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Arts and craft cour­ses for ev­ery adult

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Cook­ery at Fair­mont the Palm

Bel­gian chef Ro­main Van dur­men is the heav­ily-ac­cented man at the helm of Fair­mont The Palm’s Chef’s Pal­ette fa­cil­ity, and he makes for a se­ri­ously en­gag­ing host. While some of his work­shops are not for the faint-hearted – we had to kill our own lob­sters – the three-course menu for his three-hour evening mas­ter­classes can be fully tai­lored to cus­tomers’ pref­er­ences and al­ler­gies, and they make for a bril­liantly fun night with friends.

Fair­mont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 7.30pm, Dhs345. Tel: (04) 4573457. Taxi: Fair­mont The Palm. fair­mont.com

Sculp­ture at yadawei

if you’re an adult of a cer­tain age, chances are your for­ma­tive im­pres­sion of pot­tery stems from the movie ghost. and we hate to tell you, but Patrick swayze lied – work­ing with clay is tricky. Thank­fully, the team at Yadawei, from founder Mo­hamad to our fault­lessly pa­tient coach seren, is so en­cour­ag­ing that we don’t feel too em­bar­rassed when our sculp­ture ini­tially turns out more mess than mas­ter­piece. We per­se­vere and by the end of class we’re hooked – and se­ri­ously chilled out. Yadawei, Ware­house 30, 8th Street, Al Qouz, Dubai, Tue 7pm to 9pm, trial class Dhs200. Tel: (04) 3791312. Taxi: Topchair Ware­house Com­pound. yadawei.net

Paint & Grape at la Ville

if it’s been years since you stood be­hind an easel, and you fear you might need a lit­tle dutch courage, this is the class for you. start with a pre-sketched draw­ing and paint the night away amid a re­laxed at­mos­phere at up­mar­ket wine bar grape­skin – perfect for cul­tural up­grade to your usual girl’s night out.

Grape­skin, La Ville Ho­tel & Suites, City Walk, Dubai, Fri 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Sat 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Dhs369. Taxi: City Walk. weloveart.ae

Pen­cil draw­ing and oil Paint­ing at duc­tac

That artist Ji­van Hovhan­nisian’s work has been dis­played in­ter­na­tion­ally could cause nerves from a novice, but with eight years of teach­ing un­der his belt, he does an ad­mirable job of putting us at ease. Many of his stu­dents have been at­tend­ing his classes for years, and the work dis­played around the stu­dio is se­ri­ously im­pres­sive – and will def­i­nitely in­spire new­bies to stick with it. Duc­tac, Mall of the Emi­rates, Dubai, Sat 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Sun, Mon and Thur 10.30am to 1.30pm, Tues 10.30am to 1.30pm and 6pm to 9pm, trial class Dhs225. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall of the Emi­rates. duc­tac.org

im­prov at the court­yard Play­house

Jeal­ous of all your friends who seem to be bet­ter at pub­lic speak­ing than you? Learn how to im­pro­vise on your feet at The Court­yard Play­house. The next beginner course don’t Panic – an in­tro to im­pro’ starts on satur­day Novem­ber 18 and cov­ers ev­ery­thing you need to know about the art of spon­ta­neous im­pro­vi­sa­tion. You’ll join in fun ex­er­cises and group ses­sions be­fore tak­ing part in a show­case fi­nale at the end of the five-week course.

The Court­yard Play­house, Al Quoz, Dubai, Sat 11am to 1pm, five classes Dhs1,500. Tel: (050) 7812269. Taxi: The Court­yard Play­house. court­yard­play­house.com

Jew­ellery arts with l’école van cleef & ar­pels

Pop­ping up for Novem­ber only, this high­end work­shop pro­gramme of­fers classes on ev­ery­thing from gem­stone iden­ti­fi­ca­tion to the se­crets of watch­mak­ing, with plenty in be­tween. The best bit (apart from ogling the di­a­monds, ob­vi­ously) is that in­stead of a for­mal charge, stu­dents are asked to con­trib­ute a min­i­mum do­na­tion of dhs400 per small class work­shop, all of which will go to dubai Cares to mark The Year of giv­ing. Bravo.

novem­ber 7 to 25

L’ecole Van Cleef & Ar­pels, d3, Dubai, min­i­mum do­na­tion Dhs400. Tel: (04) 4252740. Taxi: d3. lecol­e­van­clee­farpels.com

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