Renowned Portrait Artist Ismail Azzam Holds Art Lessons at Mathaf
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Doha, April 19 (QNA) - One of Iraq's best-known artists, Ismail Azzam, is hosting a series of art lessons at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, as part of the museums educational and local community engagement programmes, designed to stimulate creativity and appreciation around modern and contemporary art in the region.
The art lessons, which run every Sunday and Wednesday between 4 - 7pm until Ramadan, and then between 11am - 2pm during Ramadan in Manara, Mathaf's Education Space, give participants a unique insight into the techniques used in portraiture drawing using pencil, charcoal and paint.
Maryam Al Attiya, Head of Art Programs at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, said: "Art education is a central activity at our museum, and we are proud to be able to offer these workshops to the local community. This is a good opportunity for Qatar's artistic community to meet, learn from and be inspired by such a gifted and renowned Iraqi artist. Through workshops like this one, we aim to develop an engaged cultural audience and develop individuals' interests in artistic practises." The art lessons are free to attend and are offered to people with basic to intermediate sketching and drawing skills. Participants are required to bring their own sketch book.
The artist held a major exhibition at the QM Gallery in Katara back in 2015. The successful exhibition, which was presented by Qatar Museums under the leadership of, HE Chairperson of QM Board of Trustees Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani and entitled ‘For Them’, showcased Ismail Azzam's distinctive ‘reverse charcoal’ portraits of painters and sculptors who made a significant contribution to the Arab Art world.
Though Azzam also uses oil and watercolour in many of his artworks, he is particularly highly regarded for his mastery of the distinctive technique known as ‘reverse charcoal drawing’, which will be featured as part of the art lessons. During this process, the whole canvas is first covered in charcoal, then slowly etched away using a rubber to accentuate contrasting shades of light and dark and create a range of dramatic effects.
Azzam's works have featured in Qatar several times in the past. In 2005, his solo exhibition was showcased as part of the Doha Cultural Festival and in 2010 his works were displayed at the Al Markhiya gallery. His works were also displayed at QM’s 555 exhibition in 2015, held in the Garage Gallery at Doha’s Fire Station Artists in Residency. (QNA)
Doha, April 19 (QNA) - One of Iraq's best-known artists, Ismail Azzam, is hosting a series of art lessons at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, as part of the museums educational and local community engagement programmes, designed to stimulate creati

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