Today, the workshop of the’ Art of Arabic Calligraphy’ came to an end. For this workshop, guest of honour in the Fine Art Society in Salalah–Dhofar was Arabic calligrapher ‘Ali Abdul Rahman Al-Baddah’ from Kuwait. Although six women who attended the workshop were not calligraphers, they learned how to make a modern art work by using calligraphy. To reach this goal five days long new techniques in painting and writing were taught.
In a relaxed atmosphere calligraphy and modern art techniques were brought together. “Mostly when people see calligraphy they try to read the proverbs, the words, the quotes. In the meanwhile they don’t see the beauty of the letters, their forms, their shapes… During this workshop I wanted the participants to look at the beauty of the letters, even when the words are meaningless. ” That’s why a lot of questions were asked, answers were given. Trial and error was allowed, as one can only learn by doing, was the credo of Ali Al-Baddah. “And sometimes so- called mistakes brings new ideas, new perceptions.” The interaction between art painting techniques and calligraphy lead to freewheeling and to wonderful results. The written words in Diwani and Jely Diwani style became a pictorial element and part of a work of modern art.