Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Geometry in Gold

Subject: Painting, Geometry
Dates: 16 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 385

This course will explore illuminated geometry of the Islamic world. We will draw inspiration from the exquisite illuminated masterpieces of Mamluk Egypt, and Morocco, amongst others. 

Students will learn how to construct designs with a compass and ruler, then paint their work using traditional Islamic manuscript illumination techniques.

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities are welcome.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting slightly messy.

Avoid wearing: Baggy clothing (especially sleeves); Loose jewellery; Short sleeve t-shirts (when there is a chance of contact with hazardous materials); High heels or open-toed shoes.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • 2 x Round sable watercolour brush size 000
  • 1 x Round sable watercolour brush size 0
  • Paint palette with wells
  • 2 x Glass jar
  • Notebook and pen (optional)

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.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

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.

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

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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