Persian Miniature Course (Human Figures) - Zoom Online
Persian Miniature: Human Figures – Short Zoom Course

Persian Miniature Course (Human Figures) - Zoom Online

When: Sat 23 Jan 2021 16:00 - Sat 13 Mar 2021 18:00
Where: Online - Zoom

After two very successful and popular courses on Persian Miniature painting, the Iranian Arts Society at SOAS is very pleased to offer another exciting course this time focusing on human figures in Persian Miniatures.


Persian Miniature Painting: Human Figures

Short course


by Anahita Alavi


Date: Saturday, 23 January till 13 March 2021

Time: 16:00- 18:00 (UK time)

The course will be held on 8 consecutive Saturdays



Type of Event: Zoom Online Course

Course Fee: £210 for SOAS Students 

£250 for non-SOASians




Join us to meet Persian people living in the miniature paintings and to see how they look, and get familiar with their dressing style and common activities. This is to appreciate the beauty hidden in their simple-looking faces and the delicacy in the ornamentation of the garments.


The course will focus on human figures in Persian miniature paintings and various essential details involved in drawing and painting them. In this course you will learn:


  • How to draw the proportional figure in Persian Miniature
  • How to draw the facial details in Persian Miniature (mainly the 15th and 16th-century styles).
  •  Practicing various postures 
  • How to draw the turban, shawls and garments
  • What is the traditional color palette used in Persian miniature
  • How to prepare the paper for painting
  • How to outline figures and the garments, and apply the ornamentations
  • How to outline and render the fine hair and facial details




The course will begin with a very short introduction to Persian miniature, looking at how the representation of human forms in this art have developed. We will take a look at various paintings to understand the common postures and the style through which human figures become represented.



Following a line of gradual development, students will be guided to practice several stages, from drawing to coloring and outlining stylised human figures. Students’ practices will be checked one by one and necessary instructions will be given.


Participants in different skill and experience levels are welcome. They will be guided step by step to various stages of making miniature painting. Having prior knowledge and skill of brush techniques is an advantage.


Students will receive the list of the required materials once they are registered.




The registration deadline is 20 Jan 2021, and given the limitations of our online course, we have a limited number of places available (first one, first-served). 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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