Go People – Dierde Ann Kelly



What type of art do you specialise in?  

I was introduced to art through another art teacher who was my mentor. Then lockdown happened. I felt so isolated.  I dabbled in crocheting for charity with the “30 Pairs in 30 Days for Bedsocks”.

After that, I started working with Tarn, making baskets and mats. After going to a funeral in Cape Town in March 2021, I came up with the idea to offer arts and crafts to children from the ages of four to 13. That’s how Kids Art by D was born.

When and how did you start your journey with art? What inspired you to share your skills with others? 

I’ve always had a love for art in any form. I’m self-taught, and inspired by children. I listen to their stories,  and what they want to paint or make for their next class. It has been an amazing two years so far.

Three months in, adults also expressed interest in learning art, so I held the first adults’ class where they made a wooden pallet cheeseboard. Some of their other lessons include tie-dye classes. For Mother’s Day, we made fire bowls.

What is it that you love about art, that inspired you to pursue it as more than just a hobby?  

Children love my secure property, as the garden has lots of trees and vegetation to play hide and seek or build a fort. The kids have time to paint and complete the project, then it’s playtime, juice, and snack time.

What qualifications or experience would you say one needs in order to give art lessons?

I have no qualifications as an art teacher. All my experience is self-taught. There are many places that offer art classes. I am also a qualified beautician, and have become a stay-at-home mom.

FUN LESSONS: Diedre Ann Kelly shares her skills with adults and children through Art with D. Picture: SUPPLIED

What are some of the challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?

The cost of each class is more competitive than the next and you must come up with new ideas for each class.

Do you have any proud moments that you have had with your art or classes? 

I am proud of myself for starting my business during the lockdown in 2021.

What are some of your goals for this year and going forward?   

My goal for this year is to expand and give art lessons to more children after school.

What advice or tips do you have for someone who is interested in a similar line of business?  

Find a market, look at what others offer, and make sure what you offer is something different.

Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?  

I offer arts and crafts parties to adults and children. We mainly have classes on a Saturday from 9 am-11 am and adults from 2 pm until 6 pm or 7 pm.

How can our readers get hold of you? 

Email: deidre.kelly@absamail.co.za, Phone: 083-331-3315.


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