Mughal Miniature Painting

Subject: Painting
Dates: 12 August 2019 - 16 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ajay Sharma, Vinita Sharma
Full price
£ 385

Please note: Due to high demand for this course, students may only book one week - either this session or the previous week but not both.

This course will give students a thorough understanding of the materials, procedures and skills required to make a traditional Indian Mughal miniature painting.

Students will follow a process that has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years since the time of Akbar and the Mughal ateliers of northern India.

Students will be taken step by step through the various stages: preparing handmade paper; grinding and mixing paint; tracing subject matter using pigment paper; colour filling; burnishing with agate stone; learning how to use a squirrel hair brush for fine detailing; applying liquid gold; further fine shading (perdacht), and how to apply a decorated border.

Finally, students will burnish one last time to create a finished painting ready for display.

Who is this course for?

All levels of ability and experience welcome.

What should I bring to class? 

All materials will be provided. Students are welcome to bring their own miniature painting brushes if they have them.

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 dust 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

  • 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.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

You can view our policy here.

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Tutor biography

Ajay Sharma

Ajay Sharma is a traditional miniature painter from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Having been an apprentice to the master miniaturist Mehendra Sharma, he follows a rigorous traditional working practice and has been painting almost every day for 34 years. Ajay has an extensive knowledge of all the aspects of Indian painting, from the beginning stages of catching the squirrels needed to make brushes (no squirrels are killed) to the final stages of adding exquisite details and decoration. Ajay has taught around the world and every year teaches Fulbright scholars from his home studio in Rajasthan.

Upcoming Courses with Ajay Sharma

Tutor biography

Vinita Sharma

Vinita is a talented miniature artist, and we are fortunate to have her assisting Ajay Sharma on his upcoming courses. Her miniature paintings depict architectural forms and intimate domestic scenes.

Upcoming Courses with Vinita Sharma