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.
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Meet our founder
I am Peju Layiwola, an artist and teacher with a wealth of experience teaching and working with diverse media in the arts. I started my teaching career in 1991 at the University of Benin. After four years of teaching, I joined the University of Lagos (2002-). Twenty-five years of teaching has gone faster than expected, but it has been a beautiful journey of imparting knowledge and skills. I have 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, 2020 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2008
I have also done extensive work in local communities through a nonprofit organization, the Women and Youth Art Foundation (Wy Art), which I founded in 1994. These innovative and popular instructional DVDs on arts and crafts have been a great resource for learners since 1998.
I am a recipient of several awards and recognitions: Grant of the African Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2020; Tyson Scholar at the Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, USA (2019): Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Arkansas (2019-2020) and 2020 Ambassador of Goodwill Award from the State of Arkansas. I was awarded the prestigious Terra Foundation grant for American Art in 2018, the CAA-Getty Alumni grant (2018), and nominated to the US International Leadership Programme (IVLP) in 2011. This nonprofit partnered with the Bronx Museum of the Arts on the Hilary Clinton US State Department SmARTpower program in 2012; This intervention in teaching art earned the US Lagos State Consulate Grant 2017 and, subsequently, the US Alumni Exchange Award 2018.
At MasterArtClasses, our mission is to celebrate and promote the richness of African art and culture by providing engaging, high-quality art courses that empower individuals to explore their creative potential and embrace the beauty of African artistic traditions
Our vision is to be a leading platform that fosters a global appreciation for African art and culture, inspiring a diverse community of artists and enthusiasts to connect, learn, and create together, while preserving and honoring the heritage of African artistic expressions.