In partnership with bp Oman, The National Museum’s Learning Centre has concluded a series of virtual art workshops presented by Dr Najla Al Saidi, assistant teacher at the Department of Art Education, at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU). The workshops aimed at introducing participants to various artwork including their origin, history, and their cultural significance. The participants were encouraged to create different artworks by using different tools and techniques.
The first workshop that was held targeted SQU students and discussed the art of acrylic Pouring. The second workshopp was held for the Omani Women Association at Seeb where they were taught how to use resin art, and the third workshop was held for university students as part of the Learning Centre’s College and University programme which focused on linoleum art.
Shamsa Al Rawahiya, bp Oman social investment manager, commented: “Cultural and traditional heritage are topics of interest to us as they fall within our education pillar of our social investment programmes at bp Oman. “This long-term partnership with the National Museum through the Learning Centre helped enrich the educational programmes by adding an angle of art and creativity while bringing together different members of the society.”
Amina Al Abri, head of the Learning Centre Unit also commented: “These workshops are delivered as part of the educational programmes implemented by the Centre.
“They aim to raise public awareness about Oman’s cultural heritage, instilling noble Omani values and delivering art to further develop their creativity and innovation. The workshops were delivered virtually to align with the Covid-19 Supreme Committee precautionary measures.”