Safavid Miniature Painting: Fire

Subject: Painting
Dates: 9 April 2018 - 11 June 2018
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Vaishali Prazmari
Full price
£ 350
Student concession
£ 280
OAP concession
£ 280

Get set alight by vivid colours, fierce flames and anthropomorphic forms in Safavid miniature paintings. Enjoy exploring Mughal and Chinese influences that synthesised in great art along the Silk Road.

The Dragon, Phoenix and Simurgh are all creatures of fire and are related along the Silk Road. Dragons are positive, happy and benign symbols of power and the Emperor in Chinese and Central Asian art but in Persian and Indo-European art they are negative symbols of misdemeanour.

Sometimes these two meanings cross over due to cultural influence and exchange. Dazzling dragons, heads of fire and angels’ wings! The Phoenix and Simurgh are related to fire too (being born of fire). Their tails and bodies are wild and bright and curve like spiralling forms.

Here there is an opportunity to really play with colours, allowing your imagination to run free, choosing a Dragon, Phoenix or Simurgh to be the star of the show. Participants will produce one of these painted creatures and this course will also contain a gilding component.

What should I bring?

Handmade brushes for painting in this style can be purchased from the tutor online or during the course.

Alternatively, you may bring your own brushes that you currently use.

A palette with wells is also highly recommended, as you can take home some pigment to continue working after the course is complete.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

This course will be held on 8 consecutive Monday evenings.

Please note there will be no class on 7 and 28 May 2018.

Tutor biography

Vaishali Prazmari

Vaishali Prazmari is an artist who incorporates Persian, Mughal Indian and Chinese elements into her work. Vaishali holds degrees from both the Slade School of Fine Art and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and holds an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies (UCL) specializing in floating islands. She studied Persian and Indian miniature painting during her MA at PSTA and Chinese painting under a master in Hong Kong. Born in London, she has lived on an island in Hong Kong, Paris, and currently lives and works in London. She is now working on an epic project involving painting the 1001 Arabian Nights.