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Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

8-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, October 19 to December 21 2019 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Nov. 9 or 30)
Code: 1K00QZ

By Sughra Hussainy

Please note: This class has an updated end date of Dec. 21, 2019 (originally Dec. 14, 2019).

The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. In this beginning course, Sughra Hussainy, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan, teaches elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition. Students create geometric, vegetable, and floral motifs and nature-based designs using graph and tracing paper and transfer their designs onto fine-art paper. They then learn to color the designs with opaque watercolors, outline them in black ink, and apply illuminations using gold leaf and gum Arabic to create stunning ornamentation for calligraphy, manuscripts, and more.

Some shared supplies provided.

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8 sessions; 3 hours each (no class Nov. 9 or 30)

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3040
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)