ISLAMIC ILLUMINATION COURSE

The courses aim to not only make you familiar with the beauty of this art, but also teach you in an authentic way. These courses do not just focus on the techniques, they provide you with required knowledge and skill of drawing 

UPCOMING COURSE

ISLAMIC ILLUMINATION COURSE

(Safavid Shamsah)

 Zoom Online Course

Organised by Iranian Arts Society

SOAS

What this course teaches you: 

  • How to structure a Shamsah in general

  • Drawing individual motifs in this page including

            Khataei motifs (flowers and leaves)

             Islimi motifs (the motifs can be seen inside the small frames)

  • ​Where to add your own creative touches 

  • Preparing the paper; dying, sizing and burnishing procedures

  • How to make the shellgold

  • Tracing the patterns on our prepared papers

  •  Gilding, mixing colours and applying them

  • Delicate outlining, and Shading the Khataei motifs

  • How to elaborate the narrow braided borders, add the needle-like motifs and finish the work

Date:

19 Mar- 7 May

(Every Saturday)

Time:

4pm- 6pm

(BST)

Course Fee:

£210 for SOAS Students 

£250 for non-SOASians

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MORE ABOUT THE COURSE

While working on this piece, you will be familiar with the principals of compositions when you combine the two main motifs (Khataei and Islimi). The focus will be on a quarter of this composition, however, through completing 1/4 of this Shamsah students will acquire the skill and knowledge to complete and paint the entire page by themselves. The course will be running in 8 weeks, and each session will last 120 minutes. The classes will be held in a group format; however, Students are able to send their practices to our tutor and receive the instructions and corrections individually.

No background in arts is necessary; so beginners are welcome too. 

This practice‐based course focuses on this beautiful Shamsah (Sunburst), a folio from the 16th century Khamsah of Nizami. The course aims to instruct how you can simply analyse, draw and paint this shamsah in Safavid style. The participants will practice the various steps of making an illumination work; from drawing the design and preparing the paper towards a finished work. The course comprises a number of lessons that students will engage in at the same time.

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Islamic illumination course

Islimi Patterns 

Organised by Iranian Arts Society, SOAS

Learn to draw  various Islimi motifs (biomorphic motifs), use them in composition, paint, outline and shade them.

Islamic illumination course

Khataei Patterns

Organised by Iranian Arts Society, SOAS

Learn to draw  various Khataei motifs (floral and vegetal), use them in composition, paint, outline and shade them.

Islamic illumination course

a Safavid Border

Organised by Iranian Arts Society, SOAS

Learn to draw  various Khataei motifs (floral and vegetal), use them in composition, paint, outline and shade them.

Islamic Illumination practiced by my students!