BEIRUT: In the heart of Downtown, Beirut Carré Artistes witnessed a fruitful and prolific Saturday morning while holding its first children painting workshop by the expressionist artist Ihab Ahmad.
Children and parents had the chance to discuss the enchanting artwork, the fundamental techniques, style, inspiration, and to watch the Lebanese 35-year-old artist paint. “It is a message of hope that I want to convey through my work, a gift to the people and to the new generation,” Ahmad told Annahar.
During the event opening, the gallery was fully populated with parents and children anxiously waiting to start painting and coloring under the warm Spring sun.
The pedagogic approach, while still entertaining, offered to the children the chance to make their first steps into the world of Contemporary Art.
Visuals and symbols are not uncommon features in the artist’s work. “I like my paintings to look lively and fresh, in my illustrations, I always use many symbols such as the eyes, cats, birds; indeed all of nature and everything surrounding us,” Ahmad said.
He believes that the younger generation is already working hard at building a new Lebanon and even “a better world.”
Ahmad uses a variation of pen and acrylic paint and has a liking for stencils, collages, and mixed media; he is also enthusiastic about oil on canvas. The rough creatures he draws harmonize on the canvas in a haven of peace and joy.
The art created at the workshop carried memories of happy childhood moments and a bright space freed from all constraint, fear, and worry.
Gallery Carré Artistes provided a forum Saturday for pristine childish joy to dream and take pleasure from children's imagination through painting, coloring, and drawing. The event fostered an atmosphere that brought the world view of children to a colored reality produced by a younger perspective.
“It was a real joy to host this group of amazing and talented kids at the gallery. They loved their art initiation done by Ihab Ahmad and walked home with the beautiful artworks they created,” gallery manager of the Lebanese branch, Maissaa Fatté, told Annahar.
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