Young artists get chance to polish their talent

DUBAI — The art scene in Dubai has grown over the years with several art galleries setting up branches showcasing art from around the world, bringing in its wake the rapid rise of artists from the city itself.

By Deepa Narwani

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Published: Tue 26 Jul 2011, 9:28 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:01 AM

This swell of creativity has helped inspire initiatives from the government to encourage people to pick up the brush and explore their artistic flair. The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority is implementing this drive by hosting a series of fine arts workshops, covering traditional artforms including calligraphy, drawing and Islamic decoration this summer.

Aimed at honing the basic skills in drawing with coal, pastel and acrylic colours, as well as a theoretical understanding of drawing, one such workshop is being held to July 30, every Saturday, Monday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Dar Al Nadwa in Al Bastakiya. The participants can also attend a one-day seminar on the history of art and art schools, which will be followed by studying the work of master artists. The workshops are free and open to everyone.

Ebtisam Abdulaziz, instructor, said: “The group of students this year are really passionate about painting, and teaching them has been rewarding. This batch has 14 students. The focus of the workshop is to teach the basics such as drawing a straight line and moving towards still life and landscape drawings. Techniques such as vanishing point and perspective are taught as well.”

There are also classes in the history of art. “These lectures are designed to explain to students the work of the masters of art such as Picasso and Van Gogh to make them realise the importance of art throughout centuries,” said Ebtisam. She feels that the challenge for her is to transform her students from learners to full-fledged artists. “All of them love to create art and my aim is for them to understand and appreciate contemporary art,” added Ebtisam. “The age group here is from 12 to 35 and everyone is eager to learn. An exhibition of all their works will be held during the first week of August to showcase their talents and make the students proud of their achievements.”

The Islamic decoration workshop is open for youngsters in the age group of 10-15 years and offers them a welcome change during the summer break. The workshop is envisaged to educate children on the art used in Islamic architecture, Islamic decorations and achieving harmony in colours within the motifs. This workshop will run till July 28, from 5pm to 7pm at Al Twar Public Library.

The art works created at these sessions will also be displayed at an exhibition to be held during Ramadan

Khalil Abdulwahid, Visual Arts Manager, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said: “To foster a genuine understanding of arts, it is important for artists to grasp the basics of any artform. The workshops are led by experts and have been designed to nurture local talent and strengthen their skills in traditional artforms such as calligraphy and Islamic decorations, which also underline our heritage and culture.”

Eshraq Mohammed, student at the drawing workshop, said: “This is the second summer where I am attending this workshop. The atmosphere is very good and helps to bring out the best in us and the instructor is also very professional. Drawing is my hobby and this workshop has helped me gain a clear perspective about the nuances of this art.”

The calligraphy workshop further aims to provide participants with an overview of the origins, development and techniques involved in calligraphy. The workshop on Ruqa Calligraphy will run till July 28, from 5pm to 7pm, at Al Twar Public Library.

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