Khat Workshop @ American Women’s Association [2017 MAY 17]

Khat Workshop @ American Women’s Association

Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

2017 May 17: Wednesday. 10 am. Arts & Culture, American Women’s Association. 10 Claymore Hill. Singapore.

Every workshop is different. The audience, the age groups, the backgrounds, the exposures, and the venue, the space, even the equipment, the settings, the building, the walls, the air, the colours, the tone, the language, all together, will form an identity of its own. The organiser usually plays a very important role in this. They are pretty much the primary determinant of the whole workshop. It makes the facilitator looks good or bad. And at times, the facilitator can also be the determinant to make a workshop looks good or bad. Every workshop has its own characters. And even having the same of everything twice, it will never be the same.

We are truly honoured for the invite to conduct a very cosy workshop at American Women’s Association. For less than 20 participants, it is ideally the pace and space that we are very comfortable with. And this time round we had a very brief historical session and used videos to capture their senses into the insights of khat. As you can see in the photos: demonstrations, practises, pens, inks and papers, and biscuits, cakes and coffees, all just go along on one long table together. The visual and sound aids are excellent, and it feels very much like having a joyous family activity.

Thank you Pritika Sharma and Maria Moran. The audience is truly wonderful, and we’ll be delighted to serve you again.

FS/2017/may/30

THANK YOU AMERICAN WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION.

Khat Workshop @ Esplanade [2017 APR 22-23]

Khat Workshop @ Esplanade: Tapestry of Sacred Music 

Beginners’ Arabic Calligraphy Workshop

2017 April 22-23 : Sat-Sun. 10am. Esplanade, Bay Room. Singapore.

From 2012 to 2014, we have been conducting workshops at the Esplanade. We did the “open” style, or open-workshop: open to public, free-flow seatings, first-come-first-serve seats, stay and play all you want, come and go as you wish, along with free flow of worksheets. With over 500 participants within total span of 6-8 hours, yes it was a hit. And also yes, very messy indeed. We have gatekeepers, headcount monitors, security officers, and massive queue and passing peeping traffic. Then, we moved on to “closed” style, a very controlled workshop: limited registration of seats, limited time, and a closed venue with much comfort, space and privacy for participants to breathe well with the activities.

So here it is 2017, we were called up for a comeback. We made a stronger emphasis on the objective for “beginners'” workshop. We cut off all visual aids, and we go back to the intimate basics of story-telling-demonstrations and follow-to-practise. With no gadgets involved, under limited 90 minutes, it went much better than expected. The primary objective: to foster relations between the person, the pen, the ink and the paper. Only then, they’ll be able to explore the alphabetic forms.

But seriously, we really hope for a good 120-150 minutes. It takes time for the participants to grasp the feel of the materials and the alphabet. While it’s a quiet world on the outside, it’s a world of multi-dimensional conversations on the inside.

It feels great returning to Esplanade. We discovered interesting frequencies and textures of different people. Some come being naturally curious and adventurous, and some may appear from a different whimsy wonderland. And there are those just appeared very stoic and sophisticated.

Thank you to the managers and producers for this opportunity of sharing calligraphy with the public. And thank you readers for dropping by exploring our photos. We hope to see you in our sessions!

FS/2017/May/30

THANK YOU ESPLANADE, SHIREEN & XIANGHUI.

To take a look on some of our past workshops by Faddho, feel free to explore the links here:

• KHAT WORKSHOP @ SUNDARAM TAGORE GALLERY [2017 JAN 21]

• KHAT SHARING SESSION WITH ADM STUDENTS OF NTU [2014 AUG 19]

• INTRODUCTION TO KHAT @ ESPLANADE: BITESIZE [2014 APR 13]

• KHAT WITH DOCENTS OF FOM @ ACM [2013 OCT 05]

• CHALK AND INK @ ESPLANADE [2013 APR 20-21]

Khat Workshop @ Sundaram Tagore Gallery [2017 JAN 21]

Khat Workshop @ Sundaram Tagore Gallery 

Arabic Calligraphy Lecture & Workshop

2017 Jan 21 : Saturday. 3 – 5pm. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 5 Lock Road 01–05, Gillman Barracks. Singapore.

FDKP-HM-170121-Sundaram Tagore Khat WS-01-SR.jpg

In conjunction with the exhibition Golnaz Fathi: Contemplations, we were honoured to be invited by Sundaram Tagore Gallery to host an Arabic calligraphy workshop. Situated in a hilly area full of colonial buildings, Gillman Barracks is indeed a hidden unique area in Singapore. The atmosphere is certainly a cosy, serene, old-school space, frozen from the bustling energy just outside its 3 km radius.

 

Regardless of language, race and religion, we always welcome everyone to our Khat (Arabic Calligraphy) Workshops to experience the art of classical Arabic calligraphy. The pen, ink and paper, are simple instruments that have built civilisations through time. To share these through our workshops, it is full of pleasurable moments where we exchange ideas and thoughts with people of different culture, races, citizens and walks of life. It is exciting to be with everyone exchanging energies to refresh and rejuvenate the values of humanity within.

 

We hope you enjoy these photos. We hope through such cultural explorations, we could cultivate a beautiful form of peace and reinstate a harmonious value of humanity in all of us.

To learn more on Golnaz Fathi and Sundaram Tagore Gallery,  you can click HERE.

And to take a look on some of our past workshops by Faddho, feel free to click to the links here:

• CHALK AND INK @ ESPLANADE [2013 APR 20-21]

• KHAT WITH DOCENTS OF FOM @ ACM [2013 OCT 05]

• INTRODUCTION TO KHAT @ ESPLANADE: BITESIZE [2014 APR 13]

• KHAT SHARING SESSION WITH ADM STUDENTS OF NTU [2014 AUG 19]

Thank you for dropping by. And we hope to see you in our sessions!

FS/2017/apr/18

THANK YOU SUNDARAM TAGORE GALLERY. PHOTOS ARE COURTESY OF MR HAIROL MAHSUS & MS FATMAWATI.

Messages from home.

Home. The first place you begin with.

We may have forgotten. Our mother’s womb was the first home on earth to receive all the messages. We may have forgotten. We grew mighty with the pen that carves out civilisations. We may have forgotten. What duties have we forsaken before returning home upon our expiry dates.

Dear friends and all.

Faddho is proud to conduct our Arabic calligraphy courses at As-Souq Arabic language centre!

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 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

Course Fees: $120 (including materials fee and registration)

Public Promotion: 10% off early bird discount (before 1st Nov 2014)
+ extra 10% off if you bring a friend
Students Promotion: 20% off

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VENUE : As-Souq @ Bright Centre

Dates: 15/16 November 2014, Sat/Sun

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

Address: Bright Centre, Lorong L, Telok Kurau Road, #03-69, Singapore 425500

Contact: email info@as-souq.com | sms 82844110

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ AS-SOUQ!

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This programmes are organised and supported by As-Souq and brought to you by Faddho. 2014.

Ask, Receive and Share.

Face your hands to face your heart.

NOTICE: Nasakh Basic Course postponed to a week after Eidul Adha – 11/12 October 2014.

Dear friends and all.

In the midst of our busy schedule, we have overlooked the dates of our courses. Since Eidul Adha/Hari Raya Haji falls on Sunday 5th October, we have made arrangements with our organisers to postpone the starting date to the following week: 11th/12th of October (Sat/Sun). Our venues and details remain the same.

We apologise for overlooking these dates way months before, and regretted for any inconveniences might have caused. Please refer to the new updated schedules below, thank you for your kind support and we hope you’ll share these details with friends and people around.

To all Muslims, an early wish of Happy Eidul Adha. Selamat Hari Raya Haji, Eid Mubarak!

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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: 11, 18, 25 Oct and 01 Nov – 2014, (4 Saturdays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Sembawang Community Centre: 2125 Sembawang Road Singapore 758528. Tel: 6758 4183

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER @ SEMBAWANG CC!

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VENUE 2: Fuchun CC

Dates: 12, 19, 26 Oct and 02 Nov – 2014, (4 Sundays)
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm (2hrs x 4 Sessions)
Venue: Fuchun Community Club: 1 Woodlands Street 31, Singapore 738581. Tel: 6365 6911

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.

Khat Sharing Session with ADM Students of NTU [2014 Aug 19]

“A Sharing Session on Arabic Calligraphy”

 

SCHOOL OF ART, DESIGN AND MEDIA

Arabic Calligraphy Lecture & Workshop

19 AUGUST 2014. TUESDAY. 1PM-4PM. NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY. SINGAPORE.

 

When all the students have finally gathered, Dr Gul went to the computer to warm up the class for the calligraphy session. Earlier, she was seen preparing a page from the YouTube site. The cover of the video seemed to be an image of a worn-out page of an archaic Quran, written in Hijazi or Neo-Nabatean script. When she clicked play, the title which appeared to be like “Yasin Suresi” was finally found, and she opened another window in the computer screen which she had prepared the Romanised transcription of that Surah Yasin. So she played a short opening recitation of the first 10 verses of the Surah Yasin, along with the Roman transcripts to guide the students. Indeed it was a beautiful way to begin. Dr Gul then proceeded with few revision slides and some Persian poems that enlighten the philosophies of “The Pen” before handing over to us.

 

 

Looking at a class full of designers, inevitably, it is within this wishful thoughts that everyone of them could have probably be good calligraphers if they want to. Nevertheless the old culture of graphic design goes back to classical practise of manuscripts, calligraphy and illuminations, way before keyboards and mouses started to dominate. Not only because they’re designers but, they do really follow the worksheets well, and copied well. However actually, to sit and join them together in their course seems to be much more exciting than presenting scripts to them.

So we had about a good 3 hours of calligraphy session. Apart from trying out the basic fundamentals and guides, we had the students trying out tiny bits of important scripts like Kufi Mushafi, Nasakh, Thuluth, Ta’liq, Riq’ah and Diwani. The idea to introduce them the system of Checkered Kufi was an initial intention, however, we would need another good 2 hours just to have fun with that. Of all, special thanks to Dr Gul Inanc and Prof Peer Mohideen Sathikh for the kind invite. It was truly an honour and a pleasure. We would be pleased to have these sessions again.

 

 

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FS/2014/sep/09

Every Letter Begins With You.

Have a little touch with your soul.

And if the pen could speak, it would probably taught us what we are made of.

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.

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:

—–
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

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