9 creative classes to try in Abu Dhabi this summer

Sponsored: From June 30 to July 20, Warehouse421 is hosting the Summer Club: The Making Edition offering workshops including perfume making, macramé design and more.

Abu Dhabi’s Warehouse421 is launching an intensive programme of creative workshops to shake up your summer. Classes are open to all abilities from beginners through to intermediate practitioners, all with an interest in hands-on creative disciplines. This year’s programme encompasses a wide range of skills and activities, including working with textiles, leather, fragrances and paper making.

Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule…

June 30: Perfume Making (Beginner Level Workshop)

Perfume making has a long history in the region and is a living art in the Emirates. In this personal workshop, participants will learn to create various forms of perfumes based on old family recipes. While discussing the ingredients and the alchemy of scents, the instructor will also evoke the cultural memories that the fragrances inspire. Each participant will emerge from the session with a scent of their making.
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: Dhs80

July 2: Knot So Fast (Introduction to Macramé)

Ancient in origin and retro in style, Macramé plant hangers change the vibe of any space with a bit of handmade flair. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the traditional art of macramé, which involves using knots to create beautiful items. After learning just three basic knots, participants will then have the opportunity to create their own attractive plant hanger. All supplies are included, including black or white cotton rope and terra-cotta pots and saucers.
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: Dhs80 (10 years and above only)

July 3: Swirl (Introduction to Paper Marbling)

This workshop provides a detailed introduction to paper marbling, which is a form of surface design that produces patterns similar to smooth marble or stone. Beginning with a brief overview of different types of marbling techniques from around the world, participants will then learn how to put some of these basic techniques into practice, including preparing paper for marbling and using marble paint to create a unique pattern.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price: Dhs80 (12 years and above only)

July 6: Paper Trail (Hand-Made Paper-Making)

This workshop offers a creative way to reuse, reinvent and recycle paper scraps, turning them into handmade paper. Participants will learn the ancient art of paper-making using an ordinary kitchen blender, deckle and molds, and junk paper. These materials will be used to explore the basic techniques of pulp production, forming, couching and air-drying to produce beautiful handmade papers that can be used for cards, scrapbooking, printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, and more.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price: Dhs80 (16 years and above only)

July 7: Perfume Making (Intermediate Level Workshop)

Participants in this Intermediate Level Workshop will receive guided instruction on how to make the burned incense known as ‘Dhukoon’. It is largely used in home fragrance, office fragrance, religious places / meeting.
Note: Although prior experience would be an advantage, completion of the Beginner Level perfume making course is NOT a pre-requisite for registering for this workshop.
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: Dhs80 (16 years and above only)

July 9 and 10: In the Bag (Making Totes)

Participants in this light-hearted workshop will be guided to design, cut and produce their own tote bag, and decorate it with a print or illustration of their own creation.
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Price: Dhs160 (16 years and above only)

July 11 to 13: Hide and Seek (Working with Leather)

Led by leather specialist, Naresh Kumar of 24th Street in Dubai, this three-day session provides an immersion into working with leather, covering modes of leather, tanning, tempers, stitching and more. Each participant will emerge with three bespoke leather items such as a passport wallet, tray and cardholder. All materials will be provided.
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: Dhs550 (16 years and above only)

July 16 and 17: A Cross-Stitch In Time (Introduction to Tatreez)

This workshop introduces participants to the art of Palestinian embroidery known as ‘tatreez’. During the session, artist Joanna Barakat will explain the historical and cultural context of tatreez, including its connection to various regions of Palestine, before discussing how it changed in form and meaning after 1948. After analysing how different artists are reinterpreting tatreez today, participants will receive a demonstration on how to cross-stitch, before cross-stitching their own motif.
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Price: Dhs160 (16 years and above only)

July 20: Screen Time (Screen Printing On Paper and Fabric)

Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn practical screen printing techniques for use on both paper and fabric. The step-by-step process consists of a facilitated drawing session to generate images for screen printing, the introduction of stencils to create collages, screen treatment and the application of images, and finally, screen printing designs onto the desired surface. Participants will go through this entire process twice – once for printing onto paper, and once for printing onto a t-shirt. Delivered by Tashkeel, this workshop is being led by accomplished artists Khalid Mezaina and Salama Nasib, both alumni of the Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship [SEAF].
Time: 11am to 5pm
Price: Dhs160 (12 years and above only)

Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, Tue to Sun 10am to 8pm (closed on Mondays). For more details, check out @warehouse421, or to book a class, visit warehouse421.ae

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