Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) in Education City successfully concluded the 2019 edition of its summer art and design programme for children and high school students. The classes started on 29 June and ran until early August.

The classes were open to children from age four to age 16 and above, and ranged from fashion design, interior design, app design, video game design and t-shirt design, to painting, printmaking, collage making, fashion illustration, and robots and many more.

The summer programme had 210 students, 155 of whom were Qataris.

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For example, in the ‘Design and Print your own T-shirt’ course, students aged eight to 12 designed and printed their own t-shirts. In the ‘Introduction to Pottery’ class for students aged 15 and above, participants explored basic pottery processes and techniques, while in the ‘Animation and Music Making’ class for students aged 10 to 13, student made their own short story and worked with music to create a final short stop motion animation video using props made from paper, play-doh, and different 3D objects.

In the Fashion Illustration class for ages 10-14, students worked with a variety of media and techniques to create fashion illustrations with different fashion fabrics. They were also introduced to diverse fashion drawings and fashion illustrators.

Yang Soon Ju, the Fashion Illustration Class Instructor, VCUarts Qatar alumna and faculty member of the university’s fashion design programme, said:

The summer programme is always a surprising delight. It is very interesting to meet diverse students who are very motivated. Their creative energy and interest in art and design inspire me continue sharing what I know about art and fashion design.’

It is a very exciting way to meet some prospective students who join VCUarts Qatar later. I believe that growth of popularity in summer programme classes is a good sign of success, which is an outcome of whole team efforts, including hard-working assistants.’

VCUarts Qatar offers a wide range of community classes throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities. Find out more about VCUarts Qatar on their website.