• Workshops for Schools

    Workshops for Schools

    WORKSHOPS
    FOR SCHOOLS

MIA’s Art Education and Calligraphy teams are dedicated to maintaining and delivering the highest possible standard of learning within the creative and visual arts for all our visitors. Our art and calligraphy workshops and courses are available to all ages.

Art Workshops for Schools

Art workshops are available Sunday and Monday, 8:30am - 10am.

HOW TO BOOK

For Arabic: 44028746 – 44224216

For English:  44224416 - 44224216

Introduction to Weaving

KG, 3 – 5 year olds
Young learners will build hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills while learning to weave a paper mat. After a carpet-themed tour, students will learn the weaving technique and produce woven paper mats using MIA’s carpet collection as inspiration.

Mix-media sword handles inspired by Powder and Damask Exhibition (until 10 May 2018)

Early Primary – Secondary, 6 – 18 year olds
This workshop will introduce students to the unprecedented levels of art featured on Islamic weapons, especially those produced by the Islamic civilization during the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal periods, from the 17th to the 19th century. Students will create their own sword handle using mixed media to understand different decorative techniques.

Carpet Weavers Workshop (until 25 January 2018)

Early Primary – Secondary, 6 – 18 year olds
Inspired by MIA’s Imperial Threads exhibition, students still produce mini tapestries using the flat-weaving technique on sustainable looms, while learning about carpet motifs and the history of tapestry weaving throughout four main Islamic dynasties.

The Art of Illumination

Early Primary – Secondary, 6 – 18 year olds
In The Art of Illumination, students will learn how illuminators decorated literary works through a tour of MIA’s galleries and studio work. We will explore decorative motifs found in Islamic manuscripts, and produce a painting inspired by the art illumination.

Drawing in the Galleries

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Students will learn drawing techniques through a journey of MIA’s galleries, learning to sketch from observation while embarking on a visual journey of Islamic Art.

Geometric patterns in Islamic Art

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds Students will be introduced to Islamic art through a tour in the galleries, learn the basics of geometry, explore different patterns and construct a geometric design, later painting design using a color scheme inspired by the objects.

Out of this World – The Astrolabe at MIA

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Students will learn about the structure and function of each part of the astrolabe; as well as the astrolabes many uses and role in society and navigation. Students will paint, cut and stick to make their own astrolabe using watercolor. The complexity and focus of the workshop will increase with the age of the students.

Calligraphy Workshops for Schools

Calligraphy workshops are available on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am to 11am. These may relate to the permanent collection or one of our special exhibitions.
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Arabic & English: 44224653 

Calligraphy Workshop

Primary – Secondary, (8 – 18 year olds)
Individual workshops are available during the morning for school groups to explore historic Naskh and Ruq'ah Arabic scripts from 9 - 11am. These sessions are a great introduction to calligraphy for students already secure in writing skills.

More information about workshops and courses on our What’s On calendar.