Art & Cooking Morocco Spring 2020 {Resource}

In April 2020, I will be returning to magical Morocco to offer another art & cooking educational tour.

I am once again working with award winning tour agency Caravan-Serai to introduce friends to the sights and tastes of five southern cities of this North African wonder at the crossroads of contemporary and medieval times. I have formed our schedule to best experience the art and cooking of Morocco and Caravan-Serai will be taking care of our logistical needs.

For a full list of services and prices, please check below, to join us on this spectacular experience. We will explore all five senses that will fully showcase how different each city truly is.

Legal print: All events are subject to change due to time constraints (inshallah is a common Arabic word that means ‘if God wills it’ and is how most of the country is run, please make sure you take the time to enjoy this laid back Moroccan way of life).


We will land in Rabat on April 8th and relax in our modern hotel in the new area of town. And by new, I mean built during its rich colonial heritage. We will explore the Medina & souk on a different day, and advise you to use this day to relax & drink lots of water to deal with jet lag. We have a full day ahead, so get plenty of slept as well. We will try to meet for a light dinner in the evening for introductions, depending on everyone’s availability.

Our breakfast is included with our nightly hotel and riad (the Moroccan word for bed & breakfast) stays, which makes it convenient to relax with mint tea in the morning. Moroccans have a unique way of pouring mint tea, and part of their hospitality is to sit and enjoy it with new friends. We will go over our schedule and meet our phenomenal guide (try to guess how many languages he speaks!).

After introductions, we will make our way to the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art for a private tour. Our museum docent will give us an overview of Moroccan artists in this new architectural wonder, the only building in Morocco designed and built for museum use. We will view the permanent collection, as well as traveling exhibits. After our tour, we will enter our comfortable van for a short drive to Casablanca.


In Casablanca we will have our first cooking demonstration in a private home. We will be shown Moroccan hospitality as we are provided with culinary delights to introduce us to this rich culture. After our senses are satisfied, we will make our way to the fabric district to learn about Moroccan embroidery & Amazigh design. Along the way, we will drive by Rick’s Cafe and the Hassan II Mosque to see for ourselves if indeed Notre-Dame de Paris could fit inside. After our city tour, we will head to El Jadida.


The coastal city of El Jadida will be our first overnight stay along our tour so that we may visit the Galerie Chaibia Talal. This Moroccan artist was born in a nearby village and is considered one of Morocco’s most well known painters. She exhibited works all over the world, showing alongside world famous artists from France and Spain. We will have an art lesson, inspired by her art. We will then have a city tour that includes checking out the Portuguese cistern and a cooking demonstration.


We will leave the next morning after breakfast for a drive to Essouria, a city occupied since prehistoric times. We will have a cooking demonstration, along with a city tour that will include visits in the Jewish quarter and learning the rich history of this coastal gem. We will look for the cafes that Jimi Hendrix relaxed in and take an easy day enjoying the beaches as tomorrow we have to roll up our sleeves.


We will spend one day of our tour giving our time and resources in this beautiful coastal city that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1960 and has been trying to rebuild itself as a tourist attraction. We will meet up with youth from the organization Amsmoon and work with them in creating artwork for a community garden. We will use this time to talk English to help with their language skills as we constitute an outdoor floor medallion using the ancient art of Moroccan zellige. After a day of hardy work and laughter over language mishaps, we will share an informal meal with our fellow artists over a beach bonfire.


Our city tour of Marrakesh will need a couple of days to enjoy. We leave Agadir early in the morning in hopes of catching a few goats in trees on our drive to Marrakesh. This strange sight/site is how argon oil used to be made. After a few photos, we will head to Marrakesh, a major art hub and where we will enjoy another cooking presentation. We will also try to fit in visits to the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, the Yves Saint Laurent Museum, the Marjorelle Gardens and a gallery owned by Hassan Hajjaj.


Upon our return to Rabat, we will enjoy a city tour with a stop at the Kasbah. We will also view the Hassan tower, Zaha Hadid’s breathtaking Grand Theatre, and have our final cooking class, complete with a full Certification in Moroccan Cooking, in the Medina. Our afternoon art drive will include various murals and Space Invader graffiti that peppers this contemporary city. We will enjoy a final goodbye dinner together before we depart for home, early the next day.

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Inclusions :

  • 10 nights accommodation at riad/hotels, breakfast included
  • A/C minivan with a driver at disposal for the whole tour
  • English speaking guide at disposal for the whole tour
  • Art docent at disposal for the whole tour
  • Monument entrance fees plus external visits of mosques/synagogues
  • 5  cooking classes in Casablanca/El Jadida/Essaouira/Marrakech/Rabat
  • 4 art classes in Casablanca/El Jadida/Agadir/Marrakech
  • Farewell dinner with Arabic Music
  • Our full assistance (airport pickup will hold client name signage)
  • Taxes

Exclusions :

  • All personal extras, such as but not limited to:
    • telephone
    • minibar
    • trip insurance
    • drinks during the meals
    • meals not already included in cooking demos

If this trip sounds like one that you are interested in, please contact Caravan-Serai and let them know. Here is a review left from our previous trip to Morocco.

Please visit A Crafty Arab on Facebook to check out the event page to keep up to date on articles, recipes and other fun tidbits about Morocco to prepare for our adventure.

Stop by these educational posts that teach about Morocco

Morocco Flag Candy Dish {Tutorial}

Morocco Sweet Stew {Recipe}

Be sure to know what to pack if you are joining us

Morocco Packing List {Resource}

I hope you can come, I am looking forward to introducing you to the rich traditions of North Africa.

Ramadan Crafts Challenge 2019 Roundup {Resource}

Ramadan crafts, eid, muslim, islam, children, kids, tutorial, diy

Shukran (Arabic for thank you) to everyone that followed our Ramadan crafts 30 day daily challenge of creating an activity that teaches about Arab culture or the Muslim world.

My family would like to wish our blog reading community an Eid Mubarak.

Eid Al Fitr is today, the holiday that comes at the end of Ramadan and Eid Mubarak is a greeting that means Blessed Eid.

We started our 30 day Ramadan crafts challenge back in July 2011. Our tradition has continued annually through 2012, 2013, 2014. 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Here are the 2019 Ramadan crafts daily challenge posts

Ramadan Day 1 Ramadan Perler Mosque {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 2 Ramadan Ice Cream Calendar {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 3 Lantern Love Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 4 Arabesque Paint Chip Coasters {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 5 Teabag Folding Khatam Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 6 Protective Nazar Rocks {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 7 Ramadan Circle Wall Decor {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 8 Ramadan Indian Food Word Search {Printable} plus Let’s Celebrate Ramadan & Eid {Book Review}

Ramadan Day 9 Ramadan Moon and Star Bird Feeder {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 10 Nakba Shrinky Dink Key Chain {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 11 Moon and Star Bookmarks Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 12 Gallery Glass Zakat Minaret {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 13 Libya Collage Pin {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 14 Color Shift Glitterific Mosque Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 15 Khatam Atom Caution Sign {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 16 Ramadan Popsicle Suncatcher {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 17 Moroccan Harira Soup {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 18 Eid Aperture Card {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 19 Bismillah Round Placemat {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 20 Ramadan Word Scramble {Printable}

Ramadan Day 21 Eid Sequence Paper Plate {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 22 Allah Gallery Glass Suncatcher {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 23 Arabesque Felt Tea Coaster {Tutorial} Guest Post

Ramadan Day 24 6 Kid Approved Stuffed Dates {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 25 Eid Gallery Glass Cheese Tray {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 26 Recycled Oui Tea Lights {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 27 Chocolate Moon and Star Krispie Treats {Recipe}

Ramadan Day 28 Arab Women Cartoon Book {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 29 Recycled Minaret Money Favor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Day 30 Recycled Cardboard Oud {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about Muslim culture and the Arab world.

Ramadan crafts, islam, muslim, eid

Recycled Cardboard Oud {Tutorial}

My husband made play ouds as part of our Ramadan crafts, out of recycled cardboard because I was only able to bring one oud for our 3 girls from Morocco.

The oud (Arabic: عود‎) is a short-neck pear-shaped stringed instrument with 11 or 13 strings grouped in 5 or 6 courses. It is used predominantly in Western Asia/North Africa and very similar to modern lutes.

I walked by an oud stand at the Rabat souk, every day on my way to teach art and English at a local school. Honestly, I wanted to buy a large oud, but had no way to bring it on the airplane.

I settled on a smaller decorative oud, but when I got home, I could only give it to one of my daughters to hang in her room.

My husband went online and found instructions one how to make a cardboard play guitar and adjusted them for the oud. He made two of them, with different colored “strings” or rubber bands. He then presented them to our other daughters as Eid gifts today. My youngest daughter, who had received the decorative oud, helped him with the hot glue gun since he had never used one before.

Below are the steps he took to make these cardboard play ouds, in case you’d like to try your own.


  • Large rubber bands
  • Pencil
  • Drill & bit that is the same size as the rubber bands
  • Two small dowels
  • Two paper clips
  • Hot glue gun
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Glass (or other small round object for center hole)
  • Decorative oud to trace

To make his cardboard oud, my husband started by tracing out the miniature oud on the cardboard and cutting out three shapes. Also make sure to cut out the circles in the center. My husband used a drinking glass from the kitchen to trace out small circle hole.

To make the back of the oud round, he also cut out four more shapes, without the neck, in descending sizes.

My daughter used the hot glue gun to attach two of the larger pieces together and then she set them aside to cool.

So that the bridge is not too high on the cardboard, my husband used the Xacto to cut out a notch the length of the red dowel. Directly below that cut, he made markings for the “stings” to go through.

He made sure to do the same thing to hold the bridge at the neck of the cardboard oud.

Next my daughter used the hot glue gun to attach the two red dowels. She pushed them each gently into the cut out notches, but not too far. Her father then used the drill to make four small holes that are big enough to fit the rubber bands.

Since the rubber bands will be pulling on the oud neck, my husband used the xacto to create four notches for them to fit into. This will help the “strings” stay in place.

Next we used the tip of the pencil to push the end of the rubber bands into the holes.

Once the rubber bands were through, we used a paper clip to secure them to the back side.

We used the hot glue on to hold down the paper clip, trying to be careful not to get any on the rubber bands since they could melt. We also added the other larger cardobard layers of the oud to hide the paper clips.

Make sure to hold down the cardboard while gluing to help give the oud more durablity while being handled by children.

Once the glue had dried, my husband turned the oud over to hot glue the smaller pieces to give the back a domed look.

Our play oud was done and ready to be enjoyed. Maybe we’ll make a few more and paint them this time.

Be sure to check out these other fun toys we have made in the past.

Recycled Cardboard Mosque {Tutorial}

Eid Rattle Drum {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials