About

Intro

Hi, I’m Gerhi Janse van Vuuren. I am currently writing a novel and have been trying to finish one since 2008. I think I am pretty close now. It does not have a title yet but my plan is to have it done by the end of the year. Earlier if by some miracle. Watch this space.

Not this space specifically but this website as a space. If you think you might forget then sign up to this blog. I’ll post when the novel has a title and other significant details, such as when it is done.

More background

Since 2013 I have been working full-time as an art teacher. From middle 2015 I have also been teaching some drama so maybe I should say arts teacher. Other than that I mess around with at least a dozen creative ideas at a time. Sometimes I even make something that I consider finished.

As an art teacher I am very interested in how my students learn to make art and in how I make art myself. I am continuously busy adjusting both my teaching and my art making based on the influence each have on the other. Again, recently I have been surprised about how large and/or insignificant those influences can be. Some days all I have to hope for is to open a student’s mind just a little bit to broader possibilities.

Gerhi Janse van Vuuren, Selfportrait, 2000, oil on hardboard
Gerhi Janse van Vuuren, Selfportrait, 2000, oil on hardboard

Oh yes, that also means that I am a practicing artist. Practicing but not professional because even though it would be nice to make money directly from my art I am not doing so at this moment. Not that I have been ostensibly trained to do so, it is just not so easy in practice (making art and making money from art).

As a practicing artist I work mostly in painting though I have dabbled in mixed media collage, printmaking, drawing and sculpture (and writing). Which are also what I teach my students. Because these two activities influence each other.

My approach to art making (and teaching) is experimental. I rarely know what the process or outcome would be and continuously adjust or rework my approaches and methodologies. However, I strive to base these experimentations on sound principles.

I also have an interest in the dramatic. But for the moment that is a minor theme in both my artistic practice and teaching profession. I recently (2016) had the opportunity to co-direct (there were four directors) a class 11 play. I must admit that I learned more about negotiating and compromising than drama but I am very proud of our end product nonetheless.

To conclude, a couple of specific observations: I am male, married, with two children (boys). I teach high school art at a Waldorf School. I live in Randburg, Gauteng. I am of an age that require me to take care of my body out of necessity and I have virtually no interest in any sporting activity whatsoever (I am giving Yoga a try at the moment). I have read my eyes to ruin and can’t stop even if you paid me to.

Updates

  • Page created: Thursday 24 September 2015
  • Updated: Tuesday 29 March 2016
  • Updated: Sunday 30 July 2017