Online Illumination Course

Nagihan Seymour


Date:  Sundays, 16 August – 6 September 2020
Time: 1-3 pm (BST)
Duration: 4 weeks
Fee: £150 (excludes materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.10 Students
Instructor: Nagihan Seymour
Deadline for Application: Friday, 14 August 2020

This ONLINE 4-week course will cover Ottoman tradition ‘Tezhip’ patterns by artist Nagihan Seymour. This course starts with an overview of the history and origins of the art. Students will learn traditional floral patterns as well as how to decorate the border of Islamic manuscripts and they will be able to create their own ‘Shamsa’ composition and finish it using traditional painting and illumination techniques.

Required Equipment & Materials

  • Watercolour Paper (300gsm)
  • A4 Paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Eraser
  • A compass (optional)
  • Palette
  • Gouache Paint (White, Black, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Gold)
  • Acrylic Paint (One of the following: Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Dark Red, Dark Green)
  • 3-0, 2-0 Paint Brush

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.
Laptops: Visit (No download required)
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2. You will receive a personalised link. The link will take you directly to your virtual classroom.

This course requires a minimum number of enrollments to run. If you have any questions or queries, please direct them to us on

Course Features

  • Max Students10
  • Duration4 week
  • Skill levelbeginner
  • LanguageEnglish
  • 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. Different painting techniques of Islamic Illumination 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.

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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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