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Check out Tashkeel's February Activities

Embark on a creative journey with us this February!


Explore urban sketching, collagraphy, RISO printing and much more. We've got an exciting lineup of workshops for the young minds as well, featuring engaging sessions like creating bookmarks and collage making.


Secure your spot now!


4 February

URBAN SKETCHING 

Master the art of sketching urban scenes with the spontaneous flair that defines urban sketchers. In this session, you will learn how to capture the vibrant energy of city life & dive into the intricacies of composition, ink plotting, focus areas, and color selection.


Time: 3pm - 5pm


7 February

BUILDING YOUR CREATIVE PORTFOLIO

Join us for an exclusive presentation by Lesley Gray, a researcher and curator, as she unveils the secrets to creating a standout portfolio for your creative work. Participants will get the opportunity to have their portfolio personally reviewed by Lesley, gaining invaluable practice-specific advice to take their artistic journey to new heights.

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library.


Time: 5pm - 8pm


11 February

COLLAGRAPHY: EXPLORING TEXTURE AND PRINT

Join us for an artistic adventure that delves into the intricacies of Collagraphy.

The workshop will start off with an insightful introduction to the art form. Following a thorough demonstration of the tools and materials, each participant is equipped with a paper board for their base plate, along with pencils, scissors, and glue. A personalized touch is encouraged as participants contribute their fabric, plastic, or sandpaper items.

The creative phase unfolds as participants transfer their ideas onto the plates, thoughtfully navigating light and shadow intricacies. Materials are cut and arranged, giving rise to different textures and forms.

Under the instructor's guidance, ink application becomes an art in itself, skillfully administered with brushes. The tactile experience of gloved hands ensures a seamless process. The spotlight then shifts to the art of even ink distribution, a pivotal factor for achieving high-quality prints. As plates and paper meet, the transformation is awe-inspiring, showcasing participants' creativity in tangible form.

By the end of the workshop, participants will share their insights and experiences, solidifying their artistic growth and carrying home their unique collagraph prints.


Time: 2pm - 6pm


11 February

INTRODUCTION TO STRETCHING CANVAS & PREPARING PAINTING SURFACES

Join us for an enlightening demonstration and talk, where Mason Rempfer will unravel the fascinating history of painting surfaces. Learn the intricacies of preparing surfaces for archival professional work, exploring the distinctions between canvas, boards, and linens. Mason, drawing on century-old techniques, will guide you through the art of stretching your own canvas and contemporary approaches for surfaces compatible with oil paints, acrylics, or multimedia.



In-depth insights are promised as Mason shares personal experiences in sourcing archival-grade materials locally, bridging the gap between international imports and accessible options. As a practitioner with a background in medical training, Mason's unique journey involves merging scientific principles from art conservation and chemical analysis. This dedication ensures the creation of chemically stable, age-resistant artworks, blending classical techniques with modern adaptability for superior archival quality. Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the fusion of art and science!


Time: 3pm - 5pm


14 February

A 2-COLOUR RISOGRAPH WORKSHOP

In this workshop, learn to make an edition of a 2 colour risograph print with Ibrahim Zaki. Participants will develop a single image to be translated into a 2 colour risograph print, with experimentation in risograph colour blending. This single session workshop will provide participants with the basics of risograph; how the machine works, how the colours are layered, and how to prepare artwork into a 2 layer print. Participants will spend the remainder of the session developing the layers of their risograph print by combining and experimenting with solid and gradient compositions.


Time: 6pm - 9pm


15 February

THE CRIT CLUB

A group crit is one of the best ways for artists to understand how their work communicates to a larger audience and to improve their public speaking skills. Bring a completed artwork of yours and receive feedback from other artists and peers.

Through this process, you will be able to hone your critical thinking skills and gain a better understanding of how your work is perceived by others. This is a great opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, share your work, and receive valuable feedback in a supportive and collaborative environment. Join us and take your artistic practice to the next level!


Time: 5pm - 6:30pm


18 February

TALK: SELF-PROMOTION FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVES

Join this captivating talk with Nasser Abdullah, esteemed curator and former Chairman of the Emirates Fine Art Society (EFAS). Tailored for emerging artists, this session offers invaluable guidance on uncovering your artistic identity, crafting a distinctive approach, and strategically building and maintaining your reputation in the dynamic art world.

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library.


Time: 6pm - 7:30pm


4 February

CREATING ECO-FRIENDLY BIRD FEEDERS

Create art with a purpose in this Sunday Funday workshop. During this session, the little creatives will channel their imagination to make a positive impact on the environment. They will engage in a hands-on experience, mastering the art of upcycling as we turn ordinary juice and milk cartons into bird feeders. These creations not only showcase artistic talent but also offer a sustainable way to nourish our feathered companions.

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library


Time: 10am - 12pm


11 February

PICTURE COLLAGE

In this Sunday Funday workshop, kids will delve into their personalities and document their unique identity through the art of expressive collage making.

The little creatives are encouraged to bring their early childhood pictures with them and let the creative process unfold as they weave together a visual narrative that reflects the essence of who they are.

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library


Time: 10am - 12pm


18 February

SUPERSTORIES FOR SUPERHEROES

In this fun session, children will become superhero storytellers, using a dynamic mix of paints, papers, and various materials in a hands-on activity.

Together, we'll craft special sequences of frames that breathe life into our imaginative superhero stories. The workshop culminates in a group gathering to share the magic of our completed artworks and the incredible tales that unfold within them.

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library


Time: 10am - 12pm


25 February

CREATING BOOKMARKS

Prepare for the national reading month initiative with this engaging workshop! Participants will indulge in a delightful reading session, choosing a book from Al Safa's library collection to read in groups. !

Following this literary adventure, creativity will take center stage as participants craft personalized bookmarks using paper, stickers, and charming tassels. Join us in celebrating the joy of reading and express your creativity through the art of bookmark making

Presented by Tashkeel in collaboration with Sikka Platform and Al Safa Art & Design Library


Time: 10am - 12pm

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