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Art Café: Give Art a Little Flavour

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Art Café: Give Art a Little Flavour

Sometimes we get
a sudden splash of creativity and we need an immediate outlet. Located in a
garden of an old villa in Maadi, Art Café could very much be what you’re
looking for. Its atmosphere is certainly relaxing, green and clean. So if
you’re feeling all artsy and want to take some art courses, pass by Art Café
and check it out.

Art Café is an
art centre founded by Hoda Kamal, who wanted to provide a space for people to
express themselves through art and enjoy their creative hobbies while having a
meal or a drink.

As you walk in,
there is a little path that leads you to a few laid out tables and chairs that
are applicable for all kinds of art. There is a fridge on the side for snacks
and goodies that range between 5LE to 10 LE, while a self-service area allows people
to make their own coffee (10 LE) and cold drinks (5 LE). If that doesn’t please
your cravings, you can go to the reception bar and ask for delivery menus of
your choice and have your food delivered to you.  

Art Café offers a
large variety of classes for kids, teens and adults. Classes include painting,
cooking, scrap-booking, candle-making, mosaic, flower arrangements, cake-decorating,
drawing for fashion design, story-telling and mural painting.

Prices vary from
70LE to 1000LE depending on the classes that interest you. There are two
teachers for the adult drawing and painting program. One focuses on modern art,
while the other focuses on more classical art. The classical art classes cost
250LE per month, while the modern art classes cost 480LE. For any Arabella
residents, there is also someone teaching drawing and painting classes at the
Arabella Country Club.

Art Café is
closed during Ramadan 2010, but they offer a Ramadan Weekly Summer Camp for
children and teens aged four to sixteen, Sundays through Thursdays from 11AM to
2PM. The summer camp starts on Sunday, August 15th and ends on Thursday, September
9th. The purpose of the summer camp is to keep kids and teens engaged during
the day in a sheltered and air-conditioned area with lots of crafty things to create
and take home.

Art Café gives
its students an opportunity to display their artwork at its art gallery for
people to critique or buy. If you feel like having an artsy birthday party, or
you feel that it would be a good fieldtrip for your kids, contact Art Café a
few days beforehand to schedule your activities.

360 Tip

The Art Café's normal working hours are Sunday to Wednesday: 10AM-10PM, Thursday 10AM-7PM, closed on Friday. For more information, check out the website, Facebook page and blog.

Best Bit

At Art Café, you can work both indoors and outdoor.

Worst Bit

The classes are a bit expensive.

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