Malta Society of Arts launches summer courses schedule

Applications are open for visual, applied and performing arts courses for children and adults
Young people attending an art course at the Malta Society of Arts. Photos: MSA

The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) has launched its summer courses schedule, which is set to kick off in July.

Featuring an array of offerings in visual, applied and performing arts, the schedule welcomes individuals of all ages and skill levels at the MSA’s headquarters at Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta.

New additions to this year’s line-up include acting and drama workshops tailored for adults and a course in charcoal and pencil drawing. Building on the success of previous years, these popular courses aim to provide participants with engaging and enriching experiences.

Actor and educator Yvette Grech Buhagiar will lead the Acting and Drama workshops catering to participants aged 16 and above. Younger aspiring thespians can join these workshops under the tutelage of popular actor and teacher Emanuel Cassar. Through these sessions, students will delve into various aspects of theatrical performance, including voice, movement, character development and improvisation. Participants will learn how to use the acting space, explore a character, devise a dialogue, be spontaneous and sharpen their physicality on stage.

Piano lessons at the MSA.

The Acting and Drama series of workshops for both children and grown-ups encourages creativity and confidence, and helps participants gain flexibility and versatility, while bringing fun and magic to the process. The workshops are open to beginners as well as more experienced actors who wish to keep strengthening their acting chops.

For aspiring artists, the MSA is offering a Pencil and Charcoal drawing course for the first time. Facilitated by instructor Matthew Shirfield, this course, aimed at beginners aged 15 years or over, offers a unique opportunity to explore fundamental drawing techniques and theories. Participants will develop their observational skills and gain insight into the art of drawing, utilising pencils and charcoal to create expressive works.

Due to popular demand, the Creative Writing course makes its debut as a summer offering, covering essential storytelling techniques such as character development, plot construction and worldbuilding. With limited spaces available, early application is encouraged for those eager to hone their writing skills.

The summer schedule also features a diverse range of courses in crafts, including lace-making, embroidery, knitting, crochet, sewing, dressmaking and tailoring.

A young person getting creative during the clay modelling course.

Visual arts enthusiasts can enjoy workshops in nude human figure painting, clay modelling, portraiture, and art lessons for children and adults of all ages and levels, while music enthusiasts can explore courses in pianoforte, violin and guitar.

“As we prepare to embark on another summer of creativity and learning, we are thrilled to unveil our comprehensive line-up of courses catering to a wide range of interests,” Adrian Mamo, president of the Malta Society of Arts, said.

“At the MSA, we remain committed to fostering artistic talent and providing a supportive environment for individuals to explore their passions.”

For a full detailed schedule or to apply for the summer courses offered by the Malta Society of Arts during the months of July and August, visit www.artsmalta.org/courses-summer or www.facebook.com/maltasocietyofarts.

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