Summer Workshops for Kids

Summer Workshops for Kids

The summer heat has officially descended, and with school terms almost over, there comes the question of how the kids can pass the long hot months. Thankfully several of the UAE’s arts organizations are answering this with a range of engaging creative summer workshops and art camps.

With the majority starting in July, these workshops offer children of all ages the chance to hone their artistic and creative talent and develop skills including drawing, three dimensional art, drama and even drumming! What better way to enjoy the holidays?

ArtintheCity brings you our lowdown of the best summer workshops out there…


WHERE: thejamjar, Al Quoz

WHAT: This July thejamjar is offering a creative arts workshop programme designed to develop the artistic skills of children aged 5-7 and 8-12 years of age. Over four weeks the programme will focus on drawing, painting, mono-printing and collage, ending with mixed media – each workshop building on the techniques learnt the previous week. At the end of the programme each child will have a varied portfolio of artwork complete with a visual diary, encompassing different styles and techniques while having a fun and creative experience.

WHO: Children aged 5-12

WHEN: 4 July - 25 July 2011 | 10am – 12pm

Week 1: Drawing workshop
Monday 4 July
This introductory class will touch on the basic elements and principles of art taking you through traditional drawing skills like cross etching, lines, dots and experimental drawing of the 21st century.

Week 2: Canvas painting workshop
Monday 11 July
A dose of art history and the study of 20th century masters will equip you with the techniques and brushwork needed to create your own masterpiece!

Week 3: Mono-printing and collage
Monday 18 July
Discover the exciting processes of mono-printing and collage to create unique and imaginative works on canvas

Week 4: Mixed Media
Monday 25 July
Develop artworks from movements in 21st century modern art, from realism to abstraction, using multi media to add surface texture and different dimensions to your work.

COSTS: The full package includes one workshop a week over a four week period for a total of AED550 per child. For weekly bookings there will be a charge of AED170 per child.

TO BOOK: call +9714 3417303 or email Bookings accepted for individual dates.


WHERE: Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC), Mall of the Emirates

WHAT: Unleash your creativity while learning about famous artists, art techniques and art history from all over the world at DUCTAC’s Art Summer Camp. Children aged between 6 and 12 will have fun and make new friends while exploring drawing, painting, ceramics and much more.

They will learn technical skills, receive personal guidance from art instructors and share ideas with friends. The visual arts camp exposes students to a variety of media, techniques and multicultural appreciation in a fun and educational environment. Students rotate through drawing, painting and 3 dimensional art for an hour a class per day. Each young artist will participate in process-oriented activities designed to foster creativity in an atmosphere of experimentation and exploration. The experience will encourage individual growth and self-expression.

WHO: Children aged 6-12

WHEN: 10 Jul – 4 Aug 2011 | Sundays - Thursdays | 10.00am – 1.30pm

COSTS: 1 Week Programme (5 days): AED 900, 2 Week Programme (10 days): AED 1500

Costs include a summer camp T-shirt, the cost of clay, and firing and glazing of pottery, and all necessary tools and materials to complete the various projects are supplied.

TO BOOK: Call 04 341 4777 or email


WHERE: The Farjam Collection, DIFC, in collaboration with START

WHAT: This four-week programme will offer young children between the ages of 7-10 the chance to take part in diverse learning experiences through worksheets and games, and practice a wide range of artistic techniques through hands-on art activities. Surrounded by rare and outstanding Modern and Contemporary artworks from Dr Farjam’s expansive collection, children will have the chance to discover art in all its varieties with weekly rotating activities involving calligraphy, painting, ceramics, sculptures, and photography.

Art Camp 2011 will be running an additional programme in collaboration with START, a non-profit organisation es-tablished by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation that applies the universal language of art to heal, educate and enrich the skills and opportunities of children in the poorest areas of the region. This year, The “Tuesday Group” will be held at The Farjam Collection @ DIFC at 3.30pm-5:00pm and will run once a week for the duration of the Art Camp Programme.

During Art Camp 2011, the children themselves will have the chance to judge each others artworks and the works of the competition winners will be unveiled at a special end of camp exhibition for all participating children to show off their creations. Work made by the children of the “Tuesday Group” will appear alongside the work of the other par-ticipants of Art Camp in pride of place.

WHO: Children aged 7-10

WHEN: 3 July-28 July 2011; Sundays- Thursdays, 8:00am- 2:00pm.

Limited availability ensures each child receives individual attention throughout the week. Parents have the flexibility to enroll their children in one or multiple sessions:

Week 1: 3 July – 7 July
Week 2: 10 July – 14 July
Week 3: 17 July – 21 July
Week 4: 24 July – 28 July

COSTS: AED500 per week, inclusive of all arts and craft materials.

TO BOOK: call + 971 (0) 4 323 0303 or email


WHERE: DUCTAC, Favourite Things, Regent International School and Mirdiff

WHAT: Kids can create their own canvas on miniature easels as they explore the interesting properties of water. Paint a killer whale on canvas, learn about futuristic underwater vehicles, paint with ice, experiment with saltwater painting, make sculpture and take it all home afterwards.

WHO: Children aged 4-5 and 6-10

WHEN: July 3-28.

COSTS: Ages 4-5 (two hours daily) Dhs550/week. Ages 6-10 (three hours daily) Dhs800/week. 055 222 0129;

TO BOOK: Email or visit website.


WHERE: Al Noor Centre (Behind Mall of the Emirates)

WHAT: Dubai Drums' summer day camp includes a variety of hand drumming, singing, drama, art, story telling, team games, puppet shows & rhythmic activities with percussion as well as tribal council meetings to enhance core values, and daily community drum circles to encourage creative self expression and enhance musical ability. Let the kids become a community tribe and see how rhythmically empowered they become after just one week!

Parents can join in with the daily community drum circles from 12.30 - 1.00pm at no extra charge. Teenage helpers (17-19 year olds) attend all activities with the children to add to the fun and entertainment.

WHO: Children aged 4 - 12 years.

WHEN: 10 – 28 July 2011

Week 1 - 10th - 14th July 
Week 2 - 17th July - 21st July
Week 3 - 24th July - 28th July

Timings: 9.00am - 1.00pm

COSTS: Dhs750 per week per child (Bring own snack box) water provided

TO BOOK: Email or call Kelsey on 056-744-2129.


WHERE: Zayed University

WHAT: Drama and art workshops for kids and pre-teens for the entire month of July and August 2011.

Kids can improve their speech, drama and communication skills in drama workshops.

In art workshops, kids will learn about watercolours, perspective and shapes and figures.

WHO: Children aged 4-8 years and 9-13 years

WHEN: 10am-12.30pm, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

TO BOOK: Register online at, call 04-3901626, or email


WHERE: Dubai International Art Centre

WHAT: A fun program for 4-11 year olds supervised by professionally trained teachers. There are different activities every day, including clay modeling, drawing, painting, decoupage, glass painting, embossing and more.Sign up for as little as one day!

WHO: Children aged 4-11

WHEN: 19 June – 31 August, Sunday to Tueday | 10am-1pm / 1pm–4pm

COSTS: AED140 per session or AED375 for one week.

TO BOOK: Visit DIAC website to download workshop schedule. Call 04-3444398, or email



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