ThuluthCalligraphy at Fordham


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.


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
Room SL24E

Individual classes: $90
Material fee: $20

Payable to the instructor in class.
Pre-registration required.

NOTE: There is a special discount for Fordham students and faculty.

Sponsored by the Theatre and Visual Arts Department | Fordham University