Islamic Manuscript Illumination: The Padshahnama

Subject: Painting
Dates: 18 September 2018 - 22 September 2018
Time: 9:30 – 17:00
Location: The Queen's Gallery
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 350

This course focuses on the shamsa, or sunburst motif, found in The Padshahnama, a manuscript depicting part of the reign of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan.

Learn about the underlying geometric and Islimi (floral/foliate) structures that form the basis of the Padshahnama shamsa.

Gain fundamental knowledge of the painting, gilding, and brushwork techniques used in Islamic manuscript illumination.

As well as recreating a section of the illuminated painting, each student will have a small portfolio of painting and drawing studies to take home.

What should I bring?

Students are asked to bring their own brushes:

Two round watercolour sable brushes, size 000

One round watercolour brush, size 0

You may also want to bring your own palette with wells, as you can take home any paint you mix to continue working on your piece.

All other materials will be provided.

Meals are not provided as a part of the course. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome

What days do I attend?

Tuesday - Saturday. Please see the course schedule below:

Date Time Where What
Tues 18 Sept 8:30-9:30 Splendours of the Subcontinent Exhibition, The Queen's Gallery Guided visit for students
Tues 18 Sept 9:30-17:00 Redgrave Room, The Queen's Gallery Workshop
 Wed 19 Sept 9:30-17:00 Redgrave Room, The Queen's Gallery Workshop
Thur 20 Sept 9:30-17:00 Redgrave Room, The Queen's Gallery Workshop
 Fri 21 Sept 9:30-17:00 Redgrave Room, The Queen's Gallery Workshop
 Sat 22 Sept 9:30-17:00  Redgrave Room, The Queen's Gallery Workshop

Where will the course take place?

This course will take place in the Redgrave Room at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

In partnership with Royal Collection Trust.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full time students and OAPs. The reduced fee is £280.

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

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. She has spent the past eight years travelling to Istanbul where she is completing a traditional apprenticeship (ijaza) in this beautiful craft.

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. Her teaching, travels and experiences in the rich world of Islamic art continue to inspire and inform her work.