Paint like Matisse: Online UAE art masterclasses begin on Tuesday

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Laila Al Masri
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Theatre of Digital Art launches expert web classes

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Published: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 11:34 AM

Last updated: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 5:05 PM

We have often been accused of possessing Van Gogh's ear for music, but do we have his eye for painting? We have never found out. With more time at home, maybe now is the chance to don a jaunty smock, wax up the moustache and become an artiste.
What luck! Dubai's soon-to-open Theatre of Digital Art (ToDA) is rolling out a series of online masterclasses to tap into your creative side from March 31. ToDA Dubai is an art, education and entertainment destination that will combine all three formats of digital art: multimedia exhibitions, contemporary immersive installations and virtual reality experiences and is set to open its doors later this year. The masterclasses are the institution's way of introducing you to their world.
"Art is often considered an excellent form of therapy and encourages people to express their feelings while offering a creative outlet," said Oleg Marinin, Partner at ToDA. "In an increasingly digitalised world, ToDA's avant-garde take on 18th and 19th century art brings timeless expressionist, impressionist and abstract art pieces into the modern era. Through the masterclasses and 'stay-at-home' challenge, we hope to build a bridge between creative young minds and iconic art styles, while giving residents a creative outlet that can be enjoyed by the whole family".
ToDA Dubai is collaborating with two prominent UAE-based artists, Laila Ali Masri and Amrita Sethi, who will each take to Instagram to demonstrate impressionist art techniques perfected by legendary artists that include Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Wassily Kandinsky, Vincent Van Gogh and more.
On Tuesday March 31 at 4pm, Laila Al Masri, who specialises in abstract and figurative art, and exhibited a compelling body of work at New York's School of Visual Arts where she completed a post graduate art residency, will demonstrate how you can recreate Matisse cut-outs and impressionist paintings using materials found at home. Tune into her Instagram page @lailamasristudioo for information on what to prepare before the masterclass.
On Wednesday April 1 at 6pm, Amrita Sethi, who specialises in creating art based on voice notes, will demonstrate how you can recreate your own Kandinsky masterpiece at home, using simple materials. Have a look at her Instagram before the lesson too.
Stay-at-Home Challenge
Starting  April 3, ToDA Dubai will run a novel 'stay-at-home' challenge inspired by the viral Dutch Instagram account Tussen Kunst & Quarantaine - meaning 'Between Art & Quarantine' (@tussenkunstenquarantaine). The concept asks you to replicate history's most iconic artworks by following four simple steps to recreate the works at home:
Head to @todadubai on Instagram and choose a painting to recreate.
Find three things (or people) around the house.
Recreate the painting with the selected props.
Tag @todadubai when uploading the final image to Instagram.

Amrita Sethi
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