Islamic Illumination Course:
Islamic Illumination Course (session 3)
When: Wed 20 November 2019 18:30-20:30
Where: SOAS (Main Building) Room TBC
Islamic Illumination Course
by Anahita Alavi
Date: Wednesdays, 6 Nov 2019 to 22 Jan 2020
(There will be 7 sessions in 2019 and 3 sessions in 2020)
Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Venue: SOAS, main building, Room TBC
Type of Event: Short Course
Course Fee: £230 for SOAS Students (including colours and two brushes)
The course takes place every Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30pm at SOAS from 6 November 2019 to 22 January 2020 (there will be 7 sessions in 2019 and 3 sessions in 2020).
“Islamic-Iranian illumination” course is designed to immerse participants in magical patterns and colors of old illustrated manuscripts. Inherited by various visual cultures in the Islamic realm, the tradition of Islamic Illumination has over centuries yielded diverse styles each of which fed by a different aesthetic taste. Iranian style of Islamic illumination is an eye-catching case in point.
Among diverse types of illumination, this practice-based course focuses on one of the most significant and common forms of Islamic Illumination, Khataei (flowers and leaves) and aims to familiarize pupils with the various steps of making an illumination work; from making the materials towards a finished work. In addition to a brief historicaltheoretical introduction of the Iranian tradition of Islamic illumination, the course comprises a number of lessons that students may engage in at the same time:
1. Preparing the paper; dying, sizing and burnishing procedures
2. Drawing individual floral motifs
3.Creating a composition
4. Tracing the patterns on the prepared papers
5. Delicate outlining by ink and brush (qalamgiri)
6. Gilding and Coloring
Following a line of gradual development, students will be guided to complete and paint a simple Khataei motif at each session so that, by the end of the term, participants will have a portfolio of a series of Khataei motifs as well as a piece of painted-finished Illumination.
The course will be running in ten weeks, and each session will last 120 minutes. The classes will be held in a group format; however, the instructor will supervise individuals one by one while they are practicing. This course will be followed by another significant form of Islamic Illumination, Islimi (arabesque) that is the complimentary of Khataei motifs.
No background in arts is necessary; beginners are welcome to start and move forward step by step whereas students who already have a background knowledge and/or experience will be taught according to their level.
Students will be provided with a pallet of required handmade pigments and one brush (included in the course fee). Students need to bring the rest of materials including paper and tracing paper.
Registration deadline is 30 October 2019. For more information about how to register please email us on email@example.com
Anahita Alavi has an MA in History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East from SOAS University of London. An Iranian artist, she has learned Persian miniature painting and Islamic illumination under the supervision of a number of great masters in Iran. Her keen interest in the aforementioned areas led her to choosing traditional art as her BA major. Aiming to enhance her theoretical-historical knowledge about Iranian culture and arts, Anahita also did an MA in Art studies at the University of Tehran. She used to teach Persian painting and Islamic illumination at the Payame-Nur University of Tehran and a number of schools and institutes in Iran. In 2016, she started an entrepreneur project called Muqarnas Art sponsored by SOAS.
The project is concerned with teaching and producing Persian miniature and illumination. This aims to preserve the tradition of Miniature painting and Islamic illumination and transmit the respective knowledge and skills to enthusiastic students. To this end, Anahita has been teaching Persian miniature painting and Islamic Illumination courses at the SOAS London Middle East Institute and British Institute for Persian Studies.