Right in your heart.

The Eyes Through Penmanship.

The traditional calligraphy masters are exceptionally meticulous, not only in sharpening the eyes of their pens, but also in their alphabetic letterforms. So much that it shapes their sense of judgement. The skills of this craft will not only hone one’s senses, but importantly the state of well-being. Every single arrangement, every single space, deserves to be justified with the best of rights. Not because of what they’re trained for, but importantly, to justify their own purposes of existence.

To serve the pen, to serve the message.

We are running it again this coming October 2014 in two venues!! Participants will learn the alphabetic fundamentals of the Classical Arabic Nasakh Script, which is one of the important foundations to the other grand classical family scripts. This course comprises important disciplines in the art of crafting letterforms and being a classical calligraphy practitioner.


This course is really hard to come by, so do keep and share these details:

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Course Title: Arabic Calligraphy – Nasakh Basic Course

Age/Levels: 15 years and above, all levels. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed.
No of participants/seats: 10-25 pax.
Language: English

Materials: Will be provided. Material fees included.
Fees: SGD$100.00 (M) SGD$110.00 (NM)

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VENUE 1: Sembawang CC

Dates: 04, 11, 18 and 25 Oct – 2014, (4 Saturdays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Sembawang Community Centre: 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ SEMBAWANG CC!

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VENUE 2: Fuchun CC

Dates: 05, 12, 19 and 26 Oct – 2014, (4 Sundays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Fuchun Community Club: 1 Woodlands Street 31, Singapore 738581

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ FUCHUN CC!

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This programmes are organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2014.

It is right here.

The dot begins with you.

How would you be at the very centre of a dot? Indeed, it is a very puzzling question. And even more puzzling to discover the dot than merely handling a pen. Where then, you are the creator of your own universe..

Welcome to the Nasakh Basic Course. We are running it again for the coming October 2014! Participants will learn the alphabetic fundamentals of the Classical Nasakh Script, which is one of the important foundations to the other grand classical family scripts. This course comprises important disciplines in the art of crafting letterforms and being a classical calligraphy practitioner.

This course is really hard to come by, so do keep and share these details:

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Dates: 04, 11, 18 and 25 Oct – 2014, (4 Saturdays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Sembawang Community Centre: 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528

Age/Levels: 15 years and above, all levels. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed.
No of participants/seats: 10-20 pax.
Language: English

Materials: Will be provided. Material fees included.
Fees: SGD$100.00 (M) SGD$110.00 (NM)

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

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This programme is organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2014.

Introduction to Khat @ Esplanade: Bitesize [2014 Apr 13]

“A Brief Introduction to Khat”

 

BITESIZE @ ESPLANADE 

Arabic Calligraphy Lecture & Workshop

13 APRIL 2014. SUNDAY. 2PM-4PM. ESPLANADE, REHEARSAL STUDIO. SINGAPORE.

 

We were looking at a figure of 30 participants or optimally, 25 at its maximum. Personally 15, is the best figure. However, of course Esplanade would like to cover even more participants if it could. In the past 2 years (2012-2013), our free open workshop-cum-trial booth for Arabic calligraphy has been a successful hit of an estimated 500 over participants over 3 days within limited hours. Since it was an open session, we had participants rooted to their seats for more than 3 hours, some stood around for a good 40 minutes, some dropped by for quick minutes of trials, some just picked up a handful of worksheets for their family and friends, and some passed by and passed by again. It was fantastic. We met artists, teachers, tourists, not to mentioned, religious people and few calligraphers themselves apart from the locals. Fellow calligraphy enthusiasts hanged around having fun with pen and ink and crafting letters. This year, Esplanade decided to have a closed session under its Bitesize programme. For a session of only 2 hours, we truly hope we could give the best.

So they opened it up for 50 maximum participants on tickets. Within the first month out of the 3-month publicity, they called us to spread more words on this programme cause they managed only to hit around 20. We felt that it was good enough to keep that way as we were concerned on managing and giving a substantial amount of attention to the participants individually and as a whole. We had booklets, worksheets and visual slides all prepared. In less than half month before the event, we hit 50. Full house.

Our hope for extension of hours could probably give more fruitful attention to the participants. That didn’t happen. The space provided was in a rehearsal studio, full of tall-glass-wall windows, at the top-most of the building, giving a cosmic feel to practicing calligraphy. Probably, a dream of every calligrapher to afford that kind of (expensive) atmosphere to have an intimate session with the pen crafting sacred verses. But in real history, calligraphers danced their hearts through their pen and ink, crouching solemnly in a quiet corner of walls full of books, away from people, away from the world. Then, the teacher attended to students one at a time. But here, its a duty to share and uphold it to the public.

We hoped for a better projection on our visual lesson slides to amplify the content to participants spread out to about over two basketball courts of space. We could see how much a participant yearned to feel the pen during the demonstration where 49 others crowded over one person demonstrating letters over a piece of A3 paper. And if we could, we would love to be able to equally attend to at least 10 individual participants at a time whenever they raised their hands for help and questions. One hour of theoretical history and visual lessons, and one hour of practice. Unfortunately, but fortunately, that’s all we could afford.

Learning calligraphy doesn’t work like technical software crash courses. Most of fresh students we knew, could never get over understanding the pen and its first dot even over their first two weeks practice. Nowadays, the culture of clicking and sliding with fingers is more overwhelming than the art and grace of handling pen and letters. Time spent for economical productivity is different from time spent for spiritual productivity. Nevertheless, the people in Esplanade has created great efforts to support traditional arts such as calligraphy for the betterment of the society.

Be it a dot, or long strokes, we hope this effort would be a blessing to everyone. Thank you for acknowledging our presence. We hope to see you all again.

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FS/2014/may/28

Join us on Bitesize @ Esplanade for Khat – April 2014!

We’ll bring you 1400 years of alphabetic flavours in the classical world of Arabic Calligraphy. Welcome to the world of Khat. 

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It begins with profound values of humanity revealed through sacred messages. Unlocked with intelligence to decipher the lines of creations through births of alphabets. Nourishing the human senses with spirituality from ancient functions to modern visual designs. The crafts that developed civilisations in the human mind.

Join us! In Bitesize at Esplanade, for Khat. A journey to the world of Arabic Calligraphy.

Workshop Title: A Brief Introduction to Khat

Date: 13 April 2014, Sunday

Time: 2 pm – 4 pm (2hrs single session)

Venue: Esplanade Rehearsal Studio. The Esplanade Co Ltd, 1 Esplanade Drive. Singapore 038981

Up to 50 pax. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed. Will be conducted in English with materials provided.

Fees: SGD$15 Available at Sistic.

More information and tickets, please click the following  links:

BITESIZE ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY @ ESPLANADE APRIL 2014

SISTIC TICKET: BITESIZE ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY

This programmes are organised and supported by Esplanade, Bitesize and brought to you by Faddho. 2014.

Little Lessons in Kuala Lumpur

A visit to the Islamic Art Museum Malaysia meeting calligraphy practitioner, Mr Azmir Karim and his master calligrapher teacher, Puan Citi Yousoff. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [2013 Dec 18-19].

 

The little trip down to Kuala Lumpur is the only space of 96 hours of break we’re left with. After that, we will be clocking back to the hectic madness of the Lion City. Meeting up with friends and relatives, help us to stretch our breaths a little more out of the grey matter. And meeting up some new friends and special people spice up the excitement a little more.

Awhile back, a visit from a Malaysian calligraphy practitioner down to Singapore wrapped up in some few fruitful hours of introduction and exchanging experiences. Now, we took this opportunity to meet up with this gentleman, and also his teacher. Azmir Karim has been practising khat (Arabic calligraphy) for more than two years now, under the tutelage of Puan Citi Yousoff, a Malaysian female master calligrapher. Puan Citi graduated with an Ijaza (Diploma) in Islamic calligraphy in Thuluth and Nasakh scripts under the tutelage of the Honourable Hassan Celebi, a great master calligrapher in Turkey. Having learning khat through Puan Citi, Azmir also receives the opportunity to learn with other great master calligraphers such as Efdaluddin Kilic, Ferhat Kurlu, Mohamed Zakariya, and also Hassan Celebi, and was very kind to share us his invaluable experiences in having lessons and sessions with them. His personal experiments in developing handmade soot inks and handmade Turkish Ahar paper are truly great insights for us in the holistic crafts that makes up the traditions of classical calligraphy. Nevertheless, some great master calligraphers are also master paper makers and master illumination artists themselves. Read More

Discover Yourself Through Khat

The manifestation of Khat is ultimately a mirror to a calligrapher’s heart. Every particle that moves in each drop of ink, is a calligrapher’s heartbeat.

KHAT - The Path of The Ink

It is more than just creating a dot. It is more than just stretching the dot into lines. It is more than just shaping the lines into alphabets. And definitely, it is more than what you can write or read.

Welcome to the Nasakh Basic Course. Participants will learn the alphabetic fundamentals of the Classical Nasakh Script, which is one of the important foundations to the other grand classical family scripts. This course comprises important disciplines in the art of crafting letterforms and being a classical calligraphy practitioner.

This course is really hard to come by, so do keep and share these details:

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Course Title: Arabic Calligraphy – Nasakh Basic Course

Dates: 08, 15, 22 Feb and 01 Mar – 2014, (4 Saturdays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Sembawang Community Centre: 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528

Age/Levels: 15 years and above, all levels. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed.
No of participants/seats: 10-20 pax.
Language: English

Materials: Will be provided. Material fees included.
Fees: SGD$100.00 (M) SGD$110.00 (NM)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

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This programmes are organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2014.

Before the Dot finds its path.

Where were you before the dot finds its path?

Before the Dot finds its path.

Let’s give a little space of your heart for Khat!

Join in as an individual or with your friends for an ink-adventure in discovering Arabic Calligraphy, or Jawi which was the exotic hybrid script of Southeast Asia! Do not miss this chance in trying out the classical practice of using a traditional bamboo pen!

So spread the news for this interesting discovery!

Workshop Title: Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy

Date: 25th January 2014, Saturday
Time: 10am – 12pm (2hr Single Session)
Venue: Fuchun Community Centre: 1 Woodlands Street 31 Singapore 738581

Participants: Any individuals (12 years and above)
Language: English
Materials: Worksheets and tools will be provided
Fees: SGD$15.00 (M) SGD$20.00 (NM)

For registration and more information, check out www.pa.gov.sg or one.pa.gov.sg. For direct enquiry, please call Fuchun CC @ 63656911.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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We hope to see you there!

This programmes are organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2013.

Khat with Docents of FOM @ ACM [2013 Oct 05]

“Khat: The Journey of Arabic Calligraphy”

 

DOCENT ONGOING TRAINING 

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUMS

Arabic Calligraphy Lecture & Workshop

05 OCTOBER 2013. SATURDAY. 10AM-1PM. ASIAN CIVILISATION MUSEUM. SINGAPORE.

 

It was on a relaxed Saturday morning at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) where we gathered for another exciting session. It was truly a humbling opportunity to have a calligraphy session with a special group of people who are docents from Friends of the Museums (FOM). This private workshop is an exclusive session which begins with a visual lecture of exploring the history of Arabic scripts from semantics, concepts to theories of evolutions and reformations of letterforms which encompasses within a time span of more than 2000 years. Visual characteristics of the scripts were explored through visual specimens of The Holy Quran and various folios from different time and parts of the world.

The practical session followed on with an introduction to the pen, paper and ink; creating the first dot. The first dot, or technically creating the perfect rhombus is an essential fundamental step in developing a letterform. This includes the discipline and handling habits of a calligraphy practitioner. After trying out a series of practicing dots and lines, participants were introduced to try out the basic alphabetic bodies of Nasakh script. The momentum of constant dipping of the reed or bamboo pen into the ink well and writing continued through experiencing the practitioner’s drill. Here, participants will make an attempt to copy simple words such as “Salam”, “Hoob” and “Hikmah”, over and over again until it is close to clone perfection. The last practice was trying out the word “Salam” in 3 different scripts, namely: Riqah, Diwani and Kufi Mushafi. Through these, participants explored the various styles of writing techniques being used on different scripts to write the same word.

So there it goes, a fruitful Saturday morning, with wonderful theoretical sparring exchange and discussions with such a special audience. Thank you Arundhati Sundar for such a wonderful opportunity. We will be pleased to have more of these again!

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FS/2013/oct/13

The Dot Expands

The Perfect Dot expands into lines and contract within lines. How is that? Well, the movement of a pen’s nib maneuvers with micro repetitions of ink marks to form a visual character or symbol which is what we read it as a letter. 

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And so, our registration date extends! Join us this November!

Yes, Sembawang Community Centre has extended its registration date for the Nasakh Basic Course. And we are trying our best to extend this opportunity as much can be.

Participants will learn the Arabic alphabetic fundamentals of the Classical Nasakh Script, which is one of the important foundations to the other grand classical family scripts. This course comprises important disciplines in the art of crafting letterforms and being a classical calligraphy practitioner. For those who would like to learn how the culture and training of Khat begins, now this is a real good chance. And for those who are attempting a little depth of seriousness, this is definitely the way to follow!

Starting in 9th November, join us in this course which is really hard to come by, and do keep and share these details:

Course Title: Arabic Calligraphy – Nasakh Basic Course

Dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 Nov – 2013, (4 Saturdays)

Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)

Venue: Sembawang Community Centre. 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528

Age/Levels: 15 years and above, all levels. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed.

No of participants/seats: 10-20 pax.

Language: English

Materials: Will be provided. Material fees included.

Fees: SGD$100.00 (M)   SGD$110.00 (NM)

For registration and more information, check out www.pa.gov.sg or one.pa.gov.sg. For direct enquiry, please call Sembawang CC @ 67584183.

SEMBAWANG KHAT GROUP

For those who have completed the Nasakh Basic Course, you’ll be eligible to join our Sembawang Khat Group. This is a new interest group where members and calligraphy practitioners can come together to practice, learn and share the culture and art of Arabic calligraphy! Here, we’ll learn plenty of special lessons like histories, crafts, scriptures and many more. For this special sign up, you may come to practice calligraphy at Sembawang CC for NO CHARGES at all!

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Looking out for just a short try? Join us as a family!

Fuchun Community Centre is extending this short 2-hour course to everyone. Explore Arabic-Jawi, the exotic hybrid script of Southeast Asia, where you’ll get to practice with the classic bamboo pen!

Come in as a pair of a parent and a child, for this special introductory session:

Workshop Title: Learning Arabic-Jawi Calligraphy as a Family!

Date: 26th October 2013, Saturday

Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm (2hr Single Session)

Venue: Fuchun Community Centre: 1 Woodlands Street 31 Singapore 738581

Participants: One parent + one child (One Pair)

Materials: Worksheets and tools will be provided

Fees: SGD$30.00 (M)   SGD$40.00 (NM)

For registration and more information, check out www.pa.gov.sg or one.pa.gov.sg. For direct enquiry, please call Fuchun CC @ 63656911.

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We hope to see you there soon!

This programmes are organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2013.

What is The Aleef made of?

Ever wonder what is an Aleef made of? This first letter of the Arabic Nasakh alphabet, which precedes the other letters evolves from what is known as “The Perfect Rhombus”. In simpler terms: The Perfect Dot.

The Anatomy of Aleef an-Nasakh

So what is the Perfect Dot? Join Us to Find Out!

Come join us at Sembawang Community Centre for the Nasakh Basic Course. Participants will learn the Arabic alphabetic fundamentals of the Classical Nasakh Script, which is one of the important foundations to the other grand classical family scripts. This course comprises important disciplines in the art of crafting letterforms and being a classical calligraphy practitioner. For those who would like to learn how the culture and training of Khat begins, now this is a real good chance. And for those who are attempting a little depth of seriousness, this is definitely the way to follow!

12th October is coming soon! So join us in this course which is really hard to come by, and do keep and share these details:

Course Title: Arabic Calligraphy – Nasakh Basic Course

Dates: 12, 19, 26 Oct and 09 Nov – 2013, (4 Saturdays)

Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)

Venue: Sembawang Community Centre: 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528

Age/Levels: 15 years and above, all levels. No Arabic knowledge required. Non-Muslims are welcomed.

No of participants/seats: 10-20 pax.

Language: English

Materials: Will be provided. Material fees included.

Fees: SGD$100.00 (M)   SGD$110.00 (NM)

For registration and more information, check out www.pa.gov.sg or one.pa.gov.sg. For direct enquiry, please call Sembawang CC @ 67584183.

SEMBAWANG KHAT GROUP

For those who have completed the Nasakh Basic Course, you’ll be eligible to join our Sembawang Khat Group. This is a new interest group where members and calligraphy practitioners can come together to practice, learn and share the culture and art of Arabic calligraphy! Here, we’ll learn plenty of special lessons like histories, crafts, scriptures and many more. For this special sign up, you may come to practice calligraphy at Sembawang CC for NO CHARGES at all!

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Looking out for just a short try? Join us as a family!

Fuchun Community Centre is extending this short 2-hour course to everyone. Explore Arabic-Jawi, the exotic hybrid script of Southeast Asia, where you’ll get to practice with the classic bamboo pen!

Come in as a pair of a parent and a child, for this special introductory session:

Workshop Title: Learning Arabic-Jawi Calligraphy as a Family!

Date: 26th October 2013, Saturday

Time: 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm (2hr Single Session)

Venue: Fuchun Community Centre: 1 Woodlands Street 31 Singapore 738581

Participants: One parent + one child (One Pair)

Materials: Worksheets and tools will be provided

Fees: SGD$30.00 (M)   SGD$40.00 (NM)

For registration and more information, check out www.pa.gov.sg or one.pa.gov.sg. For direct enquiry, please call Fuchun CC @ 63656911.

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We hope to see you there soon!

This programmes are organised and supported by People’s Association and brought to you by Faddho. 2013.

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