Past Workshops

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The Art of Islamic Pattern: The Arabesque

Aga Khan Museum

Delve into the origins of the elaborate, curving patterns adorning Islamic art and architecture with instructor Unaiza Karim. Then, develop unique designs of your own in fluid watercolour and ink.


The Art of Islamic Manuscript Illumination

Aga Khan Musem

Enjoy Sunday afternoons at the Museum with artist and educator Unaiza Karim. Study the floral forms decorating manuscripts in the Museum’s Permanent Collection, and learn a range of free-hand and guided drawing and painting techniques to create fluid designs and motifs.


The Art of the Ottoman Carpet

Aga Khan Museum

Explore traditional motifs used in Ottoman carpet weaving, which emerged in 11th-century Anatolia (present day Turkey) and continue to the present day, during this hands-on four-week course.


A Beautiful Line: An introduction to drawing and painting Ottoman motifs

The Studio at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville Art Galleries

This course is a hands on journey into drawing and painting Ottoman motifs used in manuscript illumination. The session is aimed at adults with all levels of experience including complete beginners.


The Art of Arabesque: An Introduction

The Studio at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville Art Galleries

This course is for Adults.  It introduces participants to the language of quranic ornament, embedded in its historical context. This hands-on session will practice traditional forms used in classical arabesque, employing the use of traditional methods and materials to create a painted 'hatayi' motif in a distinctive painting style.   The course is suitable for all levels of artistic inclination including the absolute beginner.

Guided instruction will be provided.