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AUK Arabic Literature Club Organizes Calligraphy Workshop by Jassim Al-Nasrallah

The Arabic Literature Club of the American University of Kuwait (AUK) organized a workshop entitled "The Art of Arabic Calligraphy" run by the calligrapher Jassim Al-Nasrallah. The 5-day workshop introduced the participants to cultural and historical information about the different types of artistic Arabic fonts with special emphasis on the Thuluth font; a type of Islamic script developed around the 11th century. That was the first workshop of its kind to be organized by the Arabic Literature Club, and it was open to the public.

The workshop started with Al Nasrallah providing the 15 workshop participants with explanations and descriptions of the ways of writing Arabic letters in Thuluth font while giving examples of how to apply the font to letters, words and punctuations.

The aim of the workshop was to help amateur calligraphers to develop their calligraphy skills. Al Nasrallah's approach in training the participants involved perfecting their letter-drawing techniques, which led to complete word development, and finally the creation of full sentences. By the end of the course, each participant was required to write a verse or quote from the Holy Quran on a final poster to be evaluated by the Al Nasrallah.

The workshop also gave Al Nasrallah an opportunity to share his personal experiences with calligraphy and how he managed to develop his skills through practice and training for years under the supervision of renowned calligraphers.

The workshop ended with a ceremony in which the participants received certificates of completion and the calligrapher received an award of appreciation from the Arabic Literature Club.

The Arabic Literature Club at the American University of Kuwait is a student organization interested in different aspects of the Arabic language and culture such as Arabic poetry and literature. The main purpose of the Club is to reveal the Arab identity and practice Arabic language at AUK. Most of the club events currently focus on Arabic literature and poetry. The Arabic Club aims to host more cultural events that would include Arabic music and hosting of famous experts in the Arabic language to share their experience and thoughts with the students.

Calligrapher Jassim Al-Nasrallah

Images from the Workshop

Participants Applying Calligraphy Techniques

Group Photo for the Calligrapher Jassim Al-Nasrallah with Arabic Literature Club Members and Workshop Participants

Fatma F Al-Adwani, President of Arabic Literature Club

Alaa Eddin Alchalabi, AUK Student and Workshop Participant

Ahmed Alemairi, Workshop Participant

Afrah A Almutairi, Arabic Literature Club Member and Workshop Participant

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 8th April 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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