Qatar’s museums offer free online workshops, tours and storytelling until June

Doha: Qatar Museums (QM) is offering a range of online workshops, tours and storytelling until June this year.

For this month, every Sunday and Tuesday, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is offering a virtual field trip. The live tour will take place online from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is free.

In a statement, the NMoQ said, “Students can now experience the wonders of the National Museum of Qatar from the comfort of their own home or classroom.”

These tours are designed to be an engaging and culturally stimulating adventure for students through live interaction with the museum guide. Schools can choose from the following themes: life on the coast in Qatar, Qatari architecture, the discovery of black gold and its transformation in Qatar, and the modern history of Qatar.

Meanwhile, every Thursday this month, NMoQ is hosting a virtual art workshop for students. It’s from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom. NMoQ said its online guides will lead students through creative activities inspired by Qatar’s culture and natural environment.

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) will hold various online workshops through June, including Iznik Design and the Life Cycle of Plants, Research Skills and Fake News, MIA Architect IM Pei, Dynastic Differences, Materials in Islamic Art, The Art of Illumination, Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art and Calligraphy Workshop.

Iznik Design and the Plant Life Cycle Workshop will use Iznik Tile Design as a reference to identify the different stages of a plant’s life cycle.

Participants will then draw a diagram to explain what they have learned. They will also have the chance to plant their own seed and record its development in the provided plant journal.

The Research Skills and Fake News workshop will help students conduct their own research using the museum library. In MIA Architect IM Pei, students will be introduced to the architect behind MIA’s building and learn how Islamic architecture served as inspiration for the design of the museum.

Dynastic Differences will examine domestic and royal environments, understand how they became part of the Islamic world and what they brought with them from their pre-Islamic past. Materials in Islamic Art will explore how different objects in the MIA collection are made of different types of materials with this workshop.

The Art of Enlightenment will explore the various decorative motifs found in Islamic manuscripts. On Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art, students will learn all about the importance of geometry in Islamic art. And Calligraphy Workshop is a journey into the types of calligraphy found in Islamic manuscripts.

The storytelling session is set every Monday and Wednesday for this month and will be conducted by NMoQ. Virtual storytelling will explore the underwater world of dugongs and the challenges they face. The story will be followed by games and other fun hands-on activities.

Additionally, MIA will host an online story hour through June where students will learn the art of storytelling and work on a special craft activity.

All workshops and storytelling sessions are free and registration is required on the Qatar Museums website.

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