Zouaq: Paint a Traditional Moroccan Cedar Box

Subject: Painting, Geometry
Dates: 17 July 2017 - 21 July 2017
Time: 10:30-17:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Natasha Mann
Full price
£ 385
Student and pensioner concession
£ 310

Paint your own hand-made Moroccan Atlas cedar wood box and learn the traditional techniques of Moroccan Zouaq painting. Zouaq is a painting technique original to Morocco which creates arresting and powerful designs. Found painted onto ceilings, doors, furniture and wooden objects it is an integral part of the decoration of private homes and sacred spaces in Morocco.

Learn the history of Zouaq and its different styles. The practical side of the course will include the craft of sourcing and making materials. Students will be able to choose either a floral or geometric traditional Moroccan design, transfer it to the wooden box and learn the technique of egg tempera painting using hand ground natural pigments from earth and minerals.

By the end of the course, participants will have their own Zouaq painted box to take home with them.

Tutor biography

Natasha Mann

Natasha Mann is an artist specialising in Zouaq painting. In 2007 she undertook an apprenticeship in Zouaq painting with a master in the medina of Fes. Since returning to England she has continued to practise and study Zouaq and frequently travels to Morocco. Natasha holds a degree in Arabic and French from Cambridge University and an MA from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. She is also a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) Scholar and was awarded the Barakat Prize for Islamic Art in 2014.