Naina Shahani 28 Jan 2018 AT 10:23 AM

6 great creative workshops to try in Dubai

Paint brushes at the ready
Naina Shahani 28 Jan 2018 AT 10:23 AM
6  great creative workshops to try in Dubai
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There are many ways to de-stress be it by playing a sport, reading, listening to music or watching a film. We, however, like to unwind by doing an activity that not only gets our creative juices flowing but also teaches us something in the process. You know the good old, fun and learning combination. 

In an attempt to span both our and your creativity, we have shortlisted six great creative workshops and spaces in Dubai. 

TheJamJar
The community arts space works to support and promote Dubai’s art scene through various programmes, educational initiatives and community projects. What we love though is its DIY studio. From AED110, you are given access to a canvas of your choosing, an unlimited supply of paint and brushes as well as two whole hours to complete your masterpiece. If two hours isn't enough, you can extend your time limit by paying an additional AED40. 
Where: Unit H74, Al Quoz
Price: From AED110 exlcusive of VAT
Contact: +971 4 341 7303, website

Jewellery design
With this course, participants get a solid ground in essential silversmith skills and design. You’ll be taught about jewellery making techniques, tools and materials through demos and practical exercises. Other than some beautiful pieces for your jewellery box, the course will also give you the knowledge and skills needed to start a career in jewellery design. AED1,350 for a package of four sessions. Materials can be purchased from the instructor at an additional cost.
Where: DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
Price: AED1,350 for a package of four sessions
Contact: +971 4 341 4777, website

Pottery
Yadawei studio’s trial session is perfect for those who’d like to give the decorative art a try. Through its guided classes, participants learn the basics of wheel throwing techniques for creating pottery as well as centering, pulling, trimming and shaping clay on the wheel. The trial session is priced at AED200 and multiple session packages start from AED720 (exclusive of VAT). Classes are limited to a maximum of students and take place on a first come, first served basis.
Where: 8th Street, Al Quoz
Price: From AED720 
Contact: +971 4 379 1312, website

Silk painting
Popular for centuries in Asia, silk painting isn’t just a fun activity but also produces stunning results – think special effects and flowing designs on a versatile fabric. At Dubai International Art Centre, participants will learn the basic techniques of silk painting using salt and wax. The three-hour sessions are held weekly for a duration of ten weeks and can be personalised to your skill level. Members pay AED1,400. Non-members pay an additional 25 percent.
Where: Dubai International Art Centre, Jumeirah 1
Price: From AED1,400 
Contact: +971 4 344 4398, website

Photography
Gulf Photo Plus’ beginner workshop will help you take creative and technical control of your camera. Spread over two days, the eight-hour workshop, a mix of theory and practical, would require participants to bring along a fully-charged DSLR or mirror less camera, empty memory card as well as a pen and notebook. Those who don’t own a camera can borrow one (Sony a6300s) free of charge just as long as they send in a request 36 hours before their workshop day. Priced at AED780.
Where: Warehouse D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
Price: AED780 
Contact: +971 4 380 8545, website

Calligraphy painting
You’ll first master the art of Arabic calligraphy on paper before the instructor guides you on how to utilise the craft on canvas. There are three styles – Ruqa, Deewani and Naskhi – and you can pick either one. Depending on the painting you choose, you’d need one large canvas or two medium ones. Class materials can be purchased from the instructor at an additional cost. Members pay AED1,300. Non-members pay an additional 25 percent.
Where: Dubai International Art Centre, Jumeirah 1
Price: From AED1,300 
Contact: +971 4 344 4398, website

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