Arabic Calligraphy: Squared Kufic Script

14 - 18 August 2017

Prince's School of Traditional Arts, London

We are thrilled to welcome Master Calligrapher Dr Nassar Mansour from Jordan to teach this week-long courses on Arabic Calligraphy.

This monumental script was developed in the 13th century. It was the most popular style used in the architecture of Central Asia, Iran, and Afghanistan. The character designs were made in square forms with black lines interspersed with white, using the same system found on a chessboard.

The course will introduce students to Squared Kufic Script with a historical development of the style in manuscripts and buildings. Students at the beginning of the course will learn the basic methods that are essential for writing Kufic letters. The course concludes with each participant making a final piece in Kufic.

Please note, whilst this course will be taught in English, a basic knowledge of the Arabic alphabet would be helpful.

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