Thursday, October 13, 2011

A house of fun...


We frequently forgot how many beautiful places we have right here in Kuwait... If you have not heard of Dar al-athar al-Islamiyyah, or do not know what it is exactly, here is how they describe themselves:

The Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) is a cultural organisation based on a Kuwaiti private art collection.   Since its inception in 1983, DAI has grown from a single focus organisation created to manage the loan of the prestigious al-Sabah Collection of art from the Islamic world to the State of Kuwait to become an internationally recognized cultural organization.

What I have recently found out, by talking to the lovely Bibi N. Al Sabah, is that Dar al-Athar is organizing an exciting children's program.  Here is the information they have shared:

Help your children be a part of art . . .
DAI Children’s Art Workshops

We’ve planned a full schedule for Cultural Season 17.  Classes will be held in the Workshop at the Amricani Cultural Centre on Saturday mornings, from 9:30.  The classes for 8 – 12 year olds last 2 hours; the classes for 6 – 8 year olds last 90 minutes; and the combined classes for 6 – 12 year olds last 2 hours.

1            Islamic Art Motifs (ages 8 – 12)                       
8            Visit to the Arab Fund Building (ages 6 – 12)                       
15            Archeology Explained (ages 6 – 8)                                               
22            Archeology Explained (ages 8 – 12)                       
29            Creating Artifacts (ages 6 – 12)                                   

I have copied the October schedule, but do go online (link) to find out more information on their year-round schedule.  Activities include: Stories into Plays (and actual acting), ceramic painting, Mughal jewelry, poetry writing, and much more.

What is also more appropriate for us at Play.Teach.Love is that they have included a section on WHY it is helpful to include your children in art and creative activities.  Definitely PTL APPROVED!

The primary objectives of the Children’s Art Workshop (CAW) are to give students between the ages of 6 and 12 the opportunity to:
  • engage directly with a diverse range of original art objects from The al-Sabah Collection of art from the Islamic world
  • develop a greater understanding and enjoyment of art,
  • cultivate a greater understanding of and appreciation for Islamic culture,
  • formulate and articulate their own ideas and critical points of view,
  • experiment with and manipulate art materials and processes in their own art making,
  • value the diverse range of ideas and points of view contributed by the multi-cultural nature of the workshop and.
  • have fun.

You asked for performance based activities, and the children's workshop at Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah is presenting the most interesting selection!  I truly urge you to give them a call...

For more information, email Ms. Susan Day : 


  1. Thank you very much for posting about DAI's Children's Programme. We are also launching DAI Classroom mid-November, which will specifically target teachers and students. More details here:

  2. You are most welcome!
    I just checked it out, it's a great idea and wonderful addition to any classroom/school curriculum... I will make sure to post about it soon. Thank you for sharing...