Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Shamsas

Subject: Painting, Manuscript Illumination
Dates: 17 June 2019 - 21 June 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 385

This course will introduce students to the beautiful shamsa, or sunburst patterns that are used as the opening and closing pages of Islamic manuscripts. We will learn how to draw and paint the rich variety of floral motifs that comprise the shamsa, and explore traditional painting and gilding techniques from Islamic art.

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities are welcome.

What do I need to bring to class?

Students will be asked to bring their own brushes. Sizes will be specified closer to the start of the course.

Palette with wells

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
  • Health & Safety

    When mixing pigments:

  • Wear the dusk mask provided by the tutor
  • These masks are disposable masks and are intended to be used for a day at most
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves should be worn
  • Tutors and students must wash their hands and forearms regularly to avoid cross contamination ie. after mixing pigments before eating, drinking, smoking, using the telephone or going to the toilet.
  • Food and drink must never be consumed in the basement workshop or studios.

    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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    What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

    You can view our policy here.

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

    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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