Islamic Illumination Workshop - One Full day in East London

Islamic Illumination Workshop - One Full day in East London


The art of Islamic illumination was founded to decorate the Quran in a way that brings light around the word of God. 

In this workshop, you will learn to draw and traditionally paint some of elements of old illuminated Qurans such as the frontal piece or the decorative elements in the margins known as Heliah حلية in Arabic.

This workshop will help you: 

  • Understand the elements of natural/biomorphic Islamic patterns (referred to as Arabesque in some cases).

  • Draw the pattern step by step.

  • Learn about the traditional painting process and paint your own pattern with gouache gold, outline it with black ink and paint the background.

The aims of this workshop are:

  • To understand the basics of Islamic illuminations.

  • To finish (or almost finish) a painting to take home.

Duration: One Day.

Monday 11:00 - 17:00 (including 40-60mins lunch break)
Guest Projects
1 Andrews Rd, London E8 4QL

Closest station is Bethnal Green on the Central Line

**Designs and supplies will be provided, but please bring your own brushes (Brush size zero and Brush size 3 zeros). 

Only 10 places available. 

*No previous art experience required* 

In the checkout, please select "class attendance, no shipping" option.  

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Guest Projects

1 Andrews Rd, London E8 4QL



Cancellation Policy:

  • 14 days before the workshop:
    You can either request a full refund by sending an email to esra(at)
    Or transfer to an equivalent workshop on an alternative date (if available)

  • Less than 7 days before the workshop:
    Unfortunately no refund or transfer will be available. I understand that unforeseen circumstances may occur. In that case please consider sending along a friend to take your place. I would need their name and contact details prior to the workshop to be sent to: esra(at)


The instructor reserves the right to cancel this workshop if the minimum capacity is not fulfilled. In this case, a full refund will be issued. Please contact us if you have any questions!