Islamic Manuscript Illumination Course
Course Dates: Wednesday 29th January – 18th March
Times: 6 pm – 9 pm
The 8-week course introduces you to ‘Tezhip’ according to the Ottoman tradition on Wednesdays between 6 pm and 9 pm. You will learn geometric and floral patterns from Ottoman tradition as well as how to decorate border of Islamic manuscripts. Students will be able to create their own composition and finish it using traditional painting and illumination techniques.
- Max Students15
- Duration8 week
- Skill levelall
Illumination Course Curriculum
This 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. Different painting techniques of Islamic Illumination such as “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.