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  • Every morning workshop extends over four consecutive mornings on November 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Product Design: In​n​ovation and ​C​raft in ​F​uture ​T​rends
    390.00 USD
    Product Design: In​n​ovation and ​C​raft in ​F​uture ​T​rends
    Massoud & Mahmoud Hassani

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    The Hassani brothers' workshop ​is about predict​ing​ the future of micro and macro trends​ and​ ​t​ranslat​ing​ them in​t​o personal, domestic, social​ and​ environmental products and services. The ​desired end-​products ​can be very different for each individual participant. With this workshop we will try to find ​innovative ways to design new products that could improve our life and environment on personal or a global level. ​A​ttendees ​should do a little research about their interests before starting the first day. The idea is to research ​between 7 and 10 trending topics and share a few of them with the group.

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    This workshop is sponsored by Jazeera Airways



    390.00 USD

    Arabic Calligraphy: Classic and Modern
    390.00 USD
    Arabic Calligraphy: Classic and Modern
    Jassim Al-Nassrallah

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    The workshop consists of two phases. The first part is theoretical and includes information about the history of calligraphy and the types of Arabic fonts, their classifications, and the tools of calligraphy.

    The second phase is of a practical nature, teaching participants how to handle a reed pen and to understand the different types of paper produced especially for Arabic calligraphy. We will go through the steps of large-scale calligraphy paintings, learning both classic and modern styles of handwritten lines.

    The workshop culminates in a visit to Mr. Tareq Rajab’s Museum.

    Capacity: 15 Seats

    390.00 USD

    Bi-lingual Magazine design: Like, Comment, Share
    390.00 USD
    Bi-lingual Magazine design: Like, Comment, Share
    Yara Khoury

    Location: Al Makan

    This workshop explores the organisation of information in the format of a periodical publication. Participants will learn to use the elements of layout design such as grids, typefaces, colours, photos and bi-lingual layout solutions.

    Theme
    Information overload is a term we are becoming familiar with by the minute. We are high on social media. We receive an endless flow of information which our mind tries to make sense of, understand and sort as useful or trivial. The workshop will explore the theme of information overload, dissection, and then synthesis taking us on a journey that links people, events and ideas in the form of a periodical publication.

    The Brief
    Create a periodical publication using your own social media messages that you either sent or received.
    Use the last 20 SMS/Whatsup/Twitter/Linkedin sent/received messages to design a sample article from this periodical.

    By default, your content will be entertaining, educational, political or economical. It will also be trivial, purely social and personal.
    Find an underlying idea or a single theme that connects the messages together to make a story, a theme, a timeline, or even visual poetry. Alternatively, you might wish to take a more diverse route by connecting seemingly disparate messages that make the readers build their own impressions.

    Your tone of voice could be entertaining, ironic, or serious.
    Take photos with your own mobiles or use the photos used in the messages.
    Try to use type in two languages at least.
    Choose a format that is appropriate for the matter you collected and the target audience you have in mind.

    Deliverables
    • Create a masthead (otherwise known as title) for the publication. Design it using any language or a combination of languages of your choice.
    • Design the cover of the publication using the masthead you designed.
    • An 8-page sample article

    Capacity: 20 seats

    This workshop is in collaboration with Al Mohtaraf



    390.00 USD

    Type Design & Expression: Celebrating The Arabic Language Through Expression
    390.00 USD
    Type Design & Expression: Celebrating The Arabic Language Through Expression
    Tarek Atrissi & Suzanne Talhouk

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    This workshop is devoted to celebrating the beauty of the Arabic language, both visually and linguistically. The goal of it is to encourage the creative expression through the Arabic language, in order to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving our language, which remains our most valuable heritage in the Arab world. The workshop will be open for creative students and professionals from all disciplines (Design; Photography; Creative Writing; Art; Performance…) but also to participants from different majors who are interested in Arab identity and creative expression. The workshop will present case studies of previous creative and exceptional projects developed in a variety of media under the theme of "protecting the Arabic language". It will encourage the participants of the workshop to work in groups and conceptualise their own unique expression in highlighting the importance of the Arabic language; and to communicate their ideas to the creative community and the wider public.

    390.00 USD

    Furniture Design: Defy The Existing Function
    390.00 USD
    Furniture Design: Defy The Existing Function
    Younes Duret

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    This workshop is about thinking different regarding the function of existing products. How can we re-envision a standard way of looking at a chair, a spoon or a cupboard and completely transform the function by tweaking the form?

    In a workshop presented by IKEA, participants will get a chance to engage with existing products and transform their function through a creative approach. The participants will create a living space based on a “moment in time” from our Arabic culture and tradition, focusing on creating a transformed center-piece of that room.

    IKEA and a jury will select the top 5 winners from the workshop. For the first time ever by IKEA, these winners will get an exclusive chance to showcase their talent by transforming a room in the IKEA showroom to be displayed for a duration of 1 month for the year of 2015. The designer’s name will be labeled on the artistic showcased room, promoting their talent publicly to a mass audience.

    IMPORTANT: All participants should be able to commit to 2 weeks of engagement with IKEA after the conference to develop their work in case they were selected as winners.

    Workshop Outline:
    Day 1: Introduction & Moments Definition
    - IKEA will present the spirit of the brand, and the process of designing a room
    - Younes Duret presents examples and ways of thinking for re-evaluating functionality and form
    - Participants define the “Moment” in time
    - Participants start selecting products to use

    Day 2: Moments Visualization and Planning
    - Brainstorming room setup
    - Challenging and assessing functionalities
    - Selected and focusing on a centerpiece

    Day 3: Implementation
    - Start building the centerpiece product
    - Prepare the presentation of the entire room (visually not physically)

    Day 4: Implementation and Presentation
    - Finalizing the re-defined functioned centerpiece product
    - All participants present to judging panel
    - Selecting 5 winners

    Capacity: 25 Seats

    This workshop is sponsored by IKEA - Kuwait

    390.00 USD

  • Every evening workshop extends over four consecutive afternoons on November 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Collaborative Music Improv
    390.00 USD
    Collaborative Music Improv
    Tarek Yamani

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    Jazz Tactics:
    An in-depth look into the art of rhythm, harmony & collective improvisation.

    Jazz improvisation is unique because of the freedom it gives in expressing oneself. As a musician who was born and raised in Beirut, and who had to teach himself jazz because of the lack of resources, I feel the need to bring this form of expression closer to our part of the world. Jazz education is way behind in the Arab world and sometimes completely inexistent whereas it is an essential form of musical education that local talents need to be exposed to in order to discover that it is something they are passionate about. The same applies, more generally, to the jazz awareness of the local audience. The musician’s innovations and the audience’s appreciation, work hand in hand to raise the bar line.
    What the workshop aims for:
    1- Stimulate hidden potential in individuals
    2- Focus on the elements of jazz and individual improvisation
    3- Discuss basics of self-teaching
    4- End the workshop with a performance of the group so they apply what they learned to an audience and the audience will be stimulated as well (if applicable).
    5- Other goals that will be customized depending on the number of participants, the instruments they play, and most importantly, how advanced each musician is.

    Capacity: 15 Seats
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    390.00 USD

    Screenwriting Workshop: From idea to script
    390.00 USD
    Screenwriting Workshop: From idea to script
    Darine Hotait

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    This workshop offers the tools that result in a strong narrative short film screenplay while focusing on the individual's unique voice as a writer and by connecting like-minded people through shared collective feedbacks. The participants will be guided through a set of exercises to develop a simple one line idea to a fully developed screenplay. The workshop covers various aspects of screenwriting: character and plot development, thematic to visual storytelling. The workshop will also highlight the business aspect of screenwriting from pitching to development funding.

    This workshop is in collaboration with Cinephilia




    390.00 USD

    Jewellery Design: Lost in the Maps of Sound
    390.00 USD
    Jewellery Design: Lost in the Maps of Sound
    The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    Workshop Conductor:Estella Saez
    Special Appearance for Azza Fahmy

    The starting point of this workshop is the city and its visual culture.
Our background plays an important role in the moment we transfer
our concerns into creations. Jewellery has become today a discipline where concept developing, material research are taking a strong position in order to be able to design or perform pieces. In this way Jewellery can be considered at the same level of art as sculpture, painting and so on. Without necessarily having knowledge of jewellery techniques, we will be able to dive deep into its creative process, making models and several interdisciplinary exercises that can be used both in jewellery design and other disciplines.

    Methodology
    • Transforming materials and objects in order to investigate the true essence of its qualities.
    • The workshop is based on the evolution process, where the proposed exercises during the different sessions are inter-related.

    • Work grouped and individually to be able to discuss about different perspectives within the process.

    • Fast practical exercises to open the gate between the reason and unconsciousness.

    • Empower imagination that it will be used as a tool to warrant the creation of something really unique and personal.

    Capacity: 14 Seats

    This workshop is in collaboration with The Design Studio By Azza Fahmy

    390.00 USD

    Design Thinking: The Process of Business Success
    390.00 USD
    Design Thinking: The Process of Business Success
    Yara Al Adib

    Location: Al Makan

    Within today’s massive and competitive market, businesses are continuously attempting to differentiate their brands, aiming to create customer loyalty and unique brand experiences. Moreover, renowned businesses and associations are working hard to improve their social corporate image and environmental footprints, naturally shifting away from the mass-produced products that are flooding the consumers’ homes. This caused a transformation from selling tangible products to providing intangible experiences and services. Not only are services more sustainable than products, but their intangibility gives them more potential to solve ideas and cater needs through the process of trial and error. Businessmen have to become designers, not graphic designers, but ones that design an experience for their clients. This can be achieved through designing unique user experience, new business models, with a brave heart to dive into unknown territories. The successful approach to come about this is the process called design thinking, a combination of analytical and creative thinking.
    This workshop will give you the tools & approach allowing you to innovate and problem-solve within your domain, it caters people from all professions at different positions. Anyone is welcome!
    Day 1: Collecting Information
    Day 2: Connecting the Findings
    Day 3: Extracting Opportunities
    Day 4: Executing a Solution

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    Capacity: 25 Seats

    This workshop is sponsored by Gatehouse Bank

    390.00 USD

    Wearable Technology: Fashion meets technology 101
    390.00 USD
    Wearable Technology: Fashion meets technology 101
    FabLab Kuwait

    Location: FabLab

    This four day workshop is an introduction to fashion, draping, and technology. The participants will be exposed to a beginners course on draping, experimenting with fabric, form, and exploring different types of technology that could be incorporated into their work. This workshop will take the participants through self exploration using design and technology as a tool to solve problems in the midst of beauty.

    Day 1:
    A presentation will be given on what it means to be a fashion designer, and where the future of fashion design is heading in terms of wearable technology.
    The participants will be introduced to the technology available and show how does each technology presented work when immersed in fabric, after then experimentation begins with a sample of how to make a bias draped dress. The participants will experiment with draping on dummies so they can get the hang of how fabric moves on a mannequin.

    Day 2:
    Experimentation: Continue to experiment with the bias dresses and try to figure out ways for technology to be embedded into their designs.

    Day 3:
    As the participants are experimenting with the conceptual draped dress and sensors, for this day the participants should bring in some of their own clothing that they do not wear anymore for us to experiment. How can we take their old clothing, up cycle them to look more modern, and add technology to make the item problem solving?

    At this stage, we can begin to discuss what problems technology can solve. Each participant will have a sketchbook and will start to brainstorm different ideas of how wearable technology could solve problems.

    Sketches: Participants will begin to sketch out their ideas as well as try to drape their ideas on the mannequin continuing with their conceptual dress or up cycled item.

    Day 4:
    Each participant will present their findings. In their presentations the participants should show pictures of their experimental designs, as well as images of their problem solving wearable technology.

    This workshop is in collaboration with FabLab - Kuwait

    390.00 USD

    Novel Writing
    390.00 USD
    Novel Writing
    Bothayna El Essa

    Location: Beit Al Sadu

    This workshop will be given in ARABIC.

    Artists tend to work individually, and yet they usually revere the social unit, recognizing community interaction as a condition for successful creative work. One of the biggest challenges for the artist is reconciling freedom and originality of thought, with the sometimes contradictory affinity for social interaction and the need to work with others. Many of us do not know when to be solitary, and when to be collaborative. Instead of working to maintain our individuality within the social and political systems that are contingent upon our conformity, we resort to striking out on our own in the fields of professional and creative work. We prefer to work “individually” to make “individualistic” or unique work, and what we need are creators who are aware of the difference between the two.

    The workshop “Writing Narratives” uses multiple examples of world literature to unpack the components of the novel. Participants will be given experiments and exercises dealing with the technical aspects of writing narrative text. Through discussion and experimentation, novice writers will work towards the goal of developing their ability to write narrative text professionally and to write fictional characters with confidence.

    Day 1: Types of characters, their characteristics and their roles in narratives. Different ways to build characters and their development arcs.

    Day 2: Analysis and study of fictional characters. Written exercises in building and developing the characters.

    Day 3: The narrator's voice and perspective, and its impact on the composition of the text. Place and time; their function within the text, their role in unfolding the story as the plot moves forward, and their importance in enrapturing the reader. Components of setting and place, and their relationship to the characters. The differences between real time and psychological time, and between the time of writing and the time of the story within the narrative text.

    Day 4: Analysis and study of literary examples to address space and time in narrative texts. Exercises in the writing of the place and time. Written exercises in fostering the budding novelist within each writer and developing participants’ experience in writing different voices and forms.

    Capacity: 25 Seats

    390.00 USD