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FINE ART ACADEMY (article first published : 2004-04-27)

The artistic talent, inspiration and guidance of the late renowned artist Tom Matthews live on through his family. His daughter Elaine and wife Celeste have now opened The Fine Art Academy in Morningside.

Tom Matthews did his Master of Arts degree at Rhodes University and was later a senior lecturer in painting and art history for about 20 years. He did his PhD at UNISA and at the time was the only person in South Africa to have a PhD in Fine Art and Art History.

Elaine Matthews and Celeste Matthews both have masters degrees in fine art from Rhodes University. Elaine has been a university and technikon lecturer since 1989 and has held many exhibitions of her paintings and environmental installations. Celeste ran her own art school in Durban and taught art at Kingswood College.

The Academy offers morning, afternoon and evening courses in drawing, life drawing, painting, sculpture and art history to beginners, scholars, students, business people; people of all ages and stages of artistic development.

Students are given individual attention and will be awarded certificates of attendance upon completion of courses. The lecturers are expert in assisting students with the preparation of portfolios for technikon or university entrance.

The Fine Art Academy runs History of Art courses in the evenings and a beginnerís guide to the History of Western Art is planned for August. Scheduled for later this year are beginnersí guides to the History of Indian Art and the History of Women Artists.

Also on offer are interesting creative weekend courses. These include The Way of the Wild focusing on discovering creativity in wilderness; Inspired Motherhood which is a creative translation of pregnancy and mothering into art, as well as An intimate landscape which is a personal, unconventional approach to landscape painting. Students receive individualised attention and the emphasis on all courses is on creativity, skill and fun.

Elaine and Celeste can be contacted at 031 312 3523 or e-mail: elainematthews@tiscali.co.za The Fine Art Academy is situated at 20 Voysey Road in Morningside, Durban.




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