As the scorching heat of the sun locks us indoors for a few months, we thought ‘What better way to spend the summer than to nurture the artist within?’ You may have longed for a creative outlet [especially if you work in an ad agency – ironically], or you haven’t yet played with the idea of exploring artsy avenues. Well, now’s the chance to it.
B-Change picks 5 art workshops in Dubai, so you can train to create something beautiful this summer:
Painting at We Love Art, Jumeirah
Knock back a glass of wine and create a pop art portrait.
We Love Art offers workshops with a trained instructor, Denise, to help you find your creative niche and create an impeccable piece of artwork. At the end of the 7-week workshop, you even get to showcase your piece at an exhibition [all inclusive]. Learn how to paint in a laid back environment and make an inspiring set of friends.
Take a look at their one day workshops if you’re looking to try something new. With a tinge of offbeat, they even have 1-Day ‘Pop Art’ classes and ‘Wine and Painting Nights’ for 3 hours – sounds like incredible fun, huh?
When: Classes run from 10:30am to 1:30pm every Saturday
How Much: Beginners course for 7 weeks AED 1,550
Where: Google map here.
For more information, visit the We Love Art website.
Decoupage at Dubai International Art Centre
Snip and glue yourself something pretty.
What does this fancy word even mean? Decoupage involves decorating objects with colored paper cut out into fancy designs [not as simple as it sounds, folks]. This art form originated in Siberia where natives used it to decorate tombs. Present day, they can make the interior of a room pop with color or make for a brilliant gift add-on.
DIAC offers a 6-week workshop that teaches you how to use special effects of decoupage through painting, mosaics, gold leaf etc. The project will teach you how to work with a number of different techniques: print transfers onto objects/canvas, 3D decoupage, one stroke painting, painting on glass/wood, 3D relief art on paper and canvas.
Pick your poison!
When: Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 1pm
How much: Member’s fee AED 935 [For non-members, an additional 25%]
Where: Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1 [Google map here.]
Sculpture at DUCTAC
Chip away and make your own David.
Sculpting sounds intimidating to painters, let alone beginners in the field. However, this short 4 to 6-session workshop will familiarize you with the history of sculpture, different forms of basso relief and teach you how to create your own with practice sessions. With different timings for children, teens and adults, it’s open for all.
Give it a go and chip a nail.
When: 3-hour sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays [Details here]
How much: AED 660 (4 sessions – Beginners), AED 990 (6 sessions – for those re-booking or advanced students)
Where: At Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre in MOE [Google map here]
For more information, visit the DUCTAC website.
Photography at International Institute of Art & Photography
Up and test your clicking skills.
One-on-one training. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure to composition, rule of thirds, focus of subject to amplify the quality of your photographs.
With flexible timings and private classes available, IIAP offers examinations and certificates at the end of their courses. If you don’t want in for the long haul and are only beginning to dabble with a camera, try the four-day workshop to learn the basics.
How much: AED 3,500 for four-day workshop and AED 12,000 for professional courses
Where: International Institute of Art & Photography [Google map here]
For more information, visit www.iiap.ae or call 04 369 7253.
Cake making+ decorating at Baking Art
Create something delicious.
The experimentation and exploration of different flavours, textures, colours or the intricate designs of the mouthwatering icing; you can’t deny baking is an art.
Say goodbye to ready-mix cakes with the ‘Beginners course in cake making & decorating,‘ which teaches 12 different cakes (all drool worthy!), from vanilla cake, chocolate cake, ribbon cake, coffee cake, fruit cake, to swiss rolls, pumking and date cake, sponge cakes, orange and lemon cakes, carrot cake and banana snack cake, egg less cakes (Phew!).
Also learn how to decorate with butter cream, fondant and more [and be sure to invite us to taste the cake].
When: 12 weeks (once a week) 9.00 am -12.00 noon
Where: Baking art, Villa number 8 , Mirdif [Google Map here]
For details about timings and seat reservations, call 055-8086940 / 050-4838097 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.