Arabic Calligraphy Courses in Manchester

I just received a notice about two calligraphy classes that will start up this month in Manchester, England:

Thuluth Beginners and Intermediate Courses

Our courses are taught by Ustadh Ghulam Farid Rafiq, an expert calligrapher with over 15 years experience. He will be teaching the Thuluth Arabic script using traditional tools and techniques. The class will also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and give you an insight into the theory.

Course information

2013MayBeginnersBeginners Course:

This class will start with the letters in the Thuluth script and also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and theory.

No previous knowledge of calligraphy is required.

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Date: Every Saturday from 25th May 2013
Price: £99 (including materials); £85 early bird discount for bookings before 10th May!

Limited places available.







Intermediate Course:

The class will be teaching the Thuluth Arabic script following on from the beginners course in looking at joining letters. The class will also look at the history of Arabic calligraphy and give you an insight into the theory.

Some Previous knowledge of calligraphy is required.

Time: 1pm – 3pm
Date: Every Saturday from 25th May
Price: £120 (including materials); £99 early bird discount for bookings before 10th May!

Limited places available.





Book your place on one of our Manchester courses.

All courses will be taking place at the Inspire Centre, 747 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Calligraphy Society



t: 0161 298 1112 / 0799 961 7821

Islamic Calligraphy Class April 14 & 28

The Ella Collins Institute in Boston will be hosting a course in Islamic Calligraphy on April 14th and 28th from 1-3pm. I don’t know anything about this class, the institute or the teacher, but I thought I’d post the information in case you live in the Boston area and want to check it out!

Course details:

The Art of Islamic Calligraphy
with Hafidh Na’eel Cajee
April 14th & 28th, 1-3pm
ISBCC, 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA
Register online at
Cost is $30 online and $40 onsite

The art of Islamic Calligraphy

Arabic Calligraphy & Art Class in Princeton, NJ

Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Ages: 15+
Tuesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Apr 16 – May 28
$180/$155 Member
Instructor: Faraz Khan
Limit:10 students

Class Description:

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.

Instructor Bio:

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 and

more info:
@ Arts Council of Princeton

Fahim Somani’s Diplomatic Calligraphy Featured in NYC Exhibition

Fahim  Somani

The Agora Gallery in NYC is currently hosting an exhibition, The Essence of Abstraction, which features the artwork of Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani. The exhibition is scheduled to run from March 2, 2013 through March 22, 2013.  The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, March 14, 2013 from 6-8 pm.

From the Press Release: 

Pakistani, Houston-based artist Fahim Somani creates expressionistic, calligraphy-inflected compositions which are not only exquisite formal experiments full of delightful painterly flourishes, but aesthetic bridges between two cultures. While drawing on the text of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, Somani incorporates elements that evoke Minimalism, Abstract Expressionist, and other currents in post-war American art. The artist achieves this marriage of visual cues from Muslim and U.S. art with verve, producing powerful and enigmatic images full of brilliant brushstrokes and vibrant textures.

The majority of these acrylic compositions on canvas or panels feature a sharp contrast between two dominant colors  — one serving as the calligraphic element, the other as a backdrop — though numerous variations and subtle shifts in hue give each image a scintillating range of tones and textures. Others are closer to gradients, with tightly thatched brushstrokes creating gradual shifts between bold and muted tones. By introducing variations to his iconic imagery, Somani underlines the symmetries between two aesthetics and cultures and gently points to the rich potential of the combination.

Exhibition Dates: March 2, 2013 – March 22, 2013
Reception: Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6-8 pm
Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, New York City
Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Event URL:

Arabic Calligraphy Demonstration for Kids at the Smithsonian

Image by the Freer | Sackler Museum

For several weekends in December (15th, 16th), January (12th, 13th) and February (2nd, 3rd) at 2pm, the Freer and Sackler Museum in Washington, DC will be holding a calligraphy demonstration for children ages 8-14.

Event Name: Beautiful Writing: Arabic Calligraphy

A billion Muslims read and write in Arabic. The tombstones from al-Ma’la cemetery north of Mecca, on view in the exhibition Roads of Arabia, are among the many outstanding treasures of Arabian national heritage. These extraordinary examples of Arabic calligraphy are among the important contributions to the arts of the Islamic world.

A tour of the exhibition follows a demonstration of Arabic calligraphy. Participants then return to the ImaginAsia classroom to learn to write in Arabic.

Location: Sackler Galler, Sublevel 2

Cost: Free, walk-in

For more information visit

Calligraphy talk at Beirut Book Fair

The Beirut International Arab Book Fair will take place at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center in downtown Beirut until Dec. 16. The fair is open daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m.

On December 13th at 6pm, there will be a talk by Kameel Hawa entitled al-khatt al-‘Arabi fi al-fann al-mu’asirArabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Art, in Arabic. The talk will be held in the conference hall of the book fair.

Read more in the Daily Star.

Arabic Calligraphy Course at Harvard University

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:
(617) 495-4024 – | |

Modernism: Arabic Calligraphy in Contemporary Context

The Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Centre invites you to The Arabic calligraphy exhibition titled
Modernism—Arabic Calligraphy in a Contemporary Context

Place: The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Dates: 11/10/2012 to 11/11/2012
Times: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am-9:00pm, Fridays 3:00pm-9:00pm, Saturdays 12:00pm-8:00pm
The gallery will be closed for 3 days during Eid Al Adha.

A seminar will be held by the masters of contemporary calligraphy on Thursday, 11 October 2012, 7:00 PM at the Cultural and Scientific Association building, AlMamzar, Dubai

For more information contact: 055-6364326 / @DXBcalligraphy

Islamic Art at the Louvre

Islamic Art at the Louvre
Ed Alcock for The New York Times

On September 22, 2012, the Louvre museum in Paris will be opening its new Islamic Art galleries.
Read more about the galleries in the New York Times or on the Louvre website.

If you visit, be sure to see if you can spot a snippet of video from!

Art of the Pen: Islamic Calligraphy Istanbul Study Tour

This looks like a fabulous calligraphy tour hosted by Soraya Syed (of Art of the Pen).

This summer (August 30th to September 2nd, 2012), Art of the Pen will be hosting a fourday Islamic calligraphy study tour to the calligraphy capital of the world, Istanbul, Turkey. Calligraphy lovers will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the art, to follow in the footsteps of the illustrious calligraphers of the past and to learn from distinguished masters of the present.

Islamic Calligraphy Istanbul Study Tour