Family Workshop: Embroidered Botanicals

In this three-step workshop led by Dr Hellen Dayton, families learn about the historic healing and hidden properties of botanicals found around Dubai. Participants learn to draw and compose decorative ornament designs of these flowers, transferring the ornaments into embroidered textiles which can be used for home decoration, such as on napkins, throws or pillows.

The Jameel Arts Center will provide the participants with the necessary art and craft materials. Still, if you already have something in mind for your unique embroidery ornament and decoration, you are welcome to bring your own materials.

The workshop is limited to 12 participants and is most suitable for families and children aged 9 and above. Younger children, accompanied by an adult, are welcome to participate in the first two steps and continue with watercolour exercises.

This workshop led by Hellen Dayton is free-to-attend.

Registration for this event is now full. Kindly RSVP to add your name to the waitlist in case of cancellations.

About Hellen Dayton:

Hellen received a very strong traditional education in Painting & Theatre Stage Design & Decoration at the BA level, then completed her MFA and PhD studies magna cum laude at the most prestigious art academies of Eastern Europe. 

She holds two advanced degrees: in Theory and History of Arts (1999), a terminal degree from Harvard University (2007), and a doctoral degree in Arts and Spirituality in Rome in 2014. She had a personal exhibit at Harvard (Cambridge, MA, USA, 2007) as a result of two consequent Art Projects in collaboration with the Harvard School of Design and made several collaborative projects with the Art Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, 2001-2005) and the Indiana University Art Museum (Bloomington, IN, USA, 2003).

She has worked as a freelance portrait artist since 1987 and painted portraits of many notable individuals (scholars and officials) from Europe (Switzerland, Cyprus, Germany, Italy and other countries), Asia (in the UAE as well), and the USA.

She has worked as an artist in various genres, painting landscapes, and drawing fine art objects from archaeological excavations for exhibits in art and archaeological museums, especially in Cyprus, Greece, and the USA. Her works are in many private collections in Europe (Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, Austria, UK and other countries), Japan, the USA, Brazil, Canada, UAE and more. She has taught arts to children since 1989 and to adults since 1999 in English and Italian. She now resides in Dubai.



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