Dubai Culture Launches 16 Workshops for the Arabic Calligraphy, Ornamentation, and Gilding Project this May

Dubai Culture has initiated a series of workshops under its ‘Arabic Calligraphy, Ornamentation, and Gilding’ project, aimed at fostering emerging talent in the art of Arabic calligraphy. The project, designed to support and encourage enthusiasts to explore the intricacies of Arabic calligraphy and ornamentation, underscores the Authority’s commitment to preserving this art form as part of the national identity, heritage, and Arab legacy.

Scheduled over weekends from May 11 to 29, the programme targets youth aged 13 and above, school and university students, employees, and Arabic calligraphy enthusiasts. The agenda features 16 diverse workshops covering various calligraphy styles such as Ruq'a, Thuluth, Naskh, Ejazah, and Diwani, providing participants with educational opportunities to develop their skills under the guidance of expert instructors.

At the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, participants will learn to adjust the drawing of letters and formations according to the rules of each calligraphy style. They will also delve into the principles of ornamentation and gilding, exploring materials, colouring methods, and the distribution of decorative elements.

The workshops will be led by a select group of experts and specialists in Arabic calligraphy, including Abdul Razzaq Al Mahmoud for Thuluth and Naskh scripts, Uday Al Aaraji for Ejazah and Diwani Jali scripts, Musab Doori for ornamentation and gilding, and Zaid Al Athamy for the Ruq'a script.

In addition to workshops, Zaid Al Athamy will conduct lectures and discussions for school students at the Dubai Club for People of Determination and Dubai Public Library branches in Hor Al Anz, Hatta, and Al Twar, aiming to acquaint them with the significance of Arabic calligraphy and its historical significance.

The ‘Arabic Calligraphy, Ornamentation, and Gilding’ project, part of the Dubai Calligraphy Biennale, serves as a cultural bridge, enabling individuals to learn Arabic calligraphy techniques and stay updated on its developments. The initiative aims to inspire participants to unleash their creative potential and produce professional artistic works, contributing to the enrichment of cultural heritage and artistic expression in the region.

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