About Us


MasterArtClasses is a platform for learning indigenous African arts and a wide range of contemporary crafts. Through well-established teaching methods, students are taken step-by-step in learning about the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria and Africa as a whole.  You have a range of courses to choose from.  You can choose from the range of online classes already prerecorded with videos to assist with giving you a rich learning experience.  These videos are clear, and straight to the point and are our most treasured resources for those located outside our location.   If you can, visit our workshop for a direct encounter with our tutors. Our physical courses allow you to use state-of-the-art equipment in a conducive learning environment located at 14 Bank Olemoh Close, Akerele, in the Surulere area of Lagos State. Register on our website to get updates and tips on our courses. Whichever method you choose, we will satisfy your needs.

We also announce group classes or workshops periodically in specific areas.   Our family of students is growing internationally, and we are glad that you have chosen us as your best provider for teaching African art.  Join MasterArtClasses to learn from our professional artists and community of creatives. Also, follow us on our social media platforms.  Welcome

Peju Layiwola is the founder of MasterArtclasses.  She is an artist and teacher with several years of experience in the visual arts. She began her teaching career in 1991 at the University of Benin, Nigeria, and has taught at the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos. She also has a wealth of teaching experience in universities abroad. She has served as a guest lecturer and visiting professor in several Universities/Institutions, including Rhodes Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, 2019; Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, 2017; University of Arkansas, 2017 and 2020 and University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.

She has carried out extensive work in local communities through her non-profit organization, Women and Youth Art Foundation (Wy Art) founded in 1994. This Foundation was listed by Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2019 as one of the leading artist-led initiatives in Nigeria.  She produced the first instructional DVDs on arts and crafts in Nigeria-a teaching resource that has helped thousands of people in Africa.

She is a recipient of several awards and recognition. She has been teaching children and adults indigenous art and the cultural heritage of Nigeria. These lectures are borne out of her experience in teaching in the informal sector and within the academy.
Other tutors, part of her team specialise in lapidary, ceramics, metal embossing, printmaking, painting and many other arts.

Alao Lukman

Metal Embossing

Zephaniah Ndaja


Sheriff Ojetunde