Islamic Illumination Course
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.
- Max Students15
- Duration8 week
- Skill levelall
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