Stylized Flowers in Turkish Decorative Arts

Nagihan Seymour

Stylized Flowers in Turkish Decorative Arts

Date:  Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Time: 6-9 pm (BST)
Duration: 3 hours
Fee: £20 (excludes materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.14 participants
Instructor: Nagihan Seymour

Required Equipment & Materials: Watercolour Paper (300gsm), A4 Paper, Tracing paper, Pencil, A ruler, Eraser, Palette, Gouache Paint (White, Black, Gold and one of the followings: Red, Green, Blue), 3-0 and 0 Paint Brush

Tezhip is the art of illumination and means ornamenting with gold. It is a traditional Turkish art form originally used for decorating precious books and manuscripts. 

In this decorative art there are many different types of motifs. One of the most important and prolific of them is stylized flowers.

This ONLINE  workshop will include an overview of the history and origins of this ancient art form with artist Nagihan Seymour. 

Attendees will learn to draw two type of traditional stylized floral motifs in a composition, trace, and experience traditional classical Tezhip style painting including its shading and outlining techniques.


Classes will take place through ZOOM, an online platform. 
ZOOM in 2 Easy Steps:
1. You will need an internet enabled device with a microphone and camera such as a laptop, phone or tablet.
Phones and tablets: Download zoom app.
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2. You will receive a personalised link. The link will take you directly to your virtual classroom.

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Course Features

  • Max Students14
  • Duration3 hour
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
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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.
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