“Workshops Seal Gap between Theory and Practice”

More than 20 Iranian art students convened at Arasbaran Cultural Center to attend the first workshop on urban graphics designing.


The workshop was aimed at collecting art works which can be installed in urban spaces across the Iranian capital.


It came as part of an urban project launched by Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization dubbed “Welcome Spring”, which is aimed at giving Tehran a facelift, ahead of the arrival of spring and the new Persian year.


The Secretary of the workshop Arash Tanhaee said it covered three major themes including Spring, Nowruz and Fatemiyeh, (Mourning days to mark martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad’s (P.B.U.H.) daughter Hazrat Zahra (A.S.).


The Iranian artist highlighted the role of educational workshops in improving the quality of urban artworks and said such events enable university students to learn about cultural and occasional graphics.


“Such workshops seal the gap between theory and practice,” Tanhaee concluded.


He also said graphic works in urban spaces mainly fall into two major groups: Commercial graphics and cultural graphics.


The veteran Iranian graphic designer regretted lack of standards for urban graphic works and said there is no supervision on aesthetic aspects of such works.


Tanhaee also said holding expert-level workshops can help promote graphic designing in urban spaces.


Meanwhile, Kiyanoosh Gharibpour, the Secretary of Urban Graphic Section of Welcome Spring Festival said the second workshop on designing urban graphics will be held on later this month.


He said artworks created by the students attending the workshop will be evaluated and judged and selected works will be installed in urban spaces.


Gharibpour also hailed efforts by Tehran Municipality’s Beautification Organization to hold “Welcome Spring” festival and called for the continuation of such projects. He said such projects will be helpful if their pros and cons are taken into consideration and lead to emergence of new standards in the field of urban arts.


Gharibpour also highlighted the role of graphics in promoting urban landscape and described it as “a temporary medium which can have an instant and impressive impact”.


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