Over 100 students from Qatar’s independent schools will complete tomorrow a series of creative workshops designed in a collaboration between the Supreme Education Council (SEC) and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA).
The week-long programme, created by Mathaf Education and the Museum of Islamic Art’s Education Centre, is designed to connect students with artworks in the museums, as well as encourage visual literacy and creative expression through teamwork.
The activities are part of the SEC’s newly developed Art curriculum, which is currently being piloted within grades three and four at five independent schools.
“The new curriculum is unique because it allows students to be creative through engaging with arts and artistic spaces,” said Haya Al Kuwari, Director of the Education Institute in the SEC.
“The participation of a key cultural institution such as the QMA in the development and implementation of syllabi ensures that the programme is not only educational but stimulating and entertaining.”
Today students will be showcasing their own works of arts inspired by those seen and studied throughout the week and will be displayed in a student exhibition in Mathaf’s garden. Students will be recognised by officials from the SEC and QMA and awarded certificates.
Throughout the programme students have been introduced to several pieces of art within Mathaf. Meanwhile at MIA they viewed two historic carved wooden doors from Cairo dating back to the Mamluk period, which represent examples of geometric design and craftsmanship.
Students then applied their knowledge of how these doors were made to construct eight-pointed stars using basic mathematical tools and concepts. They also learned how to write their own names using the historical Ruq’ahscript, the last style of calligraphy to be developed in the Ottoman court.