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About Islamic Manuscript Illumination

An inspiring one-day course that will introduce you to the art of Islamic Manuscript Illumination from the Turkish tradition.

What will you learn on this course?

Spend a day learning how to compose and paint an illuminated pattern using traditional drawing and painting techniques. Drawing on inspiration from historic manuscripts, participants will be introduced to a range of floral motifs used in classical Islamic illumination.

You will learn from demonstrations from your artist tutor and handouts and have the opportunity to experiment and develop your work. Participants will focus on two main groups of semi-stylized flowers known in the Turkish painting tradition as ‘penc’ and ‘hatayi’ flowers. Various painting techniques including a shading technique known as ‘halkar’ will be taught. By the end of the day, you will have a completed a number of preparatory sketches and a small illuminated panel to take home.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. This course is recommended for beginners, but all levels are welcome– please note that this course introduces you to the subject.

The course may be accessible for people with disabilities who can participate in practical art and craft activities. Students can be accompanied by a Carer or Support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

All materials will be supplied. Wear old clothes and bring an apron or something similar.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Unaiza Karim

Dates and times

  • August