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Learn the history of Arabic calligraphy and the artist's layer-painting technique before creating your own piece

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In a Nutshell

Visual artist Salma Arastu gives a brief history of Arabic calligraphy, then leads you through copying Arabic words and layer painting

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 29th, 2014. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 7 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Wear working clothes and an apron if possible. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

What You'll Do

In Arabic cultures, calligraphy has always been a means of representing the divine through an artistic display of religious verse. Under the guidance of Salma Arastu—an expert calligrapher and renowned visual artist—you will study the history of the reverent artform. Salma will then create her own expressive words and add a signature aesthetic touch by layering over them with colorful acrylic paints. Afterward, you will try your hand at the artform by etching the Arabic words for "peace," "happiness," and "love," embellishing your writing with layers of paint.

  • Study the Artform
    Explore the cultural heritage and artistic techniques behind Arabic calligraphy from a celebrated visual artist

  • Craft Your Own Arabic Calligraphy
    In the fluid, lyrical calligraphic style, write the words "peace," "happiness," and "love"

  • Learn the Technique of Layer Painting
    Salma teaches you her unique process of fluidly layering over the words with colorful acrylic paints

Each event is capped at 10 participants; each event requires a minimum of 7 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Salma Arastu Salma Arastu
Visual Artist

When forming the geometric patterns and lyrical lines of her calligraphy, Salma Arastu listens to her "inner rhythm." As an artist, this innate force has rarely led her astray, as evidenced in a body of paintings, sculptures, and digital art that has garnered awards and recognition across the globe. Her work has been displayed at the Triton Museum of Art, The Art Gallery at Cleveland University, and Stanford Art Spaces at Stanford University.


Where You'll Meet

The event will be held at Salma's private studio in West Berkeley. The exact address will be shared after purchase.


When You'll Meet

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays:

  • March 1
  • March 15
  • March 29
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event


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    West Berkeley

    8th St.

    Berkeley, CA 94710

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