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Calligraphy: Arabic Scripts


Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25     6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Najm Al Tameemi

Welcome to the exquisite world of Arabic calligraphy! As we journey forth together in this course you will discover the beauty, precision, and sophistication of this elegant art form, gain insight into its historical and cultural importance, and develop your skills as you explore the 7 different script styles.

Begin with correct preparation, techniques, and tools, and go on to explore the Arabic alphabet by learning to write one script. You’ll learn to form the 28 Arabic letters properly. By the end of the class series, you’ll be able to write the Arabic alphabet with confidence. You will come away from the class with new skills and a new appreciation of the ancient art of writing by hand, not keyboard! Whether or not you are a calligrapher, you’ll be intrigued by new possibilities in mark making, and your understanding of form and space will gain precision and depth.

Lesson 1.  Introductions: instructor, students, historical & cultural background, tools, examples of Arabic calligraphy. How to hold your pen, to use your tools, to measure your lettering.

Lesson 2.  Letters, concepts introduced. Najm assesses students’ skill levels to determine which of the 7 script styles to concentrate on. Introduction to letter forms.

Lessons 3 & 4.  Families of letter forms, grouped by their formal similarity, demonstrated. Students practice and gain proficiency in writing. All 28 letters mastered!

Participants receipt a 20% discount on supplies purchased on class days.

Student brings: smooth, non-absorbent paper for practicing writing.

Class fee includes: bamboo pens, pen maintenance, ink, ink pot.

About the Instructor: Najm Al Tameemi is a master calligrapher with more than 35 years of experience in the art of Arabic calligraphy. Najm studied the different scripts with a wide variety of teachers in his home country of Iraq, and began displaying his work in galleries through the country. He established a successful business for commissioned writing and artistic projects. When he left Iraq with his family in 2007, Najm began teaching at the refugee camps and offered private instruction as well. Najm and his family immigrated to Canada in September, 2015, and he immediately began volunteering at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. He has since been invited to exhibit his art throughout Edmonton. He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge with others.