Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy by The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts - art in London
Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy by The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts - art in London

Introduction to Islamic Calligraphy

An introduction to the practice, methods and materials used by calligraphers in the Islamic calligraphy tradition.

Calligraphy Class

Five session course


Shoreditch EC2A

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Five session course


Learn how to prepare your own reed pen and sized paper, practice writing the Arabic alphabet and explore the proportional systems that underlie the letters.

Learn the art of Arabic calligraphy, focused on Thuluth, an elegant cursive script. To achieve beauty in calligraphy, students will work towards balancing four fundamental elements in perfect harmony: the paper, the pen, the ink and the hand.

The course will begin with a historical introduction, and overview of the traditional teaching methods, and materials.

Learn to prepare and polish paper; mix ink to the desired consistency; cut and sharpen the reed pen; and to prepare the hand to guide the pen in steady fluid movements.

Students will then practice writing individual letters (mufradat) to the correct proportions, and work towards words and phrases (murakabat).

Throughout the course your tutor will guide you, offer demonstrations and feedback; and to encourage you to cultivate an attitude of concentration and perseverance.

The course is taught by Khalid Pablo Casado. Pablo Casado, also known as Khalid, was born in 1982 in Madrid, Spain. He became a student of the renowned calligrapher, Nuria Garcia in 2008. Guided by her, he traveled to Istanbul for the first time in 2009, and thanks to her he could get acquainted with her masters. This is how he started writing his first lessons with her help, and with the master calligrapher (hattat) Davut Bektas, and always under the supervision of the master Hassan Çelebi. Around two years later, he started taking lessons from the master hattat Ferhat Kurlu who, together with Nuria García, became one of his strongest influences.

In 2014, and after having devoted himself completely to learning this art, he received his icazet or calligraphy diploma in sülüs and nesih styles in IRCICA (Research Center for Islamic History Art and Culture), signed by the masters Hassan Çelebi, Ferhat Kurlu and Nuria García.

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About your host, The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts

We teach and research arts and crafts of the world's great traditions.

We offer workshops and short, practical courses in traditional arts and crafts. These are open to anyone over the age of 18 and suit all levels of ability and experience, from beginners to seasoned practitioners.

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All materials are included.

Age Requirement


Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Five session course