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Workshop on Traditional Book Arts: Calligraphy, Illumination (Tezhip) and Miniature Painting

August 1, 2016 @ 10:00 - 12:30

Book Arts

Overview / Description / Introduction

Calligraphy, Illumination  (Tezhip) and Miniature Painting are three different traditional forms of art from the Ottoman times. These arts were all used to illustrate manuscript books. The illustration of manuscript books was well established in Ottoman times. The tradition lives on. Traditional book arts are such demanding that some artists of the Ottoman Era devoted their entire lives completing a manuscript.

In this workshop, three artists will be presenting traditional book arts in three work groups. You will be able to try each of these arts with their artists and make your own works of art and keep them as souvenirs. The attendants will also be given practical tutorials on how to write single calligraphic  letters and combine them to form words. Besides, you will be more familiar with the materials and tools used in these arts in general.


  • Hands-on instructions on how to make traditional arts
  • Experience calligraphy writing, a spiritual geometry produced with materials.
  • Interact with the local artists to learn about their lives involving their art
  • Get familiar with the history and tradition of these arts
  • This workshop is for all levels of enthusiasts of varying abilities
  • This workshop is led by expert local artists
  • Ask questions directly to the artists
  • Use the same professional materials just like traditional artists do.
  • Take home your own artwork.
  • Discover the artist within!


  • All equipment and materials needed.
  • Commentary and translation services in English by a professional local guide
  • Tea or coffee and cookies

Not included:

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Recurring Event :

Every Monday – Morning Session at 10:00am–12:30pm

Afternoon Session at 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Price Per Person / Per Session : $60.00 US Dollars


Where is C.I.P? How convenient is the location?

Even if you are not staying in this vicinity, you will likely be in our neighborhood as we are only 5-minute walking distance from Taksim Square or the pedestrian street of Istiklal. The Çukurcuma Antiques neighborhood is nearby too.

How to get to C.I.P from Taksim Square?

Take the Sıraselviler street, pass the German Hospital, enter the Soğancı street by turning left from the corner of the Güllüoğlu Baklava store.

Second block on the right. Private car park is available at the Soğancı street.

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August 1, 2016
10:00 - 12:30
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C.I.P Cultural Interactions Point
+90 212 249 3670


C.I.P. Cultural Interactions Point
Cihangir Mah. Soğanci Sk. No:3/3 Beyoğlu
Istanbul, 34433 Türkiye
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+90 212-249 3670