New Online Courses in Islamic Manuscript Illumination

I am launching my own online classes in Islamic Manuscript Illumination from this autumn!

These new courses will go into much greater depth than any of my previous teaching. From preparing and staining paper, to creating your own unique illumination designs, to gilding and rendering using jewel-like colours, and learning painting techniques from the Islamic world, these comprehensive courses will enrich the practice of all artists, whatever level you’re at.

For an overview of my three new courses, starting from September 2021, please read below. For full course info and booking details please click here.

'Birds of Paradise' online Islamic manuscript course. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Birds of Paradise

Dates and times: 5 Monday afternoons, 2 – 6pm, from the 6th Sept – 4th Oct 2021

Venue: Online over Zoom

Join us on a journey exploring birds and flowers of Paradise! This brand, new course will cover all practical aspects in designing and painting your own unique illuminated composition inspired by the fantastical borders of Islamic manuscripts. We will begin by looking at the historical and stylistic context of these works of art, tracing motifs though the Silk Road to their arrival in the Islamic lands. Students will have the opportunity to learn about traditional methods of staining and preparing paper using natural materials. In guiding the class though practical drawing and painting exercises, this comprehensive course will show students step-by-step, how to design and gild their illuminated painting. The course will be supported by illustrated talks, group and one-to-one feedback, and newly created teaching resources developed over 15 years of experience with the craft.

For full course info and booking details please click here.

'Gilded Garden' online manuscript illumination course. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gilded Garden

Dates and times: 5 Tuesday evenings, 4pm – 8pm, from the 7th Sept – 5th Oct 2021

Venue: Online over Zoom

Create your own, unique beautifully gilded garden! This course will explore the use of semi-stylised flowers in Islamic manuscripts. From the Ottomans, to the Persians and Mughals, these elegant and joyful motifs have long adorned illuminated manuscripts of the Islamic world. Starting with an introduction to the history and artistic context, this comprehensive course will cover all aspects of creating an exquisitely gilded floral border. Students will learn how to stain and prepare their papers for painting. They will also have the opportunity to make and use their own shell gold paint, applying traditional methods from Islamic art. This course will guide students though the process of designing and creating their own unique compositions. Classes will be supported by illustrated talks, group, and one to one feedback, as well as newly designed teaching resources developed over 15 years of experience with the craft.

For full course info and booking details please click here.

'Illuminated Manuscripts: Classic' online Islamic manuscript illumination course. Image (c) Ayesha Gamiet 2021

Illuminated Manuscripts: Classic

Dates and times: 5 Saturdays, 10am – 2pm, from 9th Sept – 11th Oct 2021

Venue: Online over Zoom

*LAST FEW SPACES REMAINING*

This exciting new course will explore all practical aspects of classical manuscript illumination. From preparing natural paper stains and sizes, to making shell gold, gilding, and learning traditional painting techniques, we will cover all aspects of creating an exquisitely illuminated painting. This course will focus on the “classical” style of illumination. The tutor will guide students through the process of creating their own unique compositions. Using ancient techniques, students will learn how to draw and paint the delicate and brightly coloured flowers associated with this style. The practical element will be supported by illustrated talks, group and one-to-one feedback, and newly created teaching resources developed over 15 years of experience with the craft. Taught over five, four-hour sessions, this course will give students the opportunity to learn how to design and paint their own unique illuminated patterns. By the end of the course each student will have created their own beautifully unique artwork.

For full course info and booking details please click here.

Tutor Bio:

Ayesha Gamiet studied under Master Illuminator, Ayten Tiryaki in Istanbul over a period of 12 years, and gained her icaza (traditional apprenticeship) in 2018. An experienced teacher, Ayesha holds a PGCE and MEd in Art Education from the University of Cambridge, where she has helped to train new art teachers. She was commissioned by the Royal Library to illuminate manuscript pages gifted to HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles. Ayesha’s artwork is in the Royal Collection. She teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally.

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2 Responses to New Online Courses in Islamic Manuscript Illumination

  1. Dear Ayesha,
    I have already registered for the course gilded garden. I would lilke to find out if the Illuminated Manuscripts: Classic, is more or less the same as the gilded garden, or if it covers different techniques.
    Thank you and best wishes,
    Amelie

    • Ayesha says:

      Hello Amelie,

      Gilded Garden and Classical Illumination are two very different courses covering two entirely separate styles and techniques. Gilded Garden looks at semi-stylised floral illumination distinctive to Mughal India and Ottoman Turkey. The flowers are larger, painting and rendering techniques are different , even the composition process, and way we use the paper is different. Classical Illumination uses smaller, completely stylised and fantastical flowers. This technique is found throughout the Islamic world, hence the term “classic”, or “klasik” in Turkish. You would creative learning very different styles and techniques in these two courses!

      Wishing you all the best,

      Ayesha

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