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1-week intensive introduction to Islamic manuscript illumination, 17th-21st Aug, 10am-4pm
For centuries, Muslim artists have used gold, ink, and brightly coloured paints to illuminate and beautify sacred manuscripts. This course will give students the opportunity to learn about traditional painting and gilding techniques used in Islamic manuscript illumination, as well as the geometric and floral patterns that underpin the illuminated borders. We will also look at the the artistic and historical context within which this art developed. Students will use traditional skills and techniques from the Islamic world to recreate beautiful illuminated patterns.
Teaching methods include practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, illustrated talks, and specially designed worksheets for students to keep.
Students are asked to bring a good quality drawing compass to the course. Otherwise, all materials are covered in the course fee.
I look forward to seeing you on the course!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Prime Studios is located in the heart of Windsor with excellent parking and public transport options nearby:
- The King Edward Court Car Park is a 5 minute walk away.
- Alma Road Car Park is also just a 5 minute walk away (you will have to cross Arthur Road).
- Windsor and Eton Central Railway Station provides easy access to London via Slough, and is just a 5-10 minute walk from the venue.
- Windsor and Eton Riverside Station is a 15 minute walk away, and links directly to London Waterloo.
- The area is also well served with local bus links.
How can I locate Prime Studios?
The entrance to the studio is opposite the newsagent, Alma News, on Alma Road. There is a gallery in the entrance of the building.
Is my registration / ticket transferrable?
Yes, that's fine.
Do I need any previous experience of Islamic art to take this course?
No, the course is suitable for complete beginners with no previous experience of Islamic art, as well as experienced artists who are looking to expand their skills and knowledge.
How can I progress and develop my skills further after this course?
The studio will be offering further illumination courses that give students the opportunity to expand their skills base, and learn about the subject in greater depth. In addition, students may progress to other courses in Islamic art e.g. Islamic geometry and/or floral design (islimi). The rich and varied disciplines of Islamic art all complement each other and serve to improve a students' skill and creative practice.
Is there an age restriction on this course?
To ensure a high quality of tuition, adult and childrens' classes are taught seperately. This course is designed for adults, therefore participants should be over 16 years of age. There is no maxiumum age limit!
Do you run courses for children?
Yes! Previous Islamic art workshops for children have taken place in schools and museums throughout the UK, as well as abroad. New courses for children and adults at Prime Studios will be advertised on my website and Facebook page. If you would like to book me for a workshop, please send an email to: info @ ayeshagamiet.com
How can I keep informed about upcoming courses?
If you send me an email, I will add you to my mailing list: info @ ayeshagamiet.com
Can I book you for a workshop?
Yes, of course. Please send me an email to discuss your requirements: info @ ayeshagamiet.com
How can I contact you?
Email me at: info @ ayeshagamiet.com
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Ayesha Gamiet: Art, Illustration and Design
Ayesha Gamiet is an artist, illustrator and art educator from the South East of England. Her work is inspired by traditional Islamic arts and the beauty of nature.
Ayesha's interest in art and culture led her to pursue a BA in African and Asian Art History and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, and a Master’s Degree in Traditional and Islamic Arts at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts. During her MA, she had the opportunity to study Islamic geometry, biomorphic design, Persian and Indian miniature painting, ceramics and calligraphy, amongst many other traditional arts. Ayesha specialised in Islamic manuscript illumination, or "tezhip" as it is known in Turkish, and has spent the past eight years travelling to Istanbul where she is competing a traditional apprenticeship (ijaza) in this beautiful craft.
Ayesha also holds a Master’s Degree in Education (with a focus on Art, Creativity and Culture in Education) from the University of Cambridge. She is a qualified secondary school art teacher with experience of teaching art to adults and children, from primary to post-graduate level. Ayesha teaches both within the UK and abroad, and works as an artist completing commissions and design work. Her teaching, travels and experiences in the rich world of Islamic art continue to inspire and inform her work. http://ayeshagamiet.com