Today the University welcomed internationally renowned graffiti artist eL Seed to join students in the Art & Design Department in an intensive 3-hour graffiti workshop. el Seed worked with students to instill feelings of artistic agency and pride in creating a large-scale artwork in a group environment. It was absolutely fantastic!

“eL Seed perceives Arabic Calligraphy as a tangible expression of his search for identity. Throughout his work, myriad paths intersect and mirror the multiple sources of inspiration which nourish his art. Emanating from this confusion is an amalgam of harmony and balance.”

The workshop took place in front of the Main Courtyard between 12 and 3 pm.

eL Seed began by demonstrating techniques for using the spray can as an artistic tool and described the process as “starting with a point” in the same way that traditional Arabic calligraphy begins.

The workshop continued with students grabbing the spray cans and beginning their own collaborative graffiti piece.

The students loved the workshop and even spray painted a portrait of eL Seed to thank him.

eL Seed is also participating in a group exhibition Hurouf AL Noor (Letters of Light) with four other artists originating from diverse cultures across the Arab world at Tashkeel (http://www.tashkeel.org) in Nad Al Sheba from September 27 to October 27th. I’ll be taking my Type 2 course to explore the exhibition and see eL Seed’s gorgeous work in person. I can’t wait!

If you’re interested in learning more about Arabic graffiti you can also buy the beautiful new book titled Arabic Graffiti.