Digital Drawing and Painting

The aim of the Digital Drawing & Painting course is to promote digital drawing for the new generation by demystifying its tools and techniques. Tried and tested traditional drawing techniques will be taught for the digital medium, utilising software packages that allow for vibrancy and precision in colour and composition which analog media cannot provide. Students will be taught how to bring canvasses of pixels to life through the use of XP-pen drawing tablets or Wacom tablets, under the constant guidance of industry professionals.

2020 Courses on offer

View and download our full 2020 prospectus for more information on the Academy and what our different courses have to offer:


The Intro to Digital Drawing & Painting Course is aimed at artist aged 14 and above who wish to spend their school holidays learning art principles that underpin the digital art industry.  These classes aid in transitioning traditional artists to digital art using helpful principles & processes as well as the technical aspect of computers and drawing tablets.  Principles such as preliminary sketching, shape based drawing and perspective drawing will be covered as part of the drawing modules.  Students will go on to learn about colour and digital painting covered in the painting modules.

"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing" - Walt Disney.

It is this line of thinking that inspire what happens in our classes, a lot of attention is paid on practicing and experimenting using the correct techniques proving to be the tried and tested way of learning digital art.

Check out the different workshop options that we have to offer:

Holiday Course Dates

Johannesburg- On Campus

Course Duration: 6 / 10 days
Daily - 08:30 to 16:00

  • 23 March 2020 – 28 March 2020 [autumn - cancelled]
  • 23 June 2020 – 03 July 2020 [winter - cancelled]
  • 21 September 2020 – 26 September 2020 [spring - cancelled]
  •  November 2020 –  December 2020 [summer - On Campus]

Venue: The Animation School [Craighall Park]

Cape Town - On Campus

Course Duration: 6 / 10 days
Daily - 08:30 to 16:00

  • 23 March 2020 – 28 March 2020 [autumn - cancelled]
  • 23 June 2020 – 03 July 2020 [winter - cancelled]
  • 21 September 2020 – 26 September 2020 [spring - cancelled]
  •  November 2020 –  December 2020 [summer - On Campus] 

Venue: The Animation School [Woodstock]

Online courses dates

We are happy to announce that our Intro to Digital Art workshop is now available online anytime, anywhere, at your own pace, with your designated mentor. The intro online workshop is a prelude to the On-campus intermediate to advance workshop due to take place in summer. The Online workshop will delve into three of the five foundations of art and how they can be fused to create dynamic digital humanoid characters.


Some of the awesome artworks that our talented alumni created during a course with us


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Where To Find Us

All the ways to get a hold of us


110 Conrad drive, Craighall Park, 2196
+27 60 643 0810


The Animation Scool - Craighall
110 Conrad Drive, Craighall Park, Randburg 2196

Cape Town

The Animation School - Woodstock
42 Searle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925


Our passionate mentors will guide you through every workshop


Canvas Rabobi, is a specialized, sponsored, one-month program for talented, traditional artists in townships who have designed their own comic book using any traditional medium. The program will train traditional, visual artists in digital art and drawing for animation; to produce a professional comic book as means of transitioning into any ‘4th industrial revolution’ career such as animation. Free Workshop sponsored by the GFC.

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A bursary program for High School students in townships sponsored by the NFVF

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Kasi-Sketchbook club

The Kasi-Sketchbook outreach program aims to create township drawing-clubs that will encourage young artists to sketch their “worlds” daily inside their sponsored Kasi-sketchbooks.  This outreach program is a collective effort from CANVAS Academy and accomplished artists who themselves have experienced success through drawing.

The Kasi-sketchbook event and competition that takes place annually, recently partnered with the XP-Pen foundation who sponsored each of the 3 winners with a 'Star 06' Wireless Tablet, to encourage the financially disadvantaged youth in our townships to explore the eclectic world of digital art.

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