ART CLASS: Light Up the Dark

Instructor: Faraz Khan Art Studio
Arts Council of

Let there be light! Explore what is possible when darkness provides a “blank canvas”. Step into the mesmerizing world of “light art” and discover a new creative means to use light as a source of writing and drawing with the help of slow shutter speed photography. Students will experiment with different ways to create amazing art with the power of cell phones and flashlights. The instructor will introduce participants to basic techniques in how to create drawings, comic strips, icons, graffiti designs, and calligraphy in English, Arabic, Hindi, Hebrew and Hieroglyphics. Students will be encouraged throughout the 3-week program to create (drawing and writing) an individualized short comic strip based on light art.

Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton
Ages: 15+
Wednesday, 7pm-9:00pm
Apr 23-May 7, 2014
$95/$70 Member
Instructor: Faraz Khan
Limit: 10 students

Video: Behzad Noei

I received this video from Noor-Allah Ayany in Iran. It features the calligrapher Behzad Noei at work. In this video he write a poem by Hafez. The translation is: “Friend (metaphor of God or Beloved) has entirely filled my entity, till I lost myself.”

Thank you Noor-Allah!

Something Rarely Seen—Calligraphy, Illumination and Paper Cutting Exhibition

The Women Islamic Artists of Rockland warmly invite you to visit their exhibition: “Something Rarely Seen,” at the Suffern Free Library, on view from the 3rd through the 31st of October, 2013.

The exhibition will include original works of Islamic calligraphy, illumination, and the revived traditional Ottoman art of paper cutting. The artists will be present at the opening on October 3rd between 5:00 pm and 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.


Summer Intensive in Classical Kufic

The Center for Book Arts in New York will be hosting a 2-day intensive course in Classical Kufic this summer on August 13th and 14th, taught by Elinor Aishah Holland.

From the Center for Book Arts website:

The Arabic language had a very crude form of script in prehistoric Arabia. With the arrival of the Quran in the early seventh century the script began to blossom like a many-petaled flower. The early Muslim scribes quickly established the foundation of beautiful Arabic scripts that are still being developed today. Amongst the earliest hands is a style known today as Kufic. This term actually includes many stylistic variations. Our introduction will begin with our eyes as we look at and study samples of Kufic script. We will learn about the traditional tools used in writing Arabic, as well as a study of the Kufic alphabet. Like all traditional scribes we will learn by copying examples of great master calligraphers. On day one we will study traditional Kufic and the second day we will explore Eastern Kufic.

Register on their website.

Arabic Calligraphy Classes

For Beginner and Intermediate Students

by Zubair Simab

At Averroes Institute in Fremont
43174 Osgood Rd, Fremont, CA 94539

6 Week class for Beginner and Intermediate Students

On Tuesdays: May 28, June 4,11,18, 25 and July 2

Beginner class: 6:00pm-7pm
Intermediate class: 7pm-8pm

Fee: $180 plus $30 for starter supply(includes pens, papers & ink)

Beginner Course:
• Understanding of pen, paper and ink Thuluth • Preparing the pen
• Thuluth style of writing and techniques • Writing the alphabet & technically analyzing

Intermediate Course:
• Review of making pen and understanding of paper • Thuluth style of writing and techniques.
• The general and fundamental calligraphy rules
- اصول (Principles, Essentials) – نسبت (Relationship, Proportion, Comparison)
- ترکیب (Composition, Blend) – کرسی(Similarity and Symmetry)

Download registration form and email complete form to

Arabic Calligraphy Courses in Manchester

I just received a notice about two calligraphy classes that will start up this month in Manchester, England:

Thuluth Beginners and Intermediate Courses

Our courses are taught by Ustadh Ghulam Farid Rafiq, an expert calligrapher with over 15 years experience. He will be teaching the Thuluth Arabic script using traditional tools and techniques. The class will also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and give you an insight into the theory.

Course information

2013MayBeginnersBeginners Course:

This class will start with the letters in the Thuluth script and also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and theory.

No previous knowledge of calligraphy is required.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Date: Every Saturday from 25th May 2013
Price: £99 (including materials); £85 early bird discount for bookings before 10th May!

Limited places available.







Intermediate Course:

The class will be teaching the Thuluth Arabic script following on from the beginners course in looking at joining letters. The class will also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and give you an insight into the theory.

Some Previous knowledge of calligraphy is required.

Time: 1pm – 3pm
Date: Every Saturday from 25th May
Price: £120 (including materials); £99 early bird discount for bookings before 10th May!

Limited places available.





Book your place on one of our Manchester courses.

All courses will be taking place at the Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Calligraphy Society



t: 0161 298 1112 / 0799 961 7821

Islamic Calligraphy Class April 14 & 28

The Ella Collins Institute in Boston will be hosting a course in Islamic Calligraphy on April 14th and 28th from 1-3pm. I don’t know anything about this class, the institute or the teacher, but I thought I’d post the information in case you live in the Boston area and want to check it out!

Course details:

The Art of Islamic Calligraphy
with Hafidh Na’eel Cajee
April 14th & 28th, 1-3pm
ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA
Register online at
Cost is $30 online and $40 onsite

The art of Islamic Calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy & Art Class in Princeton, NJ

Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Ages: 15+
Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Apr 16 – May 28
$180/$155 Member
Instructor: Faraz Khan
Limit:10 students

Class Description:

This class will introduce various styles of writing in Arabic. Students will be exposed to different forms of Arabic lettering in order to examine a majestic art form that flourished not only to beautify the Quran, but also became an important element in architecture and home décor. Students will learn techniques involved in writing basic letters and will be able to form simple words on their own. In addition, participants will investigate the contemporary usage of Arabic calligraphy as an expressive art in the West. Students do not need to read or understand Arabic to take this course. A materials fee of $15 is payable directly to the instructor.

Instructor Bio:

Faraz Khan explores contemporary themes in Islamic art and modern art. His technique embodies a collage of Arabic script and modern ideas, while utilizing ink and acrylics as his medium. Faraz has given many presentations on Arabic calligraphy and has displayed his work and taught seminars at New York University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University, Cotsen Children’s Library (Princeton University), Princeton University Art Museum, and Rutgers University. In a recent art seminar at Princeton University, Faraz advised participants in a collaborative group project: a mural transliterating into Arabic calligraphy more than 200 names of the college’s buildings and famous students. His artwork was covered by the Huffington Post: “Warhol, Pollock … Khan? American Muslims in the Arts”. Currently, he is an art instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton. His work is available online and

more info:
@ Arts Council of Princeton

Fahim Somani’s Diplomatic Calligraphy Featured in NYC Exhibition

Fahim  Somani

The Agora Gallery in NYC is currently hosting an exhibition, The Essence of Abstraction, which features the artwork of Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani. The exhibition is scheduled to run from March 2, 2013 through March 22, 2013.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, March 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm.

From the Press Release: 

Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani creates expressionistic, calligraphy-inflected compositions which are not only exquisite formal experiments full of delightful painterly flourishes, but aesthetic bridges between two cultures. While drawing on the text of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, Somani incorporates elements that evoke Minimalism, Abstract Expressionist, and other currents in post-war American art. The artist achieves this marriage of visual cues from Muslim and U.S. art with verve, producing powerful and enigmatic images full of brilliant brushstrokes and vibrant textures.

The majority of these acrylic compositions on canvas or panels feature a sharp contrast between two dominant colors  — one serving as the calligraphic element, the other as a backdrop — though numerous variations and subtle shifts in hue give each image a scintillating range of tones and textures. Others are closer to gradients, with tightly thatched brushstrokes creating gradual shifts between bold and muted tones. By introducing variations to his iconic imagery, Somani underlines the symmetries between two aesthetics and cultures and gently points to the rich potential of the combination.

Exhibition Dates: March 2, 2013 – March 22, 2013
Reception: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event URL:

Arabic Calligraphy Demonstration for Kids at the Smithsonian

Image by the Freer | Sackler Museum

For several weekends in December (15th, 16th), January (12th, 13th) and February (2nd, 3rd) at 2pm, the Freer and Sackler Museum in Washington, DC will be holding a calligraphy demonstration for children ages 8-14.

Event Name: Beautiful Writing: Arabic Calligraphy

A billion Muslims read and write in Arabic. The tombstones from al-Ma’la cemetery north of Mecca, on view in the exhibition Roads of Arabia, are among the many outstanding treasures of Arabian national heritage. These extraordinary examples of Arabic calligraphy are among the important contributions to the arts of the Islamic world.

A tour of the exhibition follows a demonstration of Arabic calligraphy. Participants then return to the ImaginAsia classroom to learn to write in Arabic.

Location: Sackler Galler, Sublevel 2

Cost: Free, walk-in

For more information visit