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Join us to learn, experience, make, debate and engage with art.

Programmes and Tours

Through on-site tours and online material, we support art teachers in making the work of Irma Stern relevant and exciting to those learners who engage with her work as part of the school curriculum.

We offer a range of school education programmes and workshops that make art meaningful and accessible to all children and learners.

Online classes

The Irma Stern Museum educational team offers online classes for 2020 Grade 12 Visual Art learners preparing for their exit exams. See topics below.

How to analyse an artwork:

  • Voice of emerging artists
  • South African artists influenced by African/indigenous art forms

Get in touch

To discuss which programme, online class or workshop would be most suitable to you as a learner, or to your class if you are a teacher, contact our education coordinator Ayesha Price.

Material for learners

We are currently developing:

  • Worksheets based on the the South African National Grade 12 school art curriculum
  • Videos and podcasts for learners, students and public visitors

First learner material module now available!

Visual Culture Studies:

Voice of Emerging Artists


Headline to go here
Visual Art: Visual Culture Studies
Grades 10–12

  • Students (working alone or supervised)
  • Teachers (notes)

This module comprises 4 steps and additional resources.


The Voice of Emerging Artists discusses the beginning of a Western Art tradition in South Africa and draws attention to the influences of European art on early South African artists. We follow Irma Stern’s journey from Europe to South Africa and compare it to the path of Gerard Sekoto, from Africa to Europe.

This course will help you:

  • Gain practice in visual analysis
  • Compare elements of art history in Africa and Europe during the 20th century.
  • Discuss artworks with reference to social contexts and influences.


Let’s get started! Watch this short video in preparation for this module.

1: Discussion

Follow this step-by-step guided presentation. Learn how to draw on your existing knowledge to interpret an artwork that you haven’t seen before or in real life.

Remember to document your observations. Voice-record your discussion, even if you are by yourself. You will need it later.

2: Worksheet

In this exercise, you can jot down your ideas about what you have observed and discussed. We prepared a structured sheet to help you organise your thoughts.

You can print the worksheet and note your comments.

Below is the piece of art we are using in this exercise. Click on the image to find out more.

3: Example of a visual analysis

In this video, you can watch an example to see how visual analysis is done.

Find the notes here. How does your voice recording from Step 1 compare?

4: Activity sheet

Further your learning with activities for observation, exploration and art-making. If you are completing this for a school course, enquire with your teacher which particular activities are to be completed.

5: Additional resources

Find here additional resources to practice visual analysis of an unseen artwork.

For this exercise, you can use one of the following works of art.
Hover over the image to see the title and year, click on the image to enlarge.

See some of the pieces in our collection:

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