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Physical Workshops . Online Courses . Consultations

Art Practice | Theory & History | Professional Practice

Art Installation


T a k i n g  a r t i s t s  f u r t h e r .

All over the world artists are producing art. Often without a formal qualification in art (meaning a college degree in art). Although a formal qualification in art will always remain first choice, many have not had the opportunity to study art or live in remote areas not close to training institutions. Art production is primarily a creative activity combined with marketing savvy. You need to be an entrepreneur to function fully as an artist. Therefore also, some formally trained artists don't become successful professionals because they have not learnt how to be entrepreneurs.


Who we are

Currently the CAP Institute collective consists of more than 60 artists from all over South Africa. The CAP Institute was founded in 2015 by Prof. Elfriede Dreyer – South African academic, mentor, curator and professional artist. The CAP course design and methodology is grounded her 30+ years’ experience of being an Art professor; founding and running a successful contemporary gallery for 10 years; curating exhibitions nationally and internationally at reputable galleries and museums; and being a professional artist, CAP was founded with the view to fill a gap in the art education market, namely to provide quality art tuition to those who cannot afford formal art education at a tertiary institution; to those seeking to gain selected knowledge or skills in a specific field but not wanting to complete a whole qualification; and to those who have been producing art but have not optimised their talent and skills or do not know how to access exhibition venues or the art market. 


What we do


The CAP Institute offers physical workshops, online Short Courses in Art Practice, Art Theory and Professional Practice, an online Certificate and zoom consultations with Elfriede. The tuition programme is aimed at those wishing to gain or improve practical skills in art making; acquire more theoretical and arthistorical knowledge; and develop professional marketing skills. The workshops and online programme are suitable for artists that are already established exhibiting professionals, but wish to rejuvenate, refresh and update their skills. Critical and creative thinking skills are developed. All levels of artists are welcome, from beginner to postgraduate.


Physical workshops in Cape Town (Durbanville, Klapmuts, Simons Town, West Coast), the Garden Route (George), Eastern Cape (Jeffrey's Bay), Mpumalanga (White River), Pretoria and Midrand (Kyalami).


The CAP programme in contemporary art practice entails a specialist model of workshops and visual presentations. Specific objectives are:
  • to improve technical competence;
  • to gain theoretical and technical knowledge and insight;
  • to develop critical reflection ability and resourcing methodologies; and
  • to understand idea development processes.


The CAP workshops usually contain a mix of self-taught artists to professionals with postgraduate degrees. The workshops are academically rigorous and follow an interdisciplinary approach combining theory, history and practice. There is strong emphasis on gaining an understanding of contemporary art practices as well as conceptual and critical thinking. ​The workshops consist of theoretical discussions; concept, creative and critical thinking development; training in digital and technical skills; and critical assessment. The workshops as well as the online short courses are unique in character by following a model of intertextuality and intermediality. Each participant receives individual attention and learns through observing the development of the work of others and the discussion thereof. Read more 

Online Education in Art 

More than 50 students are currently enrolled for the CAP Online  Short Course in Art Practice Basic; Art Practice Advanced; Applied Art History; Professional Art Practice; or the Certificate Programme.  Read more

Professional Art Consultation

Book a professional consultation on your art practice and ideas with Elfriede Dreyer. 

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Certificate Programme and Short Courses


with prof. elfriede dreyer

For a personal crit on your art practice or for theoretical or conceptual guidance.

Undergraduate, postgraduate and freelancing artists welcome.

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Course content is based on  an open university model of teaching visual arts


The course content integrates art practice, art theory, history of art and professional art practice.



Certificates are issued on completion of the Certificate and each Short Course that reflects the content of the course as well as the CPD hours completed

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