A Student's Perspective of Arabic Calligraphy

A Student's Perspective of Arabic Calligraphy

Spending years studying Arabic, living and working in the Middle East, I was familiar with the Arabic alphabet and calligraphy, but always figured that it was too hard to learn -- after all, even writing in Arabic was difficult for me, much less cultivating the patience and fortitude to master penmanship in another language. Especially since I am not artistically inclined, I balked at first.

Calligraphy is Tradition: Profile of Master Calligrapher Gulnaz Mahboob

Calligraphy is Tradition: Profile of Master Calligrapher Gulnaz Mahboob

It is a very honest art. Writing the Divine words as beautifully as you can in that moment  should be your foremost motivation with lots of hard work. Thereafter the direction your writing takes is not in your capacity to control and you have to accept this.

The Forgotten Sacred Script: Profile of Master Artist Ian Whiteman

The Forgotten Sacred Script: Profile of Master Artist Ian Whiteman

With calligraphy, specifically, the classic advice is to spend half your time collecting and gazing at works of calligraphy and pieces art that you are drawn to and the other half of your time practicing it. Doors will open for you..

Art and Spirituality: An interview with Artist Ayesha Gamiet

Art and Spirituality: An interview with Artist Ayesha Gamiet

I think the inspiration to follow this path has been fueled by a desire to be fulfilled creatively and spiritually. The practice of Islamic art combines these elements so completely, and in such beautiful ways, I’m sure I’ll always be learning more and creating more. The learning never stops, and the possibilities are infinite.     

Necmeddin Okyay (1883-1976): The Man Who Knew a Thousand Arts (Part 1)

Necmeddin Okyay (1883-1976): The Man Who Knew a Thousand Arts (Part 1)

In his book, Outliers, pop psych writer Malcolm Gladwell said it takes approximately 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” to achieve mastery in any field. Now this may or may not apply to every discipline, but in my opinion extended hours of practice is certainly needed in fields like art, music and sports. So, how long would it take to master roughly 16 different skills?

Everything You Need to Know - April 29 Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Everything You Need to Know - April 29 Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

If you're reading this, you're most likely planning to attend our Saturday, April 29 arabic calligraphy workshop in Rockville, Maryland. If you aren't able to attend, no worries, but maybe this blog about one of our instructors will be more interesting for you

Calligraphy is Patience: Profile of Master Calligrapher Pablo Casado

Calligraphy is Patience: Profile of Master Calligrapher Pablo Casado

As Aristotle said, “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Calligraphy is a discipline that requires both practice and patience. When I met my teacher, Khalid, exactly two years ago, the first thing I noticed about him was his great patience when writing calligraphy...