Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Maghrebi Script

A course by Maaida Noor
Artist and Calligrapher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined December 2020
, Artist and Calligrapher

Uncover the art of ancient Arabic calligraphy and create beautifully balanced compositions which convey hope, love, and light

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

Uncover the art of ancient Arabic calligraphy and create beautifully balanced compositions which convey hope, love, and light



  • 100% positive reviews (39)
  • 1812 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 lessons (3h 23m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Discover the connection between hand and heart with the meditative practice of Arabic calligraphy. Artist and calligrapher Maaida Noor uses calligraphy to fulfill her need to create aesthetically beautiful artwork. She has worked for brands including Christian Dior, Jo Malone, Estée Lauder, and Selfridges. She has also been recognized at the British Muslim Awards in the category for Art and Culture Awareness.

In this course, Maaida takes you step-by-step through the process of creating the Arabic alphabets using the Maghrebi script. Learn about the rich history and significance behind Arabic calligraphy, before using a traditional reed pen and dot system to form words and sentences on the page.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. History and Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Writing the Alphabet in Maghrebi Script
  • U4
    U4. A Final Composition
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin by getting to know your teacher, Maaida. She takes you through her journey to becoming an artist and achieving harmony between the mind, body, and soul through years of practice. Find out how she uses culture, poetry, nature, and more to inspire her work.

Learn about the transformation of Arabic writing into an art form and, in particular, the history behind the Maghrebi script. Look at the materials used in this course, from a traditional reed pen to ink mixer, then prepare your tools and learn how to look after your calligraphy kit. Familiarize yourself with the dot system which is used to achieve balance in Arabic calligraphy.

Pick up your reed pen and start writing the letters. Maaida teaches you how to write each Arabic letter in the Maghrebi al Mabsoot script with precise measuring units. She focuses on the structure of each letter to achieve harmony and balance by using knowledge of the dot system.

Explore diacritic marks and how they are placed around letters to indicate sound and movement. Then learn how to write them using a reed pen. Finally, use your knowledge of the letters and their underlying structure to join them together to form words and sentences with the help of Maaida’s templates.

What is this course's project?

Write the joined form of the Maghrebi alphabets using the traditional reed pen.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning the meditative art of Arabic Calligraphy.

What you need

No previous experience is needed for this course.

For materials, you will need a reed pen, an inkwell, calligraphy paper, silk threads (likka), and a straightedge and HB pencil. An A4 foam board is optional.


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Maaida Noor

A course by Maaida Noor

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Artist and Calligrapher

Maaida Noor is an award-winning modern and contemporary artist who specializes in Arabic calligraphy. Her work is inspired by her British and Pakistani roots and has been displayed in both public and private exhibitions across the UK. She has a diploma from The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts and is currently studying a number of art forms including calligraphy, geometric patterns, and illumination design as part of her commitment to continue learning about the meaning behind her subjects.

Maaida is known for her signature contemporary style and has worked for brands including Christian Dior, Jo Malone, Estee Lauder, Molten Brown, and Selfridges. She also won the British Muslim Award for Art and Culture Awareness in 2017.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    History and Preparation

    • History of Arabic Calligraphy
    • Course Materials and Tools
    • Preparing the Tools
    • How to Use a Reed Pen
    • The Dot System
  • U3

    Writing the Alphabet in Maghrebi Script

    • The Letters: Alif, Baa, Jeem, Daal 1
    • The Letters: Alif, Baa, Jeem, Daal 2
    • The Letters: Raa, Seen, Saad, Twa 1
    • The Letters: Raa, Seen, Saad, Twa 2
    • The Letters: Ayn, Faa, Qaaf, Kaaf
    • The Letters: Laam, Laam Alif, Meem, Noon, Waw 1
    • The Letters: Laam, Laam Alif, Meem, Noon, Waw 2
    • The Letters: Haa, Yaa, Hamza
  • U4

    A Final Composition

    • Diacritics in Maghrebi Style
    • Joining the Letters 1
    • Joining the Letters 2
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Maghrebi Script

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Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Maghrebi Script. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Maaida Noor

Introduction to Arabic Calligraphy: Maghrebi Script

A course by Maaida Noor
Artist and Calligrapher. London, United Kingdom.
Joined December 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (39)
  • 1812 students