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Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Floral Design (Islimi)

Ayesha Gamiet: Art, Illustration and Design

Saturday, 8 July 2017 at 10:00 - Saturday, 29 July 2017 at 16:00 (BST)

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Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Floral Design (Islimi)
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29 Jul 2017 £300.00 £0.00

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8th - 29th July 2017: 4 Saturday sessions, 10am - 4pm 

Focusing on the beautiful "shamsa" ("sun-burst") composition, and intricate floral designs, students will explore the rich and varied forms that exist in Islamic manuscript illumination. They will learn how to paint illuminated plant and floral motifs. This course will allow students the opportunity to learn about traditional painting and gilding techniques used in Islamic manuscript illumination, including usage of shell gold and handmade watercolour paints. We will also look at the the artistic and historical context within which this art developed. By the end of the course, each student will have created at least one illuminated shamsa.

Learning will be supported by illustrated talks, practical demonstrations, one-to-one tuition, and course handouts for students to keep. All art materials, including gold leaf, pigments, specialist paints, and papers are covered in the course fee. Classes take place in a new studio space in the beautiful town of Windsor, just a few minutes' walk from Windsor Castle and the River Thames.


Art classroom and studio space at Prime Studios, Windsor, Berkshire, UK

 The art classroom and studio at Prime Studios in Windsor, Berkshire, UK


Persian Shamsa

 A 16th Century Persian Shamsa

Mughal Shamsa

A Mughal Shamsa




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 / The Arches Car Park is also just a 5 minute walk away. 

- 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?

We are located next door to the Copper Horse Pub on Alma Road. 


Is my registration / ticket transferrable? 

Yes, that's fine.


Can I get a refund if I change my mind about attending the course?

We are happy to offer a full refund of the course fee provided we receive written notification of your cancellation at least two weeks (14 calendar days) before the start of your course. For written cancellations made less than two weeks before the course start date, we offer a 50% reund of the course fee.  


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 @


How can I keep informed about upcoming courses?

If you send me an email, I will add you to my mailing list: info @

I also advertise new courses on my website and Facebook page


Can I book you for a workshop?

Yes, of course. Please send me an email to discuss your requirements: info @


How can I contact you? 

Email me at: info @

Do you have questions about Islamic Manuscript Illumination: Floral Design (Islimi) ? Contact Ayesha Gamiet: Art, Illustration and Design

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When & Where

Prime Studios, 1-6 Ward Royal Parade
Alma Road, Berkshire
SL4 3HR Windsor
United Kingdom

Saturday, 8 July 2017 at 10:00 - Saturday, 29 July 2017 at 16:00 (BST)

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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.

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