Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Halkâr

Subject: Painting
Dates: 27 August 2018 - 31 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Gülnihal Küpeli
Full price
£ 385

Halkâr is a form of ornamentation used in Islamic manuscript illumination, featuring  floral motifs painted in washes of dissolved gold.

The course will begin with a visual introductory lecture on the different styles of halkâr . The tutor will then give practical demonstrations of the tarama or sweep style.

Then with the tutor's guidance students will:

  • Practice drawing patterns on a background
  • Practice painting in the tarama style, with the tutor's direct guidance
  • Paint a piece using the practised techniques
  • Create ruled lines and burnish the work before completion

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What should I bring to class?

Students need to bring their own brush. The tutor recommends the Winsor Newton 7 Series in sizes 00 or 000. Click here to see an example.

A palette with wells will also be useful.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £310.

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

This course is made possible with the generous support of the Bagri Foundation.

Tutor biography

Dr Gülnihal Küpeli

Gülnihal is currently an assistant professor at Marmara University - Fine Arts Faculty. She holds an MA and PhD from Marmara University in the traditional arts, and her research focused on Ottoman illumination, including folios of muraqqa and illumination in the Bayezid II period.

She teaches practical courses at Istanbul Classical Turkish Arts Foundation, exhibits internationally, and continues her own practice from her studio in Istanbul.