Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

Key information

11:00 am to 4:00 pm
SOAS Campus

About this event

The Language Centre is offering a Saturday workshop introducing the Naskh style of Calligraphy, which is commonly used for printing in Arabic.

The workshop is led by Moustafa Hassan, a master calligrapher and artist from Egypt who teaches the workshop in English with some key terms explained in Arabic. He will guide attendees through each step of the process, from selecting the right materials to mastering the techniques, while also explaining the different tools and materials used in the art form. Moustafa will also provide a basic overview of the language and script of Arabic.

The session on Arabic script is designed to be an engaging and educational experience. Participants will be taken on a journey through the evolution of the script, beginning with an overview of its development and evolution. From there, they will be trained in the basics of drawing circles and curves, as well as learning how to create sharp endings on letters. Throughout the session there will be plenty of opportunity for hands-on practice, as well as feedback on individual progress.

Please note: Although applicants should have some familiarity with the Arabic alphabet, they do not need to understand or speak Arabic.


Writing implements (pen, paper, ink) will be provided to students at a cost of £5, payable directly to the teacher at the start of the session. Students will learn how to prepare their own reed pen.

Booking your place

  • Timetable: Saturday 19 August, 11:00am to 4:00pm with a 1-hour lunch break
  • Fee: £160

Places are limited and early enrolment is advised. The deadline for registration is 31 July.


This event is hosted by the Language Centre.