Manuscript Kufic Calligraphy with Joumana Medlej

16 March '22 at 6:00 pm - 27 March '22 at 5:00 pm

Praise for Joumana Medlej‘s Kufic 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: 16 March '22 | 20 March '22 | 23 March '22 | 27 March '22

This is a complete introduction to Manuscript Kufic, the finest Qur’anic script of the Abbasid golden age, that fell out of use almost a millennium ago. Under Joumana Medlej’s guidance you will learn to use the pen and gallnut ink associated with this style. The course then covers the complete script grammar, starting with each letter individually before showing how how to combine them. You’ll practice with short sentences before learning how to plan a full-page layout, complete with red vowel marks and golden punctuation. This intensive and immersive course culminates with the making of a finished page, leaving you fully equipped to create work in the historical tradition, or to explore a more contemporary direction. All materials are provided, and you can take your pen and ink home in the end.

Class times and delivery method

Wednesday 16 and 23 March @ Online via Zoom from 6-8pm GMT

Sunday 20 and 27 March @ In person at The Arab British Centre from 10am – 5pm GMT (1 hour lunch break)


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 20 students.

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? No, because it’s an online course that you do from home, there will be some things you need to buy in advance.

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

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 course? What methods of payment do you accept? Please book for courses on our website above or call the Arab British Centre to pay by card over the phone.

What is your refund policy? Our courses rely on meeting minimum numbers to run, and 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:

  • 100% refund if you let us know up to 2 weeks before the start date of the course
  • 50% refund if you let us know 8-13 days before the start date of the course
  • no refund if you let us know 1 week or less before the start of the course

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.

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