Safavid Miniature Painting: Clouds

Subject: Painting
Dates: 1 April 2019 - 10 June 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Vaishali Prazmari
Full price
£ 350

Safavid miniature painting perhaps shows its Chinese influences most obviously in wild, brightly coloured clouds. Air is alive! These spiralling forms are hardly limited to miniature painting - they can of course been seen in many Islamic art forms.

When, as children or as adults, we lie down and look up at the clouds, they invite us to imagine shapes - castles, animals, or human faces. We give clouds personalities. They can be cute and fluffy, lazily drifting, fat and happy, or stormy and foreboding. They can be simple whites and greys, or dramatically coloured as they reflect the sun's rays and the earth's atmosphere. They can be solitary, quiet and contented by themselves, or intent on gathering to rumble in large clusters.

Our course will focus on the spiral constructions of clouds and on Cloud (bulut) Islimi.  It will begin with some  practise exercises to develop brush handling and techniques. Students will then move on to painting their own miniature clouds and using colour combinations, assisted by the tutor.

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.

All other materials will be provided.

Who is this course for?

All levels of experience and ability welcome.

What days do I attend?

Monday evenings, 1, 8, 15, and 29 April; 13 and 20 May; 3 and 10 June. There will be no class on the evenings of 22 April, 6 and 27 May.

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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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.