Children try their hand at Islamic tile painting at SCRF 2022

The workshop organised at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
gave 5–10-year-olds a chance to create a star pattern that is typical of Islamic architecture


Sharjah May 18, 2022

The beauty and technique of Islamic tile painting, as seen on mosques and palaces in the Middle East and Central Asia, was made familiar to children at a workshop run by Medaf Studio during the ongoing 13th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), which kicked off on May 11 at Expo Centre Sharjah.

The 12-day festival, which is holding 750 workshops in all, will see three workshops on Islamic tile painting employing the “tape resist technique” on different days.

The workshop, meant for children in the 5–10-year group, also saw a few older children attempt the art helped by trainers Mariel and Joy. Children were given a blank square canvas on which they drew geometric lines, marked specific points where masking tape were used to criss-cross the canvas, and coloured the non-tape areas with water colours of their choice. The tapes were peeled off once the colours were all done according to a pattern, revealing a beautiful star-shaped design.

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