Safavid Miniature Painting: Ether

Subject: Painting
Dates: 13 August 2018 - 17 August 2018
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: St Luke's Community centre
Tutor: Vaishali Prazmari
Full price
£ 385
Student concession
£ 310
OAP concession
£ 310

Immerse yourself in the vivid colours, wondrous landscapes and anthropomorphic forms in Safavid and other Islamic miniature paintings. Explore Mughal and Chinese influences that synthesised along the Silk Road. The 5th element of Ether will be investigated in terms of the supernatural: beautiful winged Angels, wild Divs and Demons and composite creatures. 

We will take the Miraj Night Journey paintings as a starting point to explore the beautiful supernatural. We will look at depictions of the ethereal night sky in miniatures and include stars and shell gold to make magical paintings. The buraq or winged steed transported the Prophets to the heavens, most notably the Prophet Mohammad, during the Isra and Mi’raj. This was the Night Journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and thence to the Seven Heavens, which can be understood as both a physical and a spiritual experience. Divs and Demons abound in miniatures and we will also take a look at the famous composite creatures, such as elephants, tigers and camels, made up from several different beings. 'Monsters', from the Latin monstrum, were considered (or 'demonstrated') signs, portents or omens. 

We will also consider the role of the magical and supernatural in paintings in the context of a believing society.

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?

Monday - Friday

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.

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