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Course on “Thuluth” Style Arabic Calligraphy

From December 21, 2017 until February 05, 2018The course will be held on Saturdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Classroom 4. Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). The course will be held on Saturdays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prior registration required. Registration: 120 euros.
In Spanish.

The period to sign up for this course will remain open until February 5. It will be given by calligrapher Pablo Casado on Saturdays from February 10 through March 3.

Casa Árabe is offering this new calligraphy course, in which participants will get the chance to become very familiar with the art of Arabic calligraphy and its different forms in the “thuluth” style (“sülüs” in Turkish), one of the main classical styles in Arabic writing. They will learn about the proportions of the letters and the rules to be followed, as well as the steps to take in order to produce a final calligraphy work.

The course, which will be taught in Spanish, is open to all members of the public, because no prior knowledge of the Arabic language or any past practice in calligraphy is necessary.

Course contents: 
Introduction to traditional teaching methods, both Turkish and Arabic
Introduction to the use of materials and learning to use them properly
Introduction to the letters and their forms through practical calligraphy exercises
Preparation of a final piece or work in accordance with classical models

The price for registration is €120.

The materials required for the workshop (calligraphic pen, ink and paper) are included in the price for registration, and participants may keep them when the course is over.

Dates and times:
The beginners’ level course will be given in sessions lasting three hours, on four consecutive Saturdays, from February 10 through March 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (12 class hours).
Course on “Thuluth” Style Arabic Calligraphy
Image: Pablo Casado
The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15.
Those interested must send an e-mail message, by February 5, to, with the following
message topic: Calligraphy Course.
Provide a brief introduction about the candidate’s profile, including first and last names, and telephone number.
The message should include a brief explanation of your prior knowledge of the Arabic language (if any) and/or calligraphy (maximum of 15 lines).
Once admission has been confirmed, the candidate must formalize his or her registration by transferring payment into an account that will be indicated to you in the confirmation message.
Born in Madrid in 1982, the city where he grew up and received his academic training, Pablo Casado always felt a special attraction towards the forms of Arabic calligraphy, but it was not until the year of 2008 that he was able to come into contact with the calligraphic pen for the first time, having attended a brief introductory course on calligraphy in the nesih style. A few days of practice were enough to arouse a great interest towards this form of art in him, and he soon felt the need to receive as much knowledge as possible from a true master who could teach him each and every one of its finer details.
It was then that he met the well-known and highly acknowledged calligrapher Nuria García, who would become his mentor and teacher. With her help, he traveled to Istanbul for the first time in the year of 2009, and thanks to her he was able to meet his own masters. That is how he began to complete his first lessons, with their help, and that of master calligrapher (khattat) Davut Bektas, always under the supervision of master Hassan Çelebi. Approximately two years later, he also began to receive lessons from the khattat master Ferhat Kurlu, who, along with Nuria García, would become one of his most influential teachers.
In 2014, after having fully devoted himself to learning this art, he earned his icazet or calligraphy diploma, in the styles of thuluth and nesih at the IRCICA (Center for Research of Islamic History, Art and Culture). In the end, his diploma was signed by master calligraphers Hassan Çelebi, Ferhat Kurlu and Nuria García.
At present, he continues to travel to Istanbul regularly and spends long periods of time there so that he will not lose contact with his masters and to be able to continue learning and perfecting this art.
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