Learn the beautiful Riq'ah style of Arabic calligraphy and explore ways to integrate it into your art making. The Riq'ah style is the most common type of handwriting in Arabic script, known for its short, straight lines and simple curves. In this class we'll touch on the history of Arabic calligraphy and explore other artists who draw inspiration from these expressive calligraphic forms. Students will be encouraged to explore Arabic calligraphy in abstract forms to create expressive artwork in their own style. This is a great class for artists of all levels, and for anyone with a desire to learn something new, beautiful, and marvelous.
TUITION: $200 + FEES: $15
Kifah Abdulla is an artist, poet, writer, performer and teacher. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, he is the Arabic calligraphy instructor at MECA/CS, Arabic language instructor at SMCC and Arabic and calligraphy at The Language Exchange. He has exhibited in many places in Maine and his recent artwork related the Arabic calligraphy as an art form in contemporary art in America. Abdulla is involved in many cultural and artistic projects. He lives and work in Portland Maine.
1- Mixed media papers 11"x14" 50 sheets
2- Waterproof ink/ Calligraphy Higgins or any kind 2.5oz
3- Nips E 3/5 or 1/2, reed pen, and left hand LC-0
4- Pencils, ruler, eraser, etc
5- Any available medium: acrylic, gouache, etc
6- Two paint angled brushes: 1/2" and 3/8"