Workshop for making tie-dye T-shirts

Workshop for making tie-dye T-shirts, Focal Point 2020. Learning Programme for Children, Bait Obaid Al Shamsi, Arts Square, 2020. Image courtesy Sharjah Art Foundation. Photo: Shanavas Jamaluddin


Sharjah Art Foundation’s Summer School for Children and Adults offers a wide range of educational and engaging activities this summer. Taking place from 8 July to 28 August 2023, the programme will enhance the artistic and crafting skills of the participants who will learn first-hand from experienced artists through technical courses and workshops.

Offered in English and/or Arabic, the sessions will be conducted at multiple venues across Sharjah, including The Flying Saucer, Collections Building and Sharjah Art Institute as well as the Foundation’s Art Centres.

The workshops will be led by locally-based artists and cultural practitioners. Through collaborations with different universities, the programme also brings together senior art students who will host some workshops that will provide the participants with a unique learning experience.

Learning Programme for Children and Families
8 July–26 August 2023

Tailored for children aged 6 to 15 with their family members, the programme includes workshops on different painting techniques, digital art, photography, leatherworking, paper making, repurposing fabric, sculpture, pottery and other learning activities related to art techniques and theories. The workshops will take place across Sharjah City and Art Centres in Al Hamriya, Al Dhaid, Khorfakkan, Kalba, Dibba Al Hisn and Al Madam.

Course for Young Adults: Art in Depth
10 July–3 August 2023

This four-week intensive course for young adults aged 15 to 18 is designed to build a strong foundation in art theory and provide techniques and tools for different art forms, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, graphic design, jewellery and fashion. Through presentations, group discussions and personalised feedback from the artist-instructors, participants can practice and hone their skills.

Learning Programme for Youth and Adults
15 July–26 August 2023

Designed for participants aged 17 and older, the workshops provide concepts, theories, tools and techniques that will help develop their artistic skills and critical thinking on visual culture, curatorial studies and writing.

Early Learning Programme
31 July–28 August 2023

Children aged 3 to 5 are encouraged to develop their artistic and sensory skills through a series of workshops for the little ones, including storytelling and map colouring. These workshops take place on the last Mondays of June, July and August 2023.

The Foundation is committed to making its programmes inclusive and accessible with workshops or courses designed for people of all ages and abilities. For family workshops, young participants must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

All workshops are free and materials are provided. A fee is charged for the courses.

To find out more about each workshop or course and to register, visit

About Sharjah Art Foundation

Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region, in dialogue with the international arts community. The Foundation advances an experimental and wide-ranging programmatic model that supports the production and presentation of contemporary art, preserves and celebrates the distinct culture of the region, and encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art. The Foundation’s core initiatives include the long-running Sharjah Biennial, featuring contemporary artists from around the world; the annual March Meeting, a convening of international arts professionals and artists; grants and residencies for artists, curators and cultural producers; ambitious and experimental commissions; and a range of travelling exhibitions and scholarly publications.

About Sharjah

Sharjah is the third largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, and the only one bridging the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Reflecting the deep commitment to the arts, architectural preservation and cultural education embraced by its ruler, Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Sharjah is home to more than 20 museums and has long been known as the cultural hub of the United Arab Emirates. It was named UNESCO's Arab Capital of Culture for 1998 and the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.

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