For the artist in you: A list of courses in Qatar
If you are an artist whose skills need some polishing or have wanted to tap into your creative side or would like to get your kids involved in art, Qatar offers you plenty of avenues to do so. With the growing art scene, more people are expressing an interest in creating what is unique and exciting.
Many art centres around Doha offer several courses for people of different skill levels. There is always something for everyone in these classes. Painting, dressmaking, calligraphy or decoupage, … and the list goes on. Learn something new or meet new people in the process. Here are a few places that can help you quench your thirst for the arts.
1. Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCUQ) – Community Classes
Twice a year, VCUQ offers several non-credit courses within the art and design spectrum that are open to the Doha community.
This spring, VCUQ has an array of over 50 courses on offer for kids and adults, each of them run by experts or professionals in their respective areas. These include: Hat Making, several photography courses, digital painting, oil painting, camera filming, art classes by different artists, mixed media painting, digital art and graphic design courses using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, jewellery-making, silk painting, weaving a Hula Hoop, art of decoupage, calligraphy, creative, event design, animation, handmade ceramic art, knife-making, woodcarving, fashion dressmaking and others.
Purchasing materials for most courses is the responsibility of students; VCUQ though offers suggestions for where they can be purchased.
How to register: Visit the VCUQ Community classes page, pick the course of your choice, pay the requisite fee using your credit card or PayPal.
Contact: 4402 5555
2. Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
The MIA always has a bundle of surprises in terms of the workshops and courses it offers. Adults and children can learn so much about local culture, which is rooted in Islamic traditions and practices, through these classes without paying a single dirham.
Workshops for kids, adults and families are available. Courses for kids are divided by age group (3-5 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, 13-18 years, 16-18 years) and some courses for adults are divided by gender.
For the period between January and April 2014, the museum is offering around 20 courses. These encourage participants to view the objects and artifacts on display at the Museum for inspiration, learn about how they came to be and then create different pieces of art based on this learning experience. Some of the activities include creating ceramic art, mixed media art, drawing, painting as well as calligraphy.
How to register: View the list of courses offered and RSVP to the email address provided below each course.
Contact: 4422 4444
3. Inspiration Station
Do you know what a box corner bag is? Or would you like to sew a dress for yourself or someone you love? Maybe learn how to make something useful out of shredded paper? You can learn to create all these and more at Inspiration Station, a cozy little art school in Al Waab.
Inspiration Station describes itself as a multi-function centre, which offers a variety of creative lessons for adults as well as facilities for independent work.
Although most of the classes offered are craft classes, there are new ones introduced regularly. These include everything from sewing and embroidery to card-making, quilting, drawing, painting as well as scrapbooking.
Classes are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening on weekdays, and during weekends too, when available.
If you prefer to bring in your own work, there are a number of rooms at Inspiration Station where you can work on your craft projects in the company of others. Converse with other people, exchange tips or simply be inspired by your surroundings.
Course fees vary by class and are usually inclusive of materials.
How to register: View the class list on the Inspiration Station website and sign up through the Eventbrite page.
Contact: 3305 7907, Facebook
Location: Behind Al Waab Petrol Station, CESK Pre-
4. Anima Gallery – Art Education Centre
Anima Gallery focuses on exhibiting contemporary art from local, regional and the international arena. In addition to exhibitions, the gallery also has an Art Education Centre, which imparts art education to children and adults in collaboration with VCUQ.
Currently, the Gallery is running art classes for kids beginning January 25.
Classes are offered as a course of five sessions held on five consecutive Fridays. They are divided into two age groups – 3 to 5 years and 6 to 11 years. Each package is priced at QR600.
Hours: For 3-5 year olds – 3pm to 4.15pm and for 6-11 year olds – 4.30pm to 5.45pm
Location: The Pearl, Parcel 17, Porto Arabia
How to register: Either call Anima Gallery at 4495 3536 or Noor at 6686 2425 or email them at email@example.com and visit the Gallery to complete the sign up process.
5. International Academy for Intercultural Development (IAID)
Whether it’s Indian or jazz dancing, learning to play the guitar, yoga, karate, drawing or painting, the IAID has all of this and much more on offer for adults and kids in Doha.
For visual arts courses, specifically drawing and painting, the IAID’s courses are divided into three different levels – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced – and based on ages of the participants – 4 to 6 years, 7 to 12 years, 13 to 18 years and Adults.
Fees and class hours for each of these courses vary by each of the age groups.
How to register: View the course schedule, sign up by calling the IAID at 4432 0974/4441 1234/5538 1960/6671 0589 and pay an admission fee of QR100.
Location: D-Ring Road, Al Hilal
6. Katara Art Center
Katara Art Center is very active in trying to involve the members of the Doha community in various exchanges and workshops on different topics and art.
While it organizes a number of weekly events such as talks and workshops by prominent artists, it is currently running an Artist Mentorship Program by visual artist Rima Kaddissi as a follow-up to its monthly event Mastaba: Conversations on Art.
This program is an opportunity for artists to have an interactive conversation with arts consultant and mentor Kaddissi. This introductory session allows artists to develop and shape how they understand their practice through a series of short exercises and presentations.
The Mentorship Program is divided into group sessions and private or online sessions and begins on January 13.
Duration: 4 sessions with 4 hours per session
Fees per Session per Participant: QR400
Total fees/Block: QR1600
Private and Online Sessions/Block
Duration: 4 sessions, 2 hours per session
Fees per Session per Participant: QR700
Total fees/Block: QR2800
Contact: 4408 0244, Facebook
Location: Building 5, Katara