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.
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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