The Art of the Black Brush: Siyah Qalam

Subject: Painting
Dates: 7 October 2019 - 25 November 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Vaishali Prazmari
Full Price
£ 350

Miniature painting is the art of the line. This course will break down the brushstrokes, really concentrating on the lines and perfecting techniques, as well as focusing mainly on black and white.

Students will explore the deep relationship to Chinese art and its insistence on quality and originality of line. Students will use special brushes created and provided by the tutor for the duration of the course.

Students will push their brushes to their highest capabilities by focusing on the bare essentials: black ink on paper. The absence of colour allows you to focus totally on brush handling techniques as students draw inspiration from these unique and powerful images. 

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 dusk 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 should be worn
  • 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.

Who is this course for?

Suitable for beginners and practising artists. Students will delve deep into focusing on improving individual brush technique via minute hand movements and brush angles. Vaishali draws on her experience of yoga to teach you to execute strokes deftly and with precision and to develop awareness of how to hold the brush in relation to your breath and your whole body.

What should I bring to class?

Students are asked to bring their own brushes, and a palette with wells. The sizes of the brush will be specified closer to the start date of the course.

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

Monday evenings, 7 October - 25 November 2019, 18:30 - 21:00

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.

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.

By booking this course, you agree to our terms and conditions. Click to view.

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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