Jill Trappler, artist, teacher

Monday 22–Friday 26 January 9.30 am–12:30 pm COURSE FEES R3 080; Staff and students R1 500

VENUE Classroom 3A, Centlivres Building, University Avenue, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

Maximum number of participants 20

‘It is in seeking the emergence of “a surprise”, creating an autonomous experience on a two- dimensional surface that stimulates and interests me. The challenge is similar to music in that the whole comes together and connects with the viewer or audience through time, memory and empathy. When a painting is complete I look forward to how it interacts and engages conversation.’

Using shape, colour, line and mark we will explore how to find images that relate to the music we listen to. Suggested media includes oil pastels, wax crayons, water soluble crayons and water-based paint on paper.

In the five in-person sessions we will explore the relationship between sound and colour, rhythm and mark. While listening to music I will suggest various ways of how to make images. There will be two sessions of music of my choice, one session of your choice and one session with a musician. There may be some final images; there will be many experimental pieces.


Jill Trappler

Jill Trappler has worked as an artist and craft person in various projects over the past forty years.  These include, Thupelo, Greatmore Street (she is a founder member of both) and Bag Factory studios.  Jill served on the Board of the AVA gallery and the NAC.

She established the Philani weaving project and the Intle cooperative project in Site B and Philippi.  The art studio initiative at Valkenberg grew out of workshops coordinated at the hospital. The Orange art project is currently Jill’s preoccupation.

 She has worked as an unqualified OT at Baragwaneth (1976/77) and at Groot Schuur OT department as a part time lecturer. Jill lectures at UCT summer school and teaches open, drop in session and weekend workshops.

She exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad. Her solo exhibitions are numerous and continue to be a priority in her practice.

The combinations of project work, teaching and personal practice has a significant impact. Interactive, exchanging skills and ideas with people from various backgrounds and experiences plus daily involvement in making art/craft, push the levels of creative life style, education and skills sharing.