Ottoman Design and Illumination

Subject: Manuscript Illumination, Painting
Dates: 14 April 2020 - 17 April 2020
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Ayesha Gamiet
Full price
£ 350

In this course, students will explore the rich and beautiful tradition of Ottoman design. We will learn about the wide variety of floral motifs adorning the ceramics, textiles, manuscripts, and monuments of Ottoman Turkey. Students will be introduced to traditional painting techniques and design principles from Ottoman art, including: staining and burnishing their own paper, making paints from natural pigments, and learning how to make and use shell gold. By the end of the course, each student will have painted an Ottoman-inspired design.

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. The brushes should be watercolour brushes, either synthetic or natural sable. You will need:

1 x round sable watercolour brush (size 0)

1 x round sable watercolour brush (size 2) 

Old synthetic brushes for mixing paint (any size)

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Tuesday - Friday (No class on Easter Monday)

Health & Safety

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.

When mixing pigments: Wear the dust mask, disposable gloves and any other PPE as instructed by the tutor; Wash 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.

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?

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. 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. This course requires a minimum number of enrolments to run.

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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