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Typography in Art and Advertising


This workshop is organized for professionals and semi professionals working in the fields of art-direction, creative industries & agencies, graphic design, illustration and graffiti art.
The goal of the workshop is to create richer knowledge and more awareness about typography and it’s possibilities in art and advertising and thus creating better work for the artist and client.
We will be experimenting with and creating through multiple examples of how typography can be used. Also learning where typography came from you’ll get to know letters and how they can work for you through artistic expression. Understanding letters is a very big part before we start experimenting and in the end we will make a mural so that our gathered knowledge shall be spread to the rest off the world.

Trainer: Niels Bakkerus
Niels Bakkerus is a young artist and illustrator working and living in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Niels studied graphic design and communication at St. Lucas and illustration at AKV St. Joost. Through graffiti Niels got into typography and created his own style of illustration and typography. This style that combines illustration and typography is typical for the works of Niels. To him those two are the same. Because of his background in graffiti he was well known with lettering itself but got into custom lettering more and more and started to master the art of penmanship and calligraphy as well. His most advanced works where all of these influences are combined are his complex ambigrams. Lettering designs that can be read normally and upside down as well.
Niels works in the fields of illustration and graphic design, but also works an artist on his own personal projects. His vision on how to combine those two will be of big influence in the workshop.

The workshop will be divided into two sections, theory and practice. The first 3 days are intended to get inspiration and knowledge. Each theory day there will be room for practice as well. The last 3 days will be about creating a mural in Lebanon with the entire workshop team.

Day 1. Introduction of Niels Bakkerus. Niels will introduce himself and will show his portfolio. His personal portfolio and his commercial one, and tells about how to incorporate those two different things into projects. He will also explain his way of working.
Day 2. Lecture in the history of typography. Plus small commission to experience the theory in practice. Things that will be thought are things like Penmanship, gothic letters, spencerian script, roman script, custom lettering, digital lettering etc.
Day 3. Dutch Typography. The Netherlands have always been well known for it’s progressive and ground breaking designs. Niels will give a lecture about Dutch design and Dutch typographic design. Artist like Niels Meulman, Job Wouters, Jan van Krimpen, Zeds, Bureau Mijksenaar will be handled. Plus small commission to experience the theory in practice.
Day 4. Typo in Art & Advertising. Lecture about artworks based on typography and ground breaking advertisements.
Day 5. Creating and experimenting with the design for the mural.
Day 6. Finalize the design for the collaboration mural, creating composition.
Day 7. Start with the painting of the Mural.
Day 8. Finalizing the Mural and the course itself.

The course will be an intensive 6-days workshop. 3 days of theory, a 2 day break, and a finalization of 3 days practice and production. Each session will be 3 hours long, from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Typography workshop dates are  May 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30. Registration deadline has extended to Wednesday, May 16th due to high demand!

Fee 220usd per participant/group price 200usd.

Location: Studio 68, Ashrafieh-Sioufi near Sioufi Garden.

Photo Group Discussion @ Studio68

“ We just learned that Waleed Al Abbas is in Beirut for a few days and thought that we wouldn’t miss the opportunity of introducing his work to all of you who are passionate about photography.” Kiki Bokassa (Co founder of Vapa Association)
The main objective of this seminar is to demonstrate better ways for composing a picture.
It will explain how photographers compose their image, and, therefore, how to improve their skills in organizing the elements of the image. On another hand, it talks about how to build a picture, explains what a picture consists of, how shapes are related, how spaces are filled, and, finally, how the whole thing must have a kind of unity.
“I have been in photography field for around 8 years, however, after preparing the material for the composition workshop, I discovered new aspects of picture composition that was not visible to me before”
Who Should Attend?
Whether you are a confident camera use, a passionate amateur photographer, aspiring professional, photographer’s assistant or professional aiming to sharpen your skills, this presentation/discussion can be very beneficial for you.
About Waleed Al Abbas
Waleed AlAbbas is a self-taught photographer. He works as a full time project manager in a bank in Bahrain. Photography was his point of interest since his teenager years. He decided to develop his passion for photography in 2006, where he started learning about this huge field, going into the small details of photography and traveling around the world searching for interesting photography subjects. Beside attending to many workshops, he conducted some himself, as well as seminars, to help amateurs and passionate people like him, advance in their photography skills. He is an active member of the Bahrain Photography Association. At the moment, beside the bank, he is engaged in the commercial work of Architecture and Fashion photography, and continues his seminars whenever he has the chance.
The contribution fee for attending this unique session from 6.30 until 9.30 is of 30usd, it also includes a tea break. Please send us your reservations by mobile sms or email at 03 466 764/ The reunion will take place at Studio68 in Sioufi Ashrafieh near Sioufi Public Garden (directions are found at contact us page).

Klik – Basic photography workshop 2

What is Klik?

Klik, the Photo Workshop is an educational resource for photography.  From beginning classes, for those just starting out in digital photography or photography, to advanced classes covering lighting techniques, to your own personal photographic vision, we have classes that cover a broad spectrum.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn practical photography tools in a cozy setting.  Then go and put those tools into practice with field trips and daily assignments out and about in our historical town and beautiful beaches and mountains.

This is the program of every session:

Session 1

– The history of Photography
– Camera mechanism
– Different types of camera (small, medium, large format)
– Different type of lens
– Manual focus and auto focus
– Getting the right exposure
– Shutter speed
– Aperture, F-stops
– Light and metering (how to measure)
– Lock exposure
– Depth of field
– Different metering modes
– Camera modes TV, AV, P and M
– Shooting at night or with low light without flash
– How to hold your camera

Session 2

– Crop factor
– What is white balance?
– Histogram explained
– High-key and low-key photos
– Rule of third
– Composition tips
– Using background
– How to use the built-in flash
– How to direct the light of the built-in flash
– Use the camera flash as a fill light
– What is Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
– Take a panoramic photo
– What is macro?

Session 3

– What is HDR?
– How to shoot HDR
– Finalizing an HDR photo
– What is RAW, JPEG and TIFF
– Which one is better and why?
– What is BULB?
– Using Bulb to create effects
– Discussing the work of the masters of photography (Ansel Adams, Henry Cartier Bresson, Diane Arbus, Jeff Wall, Man ray…)
– Assignment: project related to the depth of field, exposure, focal length, HDR, panoramic and macro)

 Session 4

– Discussion of the students work and correcting the mistakes.

– Every session will end with the screening of the work of a photographer’s work. And it will be followed with a round table discussion about his work.

From May 21 until May 25. (21, 22, 23, 25) From 6pm until 9pm.

– The Fee is 160$ for the full course/ 4 sessions.
– Limited seats for 13 participants. Registration in advance is a must!
– Workshop taking place at Studio 68, Sioufi

Do not hesitate to let us know if you may need any further info by contact us on / 03 466 764 / 70 950 755.

Studio 68

We recently started our workshops in our newly rented location in Sioufi Ashrafieh.The body language course is starting on Thursday April 12(registration has started already),the creative workshop ongoing course will be ending in 3 weeks and registration for the new course is already on track. Every saturday you could join a full course or 1 session of Finger-painting from 5pm until 8pm.

Goodbye Ground68

Dear Vapa Friends, This msg is to inform you that we have permanently left the building where we were located for 2 years (Ground68/Roof68), due to the buildg’s old condition it will all be evacuated soon. Today we were informed about the inspectors’ reports.You cld reach us by mobile/ regarding any enquiry/request.Workshops are held in 2 locations in Gemmayze/Hazmieh until end of April.

New Workshops in Spring

Kindly find a description of each workshop in the link below (workshop page):

Registration is a must! Pls contact us at
03 466 764. deadline for registration: End of February.

Here is a list of the upcoming workshops going on starting in march.

I.Creative Writing

II.Accounting for freelancers

III.Finger Painting and social thinking

IV.Body Language

V.Klik Photography

VI.Typography in art and advertising

VII.Blogging and social networking for youth

VIII.iDesign for teens (Graphic design)

Non Permanent Change of Workshops’ Location

If you live in Lebanon, you have surely heard of the catastrophic incident that occurred this Sunday night in Fassouh,the area where Ground68 is located. A neighbouring building has collapsed, and residents living in the near buildings have been evacuated for security reasons.

 Thank you all for your calls, we’re all well. The workshops will continue as scheduled because many of our participants have travel plans on their agendas. All workshops that started took  place last week at the Berytech Bldg, 10th floor, located facing the French Consulate (Monday Photography-4 hrs session & Friday Body Language 2 hrs session).

Thank you Berytech for your support.

 I’ll keep all participants posted by phone/email or by posting the details on vapa group page. We will be returning to our venue after the official assessment report given by the authorities’ experts, about  the building’s condition is out, and all maintenance works are made.

 Join us in our prayers and may God be with all the victims’ families!


Body Language Workshop (monthly workshop)

We invite you to register now for the next course by calling or emailing us.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”

Would you like to tell if someone is lying? Are you looking for a way to improve your communication skills? Are you seeking more cooperation and understanding from other people?
This workshop will sensitise you to your own non-verbal signals and will help you read key signs from the people you are dealing with, which will help you reach better deals, make a positive impression, choose well your partners and friends and even boost your self-confidence.
All this in a fun and interactive atmosphere using improvisations, videos, photos, and role-playing games.

This workshop will be given by VAPA’s Communication Officer, Charbel Naim,  who besides his background in Advertising, Marketing, HR, Hospitality Management, Tourism and the Performing Arts,  has a rich experience in improvised theatre and is a member of Improbeirut acting group. He is also a news editor/writer, actor and trainer.


I – Introduction:

– Personal Introductions.- Self perception of how other people see you.

II – The basics:

– Origins, universal gestures, cultural differences. – Personal space. – Distances.

III – Handshakes. IV – Liars exposed:

1 – Gestures. 2 – Types of liars. 3 – Speech.

V – Smiles.
VI – Eye signals. VII – Arms and legs.
VIII – Smiles and laughter.

IX – Micro expressions:
– Happiness – Anger- Disgust- Fear- Contempt- Surprise- Sadness.

X – Cultural differences.


The workshop is made of 4 sessions, 2 hours each, held every Thursday from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.
The fee for this workshop is $200 per student.

To register please contact us at:


Phone: 03 466 764
Address:  Sioufi-Ashrafieh – Beirut – Lebanon

“Klik” a Photography Workshop-Starting Soon!

What is Klik?

Klik, the Photo Workshop is an educational resource for photography.  From beginning classes, for those just starting out in digital photography or photography, to advanced classes covering lighting techniques, to your own personal photographic vision, we have classes that cover a broad spectrum.

Classes are held at Vapa Association/Ground68 studio space, 68 St Louis Street, Al Sami (Pepite) Bldg,  located just a short walk from MTV Offices bldg or Spinneys Supermarket in Fassouh, Ashrafieh-Beirut (address found in our contact info page).  Come and learn that next step in your photography journey.  Classes are casual and fun and cover both technical & creative aspects of everything photographic.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn practical photography tools in a cozy setting.  Then go and put those tools into practice with field trips and daily assignments out and about in our historical town and beautiful beaches and mountains.

This is the program of every session:

Session 1

History, Camera mechanism – How does a camera function? (Lenses, mirror…), Different type of cameras (medium, small, large format), Exposure (ISO), Shutter speed, Aperture, F-stops, Depth of field, Project to be done for the next session: Depth of field (10 photos), shutter speed changes but same aperture (7 photos), change the focal length (5 photos).

Session 2
How to choose between Shutter speed, aperture and ISO, Focal length (prime and zoom lenses), Metering modes (spot metering, center-weighted average metering, partial metering), Auto focus and Manual focus, Composition, Reportage (subject will be chosen later), Portrait, Screening the participants” work. Maya will be commenting, advising and helping each participant  understand her/his mistakes.

Session 3
Light and metering, Films and ISO, Type of films, Zone system, Film processing, How to prepare for film processing, How to prepare for tirage, Photographic paper, Developing (=Tirage), Project (Ombre et lumiere), Screening the students work plus commenting and advising them and help them understand their mistakes.

Session 4
Work in the darkroom, Explain the steps to develop a film, Prepare the solutions for developing a film, Each student will develop his own film with the help of the teacher.

Session 5
Explain the steps to print photos (tirage),Prepare the solutions for printing the photos. Develop the students’ films.

Session 6
Develop the film. Comment and help them improve their work, and correct the mistakes. Project (free each students choose his favorite subject).

Session 7
Develop the film.

Session 8

– Go out on a trip (photos will be later used for the exhibition held by the students:

– Every session will end with the screening of the work of a photographer’s work. And it will be followed with a round table discussion about his work (This won’t include the 3 hours it will be done after the 3 hours, the students that are not interested have the option to leave at the end of the 3 hours.

– The only workshop in Lebanon where you will get the chance to develop films and work in a darkroom.
By the end of the workshop, not only you will be able to take better shots but also you will master your own work, you will be able to develop the films your photos.

– Lab enthusiasts – Black and white enthusiasts!

Starting January 13th from 6.30pm until 8.30/9pm. Sessions are held every Tuesday and Friday.

– The Fee is 240$ for the full course/ 8 sessions.
– Every workshop ends with an exhibition of the students work.
– Limited seats for 8 participants. Registration in advance is a must!

Do not hesitate to let us know if you may need any further info by contact us on / 03 466 764 / 70 950 755.

LifeINSPIRED Vision Board Workshop @ Ground68

N.B: 2 Supplementary sessions will be held due to high demand and the lack of seats’ availability. You could still register by contacting us. Please choose ASAP the date that suits you best: Saturday Dec. 17th 10:30am-1:30pm & Thursday Dec. 22nd 6:30pm-9:30pm.

New YOU in 2012!Would you like to set your dreams for 2012?
Would you like to know how it feels like to have your dreams come true?
And would you like to know how and that you CAN manifest them in your life?

If you answered yes, then come to the LifeINSPIRED Vision Board Workshop where you will learn how to make your dreams come true through the power of visualization. A vision board is a simple, yet extremely powerful manifestation tool that clarifies and aligns your creative energy. Clarity and alignment focuses the mind and activates the universal Law of Attraction in your life.During this fun & interactive 3-hour workshop, Junaline will guide you through some visioning processes into discovering what you really want to attract into your life and help remove what may be blocking your path to success. You will make your vision board- literally a collage that includes pictures, power words, affirmations or quotes that visually represent what you want to manifest and make happen in your life. And what better time to do it in preparation for the NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR!

Please bring scissors, two magazines for cutting and your favorite photo of yourself.
(*All other materials will be provided)

Who is this workshop for?
Open to everybody who want to achieve their dreams, set goals and manifest them regardless of their current circumstances.

This workshop is offered 3 times in December 2011:
Thursday, December 8th
Thursday, December 15th
Thursday, December 22nd Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Vapa Association-Ground68
Fees: $35
Registration ASAP is a must (places are limited)! /
Mobile#: 03466764/ 70126053
Junaline fan page:

About Junaline Bañez-Moussi

Junaline Bañez-Moussi is a Life Coach and Teacher. She is the only Certified Vision Board Coach in Lebanon, accredited by Joyce Schwarz of The Vision Board Institute in California, USA. She is the force behind LifeINSPIRED Coaching – a holistic and integrative approach to self-development for men and women that offers Life Coaching, ThetaHealing, Vision Board Coaching and Yoga.

She has trained with Marshall Rosenberg as a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Practitioner. Her other trainings include NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and energy healing modalities such as Quantum Touch and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). She was also an English Teacher in her past career having lived and worked in Mexico, Japan and Oman. A humanitarian at heart, she has led volunteer work projects on children’s education in Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

Deep transformative self-discovery and her varied life experiences shaped her unique perspective as a teacher, life coach and a visionary. Junaline hails from Alberta, Canada but she is currently based in Beirut, Lebanon with her life partner and husband enjoying the manifestation of her dreams.

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