Islamic Calligraphy Course

Islamic calligraphy course
Focused on Kufic calligraphy

1. Introduction
2. Program details
3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading
4. Fee Payment
5. Teaching Outcomes
6. Requirements
7. Certification
8. Required Documents
9. Registration

1. Introduction

Islamic art is a mystical and marvelous form of art spread widely, across various nations. In this course, which is taught by a well-known calligrapher, you will become familiar with the world of calligraphy especially Kufic calligraphy. You will visit several places with beautiful and great Kufic patterns such as Masumeh holy shrine, different traditional made mosques in Isfahan and the biggest hand writing books library in middle east which you can see great hand writings from masters of this beautiful art and learn how to draw some of them in the traditional way that was drawn a few centuries ago.
Course instructor: Seyed Mohammad Vahid Mousavi Jazayeri
A master calligrapher, type designer and graphic designer, Seyed Mohammad Vahid Mousavi Jazayeri has taken a particular personal interest in the Kufic script and devoted years to independent research, visiting archaeological locations, historic buildings and cemeteries, mosques, libraries and museums to study the script through direct contact. He has developed a systematic research methodology and published his findings in several books. His professional interest in script and calligraphy stimulated his discovery of the historic method for cutting the Kufic pen, which has had a direct impact on his own work, as seen in a number of well-received exhibitions and workshops.

2. Program details

City / Visits Evening Morning Date
Arrival ————————- Tehran 4 August
Tehran: Opening
Workshop on how to write and read Islamic letters
Visiting Malek Museum
Second workshop on how to write and read Islamic letters
visit to Iran’s National museum + instructions on hand writings
5 August
Tehran: Visiting the museum of Quran
Kufic calligraphy workshop
A visit to Reza Abbasi museum
Trip to Qom
6 August
Lady Fatima Al-Masumeh Shrine
Museum of the holy shrine
Marashi Najafi library
Artistic visit of Lady Fatima Al-Masumeh Shrine and its museum + History of writing on coins
Visiting the biggest handwriting book Library in middle east
Kufic calligraphy workshop
How to write on pottery
Trip to Isfahan
7 August
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Sheikh Lotfallah mosque
Imam mosque
Ali Qapu palace
Artistic visit of Naqsh-e Jahan square and its buildings Kufic calligraphy workshop 8 August
Jamih mosque
Hasht Behest palace
Chehel sotoun palace
Artistic visit of traditional buildings in Isfahan
Kufic calligraphy workshop
Kufic calligraphy workshop
9 August
Bazar 10 August

3. Recommended Sources for Pre-reading

  1. Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250 / Richard Ettinghausen, Oleg Grabar, Marilyn Jenkins / Yale University Press
  2. The Art and Architecture of Islam, 1250–1800 / Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom / Yale University Press
  3. Vision of Islam / Sachiko Murata ,William Chittick / Tauris Publishers
  4. A Handbook of Early Arabic Kufic Script: Reading, Writing, Calligraphy, Typography, Monograms / S.M.V Mousavi Jazayeri

4. Fee Payment

Fee    ‎€890 

  • The six-day program fee (Except Flight and Visa payments) includes airport transfers, program transport and travel, housing arrangements, meals, lectures and presentations, program pamphlets or handbook, visits to museums, historical sites and art centers.
  • All hotel rooms are booked as double. For a single room, it is needed to pay additional money: 32 euro per night.
  • €450 will be charged for those that want to take part in the program without any accommodation. This kind of payment would only include the fees for lectures and presentations, program pamphlets or handbook, visits to museums, historical sites, and art centers.
  • 100 euro must be paid as a deposit on booking in order to confirm the applicant’s place on the course. The balance must be paid IN CASH in Iran before the start of the course. Deposits shall not be refunded for cancellations.

5. Teaching Outcomes

This course is a great way to learn about Iranian-Islamic geometric patterns from one of the best teachers in this field. Being able to draw different patterns at the end of the course and being able to make them with the tiles gifted in the course is an amazing experience that can’t be missed.

6. Requirements

To participate in the six-day program, applicants are required to agree to make a presentation in all classes and Workshops/discussions organized as part of the program.

7. Certification

All students receive a graduation certificate upon completion of their program, which is granted by Islamic School of Art (ISOA).

8. Required Documents (Electronic copies required)

  1. Resume: A list of your current academic position, educational achievements, and professional activities. Provide details regarding previous curriculum and/or staff development experiences.
  2. A completed form of ISOA Short term course. Click here to download the form.

9. Registration

Applications must include all required documents and be submitted no later than July 10th, 2018 , to the Islamic School Of Art ( ISOA), The Course of Islamic Calligraphy. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For further information please contact International communication coordinator

Or Sattar Soltanpour (course director)