Arts and craft courses for every adult
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