Endorsing Art Understanding through Education It is very important to observe art, study it from a different perspective, look beyond it and ‘digest’ it through your own interpretation.Art education focuses on conversation and connects individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. Art is a powerful language; however the vocabulary of art is not made up of words, but rather of visual elements.
Museums provide a different unique interactive form of teaching which is by using visual examples instead of theoretical teaching methods. The museum uses different steps to introduce students to art using observational practices, group discussions, writing practices in the gallery and art workshops. Observing a famous painting for example is a totally different experience compared to looking at a printed version of the painting in a book or magazine. Art Education help children express their feelings through creating artwork related to them which causes an impact on behavior and increases academic performance. Museum practices also improve clarity and creativity in communication of verbal and nonverbal ideas.Art enables deep understanding of important issues such as culture, history, diversity and human behavior including building self-confidence through discussions about the students’ own art creations.
Mathaf, the Arab Museum of Modern Art has established a very strong bond with schools in Qatar in the past few years through the organized school visits provided by the museum including different programs and activities that involves the whole community.The education specialists at Mathaf do believe that is it very important to discuss the meaning of the museum as a whole because it does help the child adapt to the place and understand it’s valuable content and the reason of its existence.Mathaf’s structured educational programs enable students to discover their creative skills and think outside the box. For example, during the gallery practice the educators concentrate on various subjects during the group discussion with the children, the child analyzes what he/she observed and starts to think from different perspectives. To endorse that experience the educator provides a small booklet or written practice to enable the child to express through writing and drawing.
Museum specialists and experts understand how depth of experience is very important that is why they have created intensive programs that enable students to question and reflect on the Art they encounter to become more critically aware. Art invites everyone to talk and be diverse.
Khawla Al-Marri - The article can be found in Campus Magazine Issue 20
INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION - ‘CONVERSATION’ SHARJAH 2012
I wanted people to be part of my work so i created a piece inspired by an old traditional bedouin seating arrangement,cushions with a coal holder in the middle for making coffee.The main element in this piece is ofcourse coffee so i fixed bulbs that light up resembling the start of a ‘conversation’.Coffee was always a conversation starter,Arabs use it as a symbol of connection whereas some cultures use tea for instant.
STREET ART INSTALLATION PROJECT - LONDON 2011
I suddenly felt the necessaty to introduce something i encounter back home on everyday basis that i could turn into an artpiece.Only this time i wasnt looking for a fancy gallery in the middle of the city,i just went straight to the streets.I used to see all these posters,colorful graffiti and stencils in the urban side of various cities in Europe and i always wondered why dont we ‘Arabs’ have that? is it because we dont have Arab street artists or we dont understand street art? I wanted to experement this artistic ‘non-commercial’ movement and use a powerful element from my Arabian culture,Arabic coffee.I see coffee as one of the most powerful elements,it connects us and creates conversation,it is simply the greatest link that joins cultures.I placed a cultural tool in the streets of London and studied how the people reacted to a different culture.Now coffee (in the arabian culture) is considered a powerful welcoming sign.The story starts when two people encounter each other:first part of the story is getting to know the other side’s briefed introduction then inviting them for coffee.