Calligrapher Elinor Holand accepted my invitation to give a workshop on Arabic script calligraphy. We, our summer students of Beginner Arabic I as well as our guests from the Yale community learned a lot, experienced a lot and of course appreciated the opportunity.
Here are some highlights:
After a slide show of a selection of the major styles of Arabic script calligraphy every one was given a copy of samples.
We each were also given a copy showing what one lesson in calligraphy looks like. Everything is carefully measured. The red markings you see surrounding the script are the measurements.
The dot (AL NUKTA), we learned, is the unit of measurement.
See the bamboo pens, feel them and select your own.
Careful demonstration. Careful observation.
Important tip: the tip of your pen is very important. Allow nothing to blemish it and clean it of you need to (no pun intended).
Traditionally, the calligrapher tells us, students in one group may be at different stages in their learning, however, everyone learns from the feedback given to everyone; one can always pick up a useful tip or a new technique.
A sample of a completed work by professionals.