of their work.
"It's great that we're sticking with this kind of programme to inculcate a sense of art in these young minds. They love it!" explained
This year, the workshops are being taught both by professional artists, including sculptor
"It's nice to help them with their curriculum. They receive credits for this and a stipend as well," Al Hinai added.
"I like doing art. When I grow up, I want to be an artist. I want to make sculptures and paintings and then sell them," explained Zainab.
Zainab added that she was happy to learn new skills from the instructors, who were busy teaching some of the children how to create textural paintings, first by drawing a scene on the canvas, and then using a type of white gypsum to make effects like sand, bricks, leaves or tree trunks. The gypsum is then painted with colours.
"Each time they bring new ideas and I learn new things. I enjoy it, and I'm doing something useful," she said.
Her mother, Muna, described the workshop as "excellent," since it meant her children were spending their holidays doing something interesting instead of sitting at home, and learning more about art, which is highly important to their family.
"Life is all art, from the beginning," she said.
For the instructors, it was a chance to learn what futures may have in store for them.
"It's good to work with them. You can teach them new things. But you have to be patient with them, because some can be very naughty," he explained.
Atala Al Wahaibi, a fashion design student from the
"We want to show the children how simple things like buttons can be used in many creative ways," she explained.
"The children don't think about what they are doing. They just look at something and draw it the way they see it, so it can be abstract. It's nice, actually. They do it unconsciously,"
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