The Mohebat Qalam Festival for Arabic Calligraphy and Arts concluded its two-week activities at the Arab Cultural Center in Abu Rummaneh with an exhibition that included the products of workshops held under the supervision of specialized professors for a group of young people studying Arabic calligraphy.
The exhibition included 30 works completed by 20 male and female students in Naskh, Thuluth, Nastaliq, and ornamentation scripts, to culminate the festival held by the House of Arabic Calligraphy and Arts Association in cooperation with the Directorate of Culture of Damascus.
Plastic artist Reem Kabtan, chairman of the association’s board of directors, who supervised the decoration workshop, said in a statement to SANA: “We held these workshops within the two weeks of the festival with the aim of creating new designs and calligraphic compositions by students under the supervision of specialized professors and to introduce students to new methods of papermaking, inks and various techniques to achieve benefit to students.
The calligrapher Muhammad Qassem, who supervised the Naskh script workshop, explained that the workshop included important information for the students about the steps to complete the calligraphy and the types of paper and inks in a way that introduces the students to the method of working with the Naskh script so that they can continue on the path of learning and development.
Participant Nour Najeba in the decoration workshop explained that through the workshop she got acquainted with the art of Islamic decoration of all kinds and structures, and was able to present a work of plant decoration.
Both participants in the art of decoration, Nabough Al-Ghafari and Alia Qabbani, considered that such workshops are important for all students of calligraphy and decoration to refine their knowledge and experiences and acquire new skills that enable them to continue on the path of development and advancement in the world of Arabic calligraphy arts.
Participant Zaid Mohsen, who participated in three paintings in Naskh script, indicated that this festival provided an opportunity for participants and lovers of Arabic calligraphy to learn about important experiences from the various arts of Arabic calligraphy while acquiring multiple skills and techniques.
In turn, Tariq Al-Attar, who participated in the Naskh calligraphy workshop, pointed out that the workshop included information about the structure of letters or their connection to the word, which provided an image of the rich side of the multiplicity of writing forms in the Naskh script, while the participant Issam Al-Nabhan saw that the festival constituted an encouraging case for students to increase their enthusiasm for further learning. Acquisition of various skills and techniques in calligraphy, and knowledge of the works of great Syrian calligraphers.
Mohamed Samir Tahan