Instructor: Maryam Khaleghi Yazdi
I have designed and operated two workshops for the graduate and undergraduate students in the school of Fine Arts + Design at Ohio University. In these workshops, I taught the students how to do calligraphy different Farsi letters and combine them into the form of Farsi words. Then, they did a large calligraphy piece by using those letters in their own free style. After that, they put a cardboard frame on their calligraphy piece to pick the best compositions made by letterforms. When they picked their favorite compositions, they cut them out from the main calligraphy piece and then rearranged them into the form of a coherent large composition. Through these workshops I followed two important objectives. The first objective was making the students think beyond the boundaries of Latin typography and get familiar with the typography of another language. e second objective was encouraging the students to broaden their attitudes toward other elements of design, which were not familiar to them. Actually, the challenge of working with some letters that were not familiar and readable for the students, led them to consider those letters as some graphical forms, rather than meaningful words.