Classes & Workshops

Persian Calligraphy with Alibaba Awrang

Classes held  10/21, 11/18 & 12/16
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT
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Typically, Persian painting has focused on the depiction of patterns combined with Arabic calligraphy, an artistic practice of handwriting, using layers of ink and watercolor with both brush and pens.

Alibaba will structure the classes for the absolute beginner, however all levels are welcome. Students will learn to use the pens, inks and watercolors in the manner and style of the Turquoise Mountain Association in Afghanistan where Ali Baba taught for over 20 years.

The first workshop will be an Introduction to calligraphy. Students will learn about calligraphy tools, they will be shown examples of calligraphy, witness a demonstration and experience the practice of writing a poem using traditional materials.

This series of workshops will be building the foundational skills in Persian Calligraphy. Students will learn how to select a subject for their composition, choose paper, colors and other working materials, and practice and prepare for the final design.

Each scheduled class students will leave with skills to practice for the next class.

At the end of each class there will be shared discussion
****Classes held  10/21, 11/18 & 12/16****

Alibaba Awrang was born in Aloudal Village, Gaghoory district (Hazarajat) from Ghazni, a province in Afghanistan. He and his family were forced to flee Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. Along with his family, he is now resettled in Connecticut where he continues his journey as an artist. Ali Baba graduated with a Master’s Degree in Calligraphy from the Iranian Calligraphic Association and is known around the world as one of the most esteemed Islamic Calligraphers alive today. His name is synonymous with quality, craftsmanship and authenticity. He has participated in exhibitions around the world and received acknowledgements at the highest levels. He is passionate about his work and teaching others to find that passion.

Intro to Illumination

Taught by Debby Reelitz
6 Mondays, Oct 30; Nov 6, 13, 20; Dec 4, 11; 2023
7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST
Live online instruction via Zoom. Classes will be recorded.

This is a nuts-and-bolts class on illumination. If you’ve always admired illuminated pages and never thought you could create one, this class is for you.

We will focus on the tools of the trade, building understanding and proficiency, moving through a series of exercises gaining in complexity over the six classes. Students are taught the ‘how’ so they can apply these skills to whatever style of illumination they want to create.

Intro to Broad Edge Calligraphy

taught by Debby Reelitz
6 evenings: Wednesdays
Oct 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29; 2023
7:00 to 9:00 pm EST
Live online course via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and made available to students

This course will introduce the fundamentals of writing with a broad edge calligraphy pen. Uncial calligraphy is from Ireland and found in many historical manuscripts, including the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels. This beautiful, circular lettering is an excellent opportunity to develop basic lettering skills and gain control over the broad edge pen. We will progress through three pen sizes. Students will write with a metal nib, ink and gouache, create a finished calligraphy piece and a book that highlights the techniques learned in class.  This is an excellent class for adults and youth who wish to learn calligraphy. Details

Additional Resources

Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy

Teacher: Lorelei Chang, Manchester CT

contact: email Lorelei

Private On-line Lessons

Debby Reelitz is offering on-line private lessons. Many possible subjects. $35/hour 860-550-3002
email Debby