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Face to Face Workshops


Overcoming the Void of Plague through a “Face to Face” Workshop in Istanbul


Since the 4th of April 2020, the Kadiköy based cultural centre NADAS has launched an innovative project in order to connect people through arts.

Julie, by Amor Cabato

Face to Face – Yüz Yüze is the first online portrait workshop organized by NADAS‘ team, using the video conferencing solution ZOOM. For three sessions already, a bunch of people from around the world met online to draw each other, as portraiture seems relevant regarding social distancing and digitization.

After a short introduction and demonstration of portrait drawing by the artist in charge of the session, the participants are invited to join a “room” in order to draw each other’s portrait, in a “face to face” situation. Half an hour later, participants and Nadas’ team meet again in the “common room” and discuss their feelings, bring some feedback, share their impressions…

For the tech-scepticals, this is an example of conceivable ways to organize workshops online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lynn, by Sima Ferfery

The Mahalla Festival is pleased to anonce the next Drawing Workshop Face to Face organized by NADAS, taking place on Sunday May 17th, from 6-8pm (GMT +3) using ZOOM video conferencing software!


Contact for registration

(Free Entrance, Donation-based).

An Online Figure Painting class will also be given the same day by artist Gabrielle Reeves on Zoom at the same time (6pm-8pm, GMT+3).

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of watercolour techniques and learn how to apply this medium to life drawing. The course will explore basic color theory, materials, and application processes, and will focus on creating several studies of the human figure. This workshop is open to all levels of students, whether you are new to watercolour or looking to expand your skills in observational painting. 

NADAS is a creative house, located in Yeldeğirmeni, Kadiköy, Istanbul, founded in June 2018. We open space for individual and community projects valuing the diversity of urban life and people’s connection to their environments. At Nadas, we provide the conditions for you and your ideas to be heard, tested, and integrated; slowly, mindfully, and empathetically.

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