• Workshops for Schools

    Workshops for Schools


MIA’s Art Education and Calligraphy teams are dedicated to maintaining and delivering the highest possible standard of learning within the creative and visual arts for all our visitors. Our art and calligraphy workshops and courses are available to all ages.

Art Workshops for Schools


For Arabic: 44028746 – 44224216

For English:  44224416 - 44224216

Introduction to Weaving

KG, 3 – 5 year olds
Young learners will build hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills while learning to weave a paper mat. After a carpet-themed tour, students will learn the weaving technique and produce woven paper mats using MIA’s carpet collection as inspiration.

The Art of Illumination

Early Primary – Secondary, 6 – 18 year olds
In The Art of Illumination, students will learn how illuminators decorated literary works through a tour of MIA’s galleries and studio work. We will explore decorative motifs found in Islamic manuscripts, and produce a painting inspired by the art illumination.

Drawing in the Galleries

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Students will learn drawing techniques through a journey of MIA’s galleries, learning to sketch from observation while embarking on a visual journey of Islamic Art.

Geometric patterns in Islamic Art

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds Students will be introduced to Islamic art through a tour in the galleries, learn the basics of geometry, explore different patterns and construct a geometric design, later painting design using a color scheme inspired by the objects.

Out of this World – The Astrolabe at MIA

Primary – Secondary, 8 – 18 year olds
Students will learn about the structure and function of each part of the astrolabe; as well as the astrolabes many uses and role in society and navigation. Students will paint, cut and stick to make their own astrolabe using watercolor. The complexity and focus of the workshop will increase with the age of the students.

Calligraphy Workshops for Schools

Calligraphy workshops are currently taking place online. These may relate to the permanent collection or one of our special exhibitions.
Please see What’s On to check our latest events.

Calligraphy Workshop

Primary – Secondary, (8 – 18 year olds)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. Please see What’s On to check our latest events.

More information about workshops and courses on our What’s On calendar.