Summer of art

THE DUBAI Community Theatre and Arts Centre, popularly known as DUCTAC, may well be the proclaimed the hub for all things creative in Dubai, and with good reason.

By Davina Raisinghani

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Published: Sun 3 Aug 2008, 10:42 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:47 PM

This summer, the Arts Centre hosted its second annual, four-week-long summer camp for kids from the ages of six to fourteen, the grand finale to which was the second DUCTAC Summer Camp Arts Showcase of 2008, which took place on July 31.

Whilst majority of Dubai remained indoors, suffering through the heat, the kids at the DUCTAC Summer Camp kept themselves occupied with artistic activities such as painting, watercolour, mask-making, stamping and pottery.

"We did what we could to make it quite professional. They had a real feel for what they were doing, so that they could take it on later if they wanted to. And all the teachers are professional artists in their own right," elaborates Maria Peat, an Art Officer at DUCTAC, and the organiser, as well as one of the teachers, for the summer camp.

With three age group classifications of 6-8, 9-10 and 11-14, rotating through the three, fifty-minute-long sessions, which lasted from 10:00 am to 1:10 pm daily, the students had plenty of time to explore each avenue of their creativity before deciding which channel to invest maximum energy in. Children attended the camp in one or two-week-long slots depending on personal preferences.

The primary change from last year's camp was the addition of an extra class and teacher. This decision was prompted by the success experienced in the previous year. "It was such a success, right from the beginning, that we decided this is going to happen every single year," comments Maria Peat.

Besides her, the two other teachers involved in the camp are Sahar Nabinik, a professional potter, and Suze Duby, the in-charge of printing and mask-making. The teachers were assisted by two volunteers each.

The second exhibition of the artistic works of the thirty participating, talented youths included canvases, collages and pots with different styles of firing and glazing, all of which were created in the self-contained DUCTAC studios. Approximately fifty people were in attendance, inclusive of students and their parents.

The exhibition not only allowed the proud parents a chance to view the impressive creations of their kids, but also provided them with an opportunity to provide feedback, through 'Parental Feedback Forms'.

Exhibit pieces created by regular-term students were also available for sale, the prices ranging roughly from Dh200 to Dh600. Quite a few works were sold at the event, the proceeds of which went to the students themselves.

"The children don't know it yet, so when they come back from the holidays, they're going to be over the moon. Because it's huge! exclaims an enthusiastic Maria Peat.

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