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An Art of Measure and Harmony: The Arabic Letterform
After a brief tour of the exhibition Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, calligrapher Elinor Aishah Holland will demonstrate the method of preparing paper, cutting a qalam (pen), and writing Arabic letters. Participants will then be invited to carefully observe the twenty-eight independent Arabic letter forms in the style called Thuluth. Using traditional tools and materials, they will experiment with and draw the letters themselves. In keeping with tradition, they will learn the ancient system of proportional measurement governing Arabic letterform to create harmonious and meaningful lines.
Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:308:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20 for Non-Members; $15 for Members
Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.