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Artist relishes teaching journey
Sandy Barnard with one of her oil paintings, which
Just after Sandy Barnard joined the teaching staff
Sandy Barnard with one of her oil paintings, which hangs in the headmaster’s office at the St Andrew’s School in Welkom.
Just after Sandy Barnard joined the teaching staff at St Andrew’s School in Welkom in 1999, the art club, under her guidance, made this pottery collage which enjoys place of honour on the wall leading to the school’s media centre.

Well-known art cognoscente, artist and art teacher from Welkom, Sandy Barnard, is resigning from teaching after 27 years.

This doyenne of art in the Goldfields has taught hundreds of aspirant artists the finer skills of her passion.

Sandy has lived in Welkom for more than 40 years, and is a renowned master of sculpture, pottery and ceramics, water colours, acrylics and oils.

Before commencing as an art lecturer at the Goldfields FET College (then known as the Welkom College) in 1991, Sandy had an art studio at her home, where she imparted her knowledge to artists of all ages.

Sandy started teaching art at the St Andrew’s School in Welkom in 1999, and has been there ever since.

“I love teaching art, and particularly the history of art. It is enriching and fulfilling,” Sandy says.

In the seventies and eighties, and even into the nineties, the Goldfields was alive with artists of various genres from across the world.

According to Sandy, this was a time when the mining industry was also at its zenith, resulting in the Goldfields becoming an international mecca of cultures and traditions.

Artists’ clubs and societies were plentiful, and aspirant and working artists could belong to them. which aspirant and working artists could belong to, says Barnard.

Among others, Sandy was a member of the Goldfields Water Colour Society (an affiliate of the South African Water Colour Society) before she became a lecturer at the college. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions, both locally and across the country.

During her tenure at St Andrew’s, she started a tradition of an annual art trip.

On this excursion, Sandy would take a group of art students on tours with intrinsic historic, cultural and artistic value in South Africa and Europe.

Art history is one of Sandy’s passions, and a subject she teaches with vigour.Sandy’s tours were renowned for being crammed with adventure, and learners always found them exciting and informative.

She leaves teaching behind with a very heavy heart.

“Teaching has been a wonderful journey, one which has taken me to strange and exotic places – real and emotional,” she says.

“It has been a journey which I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

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