The Art of contemporary Arabic calligraphy

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Workshop Description

This workshop is designed for any artist or designer interested in Arabic Calligraphy art (caligraphism). This workshop introduces the aesthetic features of Arabic calligraphy as a unique icon of Islamic art. Participants will be fascinated by the art form of Arabic calligraphy, which combine both spiritual meaning and aesthetic beauty. The beauty of Arabic letters comes from its indefinite possibilities in designing calligraphic expressions, even within a single letter or one word. Letters can be stretched and transformed in various ways to create different compositions. Participants can discover and develop their own styles, simply because Arabic calligraphy and its flexibility introduce infinite possibilities. Participants will be able to create artworks within few hours and based on vector format and created by Adobe Illustrator.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to create Artwork or designs that based on Arabic calligraphy which can be printed in deferent sizes and on different materials.

Workshop objectives:

1.     Attendees will learn the composition principles, art design basics, and techniques of building artwork by letters.

2.     Attendees will discover various types of Arabic calligraphic.

3.      Attendees will learn 5 concepts of successful artworks.

4.     Attendees will experiment to compose an artwork.

5.     Attendees will learn how to choose a good, color harmony, rhythm, unity, and  balance between shapes and colors.

6.     Attendees will learn how to create meanings out of shapes, colours, and spaces. 

Workshop Chairperson: Dr. Salman Alhajri

Dr. Salman Alhajri is an Omani artist, graphic designer, entrepreneur, and researcher in field of Art And Design. He work as assistant professor of Art and Design, at The department of Art Education, at Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. In 2013 he graduated with a PhD from School of The Arts of Lough-borough University in the UK. In 2005 Dr. Alhajri graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a master’s degree in Design. Dr. Alhajri carries out research in the domain of creativity in art education, graphic design education and Arabic Calligraphy.

His recent art practice is contemporary Arabic calligraphy, abstracts, phone art, portrait, and experiments. His design artworks  represent Omani culture, people, modern Oman, and heritage. Salman seeks “to develop the discipline of Graphic design in Arab world generally, and in GCC states in specific. Salman has participated in many international exhibitions, workshops, and artistic activities. As researcher, also presented papers in international conferences, Chicago, London, Glasgow, Copy, Japan, Dubrovnik, Rome, Brunai, and many more. In his art/design Salman seeks to communicate with others in a variety of different mediums and techniques. The most important elements in his art are, innovation, color harmony, simplicity, and attractive compositions. Salman do a research on a domain of art and graphic design, creativity, and design pedagogical studies. Dr. Alhajri, engage in several training courses in Oman, and outside, (American University in Kuwait, for example).  

Who should attend

The workshop is open for Arabic and none-Arabic artists, designers, and calligraphers, practitioners, and students. 

Location and date

23 and 24 October 2015

Friday and Saturday

Dubai Knowledge Village 

Price early bird For professionals $350

For students and educators: $250 


A certificate of attendance from The Society for News Design

Membership for one year on The Society for News Design“ 

Limited seats available so register now!

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