The Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) participates at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) by offering an array of engaging children’s activities facilitated through six of its museums throughout the 11-day annual event.
Held at the Expo Centre – Sharjah, the 11 day workshop series is hosted by the Sharjah Maritime Museum, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah Science Museum and Sharjah Aquarium.
The Sharjah Maritime Museum is presenting ‘The Gallery of Pearls and Pearl Dealers’ exhibition along with related workshops for the duration of the festival. The exhibition and workshop both aim to educate young attendees about the time honoured Emirati craft of jewelry- making using natural pearls found in the Gulf.
Over the course of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, the Sharjah Art Museum is running two workshops on 23 April, titled ‘Paper Characters’ and ‘Old Doors,’ respectively. The UAE is known for its striking wooden doors, many of which are vibrantly painted. Using clay and paints, the “Old Doors” workshop celebrates this aesthetic while encouraging the younger generation to harness creativity and imagination needed to design doors of the future.
‘Paper Characters’ teaches children to construct two puppet characters based upon the characters Hamdan and Alia from the popular children’s book.. The story tells the tale of the brother and sister as they go on an adventure through the Sharjah Museums. During this imaginative workshop, children will learn about the museum’s history and the extensive library for which it is most distinguished.
The Sharjah Science Museum conducted a workshop called ‘Puppet Theatre’ on the 22nd of April that used key concepts of puppet theatre to teach children about fun, new ways to read. Participants will assemble five easy dolls and narrate short stories as a live puppet show takes place.
The Sharjah Calligraphy Museum is running the last of its three workshops during the festival, titled ‘Sewing Letters’ and “Ornamentation Learning”. This workshop will focus on the patterns and ornamental shapes that are prevalent in Islamic architecture and design.
The Sharjah Aquarium is conducting two workshops, under the title “Mosaic Art” on the 23rd and 24th of April. Focusing on marine animals, children will learn about the age-old art form of the mosaic and how Muslims brought this medium to life in mosques through magnificent minarets, domes, palaces fountains and basins.
The workshops offer relaxed, walk-in settings, allowing families to come and take part in an approachable and welcoming atmosphere. Upon completion of each project, children are given small prizes to honour their efforts and creativity.