The recently launched list of winter courses at the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) is full of visual, applied and performing arts classes, along with some interesting additions for this year’s winter semester. These include including a new Fine Arts Portraiture course and a Violin-Making course tutored by an Italian violin-maker – what’s known as a luthier or ‘liutaio’ in Italian.

Students attending the violin-making course will build the head of their very own violin, stringed with a theoretical base from the classical Italian tradition. The course, held in the English language, will consist of practice-oriented ‘laboratory’ sessions taking place at the MSA’s seat, the Palazzo de La Salle.

Meanwhile, the art rooms of the Palazzo will host a Fine Arts Portraiture course, consisting of several consecutive sessions with one model posing in the same pose to instill discipline in the participants. The course is aimed at lovers of fine art portraiture with some knowledge and experience in traditional techniques.

Other winter courses which fall under the visual arts umbrella will include Fine Arts Nude Figure, Art for Juniors (varying ages), Preparation for Art O’Level, Art for Adults, Art for Mature Students, Clay Modelling, Art Workshops and Photography.

The applied arts section on the other hand will offer lessons in Crochet, Lace Making, Cottage Crafts, Crib Building, Cake Decorating, Dress Making, Tailoring, Embroidery, Gold Embroidery, Cross Stitch, Cut Work, Hardanger, Hansa, Gilding, Knitting, Monastery Work, Parchment, Patchwork, Soft Furnishings and Ganutell, among others. Finally, students in the performing arts courses can choose to learn the guitar (electric, acoustic and classical), piano, violin and voice.

Most of the courses consist of 12 sessions of around two to two and a half hours per session, with the first lesson starting at the beginning of October and concluding towards the end of January 2019. Bookings are now open. More information is on the official website or can be obtained by calling 21244339/21244400 or emailing