Ever since we created that cat masterpiece (which you’ll remember from the March 2018 issue, of course) we’ve realised how much painting potential we truly have. So we scoured the city to find a few places where we could hone it. Here are five top spots to learn to paint like Picasso. And, if you end up selling your artwork, just remember where you got the idea from in the first place.
Arts and Crafts
There are lots of classes and workshops in this hidden gem behind Landmark Mall. Arts and Crafts is a certified art centre in Qatar, with workshops customised for all ages and levels of experience (thankfully). Its ceramics are locally produced in Qatar from around 1,600 moulds, and it can cater to bulk requests. From pencil sketching and clay art to pottery, charcoal drawing and silk painting, you can take up every artistic skill imaginable here. It even organises birthday parties with art activities for a shindig with a difference.
QR180 (juniors ceramic glaze), QR390 (adults acrylic mixed media), QR600-1,500 (prices vary for different classes). Timings vary. Behind Landmark Mall, Duhail, www.artsandcrafts.qa (4486 5201).
Hobby House Qatar
This creative space brings a bunch of like-minded people together who share the same passion for arts and DIY. There are no fixed classes, Hobby House changes every month, but you can be sure to find everything from gardening and painting to macramé (the art of knotting string into patterns) to DIY and cookie-decorating here. It’s diverse, it’s unique and it’s very exciting. Its social media pages are usually updated with the latest classes, which include watercolour painting, mandala art, Islamic art and much more. Each class can hold about 12 people and needs to be registered for in advance.
Free or from QR50 for classes and workshops. Timings and locations vary. www.questandmark.com.
This popular dance, music, art and soft skills learning centre features art classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. It teaches everything from handling colours and a paint brush to various complicated techniques. Sessions are open to both children and adults, however, in order to register for a course, you’ll have to attend a skills test through which the academy can gauge the interest and aptitude of the student.
Children aged four to 18: QR600 (beginners), QR630 (intermediate), QR700 (advanced); adults aged 18 and above: QR700 (beginners), QR800 (intermediate), QR900 (advanced). Timings vary. D Ring Road, Al Hilal, www.iaidonline.org (4432 0974).
The art classes here include drawing and painting with oil and/or watercolours. Pencil drawing is one of the easiest ways to begin your artistic journey and each class here is designed to teach the fundamental techniques first. The institute will also give certificates at the end of each course. And in case you want to give your fingers a break (not literally, hopefully) it offers yoga and karate classes, too, all at very reasonable prices.
QR100 (admission fee), QR250 (tuition fee per month). Timings vary. Haloul Street, near Vegetable Market, www.kalabhavanqatar.com (4466 2980).
Skills Development Centre
Founded in 2002, this centre teaches music, dance and art to both adults and kids. It has embroidery, sewing and fabric -painting classes, too. Classes in pencil drawing and painting with watercolours, oil pastels and poster colours are available for adults as well as juniors aged 15 and above.
QR175 (juniors, per month), QR200 (adults, per month). Two classes per week. Timings vary. New Salata, www.kalabhavanqatar.com (4465 5433).