Fantastic creatures & manuscript illumination

Subject: Manuscript illumination, Painting
Dates: 6 April 2020 - 9 April 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 350

In this course, students will learn how to paint the fantastical animals that adorn the borders of illuminated manuscripts.

We will use a traditional painting technique, known as halkar, to subtly shade the animals in their imaginary forests.

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities are welcome.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • Winsor and Newton Series 7 brushes or Cornelissen miniature painting brushes: 1 x Size 0 and 2 x size 000
  • Paint palette with wells
  • 2 x miniature glass jar or plastic shot glass
  • Rotring Graphic Waterproof pen size 0.3 and 0.5
  • Notebook and pen (optional)

What days do I attend?

Monday - Thursday (No class on Friday 10 April, Good Friday).

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

Health & Safety

When mixing pigments wear dust masks, gloves, and any other personal protective equipment as instructed by the tutor. Wash hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross-contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating. Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

Avoid wearing: Baggy clothing (especially sleeves); loose jewelry; short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials); high heels or open-toed shoes. Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the course. This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

Tutor biography

Ayesha Gamiet

Ayesha Gamiet is an artist, illustrator and art educator from the South East of England. Her work is inspired by traditional Islamic arts and the beauty of nature. Ayesha's interest in art and culture led her to pursue a BA in African and Asian Art History and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, and a Master's Degree in Traditional and Islamic Arts at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts. Ayesha specialised in islimi (biomorphic design) and Islamic manuscript illumination. In 2018 Ayesha received her ijaza (traditional apprenticeship) in this beautiful craft under the renowned Turkish Master Illuminator, Ayten Tiryaki. Ayesha also holds a Master's Degree in Education (with a focus on Art, Creativity and Culture in Education ) from the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified secondary school art teacher with experience of teaching art to adults and children, from primary to post-graduate level.

Ayesha teaches both within the UK and abroad, and works as an artist completing commissions and design work. She was recently commissioned by the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, to produce illuminated frontispieces for four volumes of poetry. One of these volumes was gifted to HRH Queen Elizabeth II, a second volume was gifted to HRH Prince Charles. Ayesha’s teaching experience includes delivering training to new art teachers at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; work at the Queen’s Gallery, London; and teaching on the PSTA open program in Cairo, Jeddah, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. She has exhibited within the UK and internationally. Her teaching, travels and experiences in the rich world of Islamic art continue to inspire and inform her work.

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