About this class

This is a major course for the Summer Art and Design Program 2023. 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 on 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, sculpting, and practical skills in creating art and knowledge of culture and the traditional objects of Qatar.

Class Outline

Class 1: Mini lecture on PAPR techniques & art basics, begin Project 1 (watercolor)

Class 2: Continue Project 1

Class 3: Continue Project 1, Mini lecture on how to critique art

Class 4: Critique Project 1, begin Project 2 (stamping)

Class 5: Continue Project 2, transfer techniques demo

Class 6: Critique Project 2, Begin Project 3 (collage)

Class 7: Continue working on Project 3, fluid painting demo

Class 8: Continue working on project 3, paper marbling demo

Class 9: Continue working on Project 3, paper collage demo

Class 10: Critique Project 3, mixed media work day, photo documentation

Materials needed

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 8×10” and 12×16”)
– 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 [email protected] or 70632671. 

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

Watercolor paint

Acrylic paint

Painter’s tape

Liquid glue (or archival PVA glue)

Glue stick

Palette knife

Paint palette

Paint brushes (various sizes)

Watercolor/mixed media paper

Canvases (8×10” and above)

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


Start: Sun, 9 Jul, 2023
End: Thu, 20 Jul, 2023
Lessons: 10
Days: Sunday through Thursday
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Location: VCUQatar


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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.


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