Students Hone Art and Design Skills at VCU Qatar

Doha, July 23 (QNA) – Qatari and expatriate students learned the finer aspects of traditional art media, digital media and photography and exhibited their projects on various creative subjects at the Summer Art and Design Community Classes hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCU-Q).
 Noted local and international instructors conducted the classes over the course, the VCU-Q said Monday.
 The three-week Design Intensive course for students 16 and above had students explore traditional art media, digital media and photography as part of portfolio development. They also created individual projects related to Fashion, Interiors, Graphics, and Painting & Printmaking and exhibited their work to family and friends on July 18 at VCUQatar.
 Creative Discovery, a two-week course targeting students aged 13-15, introduced them to art and design through classes in drawing, painting, digital media as well as creativity exercises, and group activities. This class jointly exhibited their final work with students from the Design Intensive course.
 This summer VCUQatar also offered opportunities for younger students, hosting week-long classes – Art Exploration for 10 to 12 year olds for the second year, and introducing Art Fun for students aged five to nine.
 Students in the Art Exploration class explored a variety of media – drawing, painting, collage, experimentation with different art materials, and exhibited their work at the Gallery at VCUQatar on July 19.
 The youngest students in the Art Fun class transformed the Gallery into a wonderland of colour, shapes and incredible creations in a whole variety of media.
 All students were introduced to the world of art and design through many different art and design projects using a broad range of media, group work and discussions, and exposure to professional work with increasing levels of intensity depending on the age groups.
 Students visited the Museum of Islamic Art and other commercial art galleries where they were taken on tours and afterwards worked on individual assignments to process what they had seen, and created art to be used in their own final projects.
 The older students also witnessed a professional show of design work by a fashion designer showcasing her own brand during a trunk show at VCUQatar and had an exclusive screening of selected DFI Short Movies for critical discussion.
 VCUQatar Dean Allyson Vanstone handed certificates to the students of all the programs in the presence of faculty, alumni, students and their families at the end of the course.
 Vanstone said she was happy with the success of the Summer programme that has faculty from VCU Richmond leading the classes “which is building art and design appreciation and skills from early years to helping prepare senior teens for future careers in the creative industries”.
 The next set of Community Classes and Portfolio Development Classes will start in October 2012. Details will be available on the VCUQatar website www.qatar.vcu.edu. (QNA)

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