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Introduction to Tezhip

In this class, students will learn the basic techniques of Tezhip, the Ottoman tradition of beautifying calligraphy with gold, and explore the materials used by Tezhip artist, Fatma Ulusoy Hoca.

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Introduction to Tezhip

Time & Location

Sep 08, 2021, 10:00 PM UTC


Course Details


Date Range: September 8 - December 15, 2021

Times: 10 PM UTC | 5 PM CDT | Course Format: Online


Tezhip is the Turkish word meaning “ornamenting with gold” and represents the Ottoman tradition of beautifying calligraphy. Renowned professor of Tezhip, Dr. Çiçek Derman, once said, “If the aim of the Hattat (calligrapher) is to write the Holy Qur’an in his best handwriting, the Tezhip artist aims to illuminate it to express what is in their heart.” In the Introduction to Tezhip class, students will be exploring the basic techniques and materials used by Fatma Ulusoy.

Fatma Ulusoy Hoca has been studying Tezhip with Tezhip master Ayşe Gülcan Özbalak since 2015. Her work has adorned the compositions of several master calligraphers, and she has participated in multiple tezhip exhibitions.


General Curriculum:

  • Week 1: Border patterns
  • Week 2: Circular border patterns
  • Week 3: Staining and preparing paper