Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Tehzip

Subject: Manuscript Illumination, Painting
Dates: 8 April 2019 - 12 April 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ayten Tiryaki
Full price
£ 385

On this course, students will learn the art of tehzip, the art of ornamentation with gold, in the Ottoman tradition.

In tehzip, gold, pigment, and stylised motifs are used to decorate manuscripts. By the end of this course, students will be able to draw their own design and decorate it using paint and gold.

On the course students will:

  • learn about common motifs such as rumi (clouds) and flowers
  • learn how to draw these motifs, and the rules for drawing in a composition
  • practice working with a brush
  • draw their own composition
  • finish their designs using traditional painting and illumination techniques

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities are welcome.

What do I need to bring to class?

Students are asked to bring their own brushes. You will need:

  • 1 pointed round watercolour brush in size 00
  • 1 pointed round watercolour brush in size 0
  • It is helpful, but not required, to bring your own palette with wells so you can take home pigment and continue working on your piece as needed.

What days do I attend?

Monday - 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.

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This course is made possible with the generous support of Saudi Aramco.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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Tutor biography

Ayten Tiryaki

Ayten Tiryaki is a master illuminator and calligrapher, based in Istanbul, Turkey. Ayten studied calligraphy under master Hasan Çelebi. She continued her education in tehzip, the Ottoman illumination tradition, under Dr. Çiçek Derman and İnci Ayan Birol. In 1986, Ayten was awarded her tehzip certificate from Dr. Çiçek Derman.

Today, she spends time in her atelier, researching, painting, teaching and exhibiting in Turkey and abroad.