Do you want to learn to paint like a professional? Then learn from a professional.

John has been a professional artist and art teacher for over 45 years and taught hundreds of students over the years discover their inner passion for painting.

Whether you are a beginner and needing to unlock your creativity or perhaps an advanced painter looking to improve your skills, John’s passion for art and expert guidance is bound to inspire you.



  • the fundamentals of painting and drawing
  • the importance of composition, tone, colour and observation
  • to paint in oils and watercolour
  • to explore and develop your creativity


These are informative, yet relaxed classes for adults only.

Small class numbers mean that students get the opportunity for one-on-one attention.

Classes are held weekly in Durban North.

Tuesday 9am-12pm  |  Saturday 2pm-4:30pm

Student Testimonials

“Twelve years of lessons and I am still a student of colour and form. Tuesday morning with John is always challenging, he is an endless source of information. I wouldn’t give up my art class for anything.”

“I have been with John now for about 6 weeks. My work was regressing but John has helped me to regain confidence and has made me go out of my comfort zone and grow! Thank you so much John.”

“My week is looking forward to coming to John’s lessons and discovering more about colours and how to learn the different perspectives of painting.”

  • Retha Potgieter

    Hello John,
    Ek bly in Winterton, Kzn. Ek het met die lockdown met olieverf begin verf en ek het iemand nodig om vir my meer te kan leer van tegnieke. Jou kunswerke is ongelooflik mooi!! Jou berge en wolke is iets besonders. Ek hou van landskappe om dit te verf ook. Ek sal graag by jou wil klas loop. Ek het jou artikel in die SA Artist Magazine gesien. Stuur asseblief vir my meer inligting oor jou klasse.

  • John Smith

    Hi Retha,
    I’m not sure when you sent this to me but I have only picked it up now.
    Although I speak and understand Afrikaans my PC is set up for English so am sure you will follow what I’m saying.
    Thank you for the kind words about my work. It is very much appreciated.
    As for learning, I teach twicer a week in Durban North – that is on a Tuesday morning from 9.30 till 12 midday and also on a Saturday from 2pm till 4.30 pm.
    Although I do have people coming to me from the midlands and Pietermaritzburg, Winterton is a very long distance away.
    I’m pleased to hear that you have taken up painting and the best I can offer is that if you write to me with your problems I will advise you on what to do.
    You can write to me on
    I can explain how to do certain things, what paints and brushes to use and why and also advise on books etc. I am happy to do that for a fellow artist.
    You can also follow me on Facebook ‘John Smith’s Art World’
    Thank you for writing and good luck with your painting

  • John Smith

    I do like to hear from people trying to improve their painting and art skills as well as fellow artists so please let me hear from you

  • Cheryl unterslak

    Do you still give oil painting lessons in Durban. I would love to attend them

  • Siyabonga Khazi

    Hi John I would like some information regarding your art lessons, such as costing? And duration of learning?

  • Val Calthorpe

    Hi John I would like more info on classes offered wrt times, cost and medium.

  • Aubrey


    Are you in Durban and would like to enroll my 10yr old daughter
    How do i sign up and whats the cost per month

  • Lithakazi Mkombe

    I am interested in joining your art classes. I use charcoal. Thank you.

  • Carmen du Toit

    How much are your classes John

  • Britney Snyman

    Hi John, It’s an honour to be able to learn from you. I wanted to find a bit more detail on your art classes? I’m a charcoal drawing artist and i wanted to find out if you do life drawing classes or anything like that? also, where are the classes for Saturdays held as there is no address? Thank you so much 🙂

  • Phillipa Murray

    Hi John. Your work is amazing! I am a new artist and was with a group under the leadership of Gail Smith. She has recently retired so our group has slowly dissolved. I would love to try your classes but I’m very nervous that I’m so new and too much of a beginner. could you let me know what you think. Phillio 0824128889

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