‘Sketch at QM’draws artists, art enthusiasts
May 27 2020 01:01 AM

Qatar Museums’ ‘Sketch at QM’ programme continues to attract many local artists and art enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to share their works on its digital platforms. 
This online initiative encourages people to sketch QM buildings, as well as public art pieces, such as the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ), Doha Fire Station, and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, among others, and share it on Instagram (IG) with the hashtag #SketchatQM.
QM features the latest sketches by participants on its IG page (@qatar_museums) every Monday. Some of these works included MIA and NMoQ by shouqalmana, b_almuftah, @archtelligent, mbarak_althani and a_al-sulaiti, among other artists; and fsakals’ ‘Maman’ by Louise Bourgeois (located at the Qatar National Convention Centre). 
A number of artists also posted their drawings of the QM Gallery Al Riwaq, high-rise buildings at West Bay, monumental artworks by internationally-renowned artists such as Jean-Michel Othoniel, and The Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani.
Apart from ‘Sketch at QM’, several other online programmes and activities also offer a wide range of opportunities to learn more about art and culture, and how to become a successful entrepreneur. Virtual tours, for example, have become ‘the new normal’ for many residents during these difficult times, exploring museums and art galleries in Qatar while staying home. 
NMoQ marked its first anniversary with an open call to local and international artists, designers and creatives to submit a design for its museum mascot – the Dugong. Deadline is July 1. According to QM, “the winning mascot design will be part of the museum’s identity and will be featured in educational programmes, publications, our website and social media content, as well as in promotional activities outside the museum space.” Meanwhile, the Doha Fire Station, through its Instagram page, gives artists and enthusiasts the chance to see an array of collections from Picasso’s Studios exhibition installed at the Garage Gallery. The exhibition offers mini tutorial videos on Picasso and printmaking, Picasso and the art of collage, and Picasso and texture for children to explore and enhance their artistic skills.
Viewers will also be able to witness artists in residence as they work from home, including Hadeer Omar (as she creates projection maps), Ameera al-Aji (paintings about house number 10), Suzana Joumaa (surreal paintings) Amena al-Yousef (process of making mineral pigments), Haytham Sharrouf (tackles ideas of self-isolation with fictional architectural forms), and Hind al-Saad (cloud training experiment).
Artists and enthusiasts can also join several online activities of MIA, Mathaf, Children’s Museum, and 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, ranging from lantern-making at home, weekly Thursday quizzes, storytelling, cooking, and fitness workouts to stay healthy while staying home.

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