Michelle Dunaway


Welcome to the Michelle Dunaway Master-Class Workshop in South Africa.


15 - 25 October 2021

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

Starting in the Cape Winelands amidst beautiful scenery we will spend our first day painting the figure in the landscape outdoors.  Michelle will demo and paint from life and give one on one instruction to students in this unique workshop. 


We will then Journey inland for an exclusive experience. Painting landscapes and having a wine tasting on the way to the ostrich capital of the world. We will visit Buffelsdrift a Private Game Lodge where you will spend the rest of the day, you will have the amazing opportunity to brush and feed the Elephants on the reserve. After painting ostriches, meercats and viewing the world heritage Cango Caves we will further our journey to a Luxury game reserve where we will have the opportunity to view the Big Five, in their natural habitat. Our class will embark on private photos and sketching Safari in the early morning and beautiful sunset light.  Oct is springtime in South Africa and there will be baby animals on view in their natural habitat. During these excursions, Michelle will discuss the importance of taking reference in the field, how to optimize your photography for the purpose of composing paintings back in the studio and how to combine images and life sketches to make an original studio painting from multiple references. This information has been gleaned from years of working in the field and composing paintings back in the studio and this is the first time Michelle will be teaching this information in a workshop setting! Michelle will also do a landscape demonstration at the reserve between safaris and talk and demo about sketching animals from life and from photo reference gathered.


For the last three days we will journey on a beautiful scenic drive from the game reserve to a famous winery where we will partake in a wine tasting tour, enjoy painting a model in the beautiful gardens and have a group dinner at a famous local restaurant. 


All-inclusive price covers all luxury accommodations, 10-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 12 students.

Non painting partners are welcome 


Are you exited?

$800  deposit required to register,

Payment plans are available on request.

Have fun painting and experience wine tastings at local wine farms.


What to expect

 10-day painting in South Africa experience begins with 2 days in Stellenbosch in the  Cape Winelands. This is followed by 2 nights at another Game Reserve with exclusive elephant experiences in Oudshoorn. We greet the Karoo to go to a very extravagant and luxurious Private Game Reserve along the Garden Route for three special nights and concludes with 3 days at Blaauwklippen Winery. 


  • You will go on daily safari game drives.  During the evenings and lunchtime, you'll have plenty of time to ask Michelle questions she will also discuss certain topics with us.

  • At the Game Reserve Michelle will demonstrate painting a landscape from life. 


  •  From here we will head back to Stellenbosch and stay in Blaauwklippen 5 Star Hotel. Blaauwklippen as the second oldest wine farm in Stellenbosch is the ultimate getaway to relax your senses and allow the harmony and tranquility of the majestic Stellenbosch mountain and vineyards to work its magic. 


  • In this beautiful elegant estate, we will have a total of 4 days  masterclass from Michelle, one full day pre our tour inland to the Private Game reserves and three days post.


  • Michelle will teach the method she uses in her own professional work in this workshop. All prima portrait, landscape, and wildlife painting and sketching. Michelle will also teach about combining life sketches and photo reference to compose larger studio paintings for gallery work. Students are encouraged to ask questions during our free time. This is a fully immersive painting adventure limited to a small number of students for optimal learning and one on one time with the instructor. What you glean from this master class in the African landscape will give you a lifetime of knowledge and painting reference from which to create.


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