Artist in the Making

Last week during our Arabic class we learned how to do Arabic calligraphy! I’ve been wanting to learn about calligraphy for a long time because it is a really beautiful art form that has an incredibly long and rich history that winds all the way through ancient Arabia and Persia. It is still widely practiced today, especially in Quranic writings and for decorations in mosques or other buildings. Traditionally a  hand-cut reed pen is used along with black ink made from soot. Learning all of the slight nuances of the art take years to learn but lucky for us Omani schoolchildren learn the basics and so our teacher was able to pass along his knowledge to us. Here are a few pictures of my beginning efforts. I actually think they turned out pretty cool!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. surprisebjg
    May 11, 2014 @ 14:07:42

    Very nice start. Saw an amazing range of calligraphy at the Islamic Center/Museum in Paris – just jaw dropping.

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  2. kirbylamar
    May 11, 2014 @ 15:48:26

    Mashallah these are beautiful!

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  3. lizb95
    May 11, 2014 @ 18:34:43

    WHY ARE YOU SO TALENTED?!

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  4. Allen Israel
    May 12, 2014 @ 12:45:07

    Miriam,
    Grandma learned calligraphy too a few years ago but alas, has let her talents lay fallow. Your examples are so outstanding and beautiful, I think it will inspire her to start up again.
    Poppa

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