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Workshop AC1: Collaborative Painting: Lyrical Line
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop AC1: Collaborative Painting: Lyrical Line
Workshop Code: AC1
Workshop Title: Collaborative Painting: Lyrical Line

You will be painting collaboratively with artist Salma Arastu and other participants to create four paintings with Qur'anic verses related to unity, peace, freedom, or love using painted Arabic calligraphy she calls "Lyrical Line".  You will contribute to the creation of the artwork by writing or painting your own expressions in Arabic or your own language and style.  No previous painting experience required.

Instructor:  Salma Arastu
Ticket Price:  $  30 online / $35 at the door
Date:  Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:  10:30 AM  12:30 PM (2 hours)
Materials provided by Zawaya:  Canvases, acrylic paint, and paintbrushes
Materials you need to bring:  none

About the Instructor:  Salma Arastu has been painting for thirty-seven years since graduating with a master's degree in fine arts from MS University in Baroda, India in 1975.  Born into the Hindu tradition in her native India, she later embraced Islam through her marriage.  As a woman, a Hindu, a Muslim, and a multi-cultural artist, she sees a unique opportunity to create harmony and world transformation through the expression of The Universal in her art.  Please visit www.salmaarastu.com for more information.

This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops
Other > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 17
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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