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Workshops for Schools

We offer a variety of art and calligraphy workshops in Arabic and English for students of all ages.

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Our education programmes are currently being offered virtually.

Contact us for more information about booking a workshop.

For public workshops, see What’s On.

Art and Calligraphy Workshops

Introduction to Weaving
Grade/Age: Kindergarten/3–5 years old

Young learners will build hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while learning to weave a paper mat, using MIA’s carpet collection as inspiration.

The Art of Illumination
Grade/Age: Early Primary – Secondary/6 – 18 years old

In this workshop, students will learn how early illuminators decorated literary works. After exploring decorative motifs found in Islamic manuscripts, participants will produce their own painting inspired by what they’ve learned.

Drawing in the Galleries
Grade/Age: Primary – Secondary/8 – 18 years old

Students will learn drawing techniques, inspired by masterpieces of Islamic Art.

Geometric patterns in Islamic Art
Grade/Age: Primary – Secondary/8 – 18 years old

Students will be introduced to Islamic art, learn the basics of geometry, explore different patterns and construct a geometric design, later painting their own designs using a color scheme inspired by the objects.

Out of this World – The Astrolabe at MIA
Grade/Age: Primary – Secondary/8 – 18 years old

Students will learn about the structure and function of each part of the astrolabe; as well as the astrolabe’s many uses and roles in society and navigation. Students will then use multiple techniques to make their own astrolabes. The complexity and focus of the workshop will be customised based on the age of the students.

Calligraphy Workshop
Grade/Age: Primary – Secondary/8 – 18 years old

Individual workshops are available online for school groups to explore historic Naskh and Ruq'ah Arabic scripts. These sessions are a great introduction to calligraphy for students already secure in writing skills.