Zouaq: Traditional Moroccan Painting

Subject: Painting, Geometry
Dates: 21 January 2019 - 25 January 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Natasha Mann
Full price
£ 385

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.

On the course students will be given an introduction to the history of Zouaq painting and its different styles. Then, choose from a selection of designs with which to make a stencil stencil, and transfer the design to a wooden panel. 

Learn to paint with egg tempera, and use test swatches and see the differences/qualities of the different colours. The final choice of colour palette is up to the student, but the tutor will be on hand to provide guidance. 

There will also be an opportunity to do gilding with 24 carat gold leaf. At the end of the course students will have a Zouaq painting to take home with them.

Please note, geometric construction is not a primary focus of this course, although the tutor can illustrate the construction of a given design at the end of the course, if a student has completed their painting and time permits.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for any level and no prior experience of painting is required.

What should I bring to class?

Students are asked to bring their own paint brushes in the sizes below. The links are also supplied below if you need to purchase them.

00  https://www.stonehouses.co.uk/no-00-pointed-writer.html

1    https://www.stonehouses.co.uk/no-1-pointed-writer.html

3    https://www.stonehouses.co.uk/no-3-pointed-writer.html

You may also find it useful to bring your own palette with wells, as you can take home pigment to continue working on your piece if needed.

All other materials will be provided on this course.

All other materials will be provided on this course.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday

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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.