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Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

8-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, January 19 to March 9, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Code: 1K00FA
By Sughra Hussainy

Please Note: This class has an adjusted schedule (originally Jan. 12 to March 9, 2019 with a Feb. 16 date skip).

The January 19 and 26 session of this class will take place at Studio Pause located at 4108 4th Street N, Arlington, VA. Location and travel details below:

  • Studio Pause Location Map
  • If you choose to take Metro, the closest Metro station is Ballston (Orange/Silver lines). There are also buses that go down N. Glebe Road and George Mason Drive.
  • If you choose to drive, there is on-site parking.

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

S. Dillon Ripley Center
Room 3041
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)