Islamic calligraphy was developed from Arabic writing that predates Islam. Calligraphy is used as a marker of religious and intellectual cultivation, and is used to inscribe the word of God through the Qur’an. The art form has matured as a communicative script and is also used in an artistic manner to create calligraphic works, decorations for mosques, and other objects.Students will enjoy hands-on instruction in learning the dynamics of traditional writing tools and will be shown how to write Arabic alphabets in a classical style.Co-presented with The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, this workshop complements Asia Society's "Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place" exhibition. Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art, the exhibition showcases the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world. Workshop participants receive FREE admission to the exhibtion the day of the workshop.
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