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.