Plein air landscape painting of Western Cape scenery by artist Niël Jonker | Contemporary South African art | Artisan baking with sourdough.

Niël Jonker

Discover your self-expression;
Commit your body as nature;
Renew your daily practice rhythm.

Welcome to Niel Jonker's new series of interactive workshops that fill the ongoing need for experiential learning through sharing. Building on the well-known Sourdough Experience which has been running monthly (!) for ten years now, wow! Congratulations to dough! Read more about this two-day immersion below, (I should start a writing course on exclamation marks!!!) and the exciting new inclusions.

Franschhoek workshop - Earth & Sky - intro landscape painting outdoors

Workshop schedule

• Tuesday 16 July
Outdoor painting experience, Stanford

• Friday, Saturday 26, 27 July
Sourdough experience, Baardskeerdersbos

• Saturday 3 August
Outdoor painting experience, Greyton

• Friday, Saturday 30, 31 August
Sourdough experience, Baardskeerdersbos

Short introductory workshops

One - day introducing to landscape painting outdoors

Brand new is the three hour introduction workshop into outdoor oil painting and the second event is fully booked, wahoo!

Observation skills, within and without, are ignited as we remind ourselves that we are nature, and practice landscape painting in oils outdoors with economy.

For beginners and experienced artists alike, together we find our gifts and leave recharged for maintaining ongoing practice.

Cost is R450 per person.

See the Workshop Schedule above for dates.

For group bookings of six to eight participants I am willing to travel or set other dates.

Niel Jonker outdoor workshops

Two-day experiences

Two-day immersion in landscape painting outdoors

As above, but more thorough, this immersion leaves you committed to maintaining your practice. The two days are divided into two mornings and two afternoons to work with the natural elements and the body's abilities. These consecutive sessions establish the rhythm of steady observation, feeling, and a light committed touch.

Cost R 1800

See the Workshop Schedule above for dates.

Two-day immersion into sculpture outdoors

This clay sculpture workshop is where you get your hands dirty and kick off your shoes around the fire in the forest at Baardskeerdersbos. Clay as medium and teacher, we explore the practicalities of building form with slabs to create a sculpture. After drying overnight we proceed toward possible completion and the fire-pit.

Cost R 1800

See the Workshop Schedule above for dates.

FREE: Light introduction to clay over Saturday, Sunday 27, 28 April 2019, to coincide with the Baardskeerdersbos Art Route.

Oven in Baardskeerdersbos

The Sourdough Bread Making Experience

This fun yet thorough workshop emphasizes the benefits of slow fermentation, wholegrain ingredients, and process consciousness.
An advanced understanding of bread-making’s core principles are covered while apprenticing in a fully functional artisan bake-house. Novices and experienced bakers are catered for equally.

For workshop dates please see the schedule above.

Group bookings with alternative dates are considered gladly.

The venue is on my stoep in Baardskeerdersbos, a little hamlet about two hours from Cape Town. The brick oven (3x2m) on the stoep is generous, yet there is limited space in the bakehouse.

The rate is R2200 and a 50% deposit is required at least 14 days in advance.

Special rates are considered for those with a good story.

The first day starts at 08h00 with hands getting dirty immediately. Although we manage to fit in a pizza party, the baking has been known to continue into the night. On the second day we deliver bread to the village market where we meet at 09h00 before continuing the programme.

While the Friday is a baptism by fire where hands are thrust into the dough immediately, Saturday is about revision and and ownership of your practice. All in all, an immersive experience.

Feel free to email me any of your questions.

Confucius or someone famously said:
'I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.'

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Interesting Links

Beachcomber Guide

African Relish
African Relish is a Recreational Cooking School and a member of the ICTA (International Culinary Tourism Association), set in the Karoo town of Prince Albert.

Some years ago I stayed at the Scott household and apprenticed to oven building jobs, worked in nearby bakeries, and collected some of my best breadmaking memories ever!

Aphrodisiac Shack:
Born out of a passion for food and the art of Chacuterie this small concern with a family sized staff compliment are putting in place training programmes for their staff by working alongside the Fair- trade Organisation.

Eureka Mills:
High-quality, locally-produced premium stone ground flour. No additives, preservatives or chemicals. Naturally rich in fibre, wholesome and nutritious.

Platbos Forest:
The bread-bakkie´s carbon footprint is off-set by expanding the nearby Platbos Forest. An ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa: Offset your carbon footprint by sponsoring the planting of trees at Platbos Forest.