Persian Miniature Course:
A Complete Scene (Majlis)
by Anahita Alavi
Date: Saturdays, 10 Feb -30 Mar 2024
Time: 16:00- 18:00
The course will be held on 8 consecutive Saturdays
Type of Event: Zoom Online Course
Course Fee: £210 for SOAS Students
£250 for non- SOASians
The course focuses on the painting of a complete scene in Persian miniature chosen from the Qazvin copy of Shahnama (the Persian Book of Kings, 1576-1577) and will cover all the various techniques required.
If you were my student before, this is a perfect opportunity to level up your skills by working on a full miniature painting where nature, architecture, human figure and animals are all gathered together. Should you have not been my student before, some background in drawing would be enough to take the course, and enjoy the painting.
In this course we will paint and learn all the techniques you may need to complete a Persian miniature scene including rendering the fine details of every single pictorial elements, and brush techniques. We are going to duplicate the painting in a way that is as similar as possible to the original. Together, we will touch upon the story behind the illustrated scene, looking at how it has been visualised.
Please note that we are not going to practice the drawing skills in this course.
The course will be running in 8 consecutive weeks with each session lasting 120 minutes. During the course, participants will be able to send their progress to our tutor and receive the instructions and feedback individually.
Please note that the course will be recorded and you will receive the access link within a few hours after the live session. If you wish to rely on the recorded class, you will get the full help and support from our tutor during the course.
The full list of the required and optional materials will be sent to you right after the registration.
The registration deadline is 06 Feb 2024. For registration and more information about the course please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Bird registration will get £10 discount, If you register by 20 Jan 2024!
Anahita Alavi is an award winning artist and educator who holds an MA in History of Art and Architecture of Islamic Middle East from SOAS University of London. An Iranian artist, she has learned Persian miniature painting and Islamic illumination under the supervision of a number of great masters in Iran. Her keen interest in the aforementioned areas led her to choose traditional art as her BA major. Aiming to enhance her theoretical-historical knowledge about Iranian culture and arts, Anahita also did an MA in Art Studies at the University of Tehran. She used to teach Persian painting and Islamic illumination at the Payame-Nur University of Tehran and a number of schools and institutes in Iran. In 2016, she started an entrepreneur project called Muqarnas Art sponsored by SOAS.
The project is concerned with teaching and producing Persian miniature and illumination. This aims to preserve the tradition of Miniature painting and Islamic illumination and transmit the respective knowledge and skills to enthusiastic students. To this end, Anahita has been teaching Persian miniature painting and Islamic Illumination courses at the SOAS London Middle East Institute and British Institute for Persian Studies.