Golden Border Course: Vegetal Motifs – Short Zoom Course.

Golden Border: Vegetal Motifs. Zoom Online Course

When: Sat 05 Nov 2022 16:00 - Sat 17 Dec 2022 18:00
Where: Online - Zoom

Golden Border:

(Vegetal motifs)


by Anahita Alavi



Date: Saturdays, 5 Nov- 17 Dec 2022

Time: 16:00- 18:00

(UK Time)


Type of Event: Zoom Online Course

Course Fee: £180 for SOAS Students 

£220 for non-SOASians




Mostly, the borders in Persian manuscripts are lavishly and extensively decorated so that they can be considered an independent form of art from the paintings that they surrounded. From vegetal to figural and animal motifs are portrayed widely in the manuscripts borders.

This course will explore these monochrome golden borders, and the focus will be on the floral and vegetal motifs.


What you expect to learn in this course:


  1. Drawing the vegetal motifs
  2. Using the motifs in a composition
  3. Calculating and structuring the border
  4. Making the shell gold
  5. Preparing the paper
  6. Applying the gold


We will work on a quarter of the composition, however, through completing 1/4 of the border, students will acquire the required skill and knowledge to complete and paint the entire border by themselves.

The course will be running in 7 consecutive weeks with each session lasting 120 minutes. The classes will be held in a group format; however, students will be able to send their practices to our tutor and receive the instructions and corrections individually. No specific background is necessary, so beginners are also welcome. 

Please note that the course will be recorded and you will receive the access link within a few hours after the live session. If you wish to rely on the recorded class, you will get the full help and support from our tutor during the course. Once you register, you will receive the list of the required and optional materials.



The registration deadline is 2 Nov 2022. For registration and more information about the course please email us on


Early Bird registration will get £20 discount, If you register by 22 Oct 2022!



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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