Secrets of the Line: Arabic and Islamic Calligraphy

January 27, 2023 (Friday) / 2:00 pm4:00 pm

Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut Street

Secrets of the Line: Arabic and Islamic Calligraphy

N. Dukhan

Master of Arabic and Islamic Calligraphy

Presented in collaboration with Penn's Forum for Global Islamic Studies

In this two-hour lecture and hands-on workshop, calligrapher N. Dukhan, PhD, will explore the history and techniques employed in Islamic calligraphy. Participants will gain hands-on experience with calligraphy's traditional tools and material, and learn about eye training, shaping reed pens, polishing calligraphy paper, and preparing ink. Participants will practice basic pen strokes, how to vary line thickness, and how to add curvature.

Cosponsored by Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.