The kids have gone back to school so why not pick up a couple of fun classes yourself? It’s time to discover your inner Picasso and unlock your creativity with these great lessons and workshops in Bahrain this month.
It’s well recognised that getting involved in creative activities from a young age benefits kids in many ways such as boosting emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills and even self confidence. But what about the grown ups?
Research published in Psychological Science by a team from Texas University in Dallas found that picking up a new hobby in older age, such as photography or playing piano, is far more effective at increasing brainpower than proven methods of doing crosswords or listening to classical music. Other various studies have shown it can also lessen stress and depression levels, plus learning a new skill later in life can boost your memory. Not to mention, it’s a great way to meet new people and really learn to express yourself. So what are you waiting for? Why not try one of these crafty classes available in Bahrain…
Art therapy If all you want to do is get creative and express yourself freely in a non-judgmental environment then an open art therapy group would be the best choice. Qualified art psychotherapist Dalal Al Sindi hosts a walk-in group where she invites people of all ages to create using the materials she provides. It’s designed to allow individuals to unwind through art making in a quiet space and you don’t need to commit to going on time or even regularly. The studio is continuously open to all on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm, you just need to pay BD5.
Alternatively, she’s also hosting a Mandala workshop that focuses on this spiritual ritual through art therapy on September 6 and 27 (BD25), as well as another that focuses on the self and art psychotherapy on September 13 (BD25). The Art Therapy Centre, 2nd floor, Riyadat Mall, A’Ali, firstname.lastname@example.org (3348 6060).
Card-making For a loved one’s next special occasion, why not give them something a little more personalised than a Hallmark sentiment? Celebrations, a crafts shop based on Budaiya Highway, runs card-making classes twice a week for kids and adults at BD6 per pop including materials. It might sound like a more unusual hobby but it’s actually become quite popular around the world alongside activities like scrapbooking. You can get as creative as you like with the textures, materials and sparkles and, most importantly, you can design it just for them. Budaiya Highway, next to Piece of Cake (1759 5791).
Fashion design If you have fond memories of playing dress-up when you were young or enjoy nothing more than taking some hand-picked material to a tailor to create your own clothes then perhaps you should look into fashion design. It’s never too late to start, particularly at Bahrain’s own fashion design campus TOFO ME. This month they’re starting adult classes in both English and Arabic three times a week that will teach you the basics and concepts of design alongside sewing, trend prediction, colour theories, forecasting, pattern making and much more. They also regularly host a range of other classes, courses and workshops for both kids and adults. You can find more information on their website (www.tofome.com). Villa 4, building 11, off Al Sahla Highway, Block 439, email@example.com (1718 0343).
Fine art and surrealism The concept of surrealism began in the 1920s by a group of artists that started painting unusual and illogical scenes and is still regarded as a very important movement in the art world. In order to take a look at how the art form is represented in fine art, The Art Therapy Center is hosting a two-day course this month that explores it in theory and practice. Students will get chance to gain understanding of the art movement, its different styles and ways of applying it through different mediums. The course, which costs BD40, is being held on September 10 and 11 from 11.30am to 1.30pm for anyone aged 14 and up. The Art Therapy Centre, 2nd floor, Riyadat Mall, A’Ali, firstname.lastname@example.org (3348 6060).
Mosaic The idea of mosaic has been around for thousands of years and reportedly used in ancient Greek and Roman times. In its modern form, it’s a fun way of creating stunning art works, beautiful home decor pieces or even a special gift. Faiza Saeed, Bahrain’s first artist to fully focus on mosaic design, is hosting a workshop this month which will teach students the basics of the craft and allow them to create their own pieces. Faiza first fell in love with the art form when she discovered some stunning mosaic art in European museums. Her passion deepened when she found her mentor – legendary British mosaic artist Emma Biggs – and now she’s passing on her knowledge with this course on September 12 and 13 from 10am to 2pm. It’s BD80. Riyadat Mall, A’Ali, email@example.com (1753 6092).
Pottery Bahrain is a great place to learn about the art of pottery, particularly as the craft is so embedded in the local culture. You could just pop down to A’Ali Pottery to experience a more local lesson but EZ Art Pottery creative studio offers more serious programmes to adults and children. Anny Zachariades set the studio up here in 2009 to share her vast knowledge of the craft in a spacious work place with plenty of natural light and all the equipment you need including three electric kilns, a gas kiln, six electric wheels, dyes, glazes and more. The team host a range of great classes and drop-in programmes in pottery making, as well as other fun and sociable craft workshops covering various creative disciplines like mosaic, silk painting, candle and jewellery making, among others. If you’re feeling very crafty, then this is the place to go. Jannusan, near Al Jazira Supermarket, www.ezartpottery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (17591 585).
Three more to try
Al Riwaq Art Gallery A not-for-profit art space that has great exhibitions and supports loads of local artists. They often hold classes and workshops throughout the year here. Block 338, Adliya, www.alriwaqartspace.com (1771 7441).
L’Atelier Art Lounge This interactive studio isn’t a space just for kids as they invite budding artists to pitch up any time and paint or draw on all range of materials. They also host adult classes here throughout the week. The schedule is on their site. Seef Mall, Seef District, www.latelier-artlounge.com (1759 9030).
Studio Ceramics Adults can drop in for ceramic painting any time, plus other scheduled workshops sporadically throughout the year focusing on a range of crafts with associate artists. Kids also have their own classes. Off Budaiya Highway, www.studioceramics.me (1759 9026).