SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

Persian Calligraphy, Nasta'liq Script

Persian Calligraphy Image
Keramat Fathinia

Date: 14 May 2018Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 16 July 2018Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room

Type of Event: Workshop

This ten-week exercise-based Persian calligraphy course is a continuation of a previous course suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced levels. It is based on a one-to-one teaching method, so everyone will be given the instructions based on their own level and previous experience.

You will learn the writing techniques of the Nasta'liq script during the course, and the first session will start with a general introduction to the traditional tools, materials, and various Islamic calligraphy styles.

Although previous knowledge of Persian language is not necessary, you will enjoy the course more if you have familiarity with the alphabets and particularly the language, as the materials are constantly engaged with Persian language and literature. 

The shapes of alphabets and simple words as the infrastructure of calligraphy, will be fully covered and repeated for beginners, while advanced samples and the techniques of form juxtaposition will be explored in detail for upper levels. You will also learn additional skills of making traditional papers and cutting (bamboo) pens.

Current students will move to the elementary level, and new comers will be put in either beginner or elementary level depending on their ability and previous experience.

Materials and tools are not included in the course fee, but you will be advised where to get them from.

The course is held every Monday 6:30-8:30pm at the London Middle East Institute from Monday 14 May 2018 – Monday 16 July 2018. If there is sufficient interest another class will be held on every Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm at LMEI from Tuesday 15 May 2018 - Tuesday 17 July 2018.

Keramat Fathinia is a Persian calligrapher born in Iran who has been teaching calligraphy for over 16 years. It was in high school that calligraphy became the main concern in his life and consequently he put his utmost effort into learning, practising, and following the prominent master calligraphers' works, particularly the masterpieces of Ustad Qulām-hussein Amirkhānī. He received a distinguished certificate in both Nasta'liq and Shikasteh Nasta'liq styles from the Iranian Calligraphers Association (ICA) in Iran, and has had several exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations in both Iran and London, including at SOAS, Cambridge University, BIPS (British Institute of Persian Studies), and the Courtauld Gallery. Keramat obtained his MA in History of Art from SOAS, and is currently completing a PhD in Persian calligraphy at SOAS.

Fees: £250 (10% discount for early-bird registration extended to Wednesday 9 May 2018: £225). There will be a small additional charge of between £10 and £20 for materials and tools. To register visit the SOAS Online Store.

Organiser: London Middle East Institute

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Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330/4490