Art Class: Islamic Inscriptions:
A Practical Intro to the Art of Arabic Calligraphy
Saturday & Sunday, September 28 & 29 — 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location: John Hopkins University
Calligraphy is known as “beautiful handwriting,” and in Arabic, it also means the “art of the pen” and “the geometry of the spirit.” Arabic calligraphy is an Islamic art form that links the literary heritage of the Arabic language with the religion of Islam, as it was historically often used as a way of preserving the Holy Qur’an. It is an artistic tradition of extraordinary beauty, richness, and power.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore this exquisite art – professional artist Faraz Khan will introduce students to different styles of Arabic lettering and artworks to start their journey into the world of Arabic/calligraphy art.
· No prior knowledge of Arabic script is required for this program
You will learn about:
· Fundamentals of Naskh style based on dot-standards
· Intro to the Six Standard Styles of Arabic Calligraphy and more
· Calligraphy tools – pens, papers, ink, markers, etc.
· Techniques, styles, and Forms
· Reading Arabic manuscripts & artworks
· Modern Arabic Artists and new mode of thinking
· One-on-one instructions on your artwork/calligraphy
· Computer programs & smart phone apps to enhance learning art
· And more
About the Artist:
Faraz Khan is an art instructor at the Arts Council of Princeton. His paintings explore 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, George Washington University, Fairfield University, 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”. His work is available online http://www.
* $75 Class Fee – Register before September 20, 2013 (all class materials/supplies will be provided and are included in the class cost). $99 after September 20, 2013.