Bahrain’s galleries host numerous workshops for both adults and kids
Time Out Bahrain staff
Art workshops are great for budding artists, but what if my child is not particularly creative. Are they still welcome? They are more than welcome as our courses aim at encouraging kids to express themselves and to develop their potential. We actually don’t believe that any kids have no creativity; we rather think that they just need to be encouraged to explore and free their creativity in an engaging and playful way.
You run a workshop called Photography for Kids. Does that require a lot of prior technical experience? Our photography workshop for kids teaches the basic photography techniques and skills, therefore it doesn’t require any technical experience for those who are interested in taking part.
What ages do the workshops cater to? The age range for all our workshops is from eight to 12.
Do they require any sort of parental supervision? Our courses for kids don’t require any parental supervision. However, if they wish to, parents are allowed to attend the sessions.
I always think art is for adults. What value does art have for children? Art develops and encourages the kids’ creativity, enhances their joy and fulfils their need to express themselves. At this age, kids start raising questions and art, along with its means and its practices, helps to nurture their ideas, helps them become aware of themselves and helps them to open their minds more, while acquiring critical thinking.
How much are the workshops? Do I have to book a whole course? The fee for the photography workshop is BD60, and BD50 for the painting workshop (for six weekly classes, two hours per session). In order to be able to attend the courses, participants need to book a whole course. Al Riwaq offers a number of creative workshops aimed at children. For more information and to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 17 717 441
Studio Ceramic Workshops
Studio ceramics will be hosting visiting British artist Andy Skinner between January 16-24, where he will be leading a number of workshops and courses for both adults and children. Budding artists can choose from classes in Silver Clay Keepsakes, Aboriginal Decoration, Moroccan Decoration, Craft Painting with DecoArt, Specialist Pottery Painting, Stamping – A New Dimension, Fun with Clay and Enamelling. There will be two specialist workshops for children on clay – Inca Mask Building & Decorating and Mosaics.
Andy has been in the ceramics business for 14 years and has worked with mixed media since he was a young child inspired by his artist mother. He ran a successful ceramics painting business in England for many years and now teaches and demonstrates. This hands-on experience, together with his creative artistic talent, enables him to produce an ambitious and inspiring training programme for both adults and children.
Adult workshops will be held in mornings and evenings to suit all timetables. Prices for workshops start from BD15 and will include all the materials. For class schedule or to book a class, call Studio Ceramics on 17 599 026.