A NUMBER of entertaining workshops have been lined up by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) in the coming week.
Resin Workshop for Beginners; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; Saturday (June 4); 10am-1pm.
Resin is one among a number of new materials that have been used in handicrafts and other works of art that has spread widely across the region.
During the event, participants will learn about the different types of resin, its uses and the tools used to create artworks.
Perfume-Making Workshop for Beginners; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; Sunday to Tuesday (June 5 to 7); 5pm-7pm.
Al Atoor (perfume) is mixture of fragrant essential oils or aroma compounds (fragrances), fixatives and solvents, usually in liquid form.
Its use dates back to the Neolithic era and examples of fragrances have been discovered in ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, Mesopotamia and modern European civilisations.
During the workshop, participants will learn about perfume history, the different types of alcohol used in making fragrances and smells, identify the tools used in making perfumes and how to store perfumes.
A Pottery on the Wheel Workshop; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; June 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am-12pm.
Pottery is one of the most historical Bahraini industries that has been practised since ancient times, with archaeological research indicating its spread for thousands of years.
Workshop topics include learning about the types of clay and the tools used in shaping, methods of clay wedging and kneading and how to shape and sculpt clay.
Textile Weaving Workshop; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; June 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am-12pm.
Fabric weaving is an ancient craft which has deep roots in the history of Bahrain.
Over the years it has managed to meet most of the people’s needs for clothes and other requirements where fabric threads are used.
The textile industry, which was widespread in certain villages, such as Abu Saybi, Dar Kulayb and Makabah, has been restricted to Bani Jamra village, which in the past hosted close to a hundred factories that mostly employed residents of the same village.
These factories were modest huts of palm fronds where the weaver and members of his family would seek refuge from the heat of the sun.
Workshop participants will learn about the different types of threads used for weaving textile as well as how to use a textile weaving machine.
Gypsum Engravings Workshop; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; June 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am-12pm.
Gypsum inscriptions have long been used to decorate houses, especially those owned by well-known families in Bahrain.
These inscriptions are one of the most important features of traditional architecture in the kingdom, especially given its accuracy, elegance and strength, reflecting the creativity and imagination of Bahraini craftsman.
Workshop topics include learning how to make engraving on gypsum, identifying the types and names of decorations as well as identifying the tools used in gypsum inscriptions.
Basket Making Workshop; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; June 4, 11, 18, 25; 10am-12pm.
Palm leaves are used to make several items that can be found in Bahraini homes, such as dining mats, storage baskets, small dishes, hand fans and chicken coops.
The widespread handicraft is still popular and many practise this traditional craft in several villages throughout the island, namely Karbabad, Jasra and Budaiya.
Terrazzo Art Workshop DIY Plant Pot; Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre; June 6-7; 4pm-7pm.
Participants will learn about terrazzo marble making and its history, cement materials and how to create colourful cement flakes.
They will also learn how to smooth finish a terrazzo plant pot by sanding and surface cleaning.
Creative Drama Workshop; Bahrain National Theatre; June 4; 10.30am-12.30pm.
Creative drama is a type of theatre used for educational purposes that helps children work on social skills and academic subjects using theatre games and improvisations while being led by a trained instructor.
It provides a safe environment for students to explore behaviour, ideas, creativity and school subjects.
For more information and registration, visit culture.gov.bh.