November Weekend Family Workshops From Sharjah Museums

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November Weekend Family Workshops from Sharjah Museums Oct 31, 2008
Discover, learn, enjoy! Weekend Family Workshops

Join us on Saturdays for programmes designed especially for families. Explore Sharjah’s museums with discussion-based gallery tours and workshops, and be inspired!

Family workshops are for children aged 6-11 and their parents/caregivers. Each month each museum will introduce you to a new aspect of their collection through tours, discussions and activities for all the family to enjoy.

Each Saturday the programme will be held at 11am in English and at 5pm in Arabic.

Saturday 1 November:
Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization: Floral and geometric patterns in Islamic art
Come and explore the wonderful Islamic art galleries in the Museum! Both geometric and floral designs will be discussed as families uncover the history and significance of these designs within Islamic art and objects, and partake in both gallery and workshop activities.

Saturday 8 November:
Sharjah Art Museum: Orientalist portraiture
What are the distinctive styles of Orientalist painters? Why were certain colours and styles of clothes used in their portraits? And how did they capture a sense of place in their paintings? All these questions and more will be discussed in this programme through gallery and workshop activities utilizing portraits in the Museum’s permanent collection. (Please note – photography is not permitted during this workshop.)

Saturday 15 November:
Sharjah Archaeology Museum: Seals from the Bronze and Iron Ages
Discover the importance of seals as identification for families during the Bronze and Iron Ages in this region. As identification, and as charms for good luck, seals were made of different materials and used a variety of images to portray their owner. Through uncovering the key features of these seals participants can create their own family seal.

Saturday 22 November:
Bait Al Naboodah, Sharjah Heritage Area: What can you see from the roof?
When it was built Bait Al Naboodah was one of the most innovate buildings in the city. Families will discover just how different the house is compared to its neighbours in the Heritage Area and learn about some of the distinctive architectural features of both the house and the Area.

PLEASE NOTE: All family programmes are offered free of charge. These programmes are limited to 25 attendees (adults and children), on a first-come, first-served basis, and will start promptly at 11 AM for the English-language programme and 5 PM for the Arabic language programme, and will last approximately one and half hours. Programmes are designed for children and their parents/caregivers to participate in together. Children may not be dropped off or left with the workshop leader, or left anywhere at the museum unattended by parents/caregivers. Children younger than 6 will not be accepted.

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