Meet Our Students

Alefiya Abbas Ali

“I hold a degree in fine arts with distinction and have always been interested in Traditional Islamic Art. My passion to learn more about Geometry, Ancient Islamic manuscripts, Miniature painting and Illumination brought me to VMCTA.
My association with VM Centre established when I first attended an introductory Illumination workshop followed by several other short courses. These short courses provided me with an insight of what the year-long Diploma programme had to offer and that was exactly what I was looking for in terms of centre facilities, course content and tutors’ expertise.
The enrolment in VMCTA Diploma Programme is so far the best decision in my professional career. In this short period of time, I have greatly enhanced by skills in the art of Ceramics, Marquetry and Fresco painting. I truly believe that by the end of the year my skills and creativity will get a golden touch of knowledge and understanding of Traditional Art.”

Dilshad Asif

“I am from District Nawab Shah Sindh Pakistan and student of the Diploma programme at VMCTA Karachi.
I completed my graduation in Ceramic Design from Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) Lahore.
Being a professional ceramic designer, I am always interested to learn Traditional Arts and VMCTA has provided a wonderful platform of traditional Arts for the seekers.
My aim was to learn traditional arts with new techniques, and which promotes our Pakistani traditions.
The VM Centre has impressive facilities and accomplished faculty, all teachers are master in their field.”

Hira Kamil

“I acquired a degree in English advance from Karachi University and also hold BFA (a diploma) in Fine Arts, one-year diploma in advance Interior Designing from Karachi School of Arts and also formal training in Indian Wash Painting techniques from A.H.Rizvi. 

I decided to enrol in the VMCTA Diploma Programme to develop my skills, knowledge and techniques related to Traditional Arts under the guidance of experts in the field. This programme has definitely delivered way more than my expectations, it improved my skills and techniques regarding the Islamic Art significantly. VM Centre provides a friendly yet professional environment.

After completion of this course, I’m looking forward to pursuing a Master’s Degree at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.”

Khalifa

“I am a teacher and fine artist with eight years of related work experience. I hold a BFA from the Visual Studies Department at Karachi University. I started working with wood around the time I was eight. Wood has become my primary medium of expression and a springboard for experimentation in metal and bone. In my work; I am part artist part craftsman. I am guided by the grain and form of the piece, enforcing my will only enough to present an engaging visual. There are times when my work speaks, thus I pen words to give it voice. As a teacher, I teach History of Art, History of Design & Woodwork at the University of Karachi and Karachi School of Art.

 I actively seek and absorb knowledge both theoretically and practically. My aim is to effectively transmit knowledge that I have gained to younger audiences and to equip them with the tools required for productive self-study

The VMCTA Diploma programme has helped me better understand how designs are replicated and tessellated consistently. It has also helped me brush up my technical drawing and colour application techniques based on effective use of colour theory and tone. I have learnt new things in addition to having revisited and thus reaffirmed prior knowledge. All this has brought me to a point where I can freely incorporate knowledge that I have learnt into both my studio practise and my teaching with confidence.

The diploma programme covers a large range of traditional arts courses that are difficult to find in combination in other institutes.   

VMCTA has made me aware of the scope that the traditional arts inherently have in it and thus opened up possibilities for exploration, both traditional and contemporary. The methods and materials course has been of special interest. As I find the entire process of making paints and one’s own painting surfaces to be fascinating; it allows one to engage with painting from the ground up.     

 I see myself as both mentally and physically ready to tackle the Master’s programme at PSTA. As well as sufficiently informed to be able to guide my students through the processes that I have spent time understanding and practicing.”

Laila Premjee

“I have always been interested in learning Traditional Arts and the VMCTA Diploma Programme has been absolutely wonderful & enlightening.
My aim was to grow as an artist and learn new techniques related to my cultural background.
I’m looking forward to putting these new techniques into my future practice and promoting local arts & crafts of Pakistan. We have a very rich artistic & cultural history in Pakistan and it’s fantastic that the VMCTA is offering this opportunity to students to learn these techniques.
The Center has excellent facilities and the faculty is brilliant, each teacher being an expert in their field.”

Liaquat Ali Joyo

“My interest in learning Islamic Traditional Arts and pursuing a career as a skilled art teacher brought me to Karachi from Hyderabad. I enrolled for the VMCTA Diploma programme in January 2019 and have learnt a lot from this course in a short span of time. I’m very impressed with the curriculum and content taught at this course.

The tutors have an impressive style and methodology of teaching and are extremely well trained. The VMCTA Centre staff and facilities perfectly compliment this programme.

This one-year programme has immensely increased my knowledge and skills in traditional arts. Before the introduction of this programme, I planned to join a bachelor’s course in Fine Arts but I the appealing course outline of VMCTA diploma programme attracted my attention. Through this course, I have developed a strong interest in Ceramics.”

After the completion of my diploma, I aim to acquire even more formal qualification in the art of Ceramics. I wish to have my very own Ceramics’ studio to practice and spread the knowledge about the Traditional Ceramics of Pakistan and I believe I am on the right track!

Mehrin Haseeb

“Twenty years after getting my Masters degree in Art, I am now filling a void in my studies with this diploma in Traditional Art. The teachers at the VM Centre are so learned and skilled in their fields, its been an amazing experience learning from them. They have inspired us to reach new heights in our art practices. We have also learned so much about our own traditions and crafts with trips to Thatta and Makli. I feel like this course has opened my eyes to a spiritual connection with my work, to feeling that the universe plays a role in our art and that you have to acknowledge this connection with a Higher Being. I hope to incorporate some of these life skills in my art practice.”

Sana Imaad

“I’m a 23 year-old Computer Science graduate from IBA, Karachi. I have a diverse background, as an entrepreneur, creative writer, UX designer, photographer and visual artist. I found the VMCTA diploma programme unique as it has enabled me to understand patterns I encounter in daily life. VMCTA courses are like ‘behind-the-scenes’, because both the design and concept basics are explained brilliantly. After this course, I wish to further pursue textile designing and relaunch my visual merchandise brand. I also wish to use the learnt design concepts to create concept art for various media, particularly the film and games industry, as well as for my own original illustrations.”

Nasreen Sadiq

“The middle child of Six siblings, my name is Nasreen Sadiq and I was born and brought up in Hyderabad, Sindh in Pakistan. I graduated with a BA but never pursued fine art as a major subject but absorbed a lot of Art & craft from my mother and my surrounding; like embroidery (ChaarSutti), flower making/decorative pieces and much more that the community around provided. Subsequently feeling the need and importance of a formal education, I went to Khana-e-Farhang where I did a six-month course in textile design and then I did two-month course in flower making at M.A Rungoonwala Community Center Hyderabad. This led to an interest in making handmade jewelry by using different kind of materials like Italian dough, beads and found objects but my copper wire jewelry was appreciated the most and I receive lots of orders to date.

My younger brother, who recently completed his MA degree from PSTA London, saw my growing interest in handwork and guided me to attend weeklong Traditional Art Workshops at VMCTA Karachi. I found these workshops very informative, helpful and through these, I learnt about the basic principles of sacred geometry. This wonderful experience led me to start following their Facebook page. One day! there was news about a one year diploma course in Traditional Art on their page and I applied for the program but I was unsure if I would get in or not. Here I am and lucky me, I got admission and I moved to Karachi.

I am super excited to learn more interesting new ways of investigating the traditional art forms. I am happy and satisfied with the content of course, instructors and VMCTA management.

I am hopeful that after completing this one-year course I will apply all these principles and continue my formal art education. It seems like my next aim is to complete my Masters degree in Traditional Art. “

Sana Habib

“I studied and taught economics and art history for many years. It was when I met a graduate of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in Dhaka that I was introduced to Geometry and the Traditional Arts. I joined VM Centre in Karachi because I was very keen to pursue my interest in the traditional arts, especially geometry. Being at the VMCTA has been an enjoyable and informative experience so far. I have learnt a lot about the arts themselves but the journey into how the Traditional Arts are being practiced in Pakistan has been most exciting. My hope and aim that after the completion of this course I will be able to collaborate with the artists and artisans of the region and take the Traditional Arts further.”