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..
This is an egoless art. In the old days artists didn’t even sign their works. If you approach it with good intention and humbleness, with much practice and God’s grace, you will make good progress.
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.
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?
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.
For those attending, I compiled all the details you need in this space.
First, the location. Our, April 29 workshop will take place at the Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland. The exact location is 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville MD, in Bldg III and Room #4219. The building with the blue circle around it on the map below is the best place to park, at the Traville Gateway Garage, which is located directly adjacent to Building III. The quickest way to get to the garage from Darnestown Road is to take Traville Gateway Drive. Please note, there is a $5 parking fee for the garage. They take credit cards.
Once there, please find your way to room #4219. There will be a signup desk up front. We will begin the workshop promptly at 10:00am ET, so please try to arrive a little early.
As for the workshop itself, we've very excited to have two visiting masters teaching the class -- Elinor Aishah Holland from New York and Pablo Khalid Casado from Spain. They will teach arabic thuluth script. And, by the end of our class, all of our students will create their own piece, which they can take home.
Those of you who signed up with materials included will be provided paper, bamboo pen, ink and ink pot on site. So, just bring yourselves, your focus and your creativity. Everyone else should bring their own materials.
Please contact us with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for reading. And, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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