Art in Alberton

Discover the magic of art

Hi, my name is Sanchi Leibach and I love helping people to see things in a new light; to be creative and to be able to explore different ways of art making. Drawing is a teachable learnable skill. I can teach anyone, that is willing to learn, the skill of drawing. Drawing is the basis of painting and other forms of creating that is why I start with basic drawing.

I have over 30 years of teaching experience from teaching at high schools, a FET college, VUT as well as private art classes. I started Art in Alberton from my home-based studio in August 2007.

Art in Alberton offers individual art classes as well as small group art classes. The art classes are for beginners as well as more advanced artists.

Art in Alberton is a solvent
free studio 

To be kinder to our health and to be kinder to the environment, we are a solvent free studio. There are solvent free alternatives for all the oil painters. I sell a bio friendly South African product that is solvent free.

I also offer online art/creative mentoring. Creating art can me a very lonely journey, if you want support and guidance, I can offer assistance with that. The online platform means you can be anywhere in the world.  With mentoring I will guide you with
feedback if you are feeling stuck. If you want to work more productively and need to navigate working towards a goal, I’ll help you with that. Mentoring does not mean that I’m teaching you skills, there are many online courses for that. My aim is to help artists flourish and grow.

My aim for the art classes is to:

  • Provide a relaxed and enjoyable time to learn and experience new things.
  • Create an environment that is away from your everyday stress and give
    you space to relax and unwind.
  • Explore new avenues in art making and creativity.
  • Have fun and make beautiful things.
  • Guide all students to fulfil their highest potential.

I offer various themes and mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking and basic sculpture.

Reviews

I love coming to art class because I get to challenge myself and share a creative space with wonderful, inspiring women. There’s coffee and chit chat and lots of colour! There’s no right or wrong or pressure to create something perfect – you work at your own pace and you’re guided and encouraged from start to finish.

– Kerry Johnston

Sanchi’s art classes give me the freedom to fly and grow. It’s the place where you
discover yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, and work on both. I’ve learnt how to start at the beginning, and paint as if there’s no tomorrow… And you’re among your peers, people with heart and soul… And great creativity… And the boundaries you have created for yourself can be shattered….

– Charmaine Grobler

Weekly Class Schedule

Weekday morning, afternoon, and evening classes are available on a ‘Pay as you go’ basis. Meaning you can book and pay per class as it suits you.

How it works:

Days and times of group classes:

Tuesday: 9:00 -12:00 and 18:00 – 21:00
Wednesday: 9:00 – 12:00  and 18:00 – 21:00

*Classes take place throughout the year, except for some short breaks and December.
I will advise you well in advance.

Class Fees – 2024

Weekday: 3-hour Classes R 250/ class. Materials excluded.

Individual classes:

Individual classes are when you attend alone and have all my attention.
These classes have an hourly rate.
Individual classes R 750/ hour Excluding materials

Saturday Morning Classes

Saturday art classes usually takes place on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of a month, except if there is a long weekend.

2024 Fees & Dates:*

R290 / 3 hour class, excluding materials. Including refreshments.
Time: 10:00 -13:00 *Dates may change

How to Book for Saturday Classes:

Online mentoring
and support

I also offer online art/creative mentoring. Creating art can me a very lonely journey, if you want support and guidance, I can offer assistance with that. The online platform means you can be anywhere in the world. With mentoring I will guide you with feedback if you are feeling stuck. If you want to work more productively and need to navigate working towards a goal, I’ll help you with that. Mentoring does not mean that I’m teaching you skills, there are many online courses for that. My aim is to help artists flourish and grow.

Online art/creative mentoring can be done in one 30 minute session via zoom or a video call to answer your questions and give guidance.

Or you can do it in short WhatsApp messages that you send me photos of your artwork or ask for guidance. I will answer these in a reasonable amount of time and the interactions will then add up to 30 minutes over a period of time; up to a year.

Online Creative Mentoring R 400/ 30 minutes using Zoom or cumulatively making up 30 minutes via WhatsApp.

FAQs

I love teaching beginners. I start by teaching basic drawing. This entails how to use your right brain and training your eye to see. Basic drawing takes between 9 – 12 hours to complete. Thereafter you can choose which medium and theme you want to learn.

Yes, I will give feedback on your work and help unlock your creative spirit. Sometimes we just need to have a fresh approach to get unstuck.

I have 7 people at the most in a class.

You will need the following materials:

  • Pencil set (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B,)
  • Eraser
  • Small Prestick or putty rubber
  • A3 Sketchbook, about 20 pages

I will give you advice about the quality and price of other art materials as you progress to new materials.

I start kids around 12 years old. I will do an assessment test to see if they are ready to learn the information and how I teach. The assessment test cost R50, all materials are provided. My classes are small, and adults and kids are combined.

You are welcome to join me for just one lesson and see if this is what you want to learn and experience.

  1. If you want to join classes I will add you to my limited mailing list. If space is available.
  2. You can then book a space by sending me a WhatsApp or SMS with the date and time you require.
  3. I will reply whether there is space in your requested class.
  4. You can then confirm your booking by making your payment.
  5. If there isn’t space in your requested class, I will add you to the waiting list and WhatsApp you if I receive a cancellation.
  6. If you booked and confirmed your booking but are unable to attend, I ask for 24 hours’ notice before the start of a class via WhatsApp or SMS to receive credit for the cancelled class that you can then reschedule.
  7. If you are unable to attend and it is less than 24 hours before the class, I would appreciate a courtesy message that you will not attend.
  8. You can book a single class per week or per month or 3 days in one week. Whatever works for you.

If you would appreciate if you give a months’ notice so I can contact others on the waiting list to add them to the limited mailing list.

If you booked and confirmed your booking but are unable to attend I ask for 24 hours notice via Whatapp or SMS to receive credit for the cancelled class that you can then reschedule. If you are unable to attend and it is less than 24 hours before the class I would appreciate a courtesy message that you will not attend.

Please check that the message is sent and read. I will always reply when I receive it within reasonable hours. If you sent a message and I did not receive it, you will forfeit the class because I was unable to use the place. Technology does fail us sometimes, so please check.

On the rare occasion that I do have to cancel a class, you will be notified via Whatapp. You will receive credit for this class.

I do have parking behind gates with additional security.

Art in Alberton has a closed Facebook Group where I post most of the finished works.

Contact Me

If you have any questions or want to book a class, feel free to contact me via Whatsapp or by sending me an email

I look forward to connecting with you.