The Department of Interpretation and Education at the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) organized a series of educational workshops for female art teachers from the Sharjah Educational Zone last month. The workshops formed part of SMD’s efforts to enhance the Department's role in maintaining interaction with teachers and putting them into contact with the numerous activities and events organized by Sharjah's various museums with the aim of exchanging experience and instilling art skills to benefit school students.
At the Sharjah Art Museum teachers visited the exhibition "Ibrahim El Salahi: A visionary Modernist", as well as a number of exhibitions held on the sidelines of Arabic Calligraphy Forum. The teachers were informed about the various free school workshops and programs offered for the students from public and private schools across the country , as well as about school tours and visit timings to the various SMD museums, reservations and the procedures for registration for these workshops. The "Ibrahim El Salahi: A visionary Modernist" exhibition continues until 31st May 2012.
The teachers toured the exhibition and viewed Ibrahim El Salahi's masterpieces, in addition to the artwork of several other talented artists at the Sharjah Calligraphy Forum, highlighting the importance of visiting exhibitions and the key role they play in developing and honing the artistic talents.
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, last month hosted the well-known instructor of art education, Mrs. Mervat Radhawan
, involving a number of primary and preparatory art teachers from various schools from the Sharjah Educational Zone in a workshop titled "Printing" inspired by the exhibition "Owen Jones: Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision" .
During the visit, the teachers were briefed on school workshops held on the sidelines of the Owen Jones exhibition specifically designed for primary and preparatory school students. These workshops offer students the opportunity to tour the Owen Jones exhibition, view his creative and exemplary artwork, and learn about the concept of Islamic design and architecture and the influence of Islamic civilization and architecture on Western arts. The Owen Jones exhibition continues until 15th July 2012.
The students can explore the most important pieces of Owen Jones' rare collection and also find out how he was inspired by Islamic design and architecture, especially the Al Hambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The teachers were also informed about student activities after the conclusion of the tour, where students can learn print techniques to create their own drawings, and have the chance to do their own paintings involving Islamic shapes inspired by the designs of Owen Jones.
The Department stressed SMD's eagerness to keep in contact with art and other teachers from the Sharjah Educational Zone
in line with its belief in the role of museums in enriching art culture among both students and teachers.