I offer a range of online and studio classes, workshops and retreats.
These classes are generally held weekly, at an agreed upon time and are conducted via Zoom
My Midlands studio is situated on a hillside overlooking the Karkloof Valley. Although only 13kms from Howick, with easy access along the Curry’s Post Rd, the peaceful country atmosphere provides one with the perfect place to relax, unwind and leave those worries behind.
For those who join me for longer creative retreats, there will be lots to do in the area besides the activities you will have in the studio, with a country inn close by and good restaurants within walking distance. If you enjoy exercise, there are plenty of beautiful walks through the adjoining nature conservancy and there are an abundance of cycle trails throughout the region. Most importantly, the area is home to the well-known Midlands Meander, an art route that takes one to places of creative interest, including lots of great cuisine and artists’ studios.
If you’re excited to dedicate time to your creative growth, please take a look through the drop-downs below for details of what’s currently on offer.
Weekly Beginners Drawing Classes
I offer both a studio and online option
Drawing is a natural, basic form of expression that most people, with a little guidance from a tutor, can learn to do with confidence. If you are one of the many people who has the desire to learn, but fearful that you don’t have the talent, I am here to prove you wrong.
This course is designed with the beginner in mind; for those who lack confidence in their ability to draw and whose knowledge of materials and techniques may be limited.
It will teach you to be observant, and stimulate you to explore the many ways of using the drawing mediums to express yourself. The course is well structured, and there is always space to play and explore within the layers of learning. You will notice that each session is built upon the foundation of the one before it, so before you know it, you will be up and away, producing beautiful drawings with confidence.
My aim is for you to have fun while you learn and that hopefully by the end of this course, your eyes will have been opened to a much richer world than the one you were in when you started.
Learning to see. Co-ordination. Line. Shape. Tone. Form. Texture. Colour. We will work with a range of materials and techniques; pencil, pen, charcoal, ink wash, resist, pencil crayons, aquarelle, chalk pastels, collage, frottage and mixed media. We also touch on a range of themes such as still-life, interiors, landscape, cityscape, animals, reptiles and birds.
These classes are held each week in my art studio in Curry’s Post, KZN. I am currently living at Kusane Farm, which is 9kms from Howick along the Curry’s Post Rd. Before the end of the year, I will be moving to my new studio at Halliwell Park, which is just around the corner.
These classes will not only teach you valuable drawing skills, they will bring you into contact with other interesting people who share a passion for creativity. These stimulating sessions are always inspiring and uplifting. They are suitable for both beginner and intermediate level, so no previous drawing experience is necessary.
Cost: R220 for 2 hour session
If you would like to join us, please contact me for further information.
These weekly beginner’s online drawing classes are very well structured and a lot of fun.
They will take you through all the basics of drawing, at a pace that is set by the needs of the group. As skills develop and confidence grows, the challenges will be set accordingly. This course will open your eyes to a whole new world that you may not have been aware existed and it will give you skills that can be taken with you wherever your path may take you.
We meet for a one-hour session each week via Zoom at a pre-arranged time that suits everyone and we communicate privately as a group between sessions via WhatsApp.
Cost: R880 per month (a min of 4 sessions)
If you would like to join us, please contact me for further information.
I will be offering a range of creative fibre art workshops in early 2024, so if you’re interested to join us, please sign up for my newsletter to receive up-to-date information.
A very special workshop, where we make precious little pouches into which we place good wishes and the secrets of our hearts. Stay tuned for this one by signing up for my newsletter, where I will keep you updated with workshop dates and times.
Art Journaling is a creative, therapeutic way of capturing memories, telling stories and making your thoughts visible. It provides one with a space to express feelings that may be difficult to articulate with words alone.
The joy of creating an art journal comes through being able to use a mixture of photography, stitch, paint, drawing, collage, as well as the written word, creating a visual feast that tells a story, uplifts the spirits and heals in the process.
Monthly, Saturday morning sessions will be opening up soon and shortly thereafter, I will be bringing you focused, theme-based workshops where you can take a deep-dive into what really interests you. A perfect way to write your life story and leave a record for generations to follow.
If these workshops interest you, please sign up for my newsletter to receive updates and information.
Once a month, on a Saturday morning, a group of us meets in my studio to work in our art journals.
The program is flexible, depending upon the needs of the group, but it covers all the basics of creative art journaling, and will guide you through the process of making something truly unique to you. There will be prompts and challenges from me, together with short demonstrations of techniques, and for those who feel they need additional guidance, I am always on hand to assist. After 40 years of working in a variety of genres and mediums, I have lots of skills and tips to share.
It’s a fun, relaxing, creative morning, so if you like the sound of it and would like to join us, please contact me for more information.
Cost: R300 for the morning; 9.30am – 12.30pm
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of working in your own, home-made sketchbook, designed to fit your needs.
In this workshop, we will touch on a variety of simple book-making methods that require no special equipment. Based on traditional, simple methods, there will be plenty of scope to improvise and get creative.
If this workshop interests you, please sign up for my newsletter to be kept up to date on the details of time and place.
“Spoil yourself, put pencil to paper and you’ll be surprised at the results under Sally’s guidance. Two hours of sheer escapism and joy. I love the relaxed style, the hand-holding when required and the insistence on completing exercises that you didn’t particularly enjoy. They are all learning experiences and benefit you in the end. “Gee Mum, did you really do that – that is so good” are the very encouraging comments from my boys and my grandchildren! Sally’s classes are very warm and supportive so that I’ve never felt embarrassed to show my work to the rest of the group if it hasn’t worked out – we all just have a good laugh. This makes a world of difference. We get very effective help in technique when we need it and when I’m stuck, Sally just knows exactly what’s wrong and how to correct it. If you’re thinking of joining a class, don’t hesitate. The classes are fun, well-presented, clearly taught, and you’ll surprise yourself if you think you’re too old or too unartistic to learn to draw, Sally will show you you’re wrong.” Helen A (Studio Drawing classes)
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble.
It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”.
Sally has the ability to recognize when what her students know for sure is not so.
As an artist, Sally can recognize that the holes of the sieve should be ellipses and not circles. As a teacher, Sally can help her students recognize this difference for themselves and lay down new neural pathways for themselves – so that they begin to see ellipses which they were previously convinced were circles.
Trust me – I know from years of experience – listening to YouTube videos; reading books; trying to draw by yourself – none of it is any help at all for people like me who are markedly most comfortable in left brain functioning. Sally is the link between the sieve and the drawing – she is able to translate the language of what we know for sure (the holes are round) into the language of what we don’t know (maybe the holes aren’t round) which allows us to start drawing the world as it is so; while still maintaining and enhancing our (the student’s) self-esteem. Which brings me on to my next point – feedback
THE RED SHOE WORKSHOP (Fibre Art/Story-telling)
“When I heard about Sally’s Red Shoe Workshop, I intuitively understood the powerful therapeutic process that the workshop would involve. At the time I was looking for a powerful grounded process that would facilitate my own internal process of re-framing a period of my life that was “hit by a tsunami”. A process that would facilitate cleaning up all the debris left by the tsunami and in this integrate the deep tearing, searing pain and loss, so that I was able to move on.
When I checked out Sally Scott’s website and the introduction and explanation of the Red Shoe Workshop in particular, I knew that Sally was more than capable of holding the space for my intentions and expectations, especially the creative and therapeutic processes. Sally had walked the road already in her own life and would therefore be able to guide others along this road.
Sally’s attitude, perspectives, and experience as a teacher allow me exploration, creativity, cathartic expression, healing. Her indelible belief in the healing power of the creative process creates a container where all are safe, all are able to create, all are able to express their own uniqueness (irrespective of age, experience, previous creative exposure, quality and quantity of skills). Each is able to express from where they are right here and now in their lives and experiences.” Praline T
“This playful energy pervaded and I found myself just having fun, not agonising about the end result – not judging myself for choosing twee hearts and pastel tones. I just smiled and played along! I wouldn’t change any aspect of how you present the workshop. I liked the way it was structured with plenty of time before and in-between to let ideas and thoughts percolate. Your notes and reading gave much inspiration and encouraged us to go beyond just making a pretty or wacky pair of shoes. I enjoyed that you were not prescriptive at all – even turning questions to you, back into questions to us – allowing us the satisfaction of the end result being entirely our own.” Nina McD (Red Shoe Workshop)