VCUarts Qatar launches free online art and design classes

Get creative ideas for kids or design your own home office

VCUarts Qatar launches free online art and design classes

With all the time you’ve been spending indoors, we’d be surprised if you didn’t take an art class already.

And if you’re looking for something different or just interested in acquiring a new creative skills, sign up for VCUarts Qatar’s art and design classes starting Wednesday April 22.

The classes are free and go on until May 20, so there’s no excuse to skip these.

Titled Virtual Studios, the programme has been launched to support the VCUarts Qatar community, and one of the courses Art in Support of our Heroes will cater to all those who are bravely and selflessly working for the safety of all of Qatar’s citizens, such as medical and hospital staff.

The Heroes class, which will last one hour, will be taught by Sara Powell, a VCUarts Qatar alumna and art psychotherapist who has vast experience in supporting trauma.

Though the class is designed for frontline responders, it is open to anyone who would benefit from it. 

No previous art-making experience is needed, and only simple materials, such as a pencil or paper, or other basic art materials are required.

Powell will also be teaching Art & Collective Conversations in Crisis. Participants will be invited to join a creative space where they will engage in artmaking, consider their emotional wellbeing and how they are managing and mitigating the impact of the pandemic while reflecting on transitioning with a lack of connectivity and uncertainty, and while addressing issues such as fear and anxiety.

Art & Collective Conversations in Crisis will provide an avenue and opportunity for the participants to interact, ask questions and collectively support each other.

Other classes include 2D Animation for Kids, which will be taught by VCUarts Qatar graphic design alumna Ebtesam M. Al-Hothi.

The kids can learn creative techniques of shading using dotting, collage and push and pull ink.

The art pieces created by the students will be combined and used to produce 2D stop motion animation clips. These artworks will be created using basic stationery and everyday household resources.

Another class that might interest you is Set up your Creative Home Office where VCUarts Qatar interior design alumna Asma Ul Hosna’s class will focus on realistic, fun and quick ideas to set up a home office.

Design Thinking in Design and Entrepreneurship by interdisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and VCUarts Qatar fashion design professor Yang Soon Ju will show how design thinking can support self-expression and creativity more innovatively in the area of design and entrepreneurship.

In the class titled Encouraging your Child’s Creativity at Home, participants will explore art ideas, exercises and the benefits of providing creative and exploratory opportunities for children of all ages at home.

Using only basic stationery, kitchen resources and things from around the home, the instructor Bridget Dunn will guide the students in how to make an exciting drawing, collage, sculpture and painting and printing.

To register for the classes, visit qatar.vcu.edu./community/online-education.

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