Art of Illumination-Intensive with Artist Lubna Zahid

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Art of Illumination-Intensive with Artist Lubna Zahid


Learn the art of design and manuscript ornamentation.

This is a 3-day workshop that includes 15 hours of instruction time. It will take place at Artist & Makers Studios 2 (12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852 - Entrance at the rear)

**No prior experience required. Class is open to beginner and continuing students.

Classes will be held on:

Friday, June 29 (6pm-9pm)

Saturday, June 30 (10am-4pm)

Sunday, July 1 (10am-4pm)

The students are required to bring a 11”X 14” Mixed Media Paper Pad, 9” X 12” tracing paper, pencil HB, eraser and a foot ruler. All other supplies will be provided by the instructor. A $30 materials fee payable to the instructor in class (check/cash).

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Learn the art of illumination and decoration of the books. It has been an important art form in different Muslim dynasties in the past. Traditional techniques of the old master will be discussed and explained through presentations and demos. The students will first learn the fundamental elements of the Arabesque patterns in the Islamic tradition, and then will design their own pieces to paint. Techniques will include designing and developing in linear form by repetition and symmetry. They will also learn the decorative technique for applying fine gold leaf which is called gilding on to their art pieces. Gilding has always been an integral part of the Islamic design.

This course includes 15 hours of instruction time culminating into a final project where you will learn to create your own piece of art.

Read about our instructor Lubna Zahid