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Art of Ottoman Floral Illumination
Course Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017
Category: Painting & Drawing
Price: £80

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Join artist Sharmina Haq to recreate your own classical floral illumination in this traditional style of curved motifs through an exploration of stylised floral and geometric patterns inspired by sacred Islamic manuscripts.

Further Detail

For centuries exquisite Islamic floral and geometric patterns have decorated sacred illuminated manuscripts and Islamic texts, This traditional Ottoman style known as Munhani (curved Motifs) composes of large concentric floral elements painted in graduating tones making it an ideal introduction to the delicate art of Ottoman floral illumination

You will learn how to use gouaches to create balanced colour schemes in graduated tints complemented by a gold border and you will be able to paint a floral pattern prepared by the tutor or your own composition drawn in the workshop.  

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • An introduction to drawing traditional Münhani style floral forms
  • Mixing a graduating tonal palette
  • Painting curved forms in gradient tones of gouaches and gold
  • Painting fine outlines in black gouache
  • Overview of other traditional techniques and materials used


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners to intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee. Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £5 payable to the tutor during the course. The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

Please bring with you:

Selection of watercolour brushes (e.g no.00, no.0, no.2)

HB and B pencils, sketchbook/notebook and pencil/pen for notes and compositional development

Pencil sharpener, eraser and small ruler, jam jar & tissues 

Tutor Profile

Sharmina Haq is an experienced visual artist. With a mathematical background she has a keen interest in the study of geometric principles and design features of traditional Islamic patterns, involving geometric proportion analysis and has lead workshops this area.

Sharmina has undertaken international Islamic art study in Granada, Istanbul and Morocco and studied at the Princes School of Traditional Arts in London.

She is inspired by travels to Morocco, Turkey and the Middle East and to India and the Far East.

She has developed her own style in watercolours and traditional illuminated artwork.  Alongside her art, Sharmina is a keen advocate for the revival of traditional Islamic arts and methods.  Sharmina has undertaken international commissions and her work has a wide following, some of her pieces can be seen on her Instagram account at


Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.