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Painting Classes and Emotional Processing through Art @ High Hopes Retreats

Plein Air and SoldDiscover the joy of expressing yourself in paint. Merely a right brain activity, drawing and painting is for everyone and has the incredible benefits of balancing and reviving your spirit. Adele, a fine artist living in Greyton, has taught over 100 students to paint and is able to guide you gently and patiently to creating your own masterpiece. Classes in creative expression are also given. Painting is a delicious experience and class at High Hopes will be given, weather permitting, in the beautiful Manet-like garden.

Biography: Adele Claudia Fouche

Adele Claudia Fouche was born and went to school in Pretoria. She studied Drama at the University of the Orange Free State where she obtained a B A Drama Hons (Cum Laude). During the time she spent raising her four boys she studied various art forms amongst them ceramics: Lorette Espi was instrumental in instilling a passion for clay and the fluidity of this medium and won the prize for Best Novice during the 1993 National Ceramic Arts Festival.

Adele then went on to study sculpture under the tuition of Cape Town artist, David May, but found her true passion in 2004 when she studied painting under Cornelia Smook and Hannes Van Zyl at the Boland College in Paarl.

Since then Adele has spent the past 10 years working on landscapes, inscapes and portraits. Her work is constructed from soft lines which speak of the light and the beauty which she sees around her.

Adele currently lives and works in Greyton where she runs a successful studio as a teacher and an artist. She offers workshops and retreats in painting. It is her dream to exhibit widely in her country as well as abroad. Adele has been invited to exhibit at the 2011 and the 2013 International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy which takes place in the historical Fortezza da Basso and exhibits in Paarl, Stellenbosch, Swellendam and Hermanus.

Artist’s Vision

My obsession with light as an artist reveals the feeling that light reflects more than what we see. It illuminates not only the colour and form with which we love to play, but also the true essence of our being. Every shift we make in consciousness, be it in a spiritual or moral sense, ignites us and this inner light is then reflected in everything we do. As we create we use this beautiful energy to form and sculpt life around us. Energy is consistent – the lightness of being with which we create is always reflected back at us, and when we are guided by a greater hand, call it what we may- God, the Universe, Allah, Buddha, the Source – this light flows through us and is transformed into love.

My endeavour is to stand aside to be the tool through which beauty and love creates, so that others may realize this divine spark and be inspired to discover and create the light within. The contrast of darkness is there to pronounce the light, without this unity it is impossible. This is what I aspire towards in my art.