On Frescoes: Learning and Expanding

Ended - Saturday 13 March 2021

Chafa Ghaddar (1986) was born in Lebanon and currently lives in Dubai. She graduated from Académie Libanaise de Beaux Arts (ALBA) where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 2007 and a Master’s degree in Visual Arts in 2009.

In 2012, she attended an intensive course in fresco and traditional painting techniques in Florence, Italy. While developing a career in wall painting and surface finishing, she explores the use of fresco in contemporary practices as well as other processes and works equally with murals, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media. She was awarded the Boghossian Art Prize for painting in 2014 and was Artist-in-Residence at Villa Empain, Brussels, in October/November 2015.

Chafa executes murals in the professional contemporary art field and has participated in several collective exhibitions and projects such as ‘exposure 4’ (Beirut Art Center, 2012), ‘On Fleeting Grounds’ (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, 2013) and ‘Nostalgic Imagery’ (Galerie Janine Rubeiz, 2014), ‘Journeys through our Heritage’ (Beirut Exhibition Centre, 2013), ‘L'espace de la feuille’ (Galerie Tanit, 2015) and ‘Feminites Plurielles’ (Galerie Tanit, 2018), ‘Strata’ in collaboration with AHO (A Hypothetical Office) (Dubai Design Days, 2017) and ‘The space of the avocado tree’ (Art Dubai, 2018 and Made in Tashkeel 2018).

Her debut solo exhibition ‘The Visit’ took place at Galerie Tanit, Beirut, in November 2018. She is currently developing her first permanent and public art commission curated by Amanda Abi Khalil as part of A.I.R. Dubai Programme 2017 in collaboration with Art Dubai, Tashkeel and Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

Chafa was a participant of the Tashkeel Critical Practice Programme 2018-2019.


13 March 2021: 10 am - 1 pm
20 March 2021: 10 am - 2 pm
27 March 2021: 10 am - 1 pm


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Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba


AED 936.00 (+VAT)

Please note that fees are non-refundable.

Tashkeel reserves the right to reschedule any gathering in adherence to updated Dubai Government health and safety rules and guidelines.

Tashkeel follows health and safety guidelines issued by the Dubai Government. As such, all workshops and events are socially-distanced and capacities are limited. All visitors to Tashkeel are required to wear masks and use the sanitiser stations available across the building.

Registration Deadline:

13 March 2021

A unique course with artist Chafa Ghaddar exploring the world of fresco and the technical, historical and conceptual undertakings that the medium offers. This three-part course will include a historical, technical and conceptual analysis of frescoes, with both theoretical and practical exercises that allow participants to engage with the medium through a variety of discussions and activities.

The course will start with the history of the medium, examining the various types of fresco-making that have been practised spanning different geographies and eras. Participants will then be introduced to the technical and chemical aspects of the process, creating their own fresco pieces on wood panels following a demonstration by Chafa. Under her guidance, participants will lay down the mix of lime and sand and paint with the use of coloured pigments. Conceptual discussions revolving around contemporary art practitioners will contextualise the fresco-making process, whose techniques sometimes conform and sometimes subvery the traditional methods. These discussions aim to prompt critical thinking about arts practices. Participants will be encouraged to write, draw, paint and experiment with materials to develop their own ideas informed by the course.

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