Islamic Arts Family Experience

Islamic Arts Family Experience

The MFAH and the Islamic Arts Society team up to showcase modern and traditional Islamic arts. This interactive event invites families to make their own art, watch artists’ demonstrations, and explore the Art of the Islamic Worlds galleries.

Masks are recommended. Free materials are provided to use in the galleries and at home.

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Explore Calligraphy
Explore Ceramics


  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Geometric Art Making | Create your own geometric patterns inspired by the Islamic art at the MFAH and the art techniques being demonstrated today.
    Exploring Islamic Art Together | Pick up a gallery guide and gather your group to explore the Islamic art in the Museum. Each guide is inspired by the art techniques being demonstrated today.
  • 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
    Ebru Paper-Marbling Demonstration | Popular in Turkey and Central Asia, Ebru paintings are produced using dyes, a water-based solution, and unique tools. Watch as artists create intricate patterns and designs using this mesmerizing paper-marbling process.
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Arabic Calligraphy Demonstration | Artists demonstrate the art of Arabic calligraphy and offer complimentary name writing in various forms of the calligraphy being shown.
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
    Ceramic Painting Demonstration with Ottoman Patterns and Arabesques | Iznik pottery is a decorated ceramic known for its white and cobalt-blue designs and its artistic decoration of scrolling and interlacing foliage, vines, or plain lines.

Plan Your Visit
Admission to Cullen Sculpure Garden is free. Entry to the Art of the Islamic Worlds galleries is included with general admission, which is free for ages 12 & younger, and free for MFAH members.

Safety Guidelines A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public setting, and masks are required indoors. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here.

Family Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from the Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Institute of Museum and Library Services; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.


Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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Cullen Sculpture Garden
Montrose Boulevard at Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006
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