The Idea 

While working in Paris as part of an Artist-in-residence program at the Cité Internationale des Arts in 2012 and 2015, Christelle found that the interaction between artists from all over the world brought new dimensions to her understanding of and executing art. In 2015 she completed a portrait painting workshop in Rome with the renowned American portrait artist, David Jon Kassan. It was there that the idea to have a similar experience in South Africa lead to a discussion with David who was immediately thrilled to participate in such a workshop. Back home, meeting up with her friend Linda-Louise Roosenschoon, she shared her recent experiences and enthusiasm about the project which lead to putting this event together. 

Because of the brilliant success of the first workshop with David, we decided to make this an annual event.


“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” 

Pablo Picasso 

Meet the Organiser 

Christelle du Plessis (van Zyl)


Christelle discovered her love for Art at an early age - how to appreciate its different dimensions and how to fathom all its materials. Her studies in the visual arts enhanced her ability to catch and reflect her emotions and passions. 


In her twenties, she developed her own fashion line. It branched into a range of table linen that focused on the effect of paint on various textiles. This lead to painting on other surfaces such as murals, canvas and board. The opportunity of an artist's residency in Paris in 2012 changed her focus to practicing art professionally.


Her passion for drawing was satisfied through her discovery of the many capacities of charcoal, one of her favourite mediums. In the search for the perfect subject, she discovered her affinity and interest in the art of portraiture with oil paint as her main medium.