This is a major course for the Summer Art and Design Program 2021. This course cannot be taken separately. (Students get to select from four majors: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Painting, and Printmaking) 

The course will touch the fundamentals of fine arts: conceptual development, techniques and methods, critical thinking/decision-making, and future prospects in the fine arts. This will provide the students with in-depth knowledge of the cultures/traditions of Qatar and help them learn ways to shape the contemporary art scene.
The program is divided into two parts: in-class lectures and studio time. There will be three different projects and presentations throughout the course. By the end of this class, the students would have gained technical skills in drawing, painting, and sculpting as well as practical skills of creating art, knowledge in culture and the traditional objects of Qatar.

Class Outline

Class 1: Introduction activity, lecture on PAPR techniques, review syllabus, introduce Project 1
Class 2: Concept development discussions, introduce Project 1 (watercolor paint)
Class 3:  Workday for Project 1 + critiquing tips
Class 4: Project 1 critique + introduction to Project 2 (mixed media sculpture)
Class 5: Continue working on Project 2 + transfer techniques demo
Class 6: Project 2 Critique + Introduction to Project 3 (stamping)
Class 7: Continue working on Project 3 + paint textures demo
Class 8: Continue working on Project 3 + fluid painting demo
Class 9: Continue working on Project 3 + paper marbling demo
Class 10: Project 3 critique + discussions on interdisciplinary art

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

- Set of watercolors (tube)
- Set of acrylic paint (tube)
- Set of synthetic paintbrushes
- Set of bristle paintbrushes
- Set of sculpting tools
- Polymer clay (a water-based modeling clay)
- Palette knife
- Tabletop easel
- 2 canvases (any size between 8x10” and 12x16”)
- Arches watercolor block (any size between 7”x10” and 10”x14”)
- Glass palette (ex. a picture frame with tape on each side)
- Large rubber erasers, eraser blocks, or linoleum block
- Exacto blade
- Painter’s tape
- Liquid school glue
- Superglue (small tube)
- (Optional) Toy wood blocks
- (Optional) Pan watercolors
- (Optional) Liquid watercolors
- (Optional) Liquid acrylic paint

All the materials can be purchased from the Ibn Al Qayyim book store for a cost of QAR 230. Materials can be home delivered at a cost of QAR 10, contact them at or 70632671. 

During the purchase of materials mention Major, Your Name, and Contact information. Eg: PAINTING AND PRINTMAKING, Ahmed and +974xxxxxxx

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Sun, 11 Jul, 2021
Thu, 29 Jul, 2021
Sunday through Thursday
10 am to 1 pm


Nia Alexander Campbell

Nia Alexander Campbell is an artist and writer from Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Art History (emphasizing in Black art and cinema) and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Design from VCUarts Qatar.

Nia's creative practice explores the ways collage, writing, and traditional & digital painting mediums can be used to tell stories through design. She believes that storytelling in any medium can function as an excellent way to combat ignorance, give a voice to the otherwise unheard, and bridge the divides we see in our world today. Her subject matter explores themes of the history, mental health, and the experiences of underrepresented groups of people. She often draws inspiration from her experiences as an African American woman raised in the U.S. and her numerous experiences abroad.