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Studying without a teacher

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  1. mhyder1

    where would someone begin learning calligraphy if they don't have any access to a teacher. I know its better to study with a master but to just get started, where should I begin? I have a set of calligraphy books from iqra that illustrate the letters but don't really show the direction or movement of the pen. I would just like to know a good place to start learning until I can find a teacher.

    Posted 10 years ago #
  2. ekvernen
    Key Master

    Hello mhyder1,
    This is always a difficult question, especially in the United States where calligraphy teachers (of the Arabic script) are scarce. There are several different things you could do to get started. #1) Try to find a workshop on calligraphy somewhere near you (check the Classes and Teachers page—http://calligraphyqalam.com/resources/classes-and-teachers.html— for ideas of where to go.) It's really important to get hands-on feedback about how to hold the pen and make strokes, so getting an initial lesson at least would be a good idea. #2) You could order the meshk (exercise) books from IRCICA in Istanbul (see the second to the last entry on the right on this page: http://calligraphyqalam.com/resources/further-reading.html.) These will give you an idea of how the letters should be formed, and they are the best resource currently being published as far as I know. #3) Watch the videos on this website to get an idea of how the pen is held, etc. There are also videos on Youtube which show calligraphy being written.

    Really, though, your best option is to find a teacher who can get you started.
    I hope this helps,

    Posted 10 years ago #
  3. baki

    My name Abdul. I' m calligrapher from Malaysia..
    This is my website: http://arabiccalligraphy.wordpress.com

    Posted 10 years ago #

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