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Arabic Calligraphy  Course

This course gives you a deep dive into the art, tradition and culture of arabic calligraphy. The course offers hands-on instruction time with our teachers, Elinor Aishah Holland and Pablo Casado, as well as peer sessions in-between where you will get your work checked by the instructors. 

The course will culminate in a final project where you'll learn to create your own piece of art using the letters you will learn during the in-person sessions.

No prior experience required.

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Persian Script (Nasta'liq) Calligraphy Workshop with Master Calligrapher Bahman Panahi

Encounter the poetical beauty of the nasta'liq (Persian) script.  This course will introduce students to the traditional materials and techniques used in calligraphy. Participants will learn the basic forms and systems of proportions of the letters as well as experiment with different approaches for creative compositions.  Anyone who is passionate about the art of calligraphy at any level can greatly benefit from this unique experience to learn valuable techniques and insights from this renowned master.

This course includes 10 hours of instructional time.

No prior experience required.

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Art of Illumination Intensive Workshop

Learn the art of illumination and decoration of the books. It has been an important art form in different Muslim dynasties in the past. Traditional techniques of the old master will be discussed and explained through presentations and demos. The students will first learn the fundamental elements of the Arabesque patterns in the Islamic tradition, and then will design their own pieces to paint. Techniques will include designing and developing in linear form by repetition and symmetry. They will also learn the decorative technique for applying fine gold leaf which is called gilding on to their art pieces. Gilding has always been an integral part of the Islamic design.

This course includes 15 hours of instruction time culminating into a final project where you will learn to create your own piece of art.

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