Tap into your child’s undiscovered talent with these arts and crafts sessions
Nowadays, it’s a common sight to see children glued to smartphones and tablets. For parents, this is understandably a cause for concern as technology can negatively affect a child’s social, emotional and intellectual abilities.
So put down the device and head to one of these crafty venues in Abu Dhabi with hands-on activities to help boost your child’s imagination, self expression and valuable life skills.
Abu Dhabi Pottery
As the name suggests, kids here will be introduced to the skill of pottery to create clay pieces using proper pinching, forming and decorating techniques.
Young ones will follow a step-by-step guide from preparing and shaping clay to applying the right glaze, all at their own pace and according to individual skill levels.
There’s even a family class available so parents can join their kids. From AED 120. 16th Street, next to Khalidiyah Park, Al Khalidiyah. Sat-Thu 9am-1pm and 4.30pm-9pm. Contact: 02 666 7079, abudhabipottery.com
Children can indulge their artistic side through a selection of workshops designed for different age groups and interests. Activities include T-shirt decorating, paintball art, mask-making, wood painting, digital graffiti and much more.
There is also a series of weekly workshops for different age groups including the Busy Butterflies for 18-month- to four-year-olds and the Little Picassos for seven- to nine-year-olds. Inside Wanasa Land, Al Wahda Mall, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Contact: 02 671 1269, kidzfactory-uae.com
L’atelier des Arts
More than just a place to purchase art materials, this is also a venue where young artists can refine their skills.
Courses such as painting on silk will teach techniques like shading and paint density, while watercolour classes impart methods based on colour theory and its difference from other mediums.
Other children’s courses include scrapbooking, oil and acrylic painting and
creating mosaic art, and feature four sessions per course. Rates vary. 1st floor, Fotouh Al Khair Center, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed St, Al Markaziyah. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 4pm-10pm. Contact: 02 639 7104, latelierarts.com
Art Beat UAE
Artsy-fartsy kids aged four years old and above will have a field day at this fun and bright studio conducive for creating all sorts of art work.
Take your pick from clay modelling, fabric painting, crochet, glass painting, drawing and
more, all taught in a four-week course.
Other activities include painting on ceramic and acrylic painting. Rates vary. Corner of Muroor Road and Al Dhafra Street, behind Mushrif Mall. Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sat
11am-7pm. Contact: 02 444 5135, artbeatad.com
This art hub is more than just a place to buy art materials and have your photos printed: expert instructors also host a range of workshops each week. Activities such as drawing and sketching teach little ones aged four to ten years old how to illustrate and incorporate various media such as pencil charcoal, pens and pastel pencils. Kids will also learn shading and toning techniques to create the perfect portrait.
If drawing is not your thing, check out other courses including pottery and painting. Boutik Mall, Sun and Sky Tower, Al Reem Island. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 056 201 7970, artcentral.ae
Abu Dhabi Art Hub
Built to serve the community’s visual arts scene, this Mussafah-based haven for local and international artists sponsors workshops for children at its branch in The Mall at World Trade Center. There are many to choose from including painting courses with acrylic, oil or watercolour, drawing and collage as well as creative recycling for children from five years up and wire art sculpture for children aged ten and up. Participants will get to take home a certificate upon completion. Workshop rates and schedules vary. Khalifa Street. Daily 10am-10pm. Contact: 055 872 2385, adah.ae