Posted on Sep 30th 2015 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
Calligraphy at Fordham
THULUTH SCRIPT: LETTER BY LETTER
ARABIC SCRIPT has a long history of development into a highly refined art form. Classes with Elinor Aishah Holland offer participants a nurturing context to better understand Arabic script calligraphy’s rich cultural context as well as the techniques involved in this classical art form. Arabic written in the Thuluth style is luscious, and extremely appealing to the eyes. It is a well-developed art in many parts of the world where it can be studied over a period of many years. But while it may seem too exotic or unapproachable to us here in America, it can be learned and appreciated, letter by letter. And each letter of a word has potential as a design in and of itself. After immersing ourselves in some beautiful visual masterpieces both historical and modern, we will introduce the tools and methods for writing the letters and then the letters themselves, with individual attention for all students. New and continuing students are welcome!
Elinor Aishah Holland received her Ijaza, or diploma in two forms of Arabic script in 2013 from Master Calligrapher Mohamed Zakariya. Holland is also a calligrapher of Latin script and a regular teacher for the NY Society of Scribes. Holland has taught at The 92nd Street Y, Long Island University, NY Botanical Garden, The Rudolph Steiner High School and many workshops at colleges, art centers and museums in the US and Canada including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian Institute, The Detroit Institute of Art, Zaytuna College and at the Confluence Conference in 2004. She has exhibited in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algiers, and around the USA.
2015 FALL SERIES
October 3, October 17, October 24, November 7, November 21
Saturdays 11 am – 4pm
All classes are held at:
Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, NYC
Visual Arts Complex
Individual classes: $90
Material fee: $20
Payable to the instructor in class.
NOTE: There is a special discount for Fordham students and faculty.
Sponsored by the Theatre and Visual Arts Department | Fordham University
Posted on Apr 20th 2015 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
Master Iranian calligrapher Bahman Panahi will be holding a calligraphy workshop for all levels from July 20-25, 2015 in Maryland, USA. Master Panahi is normally based in Paris and has many years of experience teaching calligraphy in the East, West, as well as Iran.
Join the workshop for an enriching 6 days of instruction (6 hours per day, morning and afternoon). All the materials for this workshop will be included in the workshop fee.
The workshop will be held in Hunt Valley, Md. the location is accessible by car, train and light rail. Breakfast will be included.
Hotel accommodation is available within 5 minutes drive at the Embassy Suites.
Price is $450.00 and includes instruction, materials and breakfast.
For more information and reservation please contact Manzar Moghbeli at Zardesigns7@gmail.com.
Posted on Dec 27th 2014 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently released a series of seven videos (visual essays) on Islamic art. These Art Spots feature Calligraphy, Mosques and Religious Architecture, The Arts of Trade and Travel, Islamic Gardens, Islamic Textiles, Geometry, and The Arts of the Book and Miniature Painting.
The 10-minute film on calligraphy is well worth checking out, and would serve as a great resource for anyone teaching a class on Islam or medieval art.
These films were written and directed by Professor D. Fairchild Ruggles from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Posted on Dec 27th 2014 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
Some interesting/insightful words from Mohamed Zakariya about art, being an artist and being a Muslim artist in the modern world.
Rather than being exotic, living museum exhibits, we need to bring the concept of what it means to be modern to our very classic arts, yet preserve and maintain its special originality and quality and its relation to the continuum of Islamic practices.
Posted on Mar 25th 2014 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
Instructor: Faraz Khan Art Studio
Arts Council of Princeton.org
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
Apr 23-May 7, 2014
Instructor: Faraz Khan
Limit: 10 students
Posted on Nov 30th 2013 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
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!
Posted on Sep 28th 2013 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
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.
Posted on Aug 5th 2013 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
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.
Posted on May 10th 2013 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
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)
• Understanding of pen, paper and ink Thuluth • Preparing the pen
• Thuluth style of writing and techniques • Writing the alphabet & technically analyzing
• 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 http://www.simabcalligraphy.com/class and email complete form to email@example.com.
Posted on May 4th 2013 by Elisabeth Kvernen.
I just received a notice about two calligraphy classes that will start up this month in Manchester, England:
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.
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.
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