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Introduction to Naskh Script with Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

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10:30- 17:30


Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

Study Naskh script, a style of Arabic calligraphy with Master Calligrapher Kouichi Fuada Honda and Koichi Yamaoka. On this course, supported by the Bagri Foundation, you will learn to write in the Naskh script, a fine and delicate style most commonly used for printing in Arabic. As Omar Baba states, the ‘root of this nasakh-a means “to copy”. It either refers to the fact that it replaced its predecessor, Kufi script, or that this style allows faster copying of texts. It is written using a small, very fine pen known as a cava pen, which makes the script eminently suitable for use in book production’. For more information visit the Arabic Calligraphy website.

This course begins with understanding calligraphy tools, and proceeds to creating simple dots, lines and curves. Students will then practice writing Arabic numerals and letters in their unconnected and connected forms. Finally, students will progress on to writing some words, their names, and simple sentences. Each student will complete the course with a final artwork in Naskh script.

The daily schedule is as follows: Monday 10 October -10:30-17:30, Tuesday 11 October – 10:30-17:30 and Wednesday 12 October – 10:30-13:30.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which aims to expand Asian art at The School.

Both tutors will also teach Intermediate Arabic Calligraphy: Diwani Script from 12 – 14 October. 

Kouichi Honda and Koichi Yamaoka

Artist and calligrapher, Kouichi Honda was born Tokyo, Japan, 1946 and graduated from the Arabic department of Tokyo University for Foreign Studies, 1969. He travelled to Saudi Arabia in 1973 as an interpreter and was introduced to Arabic calligraphy. He studied with Ustadh Hasan Çelebi in Istanbul and received his diploma (ijaza) in 2000. As well as an instructor of Arabic calligraphy, he has participated in calligraphy festivals and competitions in the Middle East; has had numerous exhibitions in Japan, the Middle East and Europe; and is a key artist behind the growing popularity of Arabic calligraphy in Japan.


Koichi Yamaoka is the co-founder and Secretary general of the Japan Arabic Calligraphy Association. Yamaoka spent four years in Saudi Arabia in the early 1980’s. A decade later, he started learning Arabic calligraphy. He currently teaches calligraphy courses in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe.

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