Finding Inspiration in Non-Latin Scripts, Part 1

Come with me to a faraway land! I want to show you one of the most beautiful and intriguing scripts ever created: early Arabic Kufic. This calligraphy is as bold as modern sculpture and abstract painting. Think Calder. Think Motherwell. By studying these concise, dramatic letters, we can learn a lot about letterform, counterspace, weight and legibility. These sessions are great for anyone interested in striking out into new territory. Even better for logo designers, painters and those hoping to develop new and more personal styles of writing. Series 1 and Series 2 together form a very good introduction to my way of teaching calligraphy. They are recommended (but not required) for anyone planning to take Series 3 – 8.

This online course will consist of three Zoom sessions:

  • One live lesson with demonstrations and an assignment for you to do in your own time.

  • One live illustrated lecture on the history of Arabic and Chinese calligraphy, with Q&A.

  • One live crit session in which I will review a selection of the assignments posted by students, with Q&A.

* Sessions will be recorded and made available to students until May 15.

Material list

  • Cola can pen

  • Sumi ink

  • 3 sheets good quality paper with a bit of texture, weight160gm – 220gm  (Rives BFK, Fabriano 5 and Saunders Waterford are good)

* HANDOUTS will be sent a few days before the series begins.

Reading tip:

“The Splendour of Islamic Calligraphy” by Abdelkebir Khatibi and Mohammen Sijelmassi or any text on the origins of Islamic calligraphy.

Dates & time

  • March 1, 8, 15 2021
  • 8:00pm Brussels time
  • 2:00pm NY time

  • 6:00am next day Sydney time

* Sessions last approximately 2 hours

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