Tiana Goosen

Tiana Goosen is an enthusiastic Visual Arts teacher and founder of Kaleidoscope Art Learning Centre situated in Somerset West.

"Everywhere I go, I see an opportunity to start an art class of some sort. No art classes here? No problem, I will start one."

Tiana has been creating away since primary school and took Visual Arts as a Matric subject specialising in painting at PJ Olivier Art Centre in Stellenbosch. In 2012 she was the Arts Director at a children's summer camp in New Jersey, USA. She decided to study Medicine at Stellenbosch University in order to help people. While studying she saw the need for art classes on campus, a place for medical students to relax and create. That is when Motswako art classes were born. Similar classes are still continuing as "breathing space" offered by the campus health services. During her studies she realised that there are many other ways to help people. She decided not to be a practicing medical doctor, but to pursue a career of research, art, teaching and entrepreneurship.

Tiana is currently employed as a Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Health Professions Education at Stellenbosch University. She started an after school art program for a primary school in Stellenbosch. She looks back on it as one of the best decisions she has ever made. In 2019 she was secretary of the Western Cape Artist Society and now a member of the South African Artist society.

Her personal development as an artist and teacher is high on her priority list. She attends various workshops and listen to podcasts about art history and art techniques. She enjoys reading about art in her prized book, "Everything I know about painting" by Richard Schmid. She admires the old painting masters like Sorolla, Zorn and Sargent. But also enjoys more contemporary, illustrative works.

Tiana was privileged to work as a temporary Visual Arts teacher at PJ Olivier Art Center, in the very same classroom she attended as a student. She taught the practical classes for students taking Creative Arts (Gr 8 -9) and Visual Arts (Gr 10 - 12), CAPS curriculum. She was inspired by her amazing students to start Kaleidoscope Art Learning Centre.

"I love people and seeing students excel. I believe that the student who can learn to read, can learn how to paint. It is important for me to practice and learn about my craft in order to teach others to the highest standard. " - Tiana Goosen