Art can be used to serve the intellect but it can also be used to serve desires. Islamic art is a type of art that serves the mind as it expresses spirituality and strengthens one’s relationship with Allah (SWT). This has been practiced within the Muslim community for years and has inspired non-Muslims to continue such traditions. Islamic art has a glorious era in art History, and is one of the most valuable achievements of mankind within the field of art that include Islamic architecture, calligraphy, paintings etc.
One such examples of Islamic art are the embossed panels. These panels can be placed on various surfaces or a wall. In creating Islamic embossed panels, the names of Allah, Imams, Quranic verses, and other Islamic writings, are carved on different kinds of surfaces, such as, plaster, wood, and brickwork. Working on these surfaces requires special tools and skills, which will be discussed and taught in this workshop. For these series of workshops we will be focusing on using plaster as our working surface.
What will I learn?
The primary objectives of these workshops are to gain an appreciation for art by learning how to prepare a plaster mold successfully and apply carving techniques using the necessary tools. Participants will also learn how to effectively utilize oil-based paints and polish a finished relief sculptured art. Through this workshop we hope to promote Islamic Art expression, motivate individuals to come closer to their roots, and potentially awaken a hidden talent and passion
Who can join?
This workshop is open to anyone 14 years or older that is interested in creating a sculpture in relief using plaster. No prior preparation or experience is required and all materials necessary will be provided.
About the workshop leader:
She discovered a unique talent for the visual arts while taking basic painting classes as well as calligraphy. As a devoted Muslima, she decided to pursue a Bachelors of Arts degree in Graphic Design to help promote her Islamic values with the new mediums of art expression. It was then that Mrs. Ramjou was introduced to relief, a sculptural technique where the artistic elements project in an almost three dimensional fashion on a solid background. She especially liked the boundless creativity that went into crafting and volumizing a minds thought using mediums such that of plaster, wood or brickwork to either inscribe, mold, carve, or paint it. With her 10+ years of experience, she hopes that others, too, will gain an appreciation for art in expressing their Muslim identity and propagating true Islamic teachings as taught to us by the AhlulBait (as).