Art of Illumination (Tezhip) Course for Beginners

Nagihan Seymour
Islamic Illumination


Date:  Wednesdays, 19 May – 9 June 2021
Time: 6-8 pm (GMT)
Duration: 4 weeks
Fee:  £150 (excludes materials)
Class Size: Min. 4 – Max.10 Students
Instructor: Nagihan Seymour

This ONLINE 4-week course will cover Ottoman tradition ‘Tezhip’ patterns by artist Nagihan Seymour. The course will be given in small groups (max. 10 students) to preserve the classroom atmosphere whilst online. This interactive course will start with an overview of the history and origins of the art. Students will receive hand-outs, weekly homework, live and emailed corrections throughout the duration of the course to track improvement.

Traditional floral motifs (hatai, gonca, penç etc) will be taught, and students will create their own ‘Shamsa’ composition by tracing and painting according to traditional techniques and with the guidance of the instructor. Students will finish their work using traditional painting, outlining and illumination brush techniques.

A digital certificate of attendance or completion certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Required Equipment & Materials

  • Watercolour Paper (300gsm)
  • A4 Paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • A ruler
  • Eraser
  • 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 one day before the course starts. 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
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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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