This short course is a practical introduction to art materials and the basics of geometry. Students with no artistic background will get grounding in basic tools and accessible materials. This will be done in the framework of learning Geometry, which is relevant both to Kufi calligraphy and as an art form in its own right. The aim is not to go in-depth with the materials but to provide a starting base that is enough for students to work with, and to identify their preferred medium.
Sessions are entirely hands-on. In each session, students will begin with geometry, learning to construct up to 12-sided figures using a ruler and compass. They will then learn about materials by working with them directly on what they have just drawn. They will start with modern materials, which are widely available and easy to use, and end by sampling traditional materials such as paper staining, gold leaf, and egg tempera.
Introduction to Materials is designed to complement the Creative Calligraphy course, but is separate and optional. It is useful to take it first, but can equally be taken on its own if you have previously attended a course with Joumana. No previous art skills are required.
Paper and certain specialized materials will be provided in the course. For the rest, a list of what is needed (and recommended shops) will be provided upon signing up, so students can choose their own brands and colours.
Joumana was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. A graphic designer by training, she learned the essence of Kufi script, the oldest form of Arabic, from master calligrapher Samir Sayegh, through years of close collaboration. She learned to breathe new life into a traditional art, not merely copying or reviving its old forms but finding a contemporary language for it. She is especially interested in the unique relationship between Kufi and geometry, both sacred arts. She now lives in London where her study of these fields is ongoing.