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David Gray

Join us on an authentic and safe African experience hosted by local art organization Workshops in SA with instruction by master artist David Gray!

20 - 29 August 2020

We would like to invite you to experience the Southern Right Whales from the sea and from the shores of Hermanus in a safe and artistic environment while learning to paint landscapes and portraits from a living master.

You can be one of the very few that will have the great privilege of witnessing a great phenomenon of Southern Right Whales visiting the Shores of the Western Cape all the way from Antarctica. This happens every year between June and December. 

After our relaxing tour to Hermanus, we will journey on a beautiful scenic drive from Hermanus to a famous winery where we will partake in a wine tasting tour, enjoy 4 full days of painting a model and have a group dinner at a famous local restaurants 

David's signature style reveals a personal and contemporary expression of beauty and order which pays homage to the Classical Tradition in its craftsmanship. Collectors of David's work often relate that his painting evokes a sense of peace, stillness, or a contemplative mood. His award-winning works have been covered by major art publications including Southwest Art, Art of the West, and American Art Collector. David also teaches several workshops per year in portraiture and still life painting throughout the United States and abroad. Now for the very first time in South-Africa


All-inclusive price covers all luxury accommodations for  10 days, 5-day workshop instruction and model fees,  most meals

( breakfast, lunch, and dinner ) and all private ground transportation to painting locations including to and from the airport.

Non-painting partners and photographer friends are most welcome to join there will be plenty for you!


This is a unique one of a kind artist adventure and is limited to 10 students


What to expect

What to expect?


The 10-day painting in South Africa experience begins in Stellenbosch in the  Cape Winelands. This is followed by 3-days in Hermanus.  

Hermanus is rated as one of the top 12 whale-watching locations in the world by the World Wildlife Fund. It offers some fine land-based viewing opportunities because the whales often come within meters of the shoreline. There are viewing terraces at the Old Harbour, and Gearings Point is a popular spot. During the whale watching season, a Whale Crier alerts watchers to the presence of whales by blowing on a kelp horn.

You will also experience watching the whales from a cruise boat.  During the evenings and lunchtime, you'll have plenty of time to ask David questions he will also discuss certain topics with us.


 From here we will head back to Stellenbosch and stay in Blaauwklippen Wine Estate’s 5 Star Hotel. 


In this beautiful elegant estate, we will have 5 fantastic days of a formal masterclass from David.


David teaches the method he uses in his own professional work in this workshop. Although the class will be fun and upbeat we will cover a lot of information in a short time and so this is recommended for students with some past drawing experience and a basic understanding of oil paint.  The steps will include an underpainting/drawing, overpainting, color mixing, handling of form, glazing and final details. David will also provide information on the composition, how to take good photo reference material, the importance of learning from life, and other related topics.  Students are encouraged to ask questions during our free time.


More about David

Learn form a modern Master

"Whether he is painting still lifes or figures, Gray brings a deep knowledge of and respect for the masters that translates into an elegant minimalism on canvas or panel. His tonalist portraits usually focus solely on the head and shoulders, while his still lifes feature timeless objects such as copper pots and china teacups surrounded by generous doses of negative space." 

--Bonnie Gangelhoff, Southwest Art Magazine

"I'm not simply a "Realist". I find in my best work, my subjects seem to hover somewhere between the visible natural realm and some place divine..."

The Live Experience — There’s nothing like being in the same room with people of your same stripe working toward a common goal. Being in a new place with new people has a way of heightening our senses. We are able to consume the learning process in a special way that deepens the experience and makes it more meaningful. The energy is palpable. We undergo the adventure together. We find we are not alone in our frustrations and victories, and how lovely is that?