After the Deluge Elias Zayat is one of the most significant Syrian artists of the 20th century and a key founder of the country’s contemporary art movement. Zayat’s parallel life as an art restorer and historian is evident in his rich vocabulary drawn from Byzantine and popular imagery. After The Deluge sees his focus return to the ancient city of Palmyra. Free. Until November 4. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 553 6495).
Uninhibited Dubai-based Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi presents a series of oil paintings highlighting themes including politics and its multitude of absurdities. Khaldi explores such concepts in an introspective manner, presenting photographic-like stills of memories and observations in compositions that juxtapose the real with the imagined. Free. Until October 17. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Introduction to quilling For this art form, strips of paper are rolled, shaped and glued together to create innovative designs. This course introduces the basic concepts of quilling, and by the end of it, students will have completed at least one quilled project. Class of the week. Dhs1,200 (four classes). 2.30pm-5.30pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Beginner level painting class Learn the basics of painting and develop your artistic skills in this workshop held by We Love Art. The course consists of seven weeks of teaching and painting. An exhibition is held in the eighth week. Students will learn colour, perspective and composition techniques. Dhs1,750 (seven weeks). 10.30am-1.30pm. Ongoing. We Love Art, Al Azaal Street, 24A Street, Villa 21, Umm Suqeim 2 (056 769 1995).
Pencil drawing and oil painting class Students will learn how to draw in pencil, with the focus being on portraits and figure studies. Those interested in oil painting will be guided step by step through the technique by course tutor Jivan. The session is suitable for all levels of ability. Dhs780 (four sessions, including materials). New. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
G.O.A.T. – A Tribute to Muhammad Ali Fans of sporting legend Muhammad Ali can get their hands on this special collector’s edition photobook. It contains more than 3,000 images, much of them published for the first time and provided by more than 150 photographers and artists. The publication is limited to 9,000 individually numbered copies, each one signed by Muhammad Ali and artist Jeff Koons. Dhs19,000. Art Space, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Her French-Italian photographer Matilde Gattoni’s exhibition shows women from various backgrounds and cultures in their daily lives. She captures explorers in Dubai, war refugees in Kenya, Eritrea and Lebanon, and tsunami survivors in Indonesia. Free. Until October 31. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Double Rainbow All The Way For his second solo exhibition at Carbon 12, mixed media artist James Clar creates works that draw upon the blurred boundaries between the timeless digital world and the physical present one. Using humour and a sense of wonder, the pieces in Double Rainbow All The Way encourage a deeper questioning of technology’s influence on the nature of consciousness and our perceived shared reality. New. Until November 7. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Screen Acting: Scene Work This course run by Constellation will teach participants how to analyse a script for emotion and feeling and how to convey this believably in front of the camera. Students who have taken a course with Constellation before will get ten percent off their fees, as will first-timers who sign up to two new courses. 10% off. Dhs1,000. 7pm-10pm. Until October 20. Suite 1002, Al Thuraya Tower 1, Dubai Media City (04 438 5574).