Arabesques of the Silk Road

Subject: Arabesque, Painting
Dates: 8 February 2018 - 29 March 2018
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Amber Khokhar
Full price
£ 350
Student concession
£ 280
OAP concession
£ 280

Explore a shared thread in the language of arabesque across different cultures and artistic expressions on the Silk Road. Learn about decorative design from mural paintings in Dunhuang to tile motifs in Samarkand/Uzbekistan, moving on to studying the curved designs of a Persian dome, culminating with an Ottoman textile pattern.

You will consider the stylistic connections between all pieces and gain an appreciation of the effect that material has on design. Over eight evenings, you will learn to construct and recreate these four designs on paper.

What should I bring?

Please bring your own brushes. You will need sable (or synthetic) watercolour brushes, sizes 000, 00, 0, 1, 3, 5. 

Brushes can be purchased at any good art supply shop. Click here to see an example.  

A palette with wells is also highly recommended, as you can take home some pigment to continue working after the course is complete.

All other materials will be provided.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

This course will take place over 8 consecutive Thursday evenings.

This new course is made possible by the generous support of the Bagri Foundation to expand our Asian arts offering.

Tutor biography

Amber Khokhar

Amber Khokhar has a wealth of teaching experience, including being a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck University. She has designed a carpet for the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace inspired by traditional floral motifs. Amber is currently designing a series of window panels for a 'Prayer Hall' and continues to paint highly collectable ceramics and paintings from her studio in Greenwich.