I do believe that anyone can paint. An essential ingredient however, is the desire to create and paint. I love painting and really enjoy helping aspiring artists or even green beginners with a successful approach. During my workshops we will deal with the basic components and backbone concepts of a method of oil painting that I have developed over many years. I will guide you through the important elements that will enable you to improve your art or encourage you to enter this magical world with ease. It may be true that there are only seven components which make up the painting process, but there is much more you need to know in order to paint successfully and joyfully. I will help you gain insight into practical artistic solutions and develop your painting abilities to a whole new level. Classes involve a in-depth lecture, demonstrations and finally your own practical application. All workshops are presented in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, in a beautiful and relaxed environment with plenty of time for individual attention. Groups are required to be a minimum of 5 people, but no more than 10. You can organise a group and get your workshop for free. Workshops are either one or two-day sessions, customised around group requirements.

Courses that I present are the following:
(It is however highly recommended that you do the introductory course (Level 1) first.)

Elbe’s oil painting skills workshop.

From roses, geraniums to baby’s-breath or favourites in your garden.

Answers to painting silk drapery, a string of pearls copper pots and how to interpret textures.

If you know what to do, you can do it with a broom stick!

One-day courses: R1 800
Two-day courses: R3 000

Feel free to contact me at [email protected] for more information.


Elbe van Rooyen exhibited her work for the first time at the age of 14. As a young child she won first prize in a drawing competition of 300 competitors. Since then her ability to capture people and surroundings effortlessly, has led to widespread recognition with both local and overseas clients.

Elbe was born in Greytown, Natal, in 1961. She studied at the University of Pretoria and eventually held a executive position in the corporate world. This demanding life, however, could not separate her from her passion for painting. As her reputation as a gifted artist grew and numerous commissions followed she, in 1999, decided to enter the arena of official art.

The demand among dealers and collectors for her luscious, impressionistic and painterly works came almost instantly and she has been tipped by some pundits as being one of the leading oils artists emerging in South Africa today.

Elbe is a fluent and expressive artist and in her work, art appears in its most delightful aspects, bursting with vitality. She has the ability to impart a timeless quality to the contemporary scene in which she goes beyond the bounds of impressionism and attains the greatness of classicism, adding joie de vivre. She paints in oil, using only the brush, and with bright colours often just dab paint on her canvasses, blurring details which gives a lovely freshness to her images. Frequently she would abandon preliminary drawing and paint directly onto canvas with a broad brush, capturing form and movement. Within this approach lies her lightness of touch with which she attains her summary effects.

Says the artist: “…a painting should not be an official report… personally, I like paintings that make me want to take a stroll through them! I have abandoned certain procedures of elaboration basic to academic painting and this has led me to a spontaneous approach that results in a beauty from the simplest formulations…”

She is constantly pushing ahead finding expressiveness in anything around her and says inspiration comes directly or indirectly. With natural talent, self discipline, love and devotion she has mastered her art and says she is happiest in front of the easel. Elbe works from her studio in Howick in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where she lives with her family, beloved dogs and horses.

Elbe van Rooyen’s studio is situated in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She exhibits at various galleries in the country and also works on commission.

You can contact Elbe at [email protected]


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