STREET ART PROJECT

PJO inni Bosch is a new venture to promote the Art Centre and our learners’ talent in the Stellenbosch community. All Grade 11 learners were given the opportunity to participate in this exciting competition of which the prize money is sponsored by Proud Partners (http://www.proudpartners.co.za/the-consular-ball), an initiative founded by one of our distinguished Governing Body members, Isabel Verwey.
The brief of this competition was that learners should identify an interesting site in Stellenbosch, in the centre of town, where they could create a street artwork that interacts with the surroundings in an interesting way. They had to submit proposals together with their Term 2 projects. Ten semi-finalists were selected by a panel comprising of educators at the PJ Olivier Art Centre, members of the governing body, Isabel Verwey and Christelle Lamprecht and Andi Norton, who has kindly partnered with us under the auspices of the Stellenbosch Outdoor Sculpture Trust’s new initiative Hiervandaan (http://www.sost.co.za/).
The final group of five learners who will be able to execute their artworks on the site they chose, will be made known on the first day of Term 3, 18 July. There will also be a competition linked to identifying and photographing the artworks which will be run from the Art Centre’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PJ-Olivier-ART-Centre-162979730422132/.

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StreetArt

EISTEDDFOD 2016

Die Kunssentrum PJ Olivier het hierdie jaar met 72 inskrywings deelgeneem aan die Stellenbosch Kunswedstryd. Ons leerders het 11 medaljes ontvang vir die hoogste prestasie in hul onderskeie afdelings. Spesiale erkenning is gegee aan twee van ons oud-leerders van 2015, Jana Visser en Lara Posthumus, wie onderskeidelik die SANAVA toekenning vir Visuele Kuns en Ontwerp ontvang het. Geselekteerde leerders se kunswerke is op ‘n uitstalling by die Oude Libertas Ouditorium vertoon en ‘n toekenningseremonie is die aand van die opening van die uitstalling op 17 Mei gehou. Sien http://stellenboschkunswedstryd.co.za/ vir meer inligting omtrent die Stellenbosch Kunswedstryd wat sedert 1936 bestaan.

Eistedford Jana Visser – SANAVA prys vir Visuele Kuns

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‘n Groep van die medalje-pryswenners by die toekenningsaand in Stellenbosch.

Eistedford2 Lara Posthumus – SANAVA prys vir Ontwerp

ART TOUR 2016

Two educators, Mr Nelis Koegelenberg and Ms Rouxné Brits, and 12 learners from the PJ Olivier Art Centre participated in the Art tour organised by Sam and Ingrid Pellissier of Stellenbosch. The length of the tour was 19 days during which they visited Spain, France and the Netherlands. There are too many climaxes to choose from, but to name a few: the Prado Museum in Madrid, Gaudi’s buildings in Barcelona, the Lascaux caves near Rocamadour, the Chatres cathedral near Paris, the Pompidou and Louvre in Paris, the Rijks-, Stedelijk- and Van Gogh museums in Amsterdam are only some of the highpoints! Sam and Ingrid are already planning more tours for the future, of which the information is available on http://www.dietoergids.co.za/en/.

Art Tour

Tour group posing with Rembrandt’s Night Watch statues on Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.

Ydi Coetsee

Ydi Coetsee

Ydi Coetsee, voltydse kunstenaar en voormalige leerder by die Kunssentrum PJ Olivier, in haar eie woorde:

Ek glo kuns is ‘n vorm van bemagtiging – dit is die mag om iets uit niks te skep.

Om kuns te studeer was nie maklik nie, maar dit is ‘n ongelooflike geleentheid as jy iemand is wat nuuskierig is oor die wêreld, jouself wil uitdaag en wil leer om krities na dinge te kyk. Dit is ‘n kursus wat jou denke verbreed, en wat baie skryfwerk en teorie behels, so dit help as jy hou van lees (kunsteorie by PJ Olivier het my baie gehelp!).

Kuns het my baie blootstelling gegee tot die filosofieë van ons tyd en perspektief oor ons land en die rol van kultuur gegee.

Na my studies wou ek graag nagraads studeer en het aanvanklik gedink om Engeland toe te gaan. Maar ander deure het vir my oopgegaan en ek het besef ek wil meer kennis en ervaring hê van ander Afrika-lande. Ek het vir 4 maande in Uganda (by Makerere Universiteit in Kampala) studeer as uitruilstudent, waar ek baie geleer het oor myself en oor ons persepsies van Suid-Afrika en die wêreld.

Sedert Januarie 2016 werk ek as vryskut kunstenaar. Ek doen opdragwerk, skryf in vir nasionale kompetisies en word uitgenooi om deel te neem aan groepsuitstallings. Sover het ek nie gesukkel om werk te kry nie, al was dit iets eenvoudig. Op die oomblik kies ek om ‘n skilder te wees, maar ek weet dat daar ander geleenthede is as ek dit sou nodig hê.

Terwyl ek studeer het het ek vir 6 maande as ‘n tutor gewerk by die universiteit (visuele studies tutoriale vir eerstejaarsstudente), en was daarna ‘n biblioteekassistent by die universiteit se nagraadse navorsingsbiblioteek. By my finale Meesters uitstalling is ek raakgesien deur die eienaars van ‘n kontemporêre galery op Stellenbosch en is ek ‘n werk as galeryassistent aangebied. Die jaar by die galery was ‘n ongelooflike geleentheid om plaaslike kunstenaars te ontmoet en te sien hoe die kunsindustrie werk.

Baie van my vriende het na kuns iets anders gaan doen. Jy kan binne die kreatiewe veld werk (as illustreerde, grafiese ontwerper, webdesigner, interior designer, fotograaf ens), maar daar is ook ‘n aanvraag na kunstenaars op terreine soos besigheid, innovasie, IT, opvoedkunde en toerisme.

Kuns is vir my soveel meer as net ‘n vaardigheid. Dit is ‘n manier van dink en leef wat jou help om potensiaal raak te sien waar ander mense jare lank in dieselfde groewe vassit. Ek glo regtig as mens passievol en geduldig genoeg is sal daar altyd geleenthede wees.

 

Ydi Coetsee is a young practicing artist who recently graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a Master of Arts (Fine Art).
Her artworks reflect the thoughtful process of creating a painting described best in her own words: “When I paint landscape, I like to re-enact the feeling of ‘being there’, of movement, dynamism, being aware of small geographic particularities. Sometimes a landscape presents itself to you as solemn and grand, sometimes as playful, sometimes sad… In both my landscape and interior paintings I seek to discover and explore the ‘nature of reality’; the act of painting becomes an imaginative and intensified expression of the physical world, as the lines between the spiritual and physical start to collapse.”

Learn more about Ydi’s career on http://www.ydicoetsee.com/.

 

 

 

Marieke Kruger

MARIEKE KRUGER
“Hou nooit eintlik veel daarvan om oor my werk of myself te praat nie (voel vir my n bietjie soos “stripping yourself for an audience…”), maar die hele bemarkings storie is nou maar net prostitusie dink ek…..regtig nie lekker nie, want mense neem dit soms op as arrogansie etc etc, maar ek het geleer, dis al manier om te survive in die fine arts….en dan natuurlik die konstante “bungie jumping” stuff waar mens jouself “by die cliff afgooi” en maar net vertrou dat daar van erens af n deur sal oopgaan en jy jou nie te pletter sal val nie…. Nou ja, dit is n tipe opsomming van my ervaring van my artistic career….heeltyd n kwessie van “feast of famine..”, “exhiliration en agony”, “thankfulness versus lamentations..”, maar ek love elke oomblik en kan nie daarsonder lewe nie…. (soos Judith Mason te kenne gee…..”to be an artist, you need talent and longing….but above all, longing….longing, I think, that is the thing.”) Ek dink mens weet maar net in jou binneste wese dat om te create iets is wat mens n sense of “well-being”, “contentment” en “happiness” gee soos niks anders wat ek nog ervaar het nie. En ja, dis hoe dit vir my was van my Graad 10 tot 12 jare in P.J Olivier waar ek dink die aanvanklike saadjie gesaai is tot en met waar ek nou is met my kunspraktyk. My droom bly steeds om my kuns op n meer voltydse basis te kan doen, maar weens die finansiele druk van n familie en kinders grootmaak, moet ek baie gedissiplineerd lewe om alles op n manier te kan manage. Ek dink nog steeds dat n mens behoort te strewe daarna om jou kunspraktyk op n meer voltydse basis te probeer doen, as mens enigsins kan.

Wat my teaching career aanbetref, het baie mense al te kenne gegee dat om te lecture of te teach al die krag en energie uit mens neem sodat daar niks meer energie oor is vir kreatiwiteit nie… Ek ervaar dit egter nie heeltemal so (behalwe nou vir sekere aspekte van teaching op sekondere vlak soos merkwerk en rapporte skryf!!) nie, maar ek vind dat van my talentvolle kinders in van my Matriek klasse dikwels n baie positiewe effek het op my eie kunspraktyk en denke asook die navorsings aspek wat deel was van my M-graad en nou blyk deel te wees van n moontlike en hoopvolle PhD studie in die tekenkunste. Dis asof die kennis wat mens win in jou spesifieke studieveld, jou praktyk van teken definitief verryk en beinvloed en nie, voel ek “restrictive” is of jou in n “spesfieke boksie” plaas nie, maar eerder verdere moontlikhede na vore bring. Hierdie hele proses is waarin ek dink, ek altyd betrokke wil wees en ek stel huidiglik belang in die “subliminal and transformative aspects of suggestive drawing trace” wat ek huidiglik navors en oor lees vir my hoopvolle toekomstige PhD studie.”

Die werke van PJO oud-student Marieke Kruger is onlangs bekroon deurdat sy die tweede prys gedeel het in die Internasionale Celeste Kunsprys in die Skilder en Teken kategorie in Milan. Nadat sy haar MA in Skone Kunste in 2014 by die Universiteit van Stellenbosch voltooi het, beplan sy nou haar Doktorsgraad aan UNISA. Sy is nie net ‘n suksesvolle kunstenaar en akademikus nie, maar is ook ‘n onderwyseres in drukkuns en teken by die Jack Meyer Kunssentrum in die Paarl waar sy woonagtig is. Sy lewer ook ‘n verdere bydrae tot haar onmiddellike gemeenskap deur haar betrokkenheid by die Vryheid Drakenstein Korreksionele Fasiliteit waar sy kunsprojekte met geselekteerde gevangenes, met die oog op loopbaanontwikkeling, fasiliteer. Kyk op http://mariekekruger.com/ vir meer omtrent Marieke se loopbaan. https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/die-burger/20161126/282381219150377

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Marlene Dumas

One of the PJ Olivier Art Centre’s most distinguished alumni is the internationally acclaimed artist Marlene Dumas who has been living in Amsterdam for most of her life time. Her works are mostly figurative paintings that reflect personal memories and a wide variety of images that she encounters in the overload of 21st century mass media. On the website of the Tate Modern she is quoted about her paintings as follows: “I would like my paintings to be like poems. Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off. The meaning of a poem is what its beat and rhythm do. How the words move on the page. Poetry is writing that breathes and makes jumps and leaves spaces open, so we can read between the lines.” Learn more about this wonderful role model from her website http://www.marlenedumas.nl/.

Marlene Dumas
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DESIGN – JEWELLERY DESIGN

Jewellery refer to one of the earliest forms of personal adornment. It is typically small ornaments worn for personal decoration. This new course aims to teach and develop learners design and technical abilities in different metal techniques and alternative materials.

Grade 10: Students are taught fundamental principles from drawing to design and jewellery manufacturing. Basic traditional jewellery techniques such as sawing, smelting, piercing, filing, soldering and polishing are taught in copper and silver. Students explore media such as metal, beads, paper, wood, plastics, by learning how to integrate them into innovative and unique designs. Through drawing and the personal interpretation of different chosen concepts, students are encouraged to create their own design solutions for their final products.

Grade 11: Learners develop further skills regarding technical metal techniques such as gemstone setting. They are motivated to develop and integrate personal design and their newly acquired knowledge and techniques.

Grade 12: Learners are encouraged to create an independent range of jewellery which displays the culmination of learning that has taken place with regards to media, design, techniques and content. They are expected to build upon and extend their design skills and are then required to conceptualise ideas.

DESIGN – ILLUSTRATION

During the three years of grades 10 to 12 research and drawing skills are emphasised to stimulate creative thought. Learners are taught basic design principles relating to typography and two-dimensional compostion. We work with various mediums like gouache, watercolour, pen and ink, collage and printmaking. Projects are aimed at specific areas of the commercial art industry and learners are taught to communicate to a specific audience through their illustrations. Projects could include book illustrations, posters, CD covers, company logos, images for computer games and product packaging. Illustration as a subject increases visual literacy and visual communication skills. This prepares learners to study for various design careers such as graphic design, book illustration, fashion design and editorial design.

Grade 10: The basic principles of design are introduced, as well as a wide variety of illustration techniques, story building, colour awareness and the relationship between text and image.

Grade 11: Learners are encouraged to develop their own illustration style by building on the knowledge that they have gained in Grade 10.

Grade 12: Learners work independently to guidelines set by the projects. They may choose any technique or adjust the projects to their interests. They may include personal interpretations and experiment with media in the execution of these projects.

VISUAL ART – PHOTOGRAPHY

Film photography has been around for more years than digital, and thus the quality of film in some ways, is unsurpassed. Shooting in film can take photographers back to the roots of photography and give them an appreciation for our modern equivalents.

The aims of the photography course is to develop the learners’ creative thinking and technical abilities through exposure to various techniques and methods. The development of visual literacy is an ongoing process throughout the course.

Grade 10: Learners are exposed to the basics of black and white photography and darkroom technology such as pinhole photography, photograms and handmade negatives. They are also introduced to the 35mm camera, the processing of film and printing of photographs.

Grade 11: Learners develop further skills regarding the developing and printing of black and white film and the formal elements of photography. More emphasis is placed on the content of the photographs.

Grade 12: Learners are encouraged to work more independently and to have a personal and creative approach to media, techniques and the content of their work.