Doodle Weekend Manarat Al Saadiyat
Doodle Weekend at Manarat Al Saadiyat
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The Doodle Weekend continues to take place at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Doodle Vibes workshop will be held on the 21st of May from 5 pm until 8 pm. The visitors will be offered to create their unique doodle designs on an item of their choice. Renowned doodler and artist Sijin Gopinathan will be assisting and navigating. The participants need to bring a personal item of their choice, for example, shoes, notebooks, phone cases, hats, etc. The price for one person is AED 30.

The next day, on the 22nd of May, Doodle Caboodle will take place. Visitors will be able to engage in a doodle mural on a special wall inside Manarat Al Saadiyat venue. As on the day before, artist Sijin Gopinathan will be assisting and navigating. The session will start at 5 pm and last until 8 pm. Doodle Caboodle is free of charge.

Sijin Gopinathan is a doodle artist with his own unique style. Sijin has won several awards in international doodle painting. Using only a reusable marker, Sijin Gopinathan often doodles in front of a live audience. At the recent World Art Dubai, he amazed visitors by doodling for his current passion project — Save the Nature, calling attention to deforestation, water pollution, animal extinction and massive bird mortality.

"Peacock" by Sijin Gopinathan
“Peacock” by Sijin Gopinathan

“My art does not depend on a particular medium. I feel it’s a mix of everything. I have learnt and experienced, meshing real life and fantasy. I started by making art using bricks and charcoal. Sometime ago, I saw a man near my village in Kerala, painting with leaves and other natural materials. I feel we don’t need fine quality art materials or gadgets to make masterpieces,” says Sijin Gopinathan. 

Until the 31st of May, the Photography Studio at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi has been transformed with intricate doodles, a highly detailed work of art, by Emirati artist Hend Almurid. Each wall of the studio has been highlighted with a different pattern. After a close inspection of the designs, one will see that the drawings are made of abstract lines without even lifting the pen from the paper.