Clouds Pattern in the Art of Illumination (Tezhip) Course | In Person | All level

Date: Tuesdays, 21 May*** – 16 July 2024*

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm (UK time)

Duration: 8 weeks+ British Museum visit

Fee: £245

Class Size: Min. 5 – Max.15 Students

Instructor: Nagihan Seymour

Location: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA (Nearest tube stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)

*There will be no class on the 14th of May due to London Craft Week and no class on 25th June.

***The course was originally scheduled to start on May 7. However, due to a strike on May 7, the start of the course will be delayed by one week. To make up for this, an additional week will be added to the end of the course.

Entry Requirements:

You must be 16+ to attend the course.

Whether you are an aspiring artist, a lover of traditional arts, or simply curious about Ottoman culture, this course is perfect for you. Join us and unlock your creativity as you immerse yourself in the captivating world of Tezhip.

Course Overview:

This FACE-FACE course will cover “Clouds Pattern in the Art of Illumination” by artist Nagihan Seymour.

Cloud motifs are historically coming from China but they started to be used in the 15th Century in Turkish Illumination. During this course, you will learn different types of cloud motifs such as free-moving clouds, separation clouds, their design principles, and how to use them with other biomorphic motifs like florals alongside their historical background. The painting techniques will be applied step by step on the pattern we will conduct together.

The design principles of clouds can be applied to different media from manuscripts to ceramics and textiles.

During this course, you will learn how to construct your own cloud pattern and you will be supported with regular homework assignments. At the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of several cloud patterns.

This course will include a visit to British Museum to see Islamic art collection in one of the Saturdays during the course.

Methods of Teaching:

The course will be taught according to the traditional training and the educational model used in Istanbul, which has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.

Assessment & Certification:

Students will receive hand-out at the beginning of the course about the terms used in this art and feedback throughout the duration of the course to track improvement.

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

Required Equipment & Materials:

Most of the materials will be provided by the Institute.

Students will need to bring their own painting palette, eraser, mechanical pencil 0.5, and pointed round sable brushes; sizes 0 and 000 (Recommended brushes Winsor & Newton 7 Series OR Cotman )

Disclaimer :

The course is taught in English, but some terminology used may be in Turkish.

In the event a lesson is cancelled, the lesson will be added at the end of the course. We advise students to keep two weeks free from the course end date.

We recommend you avoid wearing loose clothing, especially large cuffs and neckties.

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