Count Art: Early Intervention with Art

With calligraphy and marbling we aim to attract young people in Tower Hamlets to motivate them to achieve goals in their lives and to be more engaged within the community.

Count Art: Early Intervention with Art

In a nutshell

Our project involves inspiring and motivating young girls who are at risk of being drawn to violent and disruptive behaviour as well as countering any encouragements filtrated by negative thoughts, by setting up workshops, to allow young people to get engaged with arts. We aim to do this through a form of art therapy, marbling and calligraphy in particular and are in contact with renowned artists in these fields

Count Art aims to reach out to young people who are studying GCSE’s and A Level’s in East London that need an outlet from their busy and stressed filled lives and come together in after school workshops to let go a little, have fun and also learn a new skill in the process. These workshops will offer a generation of girls who are taught to keep to themselves, to be more engaging with their community through expressing themselves and their cognitive thinking processes through Islamic art. We believe that access to arts can have a lasting and transformational effect on communities and many aspects of people’s lives. With Marbling and Calligraphy we aim to attract young people with an interest in art to help them gain a new insight into Islamic art and culture and be surrounded by a community of enthusiastic young volunteers and expert artists.

Philosophy of the project


Count Art aims to reach out to young people who are studying GCSE’s and A Level’s in East London that need an outlet from their busy and stressed filled lives and come together in after school workshops to let go a little, have fun and also learn a new skill in the process. These workshops will offer a generation of girls who are taught to keep to themselves, to be more engaging with their community through expressing themselves and their cognitive thinking processes through Islamic art. We believe that access to arts can have a lasting and transformational effect on communities and many aspects of people’s lives. With Marbling and Calligraphy we aim to attract young people with an interest in art to help them gain a new insight into Islamic art and culture and be surrounded by a community of enthusiastic young volunteers and expert artists.

Contact


Project Coordinator

Seher Tekdal

t.seher@socialstudies.org.uk

Volunteer with us


During this process we will be recruiting 10 dedicated volunteers as mentors to help establish a relationship between all parties and ultimately assist the young people to imagine and work towards creating art, and utilizing the time they have.

If you are a student with an interest to develop an understanding of the therapeutic attributes of art, with a can-do attitude and would like to get involved please email a one page summarised CV and a short paragraph on how you meet the criteria on questions 1-5 to t.seher@socialstudies.org.uk

Questions:

1. Are you passionate about giving back to the local community?

2. Do you have an interest in aiding researchers, artists and psychologists to help young women work towards becoming the best version of themselves?

3. Would you like to help inspire, through mentoring, young people vulnerable to extremist thoughts?

4. Are you able to commit to us  5 hours a week?

5. Do you have some experience of working with young people or are equally  enthusiastic at the prospect of working with young people?

*Reimbursement for travel and food, and training will be provided for all volunteers.

Project Activities


The immersive 2×5 week project will run throughout two summer semesters running weekly workshops in the first semester (Tuesday 18th April- Friday 26th May) and biweekly workshops during the second semester (Monday 5th June- Friday 21st July). The programme will comprise of two types of Islamic art forms, namely Calligraphy and Marbling.

What is Marbling?

Marbling (Ebru) is a traditional Turkish art which produces patterns similar to smooth marble and other kinds of stone on to paper by spreading paints that do not dissolve in water with specific brushes on dense water that is thickened by a type of gum called tragacanth.

It isn’t known exactly when or where the art of marbling started but the early examples are from the 16th century in the Ottoman-Turkish era and spread from the East to the West. Like all the classical Ottoman arts, the art of marbling was one which was not taught by writing or explanation, but rather was a branch of art in which students were trained by means of the “master/apprentice” system.

The basic technique which, throughout all its historical variations, has never changed. The process is always the same: paints are made to float on the surface of water where they are manipulated into designs and then transferred to a sheet of paper. In order to make this happen, the artist must learn to control the behaviour of the paint.

What is Calligraphy? 

Calligraphy is more than ‘beautiful handwriting’ or ‘ornate lettering techniques.’

Calligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand and arranging them well. It’s a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, some sort of ancestry, rhythm and creative fire.

In the Middle East and East Asia, calligraphy by long and exacting tradition is considered a major art, equal to sculpture or painting. Calligraphy is a visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, among other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as, “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner”.