The Sacred Sanctuary: Tile Making Workshop
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

The Sacred Sanctuary: Tile Making Workshop

In this Hajj inspired workshop, you will work to create a painted tile in the style of traditional Ottoman tiles depicting the sacred sanctuary of Mecca. These tiles were often placed in mosques on the qibla wall facing the direction of Mecca. Sometimes they were acquired by individuals as commemoration of their pilgrimage.

Traditional Ottoman motifs and painting styles will be presented and practiced over the course of this workshop, alongside insights into some of the architectural features of the sacred sanctuary of Mecca, also known as ‘the Haram Sharif’.

This workshop is ideal for parent-child pairs or sibling pairs. Children are ideally aged 9 and older. Adults without children may also participate solo.

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Islamic Art 101: Calligraphy and Ornamentation of the Quran
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Islamic Art 101: Calligraphy and Ornamentation of the Quran

Intrigued by traditional Islamic art and architecture? Have you seen examples of Islamic art in museums or on your travels, and wanted to learn more?

Join Unaiza Karim for dinner and a discussion on a series of talks about the traditional arts of Islam, beginning with the Art of Calligraphy. We will delve into the pages of the earliest Qurans, the calligraphers, their training and expertise, the development of illumination and the decorative arts in manuscripts.

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The Art of the Ottoman Carpet
Nov
5
to Nov 26

The Art of the Ottoman Carpet

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!

Instructor Unaiza Karim employs a range of mediums to lead an exploration of the infinite repeat geometry of star motifs, medallions, and rotational symmetry that characterises the carpets of this region. This course also explores the floral motifs — among the most popular of these being the saz style of long sinuous leaves and stylized flowers — as well as the cintamani patterns that appear on a variety of objects designed by the court, including ceramics, silks, carpets, and manuscripts.

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An Introduction to the Art of Arabesque
Sep
18
1:30 PM13:30

An Introduction to the Art of Arabesque

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.

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