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Arabic calligraphy course in “Thuluth” style

From January 23, 2024 until February 18, 2024Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break). Sunday the 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break). Sunday the 18th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 120 euros (including materials).
In Spanish.

From Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18, calligrapher Pablo Casado will be giving a new session in this course to learn how to write using one of the most important and beautiful styles of Arabic writing. Sign up before the course is full.

Arabic calligraphy has been named a form of Intangible Human Heritage by Unesco since 2021 and is one of the most beautiful manifestations of the Arabic language. Throughout history, it has developed through a wide range of styles and schools that have raised the practice of this art until reaching its maximum splendor. From the commonplace to the most sublime, calligraphy pen strokes can be seen on buildings and other works throughout the Islamic world, including manuscripts, decorations, murals and fabrics, displaying calligraphy made with calligraphic pens, markers, spray paint and digital pantones. 

Calligrapher Pablo Casado will be guiding us in this workshop to discover the art of the “thuluth” style (also known as “sülüs,” in Turkish), one of the main classical styles of Arabic writing. Famous for being an elegant cursive calligraphy with stylized, oblique lines, one-third of each letter is slanted (hence its name, meaning “one-third,” from “thalatha,” three in Arabic), and was the calligraphy used in the Middle Ages in mosque decorations.

Throughout this 12-hour intensive course on the weekend of February 16-18, Casa Árabe will be hosting yet another edition of the Arabic calligraphy course in the “thuluth” style, in which participants will get the chance to learn and gain even more in-depth knowledge about the art of Arabic calligraphy and its many forms. In addition to learning about the proportions of the letters and rules to be followed, they will learn how to join the letters together and the steps to take in order to produce a final calligraphy work. 

The course, which will be given in Spanish, is open to all types of audiences, because it is not even necessary to have prior knowledge of the Arabic language or any past practice in calligraphy. It is intended for people who want to delve into the study of Arabic calligraphy for the first time, as well as those who have already completed the initial course. With those initiated, the teacher will work individually, to help them move forward with their knowledge of this style. 

Dates and times 
From Friday, February 16 to Sunday, February 18, 2024 
Friday, February 16, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday, February 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch break) 
Sunday, February 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Total duration: 12 class hours

Course fee: 120 euros (including materials). 
Registration period: from January 23 to February 15, 2024 by following this link
Places are limited to no more than 25 attendees. 

Introduction to traditional teaching methods, both Turkish and Arabic.
Introduction to the use of materials and learning how to use them properly. 
Introduction to the letters and their forms, using practical calligraphy exercises. 
Introduction to the different ways of joining letters. 
Preparation of a final piece or work in accordance with classical models. 

The materials required for the workshop (calligraphy pen, ink and paper) are included with the course fee, and participants will be able to keep them all once the workshop has ended. 

Pablo Casado 
Born in Madrid in 1982, the city where he grew up and received his academic training, he 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. Along with Nuria García, he would become one of his most influential teachers. 

In 2014, after having fully devoted himself to learning this art, he earned his diploma or “icazet” for calligraphy 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. Pablo Casado’s website:
Arabic calligraphy course in “Thuluth” style
Image: Pablo Casado