Münhani Style in Turkish Art of Illumination

Nagihan Seymour

Münhani Style in Turkish Illumination

Date:  Tuesday, 6 October 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

This ONLINE course will cover münhani style by artist Nagihan Seymour. Münhani is one of the Art of Illumination (Tezhip) style. Its literal meaning is “curves” or “curvy lines”. The various components of münhani motifs follow each in a layered approach such as bird feathers or fish scales. This motif is also called “Seljuk Münhanîsi” as it was widely used in manuscripts and in the Qur’an in Seljuks period between 11th -15th centuries.

During this workshop, attendees will learn main key elements and rules to design a münhani pattern. They also will construct a pattern with the instructor step by step and see the painting technique of a münhani motif.


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 www.zoom.us/join
For further technical support visit support.zoom.us
2. You will receive a personalised link. The link will take you directly to your virtual classroom.

If you have any questions or queries, please direct them to us on londra@yee.org.tr

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.
Please see the instructor’s website: https://www.nagihanseymour.com

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