The Fujairah Academy of Fine Arts organized a training program for its members in Cairo, with the aim of introducing them to the most prominent schools of Arabic calligraphy and its trends in Egypt.
Ali Obaid Al Hefaiti, Director General of the Academy, said: “The Academy provides continuous support to its affiliates and allows them to external participation to develop their technical skills, in implementation of the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, and His Highness’s constant keenness on the need to represent the Academy of the UAE in the fields of arts in various Arab and international forums.
He added, “The importance of the Academy’s students’ participation in the training program in sisterly Egypt is highlighted by providing them with the opportunity to benefit from the experiences of the most prominent creative calligraphers in the Arab region, developing their artistic sense of the importance of the Arabic language and its global standing, and encouraging them to pay attention to the aesthetics of Arabic calligraphy, decorations and designs.”
The Academy’s delegation, consisting of administrative staff and the participation of 10 students under the supervision of Arabic calligraphy professors Muhammad Abu Al-Majd and Ahmed Adel, began its activities by visiting Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, the Egyptian Museum, Baron Palace, the Museum of Islamic Art and a number of archaeological and heritage sites that contain paintings of various calligraphies of the Egyptian school and the Arab and Islamic schools.
The delegation held workshops to exchange experiences between students of the Academy and technical institutions concerned with Arabic calligraphy, one of which was in the Saidia School, which was carried out by calligrapher Ahmed Al-Shafei, and a workshop entitled “Creative Industries Associated with Islamic Art” at the Qalam Foundation supervised by Muhammad Wahdan, in addition to a workshop “Framing and Directing the Artistic Painting” at Dar Al-Madad School Under the supervision of the artists Ahmed Fahd and Muhammad Hassan, and the “Art of Disciplined and Improvisational Letters” workshop at Al Qalam School under the supervision of the calligrapher Ismail Abdo.
The training program was concluded with a workshop with the calligrapher Massad Khudair Al-Borsaidi, entitled “Moulds of calligraphic paintings, and the method of framing and outputting the painting by pasting Ebru paper.”