Following the recently concluded semester themed around colour the students were taken on a field trip to Turquoise Mountain Foundation.
The Turquoise Mountain, named after one of the greatest Afghan capitals during the Ghurid dynasty, is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that was established in 2006 at the request of HRH Price Charles of Wales and HE Hamid Karzai, its aim is to revive Afghanistan's traditional arts and crafts and regenerate Murad Khane, a historic area of Kabul's old city. To these ends it has established the nation's first Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture and is working in Murad Khane to restore its historic buildings and protect its community.
The Turquoise Mountain Foundation has established an Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture, with around 200 students the institute is comprised of four schools,
- School of Calligraphy & Painting
- School of Woodwork
- School of Jewelers & Gem-Cutting
- School of ceramics
During the week we took each of the class to Turquoise Mountain Foundation where they met the students of each department and saw their amazing handcrafts. The handcrafts included beautiful wood carved designs, classic pottery shapes and ancient jewelries.
“My favorite part of the field trip was pottery; I was surprised seeing the beautiful things made out of mud” – Bismillah, 15, Student
“I learned about wood carving, making and designing jewelries and creating things from mud.” – Hidayat, 12, student
It was an amazing place especially the buildings, which were quite deceptive from the outside, hiding a wonderful place within,
“At first when I saw the building from outside I thought it might be a small place, but when I entered I saw lots of beautiful and wood designed buildings that were amazing.” – Mursal, 13, student
The students really enjoyed their visit, with some wanting to enroll in the classes
“I hope I could go there every week” – Sadaf, 11, student
The girls were facinated by the traditional crafts practiced at the foundation
Caligraphy class at turquoise mountain
The girl students enjoying the architechture at the turquios mountain foundation
The skateistan students gt shown round the foundations gardens
The student look on as a young man at the Turquoise mountain foundation practices tradiational wood craft techniques
The students are shown some traditional Afghan pottery
Some teapots made at the Turquoise Mountain Foundation
Inside the Turquoise mountain foundation