Paternoster Art Retreat West Coast South Africa






The West Coast of South Africa offers the artist in all of us many possibilities;  odd boulders and strange secluded bays, towns with whitewashed fishermen’s cottages, characterful people and immaculate barren beaches – provocative and tranquil landscapes, many bird and plant varieties typical of the Western Cape of South Africa that is so unique, bestowing it an atmosphere of mystery and peace.

The painting holiday or retreat is mainly concerned with art, food and people.   We move from one artistic incentive like drawing and painting to the next, such as sculpture and mixed media, learning and enjoying through different experiences.  The Art Program is light, not intense so as to allow beginners to attend.  More advanced students can have an amended program.

You will enjoy some fine dining in amazing restaurants and we also have picnics and braais on the beaches.   You can view Paternoster from the sea by kayak (optional), to see the penguins, the seals and the birds as you paddle through the boulders or take a guided horseride on the beach.   You will not have too much time off, but you will have time to visit West Coast National Park, Velddrift, Brittany Bay and so on if you wish.  Elands Bay is an hours drive to the north.

Combining art practice with a scenic holiday and amazing food adventures is a unique and extraordinary experience because it enriches your mind while you are encouraged by scenery, experiences and other artists.  (see testimonials) The week is full of art, food and social events and is intended for beginners and intermediate alike. We visit beaches and selected sights to further your skills in drawing and painting, like Langebaan and Tietiesbaai.

Paternoster in particular, with its eccentric character and vibrant people, (also well known for its excellent sea food, especially Crayfish and Hotnotsvis) offers the creative eye a multitude of riches and the keen foodie a new world of discovery.

Curious experiences, fantastic food, picnics and braais, mesmerizing evenings, people and artistry – many training sessions – that’s what it is all about…. Stimulation

Please note that I am not a tourism operator, I merely facilitate the events, bookings and art program for the week, and will host most of the art events.


Reviews August 2017:

Hi Hester and Ajay,

Thank you for a most awesome week. I would have loved to stayed for a second week if it would have been possible. The amount of time and patience you both have, to get a beginner like myself to see the concepts you were showing us was truly amazing.

Over and above the fun of the painting was the most enjoyable extra activities. The evening with Kobus was a real highlight, and let’s not forget Ursula’s amazing bread.

If I can ever make it possible to spend time in JHB, I will definitely try to try to twist your arms to see if you could fit me in for some more classes.

I feel very privileged to have spent the week with you both, you are so special.

Lots of love
Linda Bowles, East London

Ajay thanks so much for an awesome week.  I learnt so much and had a great time.  You come away believing that you have grown so much. Woe! Would recommend to anyone! Thanks again!  Hope to see you again.

Brigitte Wainwright

We had a group of 6 ladies for 6 days in the beautiful seaside resort of Paternoster. Our retreat consisted of mixed media, charcoal, oils, sculpture and some great and delicious meals.  Ajay is extremely patient and knowledgeable and we had such fun and lots of laughs.

Personally I can recommend his lessons to anyone who is a beginner and who wants to improve their skills,  I walked out feeling totally relaxed and with a few fairly good pieces of art.  This course has defenitely encouraged me to pursue it further. I wish you all the success in the world Ajay – a wonderful week.

Jenny Rautenbach – Zimbabwe

Lovely, just lovely,  Ek sal probeer om op te hou fiddle (belowe),  Great art en kos experience.

Elmarie van der Berg – Cape Town

Thank You for a wonderful couple of creative days.  Have so enjoyed this experience and will be back for more classes.  Food was 5 star and sculpture was 10 star too!  Art is not what you see but what you make others see – Degas

Kerry Williams – Joburg

How awesome the whole week was.  AJ you have a talent @ keeping the girls in check.  In a very very happy manner.  Loved the mediums that we did.  So diverse.  We covered a lot.  Would love to have done the cheese making, but loved the evening with Kobus.  Thanks for arranging everything.  We’ll be back…

Sam Ellis, Joburg

A week of one in a lifetime experiences. Truely an amazing experience to be advised for any art lover.  AJ has the patience of a saint and his quiet art teaching adds to a magical experience.  Thank you for teaching us so many amazing things and skills and art and for arranging the most amazing food experiences.  Please never stop!  Much love.

Odette – Singapore

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