Islamic Illumination Course

Nagihan Seymour
Art
£280.00
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Course Dates: Wednesday 17th April – 12th June*

*Please note that on 8th of May there will be no class due to London Craft Week.

The 8-week course introduces you to ‘Tezhip’ according to the Ottoman tradition on Wednesdays between 6 pm and 9 pm.

Illumination (tezhip) is derived from Arabic zeheb (gold) and its literal translation is “ornamenting with gold”. The art of illumination is traditionally used for the decoration of calligraphy, although it is also used as a standalone art form.

Course Features

  • Max Students15
  • Duration8 week
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Illumination Course Curriculum

    This introductory course starts with an overview of the history and origins of the art and its roots in traditional Islamic manuscript illumination. Students will have the opportunity to learn traditional methods of preparing “murakka” (paper) and gold from gold leaf they will use in their works. 2 different painting techniques of Islamic Illumination “tezhip” and “halkar” will be shown and they will analyse how to design and paint an illuminated shamsa composition, meaning “sun burst” which is a classic Islamic manuscript illumination style incorporating floral design. At the end of the course, students will have two finished projects both in halkar and classical tezhip styles. *Please note

Instructor

Nagihan Seymour
Nagihan Seymour

Nagihan Seymour is a UK based Turkish artist. Although she is a materials engineer, she has been interested in art since her university years. She started to study traditional arts privately in 2008 in Istanbul, Turkey, learning the tradition and techniques involved in the discipline from Hanifi Dursun. Manuscript illumination was the major part of her studies, and as her style has developed she started to combine sacred geometry with classic illumination, putting a modern twist on an ancient art form. She had her first solo exhibition “Reflection and Illumination” in March 2017 at The Lightbox Gallery, Woking, which was one of the bestselling exhibitions of the gallery.
Please see the instructor’s website: https://www.nagihanseymour.com

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