Persian Miniature Course: The Natural World - Zoom Online Course

Persian Miniature Course: The Natural World

When: Sat 14 Jan 2023 16:00 - Sat 04 Mar 2023 18:00
Where: Online - Zoom

Persian Miniature Course: The Natural World

By Anahita Alavi


Date: 14 January - 04 March 2023

Time: 16:00 -18:00



Type of Event: Zoom Online Course

Course Fee: £210 for SOAS Students & Alumni

 £250 for non-SOASians


The course is designed to take the participants on a pleasant journey to the natural world in Persian Miniature paintings. Where you can practice the elements of nature as well as the birds represented in these paintings.

The course will be started with an introduction to Persian miniature paintings looking at a couple of examples of the main schools to see how the nature is depicted. Also, during our practical lessons, participants will become more familiar with the conventions of nature in the I¯lkha¯ni¯d, Timu¯ri¯d, and Safavi¯d schools.


In this course, you will learn:


•    How to draw the details of nature (Clouds, Trees, Flowers, Shrubs and River)

•    How to draw some of the most repeated birds in Persian Miniatures

•    How to use these elements in a composition

•    How to prepare the paper for painting

•    How to transfer our painting into the prepared paper

•    How to blend and apply the colour

•    How to use the brush techniques: outlining, shading and rendering the fine details




The course will be running online in 8 consecutive weeks with each session lasting 120 minutes. The classes will be held in a group format; however, participants will be able to send their practices to our tutor and receive the feedback individually. 


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


You will receive the list of the required materials once you register.


The registration deadline is 10 Jan 2023. For registration and more information about the course please email us on Given the help and support that you will receive during the course by our tutor, we have a limited number of places available (first one, first-served).


If register by 31 Dec 2022 and you will get £20 Early bird discount!



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 of Persian Studies and the Iranian Arts Society at SOAS.

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