You may find that you love doodling while chatting on the phone but have not thought about taking it any further.

Art classes are the ideal way to develop your skills. There are many options available to you, from drawing lessons at an art studio to private lessons with a tutor.

You may wonder, "What do I do if there are no art classes near me?" Learning online would be a great option for you.

Lessons will open up a world of different techniques and media to you, such as chalk, pastels, graphite and many more.

We often make decisions based on how much something will cost. Overall, drawing is one of the least expensive hobbies you can pursue. You can get started with just a pencil and a sheet of paper. However, as you progress, you should factor in the cost of drawing lessons and additional art supplies.

You may find you love doodling while on the phone - perhaps you should take some art classes. |Source: Unsplash

How Much Can You Expect to Pay for Drawing Lessons in South Africa?

Art lessons expose you to the different drawing materials and techniques available.

There are many benefits afforded by art, whether you wish to do it professionally, or if you just want to learn to draw a recognisable elephant. Art helps you improve your:

  • Patience
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Creative reasoning
  • Concentration.

Several institutions in South Africa offer specialised drawing classes, such as digital drawing for animation. However, if you are just getting started, a basic drawing course that teaches you the following fundamentals, is what you need:

  • Drawing your hand
  • Light and shade
  • Drawing faces
  • Shape and proportion
  • Colour Theory
  • Portraiture
  • Figure drawing.
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Drawing faces is one of the basics you will learn. |Source: Unsplash

Drawing Lessons in Art Studios

Many towns across South Africa have art studios or art schools where you can devote time to learning how to draw, while being guided and supervised by professional artists.

Many art studios provide the necessary art supplies but you may be required to bring your own drawing materials along (eraser, pencils, sharpener).

Colored pencils
You may need to take your own art materials to drawing classes. |Source: Unsplash

Prices vary based on whether you are looking for beginners lessons or more advanced lessons as well as if it is a workshop or course that is being offered.

Drawing lessons help you to develop your artistic instincts and, after completion of the course, the drawing instructors will often host an exhibition of the work created in the classes.

Prices for drawing lessons vary, for example you could expect to pay the rates below for specific classes:

  • The Fine Arts Workshop in Sandton, Gauteng offers a foundation drawing course , consisting of 8 lessons, for R4 500.
  • Laurette De Jager runs a visual art course in Bellville, Cape Town which runs for year, at a cost of R500 per month, for one class per week.
  • By Believing One Sees, in Westville, Kwazulu Natal, provides 2-hour long art lessons once a week, for R150 per lesson or R550 for a month (1 lesson per week).
  • You can enrol for lessons at Artist Brush Art School in Hartebeespoort for R800 per month. Their daily rate is R300 per lesson and they also provide private lessons at a fee of R15 000 per month.

Improving Your Technique With Intensive Courses

When you have some extra time on your hands, while on vacation, a holiday art class is a way to accelerate your improvement. This is very helpful for someone who does not have enough free time to learn to draw on a weekly basis throughout the year and these are often offered by art schools as well as universities. Try to find a week-long course that covers your area of interest and suits your pocket.

Art Lessons That Offer Value for Money

You may not think that you have any artistic talent, but it's never too late to learn to draw.

With the many different techniques and materials available, you are sure to find a style that appeals to you. Try taking some drawing lessons before making any decisions regarding techniques.

Lessons with a private art tutor are a good way to get started.

You could consider using the Superprof platform to find a drawing teacher - there are hundreds of art tutors registered across South Africa. You can choose from face to face lessons or to learn via webcam, on your own or in a group.

Superprof tutors all have unique profiles and are at different stages in their careers - some are Fine Art students wishing to impart what they've learnt, while others are qualified contemporary artists. The tutors work with different mediums and specialise in a variety of techniques- you are bound to find a tutor matching your needs.

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Superprof teachers offer lessons in different techniques and mediums |Source: Unsplash

Arts and Hobbies lessons are some of the least expensive offerings on Superprof. They range between R39 and R679 per hour, which means you can choose one that best meets your budget.

These are some of the lessons available, regardless of your location:

For a once off fee - and no commission - Superprof gives you access to the instructors of your choice.

You arrange the date and time of your lessons directly with your tutor, which means that you have control over what you want to learn as well as the time that suits your schedule.

Once you've started taking lessons, to keep improving, keep sketching between lessons to practise the techniques that you've been taught.

Lowering the Cost of Learning to Draw

Although learning to draw is one of the cheapest subjects Superprof has to offer, you may find that the cost still falls outside of your budget and may wish that the price could be lowered. There are ways to get around this.

One way to do this is to look at the prices of lessons outside the city you live in. Below is the average price of a Superprof hour-long face-to-face lesson in some of the larger South African cities:

  • Cape Town         R207
  • Durban                R133
  • Johannesburg  R196
  • Soweto                 R124
  • Pretoria               R174

You can reduce prices by opting for lessons via webcam - this means you can receive lessons from a tutor in another part of the country, and can then find a cheaper rate.

Many tutors offer the first hour free of charge - this trial lesson allows you to get a feel for the tutor's teaching style and whether you feel comfortable with them. If you do and wish to continue, there's often another means of reducing the cost of lessons. Many tutors provide discounts for ten lessons or more - you can save up to 15% with tutors who offer this discount.

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When opting for lessons via webcam, you will be taught in the comfort of your home. |Source: Unsplash

Art students usually also offer cheaper rates than qualified professionals.

Take your time when searching for a tutor, look at their mode of instruction, cost per lesson as well as what discounts are offered, before commiting to lessons.

And always remember to practise between your drawing lessons.

What Do Art Supplies Cost?

When aiming to draw a realistic lion, you need to have to correct drawing materials. Whether pencil, pen, charcoal or watercolour, each medium will impart its own character.

A wide range of art supplies is stocked by stationery shops. You can also buy art materials online or visit art supply shops for more specialised equipment.

Online prices may generally be cheaper than at physical art stores, but the art shop assistants can often provide valuable advice and suggestions when choosing your art materials.


There are a variety of pencils available to choose from, including colored pencils, graphite pencils and pastel pencils. The quality and size of the box will determine the price charged.

On a site such as Brush & Canvas, you can purchase inexpensive colored pencils at R48 for a box of 12, while a graphite set starts at around R33 for a set of 12.

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Range of colored pencils

At the top end, you can pay up to R666  for a set of 18 coloured pencils and R348 for a 6 piece graphite set ranging from H to B.

The brand name also makes a difference to the price charged - Derwent is often cheaper than Faber-Castell.

Generally, pencils will be the cheapest of your art supplies.


Your drawings may look good on printing paper, but they will really shine on proper drawing paper. There are many types of paper available, in different weights and grains. Choose the paper based on the medium being used -whether for drawing, watercolour or even mixed media.


A pencil, sharpener, ruler and eraser are the only tools you should need when starting your lessons, but over time you may want to invest in a few accessories, such as easels, which range in price from R75 for a basic wooden peg easel to just under R6 000 for a studio easel with a tray.

The great thing is that these materials can be bought a little at a time. If you've just started taking lessons, you only need the basic supplies and can build your art supplies up over time.

Good luck with getting started!

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Kim is from Cape Town, South Africa. She enjoys reading and spending summer days on the beautiful blue flag beaches that the Western Cape is blessed with. She is currently working on getting her groove back.