Create your own violin at the Malta Society of Arts

The Malta Society of Arts (MSA) has launched its schedule of around 25 winter courses in starting in the first week of October and taking place at Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta.

The list of visual, applied and performing arts classes has some interesting additions for this year’s winter semester, 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 be creating the head of their very own violin stringed with a theoretical base for building violins in the classical Italian tradition. The sessions, which will be held in the English language, will take place at the MSA’s seat, the Palazzo de La Salle.

The art rooms of the Palazzo will then be hosting the Fine Arts Portraiture course consisting of several consecutive sessions with one model posing in the same pose.

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 will include lessons in Crochet, Lace Making, Cottage Crafts, Crib Building, Cake Decorating, Dress Making, Tailoring, Embroidery, Gold Embroidery, CrossStitch, Cut Work, Hardanger, Hansa, Gilding, Knitting, Monastery Work, Parchment, Patchwork, Soft Furnishings and Ganutell.

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 from the NSA’s website, call on 21244339/21244400 or email on