Age 8-10: Cultural Contributions - the Arts

Unit 3: Calligraphy

Activity: Write a Calligraphy Poem
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Write a Calligraphy Poem

Here is a poem written by Nizar Kabbani in English.

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I hate to love like everyone else,
I hate to write like everyone else,
I wish my mouth were a church.
I wish my letters were bells.

Arabic Script Poem
Here is the same poem written in Arabic.



Try and write the poem in Arabic following the script. Remember to start on the right hand side of the page.

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Activity: Decorate Pottery
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Decorate Pottery

In the same way that Islamic pottery is decorated using Arabic script, try and decorate this jug using English script.

Decorate the Jug
Arabic Script PoemFor Muslims, writing is one of the most important skills. Calligraphy is a form of beautiful writing. Arabic script is used for all Islamic calligraphy, and is written from right to left. People who write in calligraphy are called calligraphers.

akez/Shutterstock Images LLCCalligraphers also design pictures using Arabic script.