I just received word of this course; if you’re in the Boston area, you may be interested in attending!

Arabic Calligraphy Course, Harvard University

Taught by Huda Totonji, MFA, PhD

Winter 2013 | STAR E-118 (23881) Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy, 4 Credits

Course Description:
This course will cover the history of Islamic calligraphy, its origins, tools, styles and art history. Major scripts covered: Riqa, Naskh, Deewani, and Thuluth. Various works by master calligraphers and contemporary artists.

Detailed Description:
Islamic civilization is replete with a genuine heritage which found its roots in the dictates of the Islamic religion; Islamic art is one of the important facets of this heritage which was passed on to us across generations and which encompasses versatile areas such as architecture, illustration, ceramics, metals, ornamentation, and Arabic calligraphy. Islamic calligraphy is one of the finest and most subtle of arts created by Muslim artists who found inspiration in nature for their ideas, designs, and ornamental and shaping components which they put together to create distinguished art. This is in addition to creating numerous aesthetically appealing shapes for Arabic letters, working from ornamental and geometrical bases. This course will introduce students to the most renowned forms of Arabic scripts which include: Nasskh, Ruqa`, Deewani, and Thuluth styles. It will also cover the historical evolution of Islamic ornamentation and Arabic calligraphy.

Course Duration:
January 3 – 24, 2013. Class Times: 1-4 pm, beginning Thursday, January 3
Week 1: Th. | Week 2: M, T, W, Th. | Week 3: M, T, W, Th. | Week 4: T, W, Th.

1 Story St, Cambridge, MA 02138. Room # 304, across 51 Brattle Street

Registration begins December 3rd, 2012. No prerequisites for this course

Course Tuition:
noncredit $665, undergraduate credit $995, graduate credit $1,950

To register: www.extension.harvard.edu/courses/introduction-arabic-calligraphy
(617) 495-4024 – htotonji@fas.harvard.edu | www.harvard.edu | www.huda-art.com