Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Apr 16 – May 28
Instructor: Faraz Khan
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.
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 http://www.FarazKhanArtStudio.com and http://faraz-khan.artistwebsites.com