Turn off the telly and express your inner self today
Time Out Dubai staff
Want to get your artistic juices flowing? Get expert training and advice by enrolling in these creative courses.
Try making pottery on a six-week course If you’ve always fancied creating and selling your own wares at one of the city’s popular markets, Dubai International Art Centre hosts a wide range of courses that could help you on your way, including lessons in sculpture and pottery. Six-week pottery courses with instructor Michael Rice run two hours a night on Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Clay and tools are extra, but these can be purchased at the centre. From Dhs930 for a six-week course. Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, Jumeirah 1, www.artdubai.com (04 344 4398).
Train to be a photographer The International Institute of Art & Photography in Dubai offers a range of courses that can take you from a beginner photographer and equip you with the skills to become a professional. There are part-time evening sessions, full-time courses and private classes for those who prefer not to work in a group – all these end with an examination and certificate. Alternatively, you can try the four-day workshop to take you from the basics to an advanced level (without examination or certificate). From Dhs3,500 for four-day workshop, from Dhs12,000 for professional courses. Ongoing. International Institute or Art & Photography, www.iiap.ae (04 369 7253).
Whether you want to make your own clothes, cushions, wall hangings and more, or simply just mend your old belongings, Dubai’s Craftland can help. A whole host of workshops take place every week, including introduction to machine sewing sessions, quilting, embroidery, knitting and hand-stitching, as well as clinics for those who need expert help with current projects and clubs for more seasoned sewers. From Dhs50, machine rental extra. Ongoing. Craftland, Town Centre Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 2237).
Brush up your painting skills
Expand your artistic horizons by starting with your own painting prowess. Ductac’s oil painting for adults is designed as an introduction to the medium, and covers materials and how oil paints are made, colours and mixing, the importance of light and different forms of lighting in paintings, limited palette painting, warm and cool colours, perspective as well as much more. Dhs1,320 (eight three-hour sessions). Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).
Make your own silver jewellery
Sign up for a one-off workshop or take part in regular weekly classes with British silversmith Don Sankey. You can also organise group sessions – minimum of eight students per session – and you don’t need to have had any experience with the craft in the past. Prices vary depending on size of jewellery item. Ongoing. DS Silversmith, various locations including The Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.dssilversmith.com (04 360 8113).
Get in tune with a musical instrument
Some people will always be melodiously challenged, but others have an inner Bach just waiting to be unlocked. The Music Institute (TMI) in Dubai is a great place to find out which category you fall into, with lessons available for a variety of different instruments. Try your hand at piano, guitar, drums, the lute, violin, saxophone, flute or keyboard. Prices vary. Ongoing. The Music Institute, Murjan 1, JBR, www.tmi.ae (04 255 9747).
Tap into some tapestry to brighten up your home Kilims, otherwise known as flat weave, are tapestry-woven rugs or carpets with geometric designs that are rich in brilliant colours. The term ‘kilim’ originates from the Persian gelim, which means to spread roughly. Today, kilims have become decorative and are popular floor coverings in Western houses. They have come a long way from their conventional concept, and have progressed into a form of art in which the artist expresses skill and capability though pattern, colour and weaving methods. At the workshop, you can learn the art and culture of weaving through creating fun and colourful patterns. Dhs1,100, plus Dhs100 for materials. Five-week course, two classes per week. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.ductac.org (04 341 4777).