With around forty different courses being offered by the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) across the areas of visual, applied and performing arts, anyone who would like to further their art-related skills will be spoilt for choice. Applications are now open for all the courses starting at the beginning of October, and they can be collected and submitted at MSA’s seat, the Palazzo de La Salle in Valletta.
Founded in 1852, the Malta Society of Arts is Malta’s oldest arts organisation, and for a long time, it was the only one that helped artists by providing financial support and creating a community where they could meet and exchange ideas. Today, it still strives to be a hub for artistic activity and its role will be strengthened as the renovations at the Palazzo de La Salle are finalised in the coming months and the upstairs spaces start to be populated by performances, exhibitions, concerts and other artistic events.
The winter courses falling under the visual arts umbrella will include History of Art, Art for Juniors (varying ages), Preparation for Art O’Level, Art for Adults, Art for Mature Students, Clay Modelling, Nude Human Figure Art, Wood Sculpture, Art Workshops and Photography, which this year will also include a photo editing unit.
The vast applied arts section will offer lessons in Crochet, Lace Making, Cottage Crafts, Crib Building, Cake Decorating, Dress Making, Tailoring, Embroidery, Gilding, Knitting, Monastery Work, Soft Furnishings and Ganutell, among others. Students in the performing arts courses can choose to learn the guitar, piano, violin, voice and the flute, which is a brand new addition to the list of instruments being taught at MSA.
A new course in ‘Events organisation’ will introduceparticipants to the practical skills required to successfully plan, implement, and manage events. With the recent increase in Malta’s cultural output, this newly-added training will be welcomed by many who would like to see more efficiently-run events.
This year, MSA is introducing two new offers in line with its mission to encourage and promote arts education. Members of the Malta Society of Arts will benefit from a 50% discount on visual and applied arts courses (except the Nude Art course). This same 50% discount will also be offered to current students who bring in a new student to the MSA on one of the applied arts courses.
For more information about the Malta Society of Arts and its courses, please visit: www.artsmalta.org/courses