Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

A course by Joumana Medlej , Calligraphy Artist

Calligraphy Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020

Explore the ancient Arabic script style of Kufic by learning to write a short text using traditional artistic practices

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  • 3412 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore the ancient Arabic script style of Kufic by learning to write a short text using traditional artistic practices

A course by Joumana Medlej

Kufic is a style of Arabic calligraphy that was born during the Islamic Golden Age. It emphasizes beauty in its composition, blending harmony of proportion and consistency of form. Though the style of Kufic script has faded over the last thousand years, artist Joumana Medlej keeps the practice alive, specializing and teaching the artistic techniques behind this lost art.

Travel back in time to uncover the beauty and mystery of Arabic calligraphy. Join Joumana and learn how to write an inspiring message in Kufic script adorned with traditional markings and colors.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 21 downloads

Pen, Ink and Other Tools
9 minutes, 30 seconds
Basic Shapes
7 minutes, 6 seconds
The Letters
17 minutes, 43 seconds
Stylistic Ligatures
19 minutes, 23 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (106)
  • 3412 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 24m)
  • 21 additional resources (9 files)
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  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Create a page layout with a quote in traditional Kufic script, including its punctuation and design.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in early Arabic calligraphy or scripts. This course is also ideal for those who would like to explore a meditative activity rich in history and culture.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is required. Knowledge of Arabic script is helpful, but not mandatory.

To take this course, you need a reed pen, black ink, and smooth paper.


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3412 Students
106 Reviews
99% Positive ratings
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Joumana Medlej

A course by Joumana Medlej

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Calligraphy Artist

Joumana Medlej is a Lebanese calligraphy artist based in London. Though she is known for her use of Kufic scripts, her work encompasses also encompasses other fields including graphic design, drawing, illustration, digital games, and children’s literature.

Joumana teaches Manuscript Kufic and Square Kufic at the Arab British Centre and her studio in the UK, rediscovering traditional inks and paints along the way. She has collaborated with Apple, Amnesty, the Khayrallah Center at NCSU, BBC Arabic, and the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan, among others.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Background and Essentials

    • Pen, Ink and Other Tools
    • Choosing and Preparing the Paper
    • Basic Shapes
  • U3

    Learning the Script

    • The Letters
    • Connecting the Letters: Structural Changes
    • Stylistic Ligatures
    • Spacing and Stretching
  • U4

    Writing a Page

    • Constructing the Text Box
    • Selecting and Preparing the Text
    • Making a Full-Size Draft
    • Writing the Page 1
    • Writing the Page 2
  • U5

    Finishing Touches and Taking It Forward

    • Vocalisation Marks (Red Dots)
    • Punctuation (Golden Motifs)
    • Making the Script Your Own
  • FP

    Final project

    • Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

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Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Joumana Medlej

Arabic Calligraphy: Learn Kufic Script

A course by Joumana Medlej
Calligraphy Artist. London, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (106)
  • 3412 students