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Calligraphy classes & teachers

Contacting an artist

Calligraphy is traditionally taught by a master calligrapher, who takes on individual students. If there is not an organization near you which offers class, you could try finding an artist who is willing to teach you.

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USA
California State University, San Bernardino http://flan.csusb.edu/Arabic/courses.htm Class on Arabic calligraphy, required for minor, major or certificate in Arabic language San Bernardino, CA
Fayeq Oweis http://www.oweis.com/calligraphy.html Contact about upcoming workshops or classes in Arabic calligraphy San Francisco, WA
Zubair Simab http://www.simabcalligraphy.com/class Visit his website for upcoming workshops or classes in Arabic calligraphy and pen-making Danville, CA
Mamoun Sakkal http://www.sakkal.com/instrctn/index.html Contact about upcoming workshops or classes in Persian calligraphy Bothell, WA
Ali Rouhfar http://www.rumigallery.com Contact about upcoming workshops or classes in Arabic calligraphy Seattle, WA
Pacific Arabic Resources http://www.pacificarabic.com/class_descriptions.html#culture Offers two courses in Arabic calligraphy San Francisco, CA
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center http://www.sqcc.org Offers occasional workshops on Arabic calligraphy Washington, DC
The Asia Society http://www.asiasociety.org Offers occasional workshops on Arabic calligraphy New York, NY
New York Society of Scribes http://www.societyofscribes.org Offers occasional workshops on Arabic calligraphy New York, NY
Stewart J. Thomas http://www.palmstone.com Weekly classes in multiple scripts (Arabic and Persian) Gainesville, FL
Huda Totonji http://www.huda-art.com Arabic calligrapher, offers classes and workshops Washington, DC metro area (northern Virginia)
Faraz Khan http://www.farazkhanartstudio.com/ Arabic calligrapher, offers classes and workshops Princeton, NJ
Hassan Mourad has_mourad@hotmail.com Teaches all styles of Arabic calligraphy from his art studio Philadelphia, PA
Canada
Iranian Calligraphers Association of North America www.icana.net Offers online and in-person courses in Persian calligraphy (Nasta'liq and Shikaste Nasta'liq), leading to a diploma in Persian calligraphy Vancouver, Canada
Omar Uddin http://elegantscripts.ca/ Arabic calligrapher, offers workshops for children Mississauga, Ontario
Colombia
Juan Ibrahim, Bridge of Light (Puente de Luz) www.palabratradaza.blogspor.com Classes teach students how to write the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet; multiple class levels are offered. Bogotá, Colombia
England
The British Museum http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/adult_learning.aspx Offers courses on Arabic calligraphy with instructor Mustafa Ja’far London
Leeds University Calligraphy Society http://leedscalligraphy.blogspot.com/2009/09/new-term-new-lessons.html This university-based calligraphy society offers beginner and intermediate classes in Thuluth, taught by calligrapher Ghulam Farid Rafiq Leeds
Norway
Kalligraphi.no http://kalligrafi.no/skrift/default.asp Offers occasional short courses in Persian calligraphy Oslo
Austria
Abd A. Masoud http://www.rearte-gallery.at/abd_a_masoud.htm Teaches Arabic calligraphy (Riq‘a script) at institutions and privately Vienna
Australia
Al-Ghazzali Centre http://alghazzali.org Offers occasional workshops on Arabic calligraphy with instructor Shia Kia Sydney
Turkey
IRCICA (Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture) http://www.ircica.org IRCICA promotes the study of traditional Islamic calligraphy through publications and competitions, and they may be able to help you find a calligraphy instructor Istanbul
Mimar Sinan University, Academy of Fine Arts http://www.msgsu.edu.tr Offers courses in calligraphy; understanding of Turkish language may be required Istanbul
Iran
Iranian Association of Calligraphers (Anjuman-i Khushnivisan-i Iran) http://www.anjomankhoshnevisan.ir/en This association offers a series of courses in Persian calligraphy throughout Iran Branches in all major cities in Iran
Jordan
Institute of Traditional Islamic Arts at al-Balqa' Applied University http://www.bau.edu.jo Offers courses in Arabic calligraphy Amman
United Arab Emirates
Majid Alyousef http://majidalyousef.com Offers occasional classes and workshops in Arabic calligraphy Dubai

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