Joan Miro said "I try to apply colors like words that shape poems." His vision created symbols under the influence of poets and writers. Miro's unique style is reminiscent of Arabic calligraphy forms due to the free and flexible movement in Arabic script. In this class we'll use the Maghrebi calligraphy style as a jumping off point to create works of art. Students will work on two themes: they will learn and practice the rules of Maghrebi script, and second, they will learn Miro's style based on Arabic alphabets.This class is for the novice, the experienced artist, and anyone in between who is interested in learning something new, beautiful and marvelous.
TUITION: $230 + fees: $10
DURATION: 5 weeks
Kifah Abdulla is an artist, poet, writer and teacher. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, he is the Arabic calligraphy instructor at CS/MECA, Arabic language instructor at the Language Exchange, founder of the International Arabic Language Day Event in Portland, co- founder of the first Arabic learner website in ME, co- curator of exhibit and project " Migration Experience ", and he often reads his poetry with music accompaniment. Abdulla is involved in many cultural and artistic projects. His recent work is related to Arabic calligraphy as an art form. He is working to harmonize three elements in his work: Arabic alphabet, color, and movement. He is developing his style in the vast space of contemporary art in America. Abdulla lives and work in Portland Maine.