Persian Miniature Painting Course
Persian Miniature Painting Course

Persian Miniature Painting Course

When: Sat 11 Jul 2020 16:00 - Sat 29 Aug 2020 18:00
Where: Online-Zoom

We are experiencing a very difficult time, being forced to keep distance from each other in the actual world. As you see, no one can predict when we may be able to gather under one roof again. During the last few months, the Iranian Arts Society has been concerned with how actively to connect people in these difficult days, keeping their spirits up. We are strongly of the opinion that the powerful magic of art can do so for us. Given the current restrictions, the virtual world should function as a constructive alternative to bring people closer together. Therefore, the Society has come up with a new initiative. We are very pleased to offer an online Zoom course of Persian Miniature by Anahita Alavi. As our instructor has long been running various online courses (even before the outbreak), we are quite sure that the Society’s courses will be most productive.  

The course starts on 11 July.


The registration deadline is 7 July, and given the limitations of the online course, we have a limited number of places available (first one, first-served).  Please see the information below.

The course is designed to take the participants on a pleasant journey to the materials, colors, paper preparation and styles of Persian miniatures. 



Persian Miniature Course

by Anahita Alavi


Date: Saturday, 11 July to 29 Aug 2020

Time: 16:00- 18:00


Type of Event: Zoom Online Course

Course Fee: £210 for SOAS Students 

£250 for non-SOASians

During the course, students will be guided to the various stages of making Persian miniature by experiencing the process. 

·      What is the landscape elements in Persian Miniature 

·      How to draw every single element of nature 

·      How to prepare the paper for painting

·      How to transfer our painting into the prepared paper

·      How to apply the layers of color

·      How to Outline and add the very delicate details with a very fine brush


The course will be started with an introduction to Persian miniature, the features and various styles of the important schools. Our practical lessons begin with working on the basic but essential element of Persian miniature, nature. During the course, Participants will familiarize with the conventions of the nature in the Ilkhanid, Timurid and Safavid schools. We will also cover the techniques of drawing, tracing and coloring the details of nature. 

The course is designed to introduce the basic issues of making a Persian miniature and move forward step by step; however, students with the previous knowledge and skill will be given the instruction based on their level of experience. Therefore, participants in all the levels of experiences are welcome.

Students are able to send their practices to our tutor and receive the instructions and corrections. 


Students will be guided to buy the necessary materials by our tutor during the course.  


The registration deadline is 7 July 2020. For registration and more information about the course please email us on



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 choose 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.


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