Young artists excel at Eisteddfod

Nicola Lochner sitting in front of her latest oil painting. PICTURE: Kobie Coetzee.
Christian Naude, a student at the Edhen Academy in Somerset West, concentrates on completing his artwork.
Christian Naude’s completed work of art.
The finished artwork…
Nicola Lochner working on her charcoal drawing.

Thank you for the kindness of letting me submit the following information about my Art Classes in Somerset West and the two students who did so well at the recent Cape Town Eisteddfod.

Arina Myburgh started the Montage Art Studio in 1995 at her home in Pretoria, and has taught drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and graphic printmaking to numerous children and adults ever since.

The Helderberg/Overstrand/Overberg Studios were established in 2016, when her family moved house to Pringle Bay, and she reached out to Bolander to share about her studio, and some of the students who are excelling.

“My method of teaching Art focusses on nurturing the innate creativity and specific talent of each individual.

“To me, the best results are achieved when my students have a wide range of technical skills and an authentic comprehension of art principles.

“This enables them to enjoy the process of creating art while being sure of a successful completion,” she says.

On to the two students who did so well at the 2023 Cape Town Eisteddfod (which, incidentally, is the oldest Eisteddfod in South Africa).

Nicola Lochner, a Grade 8 student at Parel Vallei High School, obtained a Diploma Award – receiving a score of between 90% and 100% for her charcoal drawing titled Reflection.

She also went on to win First Prize in her category (Grade 8 and 9 Drawing and Painting), out of more than 600 entries.

Christian Naude, 15, is a student at the Edhen Academy in Somerset West, and was awarded a High Honours award (receiving between 85% and 89%) for his ink drawing on paper, titled When the Rain Came.

The art classes in Somerset West are on a Wednesday, with morning classes for adults and afternoon classes for students of school-going age (6 to 18 years).

Student intakes for 2024 have already started, and people interested to find out more about Arina’s art classes and the art calendar for 2024 can contact her at 064 810 8844.