Sulet Hofmeyr earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa. She added to this a diploma in Graphic Design and a diploma in Fine Arts. She started out twelve years ago by giving informal art lessons to children and now runs her own informal art school where she gives art courses to beginners between the ages of fourteen and seventy. Over the years, she developed an art course for beginners that focuses on building creative, artistic and overall confidence by teaching the basic skills and techniques of art.
The course she developed was recently introduced to adults with mental and physical challenges in Cape Town in the form of art therapy sessions, with amazing results.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I see so many people with low confidence levels. I'm not only talking about creative confidence, but confidence in general. There also exist so much ignorance about making art, creativity and how nurturing your creative side can have an impact on your entire life. With the @ The tip of a pencil series I tried to reach more people and tried to inspire them to give their own creative abilities a chance. I am now busy with a series on Art as therapy as an attempt to change the misconception people have about the real value of art. I personally know how the creative process can transform a life. I have a burning need to pass that on to others.
What did the creative process do for you?
At first the creative process was frustrating. My inner critique refused to allow me to make mistakes and make that part of the process. I worried too much about the end result. Gradually I learned to let go and just be in the process of making art. Strangely this all happened while I was also going through a complicated grieving process. Eventually the creative process built my creative and personal confidence to levels I have never experienced before. I try to pass this along to my students and readers.
A series of 7 instructional how to art books for beginners specifically designed for logical thinkers and non-artists. The purpose of the series is to gradually build creative confidence by introducing new techniques in each book, building on what was learned in the previous book. For best results it is recommended that you start your creative journey with the first book and work your way through all of them.
In this book I share my knowledge and experience with charcoal as a fine art tool, introducing you to the techniques I have learned over the years to make charcoal one of my favorite art media. You are also introduced to basic chalk pastel and watercolor techniques in the mixed media section of the book.The book includes step by step illustrated demonstrations and easy to understand exercises.
This book is filled with practical illustrations, demonstrations and exercises introducing you to the skills needed to create realistic graphite drawings. The content, illustrations and exercises are based on the beginner's course students attend at the author's studio.
If you have no art experience, but wish to draw authentic pictures of the world around you, this book is for you.