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Course on the “thuluth” style of calligraphy

From January 26, 2017 until February 14, 2017Courses: From February 18 to March 11, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62) Courses: From February 18 to March 11, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Prior registration required.
In Spanish.

You may now sign up for this workshop to be given by Pablo Casado on Saturdays in February and March.

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 handwriting. They will learn about the proportions of the letters and the rules which must be followed, as well as the steps to take when creating a final calligraphy work.
Course contents:  
Introduction to traditional teaching methods, both Turkish and Arab
Introduction of materials and learning how to use them properly
Introduction to the letters and their forms, using practical calligraphy exercises
Preparation of a final piece of work in accordance with classical models

The course, which will be taught in Spanish, is open to all types of participants. No prior knowledge of the Arabic language or any past calligraphy practice is necessary. The course will be given in sessions lasting three hours, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., on four consecutive Saturdays, from February 18 through March 11, 2017.

The registration price is 120 euros and includes the materials you need for the workshop (calligraphic pen, ink and paper). The participants can keep the materials when the course ends.

Workshop information sheet
Course on the “thuluth” style of calligraphy
Pablo Casado
Those interested must send an e-mail message by February 15 to You will then receive information on the account into which you must deposit your registration fee.

In the message topic, please write: Calligraphy Course + Your first and last names.
The message should include a brief explanation of the candidate’s profile, mentioning any prior knowledge of the Arabic language and/or calligraphy (maximum of 15 lines).

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 15.
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 a 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 spark even greater interest in 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.  Nearly two years later, he also began to receive lessons from 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 received his icazet  or calligraphy diploma in the thuluth and nesih styles 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 as not to lose contact with his masters and to continue learning and perfecting this art.
Pablo Casado’s website