Islamic Manuscript Illumination: The Padshahnama

Subject: Painting, Gilding
Dates: 19 February 2018 - 23 February 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: Prime Studios, 1 – 6 Ward Royal Parade, Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HR
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

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 by Mughal illuminators.

You will recreate a section of the original illuminated painting and build up your own small portfolio of painting and drawing studies to take home.

The course fee includes a visit to Windsor Castle to see the original page of manuscript.

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?

Monday - Friday

Where will the course take place?

19 Feb -  Windsor Castle; Meet your tutor at 10:30 AM, and view pages from the Padshanama in person. Tickets to enter the castle are included in the price of the course. Please read the visitor information for Windsor Castle carefully, and expect airport style security at the entrance.

20 - 23 Feb - Prime Studios in Windsor

• This course will take place at the artist's studio in Windsor. Click here for a map.

• To gain access to the studio, please ring the blue doorbell on the left.

• There are no parking bays on site, but there are several car parks within a 5-minute walk - Alma Road car park, Alexandra Gardens / The Arches car park, and King Edward Court are all very close.

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

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.