If you’ve ever fancied exploring your creative side, now is the time. No matter what your age, it’s never too late to grab your pen or paints, plunge into some clay, and let your right-brain self roll. We’ve rounded up our favourite classes, starting this month; registration is now and classes fill up fast, so book early.
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Ceramics and sculpture
One day the grounds of our villa will feature huge Greek-style statues of our own making, but for now we’re heading over to VCU Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) to take the Clay Sculpture and Pottery class, which will teach us the basics. For QR1,000 all materials are provided, and the course, held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.30pm-7.30pm, runs Feb 7-Mar 9.
Or try the course in Ceramic Mosaics being taught by Iraqi artist Zaineb Balasem Yasser, also at VCU Qatar. Held from Feb 6-Mar 8, on Sundays and Tuesdays, from 5.30pm-7.30pm, it costs QR1,000 for a total of 10 classes. And in that time you will learn all about mosaic technique and composition, with all materials included.
Doha’s latest art venue, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, is having artist Younès Rahmoun host a four-day workshop to complement his installation at the ‘Told, Untold, Retold’ exhibition, teaching participants how to create deep meaning out of everyday objects. Classes will be taught in Arabic, held from Feb 14-17, starting at 5pm. The cost is free.
Drawing and painting
Even if you’re a budding Michelangelo, your landlord may not appreciate your painting the ceiling of your apartment. Better, then, to start off small – maybe in watercolour or acrylic. Dhamiya (5563 9710) offers classes perfect for beginners, on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10am-noon. Or head to VCU Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) for its Drawing Basics class, to learn perspective, shading, light, shadow and composition, and work with different materials. Held from Feb 6-Mar 15, Sundays and Tuesdays 4pm-5.30pm, it costs QR1,200.
Or take things a step further by studying colour theory. VCU Qatar is holding such a course from Feb 13-Apr 5, on Sundays and Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, and will look at perception, colour scales and systems, and the meanings of colours to various cultures. Or how about a course in visual concepts, looking at all the basics, from point and line to shape and volume, and how they can be arranged. Students will come out of this class with a portfolio of their work, featuring drawing, painting and mixed media, with classes from Feb 14-Apr 6, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. Both of these classes are QR1,600. There are also courses at VCU Qatar for Arabic-speaking artists. The oil painting class will teach students how to mix paint and blend colours, with a look at the work of famous artists – perfect for beginners. The class runs Feb 9-Mar 13, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm and Saturdays 10am-noon, and costs QR1,600.
We’d like to be able to wear the art that we create, so we’ll definitely be at VCU Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) for its Fashion Dressmaking Basics course. This will guide participants through the use of sewing machines and hand-stitching, and should be perfect for anyone who ever wanted to design and sew their own clothes. Taking place from Feb 11-Mar 26, on Saturdays from 4pm-5.30pm, the course costs QR1,400. If you want flashy designs and prints to go with your clothes (and you speak Arabic, as that’s the language this class is taught in), catch the classes for Textile Printing Design, held Feb 7-Mar 30, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-8pm, with a QR1,600 price tag.
An Introduction to Fashion Design course at the same venue will help you to get to grips with colours, textiles and styles first. Head to VCU Qatar from Feb 6-Mar 17, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm-7.30pm. The course is QR1,200. Bling-lovers won’t want to miss the Jewellery Drawing and Design course from Feb 7-Mar 23. Classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.30pm-9pm will teach the fundamentals of good jewellery design, including drawing, illustrating and development. It costs QR1,400. There is also a Design Your Home class to help you improve the aesthetics of what is around you, not just on you, and this runs from Feb 8-Apr 2 on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7pm-9pm, for QR1,600. All aspects of interior design colour and lighting will be covered.
Just for kids
Younès Rahmoun is also hosting a workshop at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art for five-eight-year-olds as part of the Artist Encounters series. By showing his own work with coloured glass, he will help children create colourful transparent works of their own. The one-hour workshop is available on either Feb 11 or 12, starting at 4pm, for Arabic speakers only. Admission is free.
After watching Avatar about 20 times, we’ve been fascinated by computer trickery and animation, and we’re sure that VCU Qatar (www.qatar.vcu.edu) will tell us more at its 3D Studio Max 2010 Essentials and Beyond course. Held from Feb 11-Apr 1, with classes on Fridays at either 2pm-4pm or 4pm-6pm, the class will instruct participants in the use of 3D Studio Max – the world’s most widely used 3D animation software. The course will provide a thorough introduction to the principles of 3D modelling, materials, lights and cameras, animation techniques, rendering, special effects and more.
Or learn how to manipulate photos and create 2D art with VCU Qatar’s Adobe PhotoShop class, which gives a thorough introduction to the software. Held from Feb 11-Mar 12, on Fridays from 2pm-4pm or Saturdays from 10am-noon, the course costs QR650.