AMONG its varied activities organised throughout the year, the Souq Waqif Art Center is offering five diverse workshops covering painting, photography and ceramic art until late September, with the aim of catering to local students.
The initiative, entitled Visual Art in Qatari Colour, consists of five workshops which are held in the evening thrice a week, and run for six weeks until
The workshops are facilitated by Qatari artists
At the end of the courses, each class will present their work to the general public in an exhibition slated to open in early October at the Center.
'The workshop by its very nature serves to breathe new life into traditional ceramics, by using a material known locally as khazaf, which is a special kind of clay made from local substances. It's worth noting that this venerable tradition is, to this day, in danger of dying, and it is my sincere hope that through my own artwork in clay, as well as through this and similar workshops, a new life would be breathed into the old practice , he added.
'It is more likely to see representations of this season in the works of Qatari artists, who have more experience of the local environment and basically know what to look for, if they are hoping to paint the Qatari landscape when there is more greenery and plants. Still, it is perhaps less common than one would expect, and this is a shame, as one would see if they saw such scenes only for themselves , he said.
Bulushi added, 'I have personally been to the north and the south of the country during the Spring season, and am convinced that the scenes which I witnessed at that time can be well represented through art, thus more accurately demonstrating the connection which exists between Qataris and their local environment.
Bourdini further underlined the need for such initiatives in the country, which boasts an ever increasing number of art lovers and students, eager to improve their techniques and skills.
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