Cultural education initiatives within Abu Dhabi bring the best of global art, museums and music to the region and aim to instil values of inclusion and cross-cultural understanding, which are critical in increasingly diverse cities and communities. Informal educational programmes, workshops and courses developed and delivered across a wide range of cultural sites and educational spaces.
Bait Al Khatt
Located within Cultural Foundation, Bait Al Khatt is dedicated to the intricate art of traditional Arabic calligraphy. Lead by artist and calligrapher, Mohammed Mandi, and open to residents and tourists alike, the ongoing programme of beginner, intermediate, and master classes will take both a theoretical and practical approach with a view towards enhancing the development of Arabic calligraphy within the UAE.
Al Marsam Al Hor
Al Marsam Al Hor offers a variety of classes and workshops that focus on artistic disciplines including sketching, oil and watercolour painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, pottery, fashion design, silk and glass painting, and jewellery. Open for teens and adults of all skill levels.
Children’s Art Centre
The Children’s Art Centre welcomes children ages 5 – 14 years and offers classes and courses in arts, crafts and music on a monthly basis. Workshop timings are determined by activity and age.
Manarat Al Saadiyat
Art Studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat is a multi-disciplinary arts space designed to bring hands-on arts education programmes, art classes, drop-in sessions, workshops and outreach initiatives to students, adults, children and families in the Emirate.
Art Studio has dedicated spaces for all ages to work both collaboratively and individually. Fully equipped studios for ongoing classes, an open plan collaborative space for adults and interactive features make Art Studio the perfect place for creating art.
Al Qattara Arts Centre
Established in 2011, Al Qattara Arts Centre is a venue where artistic practice can be studied, practised and developed. Located in Al Ain, the centre’s gallery displays art by Emirati and UAE-based artists. The Dry Studio is a classroom for music and handicrafts, while the Wet Studio offers drawing and painting classes. There is also a Pottery Studio and a Calligraphy Studio.