27 Jul 2017 - 2:13
Qatari girls hone up skills at summer festivals
31 Jul 2017 - 1:48
By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula
Qatari young girls are making use of their summer vacations by learning screen printing, Mozaic art, recycling of papers, painting techniques of Picasso and many other skills at several workshops being held at Girls Creativity Center.
The centre, through the month-long ‘Summer Festival’, aims at teaching girls art and craft and to promote their talent. It provides all materials and special assistance to achieve their goals.
Aida Saadi Naji, a teacher of heritage and cultural workshop at the centre said: “I have taught students for three weeks now. The first week was about screen printing. It is a printing technique in which a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. In the second week, students learnt to make ‘Mozaic Art’ and now in the third week, they are learning to create different backgrounds using stencils.”
Each week of summer festival at the centre has six workshops for different age groups which includes diverse categories of art classes such as pottery, painting, drawing, recycling, abstract art and many more.
Painting workshop is hosted by one of the famous Qatari Artist, Maryam Al Mulla, who is teaching students about Pablo Picasso painting techniques.
A student at painting workshop said: “I am provided with all the equipment and I require to draw and paint on canvas. Our teacher has taught us easy ways to draw and paint with Picasso style. I enjoy every day at Girls Creativity Center, it is a great platform to come and nourish your talent.”
Hala Al Sayed, Teacher at the center is teaching children how to recycle paper and paint on recycled paper. Talking about the idea of recreated paper, she said: “Many of us throw paper in our recycling bins without thinking much. Paper recycling is an important element that children should learn at home without too much trouble.”
Noor Al Ghanim, student of grade six at Al Falah Independent School attending the festival at the centre, enjoyed all the workshops during her summer vacations. She said: “ I am loving the experience from these interesting workshops being held here. I have learnt in two weeks to draw and paint flawlessly. Recycling paper was the most interesting workshop till now.”
‘Summer Festival’ at the center began on 23 July and continues till 23 August for young Qatari girls to flourish the artistic inside them. The festival is free for Qatari girls of 10 years and above.