Programme is run from this studio.


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Gillian Conry-Taylor
 attained a BA Fine Arts (Ed) at the University of Stellenbosch in 1981 and later the post-graduate Advanced Diploma in Art Practice at Unisa (cum laude) in 2005. She is a practicing artist and a dedicated art educationalist, her special interest and focus lying in the development and enrichment of the individual through art as personal process.
Gillian's background experience includes being Head of Costume Props at the State Theatre, running The Space art studio, teaching children at junior and senior level, presenting adult art courses, and executing private & corporate art commissions.
This experience inspired an ardent promotion of inter-disciplinary collaboration and exchange amongst artists.
She has taught art at private and state schools, her last school appointment being Head of Art at Cornwall Hill College from 1998 - 2003, where she established the Art Department. Between 2007 and 2009, Gillian, together with two partners, ran Studio Collective at the Sport and Art Exchange (SAX) development. Here she developed the Visual Arts Academy Programme, in partnership with Academy College ™, an IEB accredited visual arts specialist programme for secondary scholars. Here she also developed and taught her own course for adults – Awareness and Enrichment through Art as Process.
In 2010 Studio Collective relocated to the Clubview studio, where she continues to run courses for all ages and levels, whilst also dedicating time to her own art practice. She is currently extending the programme offered to include art retreats in various parts of the country, in collaboration with other artists, teachers and centres working with complimentary creative and personal growth modalities.
Gillian runs the Clubview Studio, and specialises in the expansion and the enrichment of individuals and community through art as process.


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Alexandra Blaauw is a transdisciplinary Visual Arts teacher. Originally from the Netherlands, Alex has been living overseas since 1983. She started her studies Interior Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague/Netherlands and graduated in Interior and Design at the Dansk Design Skole in Copenhagen/Denmark. Alex has a BFA in Education.


In March 2012 she and her husband arrived in South Africa. During the last three years Alex has been teaching Visual Arts at the American International School Johannesburg. Previously Alex taught in a number of countries around the world. Teaching in culturally diverse school environments, she has researched and implemented various strategies that help students develop creativity, resourcefulness and personal self-esteem.


In 2009 IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) World magazine published her article ‘With deadly intent’, based on the art installation, which she created with her MYP students at PSI International School, as part of the annual Art celebrations in Kiev, Ukraine. Recently her article ‘Creativity in the Classroom’ was published in Connexions, bi-annual newsletter of the AISA (Association of International Schools in Africa).


Alex is in charge of our special Scholars Programme at the Waterkloof Studio in Pretoria.


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Danie De Wet
 was born in Bethal in 1944, and obtained the following qualifications at the Pretoria Technikon: National Diploma in Higher Art Education (1966) and a National Higher Diploma in Painting (1985). In 1973 he also studied at the University if Newcastle-upon-Tyne and at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste, Munchen. In 1993 he obtained a B.A. (Fine Arts) in painting at UNISA.
Among others, Danie has taught and lectured at the following institutions: Pretoria College for Advanced Technical Education (1967 – 1969) and the Pro Arte School (1969 – 1972). He has been lecturing at the Pretoria Technikon (currently known as the Tshwane University of Technology) since 1980, having held the following positions: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Painting and Drawing. He was also the Head of Foundation Studies in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts. He frequently acted as moderator at other institutions, such as at the Vaal Triangle Technikon and the University of Pretoria. He is also frequently invited to adjudicate at various art competitions, such as the Sasol New Signatures and the Absa Atelier competitions.

Danie de Wet has held solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous national and international group exhibitions. In addition to private collections, he also has work in the Absa and Sasol collections.

Now retired, he is currently working on a Life Odyssey series, in which he highlights certain glimpses of a perceived journey through life.


Danie de Wet (lecturer) working on his own painting

Danie de Wet working on his own painting


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Marinda Botha studied Performing Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1999 before moving to the UK where she lived and worked for 8 years. She acted in theatre mostly, furthered her training in Mime and physical theatre and worked extensively in different genres of Puppetry. She also performed a one-woman show in the UK, centred around the theme of Alzheimer’s disease.
A few years ago, she returned to SA permanently and now resides in Centurion. Marinda’s experience in the UK has led her to develop a series of workshops for adults in Puppet manipulation and the construction of Rod- and Shadow Puppets. Most of her work focuses on bringing about an inner awareness of the self as a starting point for creativity. Marinda believes that the skills learned in theatre, such as clown and mask work, should be made accessible to all “non-theatre” people as well, as it teaches great life-skills. She also sees Puppetry in all its forms as a superb vehicle for symbolism and the communication of our unspoken and sometimes forgotten dreams, desires and ideals.


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Trevor Lloyd Evans
graduated in architecture at the University of Pretoria. He has been in private practice since 1987 and has lectured in Architecture and Interior Design at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane University of Technology, The Open Window and SA Design School. He has often been an examiner at these and other institutions. His architectural work has involved the design of residential houses, housing developments, schools, churches and office blocks. Projects include some award winning designs. In addition Trevor has specialized in architectural artist’s impressions of designs for other architects. He paints prolifically in the preferred mediums of water colour, gouache and oil. He has a keen interest in the history and theory of art and architecture and is currently fascinated by Sacred Geometry and Gothic Revivalism.


Tervor Loyd Evans at work

Trevor Loyd Evans at work.


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Siobhan Cuff completed the National Diploma in Art and Design at the Pretoria Technikon in 1980 as also the Advanced Diploma in Art Practice at UNISA in 2006. She was employed for many years as a graphic designer for the Directorate Library and Museum Services, as also for Communication Services, where she developed experience in a wide range of art disciplines, most particularly illustration. Siobhan has taught art both privately and in various institutions, namely Design School of South Africa, St Mary’s DSG and Southdowns Academy. Her classes are nurturing and inspiring. She is herself a proficient artist and has participated in many group exhibitions over the years, receiving both private and corporate commissions.


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Brendon Erasmus is an artist and musician from Centurion. After completing a B Tech (FA) in 2010, he spent two years as a drum and guitar instructor at a private music school. Since then he has participated in various group exhibitions, exploring both painting and new media. In his spare time Brendon plays drums in his band Late Night Fox, and still continues to give music lessons privately. He is currently working on a children's picture book, as well as a new series of paintings revolving around themes such as globalization, geopolitics, and multimodality. He is very keen to concentrate more on art teaching and has developed the very successful Contemporary Painting Course currently offered at the studio.


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Kai Lossgott is a transdisciplinary visual artist who has exhibited locally and abroad. Recently, he was awarded the Sylt Foundation Residency for mid-career South African artists (Sylt, Germany, 2013). He was also a recipient of the Magmart Video Festival Award (Naples, 2010). Kai holds tertiary qualifications in dance theatre, documentary film, creative writing and fine art, all cum laude, including an MA from the University of Cape Town. An environmental activist and community arts facilitator, he has published and lectured at various South African universities and art schools. German by birth (1980), South African by upbringing, Lossgott currently lives and works in Johannesburg.


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Anse Sotiralis in the Mixed Media course

Anse Sotiralis in the Mixed Media course

Marinda Botha (puppetry lecturer) manipulating a puppet using everyday objects 

Marinda Botha (puppetry lecturer) manipulating a puppet using everyday objects

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