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17junAll DayBotanical Art: a journey in graphite and watercolour

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Enter a serene and informal learning environment with an accent on enjoyment while grounding in techniques to build confidence in the water colour medium. To produce technically accurate and beautiful botanical and floral art, we start with basic observation of plants and line drawings to understand the subject, flow, and structure of the plant or flower and plan your composition. We then develop a good background utilising graphite to render three-dimensional tonal values and highlights. Finally, we move into water colour, learning about differences in water colour paper, colour mixing, washing, glazing and dry brush techniques. Throughout we cover principles of composition, perspective, vanishing points, curves, and shadows, and wrap up with finishing and checking the final art piece. (Book Now)

Time

june 17 (Monday) - 21 (Friday)

Location

Biblioteche: The Reading Room, Olyfkrans College

7 Moolman Street, Swellendam

17junAll DayThe Pragmatic Art of Growing Organic Vegetables

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A well-designed productive vegetable garden brings peace, joy and your own nutrient dense food – all contributions to your well-being! Learn theory and practical techniques with your facilitator, Wendy Crawford, in a garden she developed for an elderly lady in the picturesque valley of the Leeurivier. We will learn about:

Ergonomic and energy-efficient designs
Perennial and other multi-purpose plants
Flowers, herbs and medicinal plants
Specifics of growing certain popular veg and some unusual crops
Soil building, compost making, worm farming
Liquid fertilizers  (Book now)

Time

june 17 (Monday) - 21 (Friday)

Location

Perkin Farm, Leeurivier

18junAll DayAll about Aloes

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This course will allow you to have a deeper appreciation for aloes and the practical knowledge to grow them yourself with success.
We will explore the history of aloes and understand the new classification system of the family Xanthorrhaeaceae ( Alooideae). You will be taught to recognise the main aloe groups in South Africa.
Through hands-on exercises, we will dissect aloe stems, leaves, roots, and flowers, to understand the uniqueness of this group of succulents that can grow and survive in drought, and even cope in wet conditions. We will extract aloe sap and prepare some aloe medicine, aloin.
Aloe pollination and hybridization will be practical explored. Seeds harvesting , preparation and seeding will be demonstrated.
The course will include a visit to aloes in nature in the Bontebok National Park with wine on the deck. (Book now)

Time

june 18 (Tuesday) - 20 (Thursday)

Location

Drostdy Museum

3 Drostdy St, Swellendam, 6740

18junAll Day!Xairu Culture Connect

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Come on a journey of creativity and cultural discovery in Suurbraak with Donovan Julius, young contemporary Khoisan artist, and other community members, weaving a story of renewal and self-determination that is both unique and universal in South African today.

!Xairu – meaning Place called Paradise – is the Khoisan name for Suurbraak, a village in the greater Swellendam area with a fascinating history: originally a Khoisan (Attaqua) settlement, it became a mission town in 1812, and recently the village and its land was deeded to the community – a unique form of land ownership in this day.

Here, young Khoisan man, father and self-taught artist Donovan Julius has established the Zinc Gallery, where he lives and creates his work. His vibrant canvases speak of the political struggles of marginalised people during colonialism and apartheid, and offer social commentary on contemporary issues of our time. His story is one that takes the elements of his personal, political and cultural history and recycles it into a narrative of identity and community that is fresh, loud and proud.

Come along with Donovan and his co-facilitators on a journey of art and culture in !Xairu. Join Donovan in his art classes with the local primary schoolchildren. Visit the Zinc Gallery and learn about the stories told in his artwork and in his initiatives to help his people rise above their circumstances. Experience the stories and traditional cooking of Khoisan elder David November. Take an easy walk in the beautiful surrounding mountainside with field guide Rose Hay. Meet and visit other people and initiatives as we walk through the village.

Leave a humble mark in Suurbraak by participating in a collective landscape art project. You will also create and take away your own recycled art made with pieces collected along our walks.

Feel, see, experience and taste Suurbraak in this unique Swellendam Winter School course. The walks require a basic level of walking fitness. Come with an open mind and adventurous spirit. (Book now)

Time

june 18 (Tuesday) - 20 (Thursday)

18junAll DayCracking the Colour Code

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This course is designed for anyone who wants to understand the nature of colour, its impact on you and how to use it appropriately. If you currently work with colour but wish to learn more about it this is also for you.
Topics covered will include: Colour and Humanity
Psychological properties of colours and how to use these
Colour harmony and colour schemes
Light and colour
The three characteristics of colour
Colour communication.

It is an interactive course and you will take home valuable knowledge and examples.
I look forward to this journey with you. (Book Now)

Time

june 18 (Tuesday) - 20 (Thursday)

Location

Ikigai Coffee Bar & Deli

19 Swellengrebel St, Swellendam, 6740

21junAll DayDemystifying the Motorcycle

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Demystifying the Motorcycle is aimed at people wanting to learn more about how their bikes work, how to maintain and service them or people who have been thinking about buying a bike but don’t really know where to start.

On day one, We’ll start off with Motorcycle Systems Overview (a front to back overview of motorcycles), Different types of motorcycles, How to inspect a motorcycle before buying, What safety equipment to buy.

Day two starts off with a pre ride inspection class before heading out on the open road on a ride from Swellendam, up Tradouw pass to Barrydale for Lunch ( for own account), then through Montagu and back along the R60 to Swellendam where we will have a post ride debrief talk.

On Day three we’ll be talking about How to service your motorcycle, the tools and consumables required and what regular maintenance you can do to ensure your motorcycle has a long life. (Book now)

Time

june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)

Location

Umshanti

Buffalo Creek, Buffeljagsrivier, 6742

21junAll DayClay explorations: 3-day introduction to studio pottery

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A light-hearted, generally informal and fun introduction – run as a demonstration/participation workshop; tailored for beginners, novices and more experienced participants who wish to take their skill level up a notch or more. An immersive experience facilitated by well-known and experienced studio potters covering aspects of the ‘making’ process with exposure to a wide range of stimulating techniques and ideas.
*A discussion on clay work through the ages including the work and philosophy of some current studio potters.
*Introduction to the studio and operations.
*Clay preparation, handwork techniques.
*Potter’s wheel demo and discussion.
*Working on the wheel with the guidance of an experienced potter.
*Embellishment and surface decoration, finishing and a discussion on glazing and firing. (Book Now)

 

Time

june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)

Location

Bukkenburg Pottery Studio

8 Hermanus Steyn St, Swellendam, 6740

21junAll DayVision Board and Goal Setting

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A Vision Board is a powerful and creative tool in manifesting and achieving your dreams and goals. This fun and interactive workshop is developed and created in conjunction with Goal Setting, to ensure the individual leaves with a sense of clarity and focus on their life’s true desire, and a plan on how to achieve it.

This workshop aims to assist individuals to explore their dreams, goals and life’s vision in a creative way, and to assisting them to start visualising and setting an intention for achieving their dreams and goals in life. (Book now)

Time

june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)

Location

Drostdy Museum

3 Drostdy St, Swellendam, 6740

21junAll DayCreate and silkscreen your own designs on fabric!

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Mass produced items clutter an already over-stocked market and it is hard to find unique, once-off, hand-made products characterised by individuality, quality and style. Express your identity and have some fun creating your own unique designs and images and then printing them – by hand – on 100% cotton cloth. In the process, you will also learn how to do silkscreen and block printing.

This three-day-workshop offers you the chance to screen print three items. It informs you on the concept of stenciling, appropriate tools, materials, processes and fibres. You will learn how to prepare your own screen, paper and acetate stencils and do scatter as well as regular repeat prints. All materials are provided.

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Time

june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)

Location

2 River Lane, Swellendam 6740

21junAll DayRock School

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Have you or your parent, grandparent, friend or work colleague ever wanted to front a rock band – singing, playing guitar, drums or bass? Then this is for you! All abilities from shower singer to air guitar poser through to competent players welcome. Even bring your own song and we’ll bring it to life. Experience pro tutors, coaches and backing musicians, culminating in a finale performance on Saturday night at Barrel and Blues. Non-judgemental and fun. Your live gig will be recorded and filmed, and sent to you as a souvenir. (Possible visit to Karoo Saloon in Barrydale with a dry rehearsal).

Time

june 21 (Friday) - 23 (Sunday)

Location

Barrel & Blues

17 Voortrek St, Swellendam, 6740

24junAll DayArt group painting experience

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The 5-day painting together group is open to novice and more advanced artists alike. For the beginner, the mixed ability of the art group is a perfect learning environment. More experienced artists understand the value of sharing with other artists. There are few things as gratifying than being part of a group jointly expressing themselves through painting and drawing. An opportunity for improving your own skills, rejuvenation and the joy of bonding with other like-minded artists. (Book now)

Time

june 24 (Monday) - 28 (Friday)

Location

The Berry Guest Farm

Hermitage North Ave

25junAll DayPaint Techniques & Decorative Fun

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Come and explore the magical world of paint techniques. This course is hands-on, packed full of information and ideas with tips & tricks taught by painting specialist, Lisa Spaarwater.
You will explore different possibilities and learn how to work with paints, waxes, varnish and different brushes. You will also learn the difference between distressing and ageing & learn how to gild, stencil, create texture, dye and paint fabric, decoupage, transfer an image, etc. This course promises to be loads of fun.
Lisa will give step-by-step demonstrations. You will then put all your new skills into practice on your own style boards that you can take home and reference.
Handy notes will also be giving out, as an extra bonus for you to refer back to. You will leave inspired – ready to take that neglected piece out of your garage & turn it into something special. (Book now)

Time

june 25 (Tuesday) - 27 (Thursday)

Location

Drostdy Museum

3 Drostdy St, Swellendam, 6740

25junAll DayA Walk On The Wildside

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The course will be an introduction to nature and participants will learn more about the forms of life around us, how everything fits together in the circle of life. We will first look at Classification and Taxonomy to ease into our modules which will include knowledge of Birds, Mammals & Flora.This course will be for participants who love and are passionate about nature conservation and the outdoors, especially those who would like to know and learn more about other forms of life around them in a fun way and who love the natural environment. Upon finishing the course participants will be able to name, be familiar with and aware of other forms of life around them and be able to be ethical when enjoying nature. A medium fitness level is required as there will be some walking, and participants should be over 18 years old. The course will include field trips and interaction with nature. (Book now)

Time

june 25 (Tuesday) - 27 (Thursday)

Location

Kwetu Guest Farm

buffeljagsrivier, Swellendam, 6742

25junAll DayMastering mentoring

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Mentoring is very much a buzzword these days and yet is little understood. It is becoming a paid vocation, offering opportunities for those who have developed experience, expertise and wisdom. And what is it? How does it work? It can be a very powerful process for developing and growing others. And it can be a waste of time and energy.
This course, which develops coaching and mentoring skills, provides a “good practice” way of mentoring that has benefits for both mentor and mentee. As a parent, how can you mentor your children to be their best? If you are a manager or deep expert, how could you mentor others to ensure competence? If you are “retired” is there another career waiting?
The course will be very practical and participative with opportunities to practice in a safe environment. (Book now)

 

Time

june 25 (Tuesday) - 27 (Thursday)

Location

Drostdy Museum

3 Drostdy St, Swellendam, 6740

28junAll DayKos, of course, Lekker Kos! (Food, glorious food!)

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Kos ofcourse… Lekker kos!!! is an introduction to cooking local cuisine and mastering the fine skills of various traditional dishes.
Imagine a tantalizing food journey in a picturesque nature setting….
From kneading dough for your own Roosterkoek on an open fire …
Experiencing the flavours of Waterblommetjie Bredie or a nice spicy Cape Malay Curry, Roti & Sambals
For your sweet tooth…the making & indulging in mouthwatering Koeksister doughnuts along with a cup of egte “boeretroos” Moer Koffie….
This will be some of the tasty treats that will await you on you Lekker Kos course, of course! (Book now)

 

Time

june 28 (Friday) - 30 (Sunday)

Location

Bontebok National Park

Swellendam, 6740

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