Immerse yourself in the jewel-like, vivid colours and wondrous stories of Persian and Indian miniature paintings. Learn ancient techniques of classical miniature painting to create your own painting inspired by the great Safavid and Mughal royal manuscripts of the past. You will explore Eastern and Western, ancient and modern influences and create your own miniature painting using traditional and contemporary techniques.
Miniature painting is 'the art of the line'. These paintings embody a fineness of line from China and vibrancy of colours and pigments from India and Central Asia to be synthesized into beautiful miniatures in the royal courts of Safavid Persia and the Mughal Empire, which in turn influenced and was influenced by the magnificence of Renaissance Europe. Pigments, paints and paper all vary; climates, seasons and moods can change; the essential, enduring tool, of course, is the brush.
The first welcome evening illustrated lecture talk will serve as an introduction into this unique artform. On the following days you will learn: paper preparation; burnishing; tracing and transferring techniques; inking in lines; paint application techniques; colour, composition and framing theory and ideas; special rendering and shading techniques; special outlining techniques; unique brush handling techniques. We will break it down, take it slowly then build it up step-by-step. You will come away with a foundation skill set of the basic miniature painting techniques including line and colourwork common to the Persian and Mughal Indian schools, an awareness of cultural exchange and an insight into the history, theory and context of miniature painting. At the end of this course, you will have your own miniature painted page and basic knowledge of this ancient and amazing artform.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
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Painting - Water Based
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