Calligraphy with Joumana Medlej

12 September '19 at 6:00 pm - 15 September '19 at 6:00 pm

Praise for Joumana Medlej’s Calligraphy Courses at the Arab British Centre:

‘Exceeded my expectations’

‘Wonderful experience’

‘Really enjoyed the course, great to learn from Joumana, a brilliant teacher’


Dates: 12 September '19 | 14 September '19 | 15 September '19

Thursday 12 September: 18:00-20:00

Saturday 14 September: 10:00-18:00, with lunch break

Sunday 15 September: 10:00-18:00, with lunch break

Square Kufic, also known as Masonry Script or khatt banna’i, is unique among calligraphy styles in that it adds to artistry a dimension of puzzle-solving. It developed as an architectural style to be rendered in brick or tile, often on a monumental scale; but despite these grand origins, Square Kufic designs are equally at home on the much smaller size of paper or textiles, and even, today, in the tiny canvas of pixel art.

In this 3 day course you will learn the rules and principles of Square Kufic, and how to compose designs by manipulating the letters and using rotations to fill a surface or to create a repeating pattern. From the basic square grid, you will move to variations in grid proportions and shape, including three-dimensional effects and circular compositions, opening up the creative potential of this technique.

Finally, you’ll learn how to transfer a finalised design to art paper, to finish in class or at home depending on time. Prior knowledge of the Arabic alphabet is helpful but not required. All class materials are provided, and the maximum class size is 10 people.



About Joumana Medlej

Joumana Medlej was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. After an early career in graphic design and illustration, her life took an unexpected turn when master calligrapher Samir Sayegh invited her to be his assistant. Through years of close collaboration, she learned the essence of Kufic, the origin of all Arabic calligraphy. She developed her own visual language out of this lesser-known style, and made its study and practice her life’s work, with a special focus on its sacred dimension.

Joumana moved to London in 2013 to dedicate herself to her art practice. Her work is found in private and public collections in the Middle East and in the West. She teaches Kufic calligraphy at the Arab British Centre and in her studio.

What school of Calligraphy does the course teach? Joumana teaches Creative Calligraphy. The course uses the Kufi script as a foundation, but encourages students to be creative with the traditional form and find their own approach to the art of Arabic calligraphy.

How many students will be in each class? There will be a maximum of 10 students in each class.

Do I need to be able to read and write Arabic? No knowledge of Arabic is required

Do I need to be able to draw? No, the script is mostly constructed, not freehand, so drawing skills are not essential.

Are materials provided? All materials for the course are provided up to the final project, for which students will have the option of bringing their own, particularly if they wish to work in a medium other than paper (mosaic, canvas, ceramic…).

When do the courses run? We run courses three times a year, January – March, April – June and September – November.

Can I book a place and pay later? No, your place on the course will only be confirmed on receipt of the course fee in full.

How can I sign up to a class? You can sign up online going to our homepage ‘COURSES’. You can find information on our current Calligraphy course and book online here

What methods of payment do you accept? Online Payment. You can book your course online going to our homepage ‘COURSES’.  Payment is required to confirm your place on the course.

What is your refund policy? Our courses are often over-subscribed so the sooner you let us know you’ve changed your mind the better. We can then open your place up to someone else. Our rules on refunds are:

  • 75%  of the course fee will be refunded if you let us know more than 30 days before the course start date.
  • 50% of the course fee will be refunded if you let us know within 10 – 30 days before the course start date.
  • No refund will be given if you let us know fewer than 10 days before the course start date.

What happens if you cancel the course? We will endeavour to ensure courses are not cancelled but if this does happen we will contact you as quickly as we can to let you know and to arrange a full refund.

Please contact us if you have any further questions on 020 78321310 or


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