Wed, Jan 05 | Zoom

Tezhip Group 5

Returning Students Only
Tezhip Group 5

Time & Location

Jan 05, 2022, 8:00 PM UTC – Mar 23, 2022, 10:00 PM UTC

About the Course


Date Range: January 5 - March 23, 2022

Times: 8 PM UTC | 2 PM CST | 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.


Şah Kulu is the most well-known muzehhip (master tezhip artist) in Ottoman history, and we honor his contributions to the art by naming our apprenticeship program after him. As a practitioner during the reign of Sultan Süleyman, he benefited from generous royal patronage, which helped tezhip and many other arts reach their peak. He was a master of many skills and developed new styles and techniques in tezhip, ceramics, and bookbinding. One of the decorative styles that characterized the court arts, which he and his student Kara Memi developed, is saz, an ancient Turkish word used to define an enchanted forest.

Apprenticeship is defined as "the method or process of gaining knowledge of a trade, art, or profession from the instruction of a master.” In this case, Tezhip is the trade, art, profession, and devotional act, and the master is Fatma Hoca. Students who completed the Introduction class together will remain in their Group and be given a name in honor of one great master. The students in each group travel together on this path, supporting and learning from one another, creating community and camaraderie, moving from semester to semester to master the skills according to their Hoca's instruction. Apprenticeships will continue until “permission to teach” in the form of a certificate is given by the master to the apprentice.

Classes will be conducted online using Zoom, and Whatsapp will be used for communication, sharing information, and homework.


Students can buy their supplies from the Islamic Art Supplies (click to view) store.

Due to limited seating, we request that you cancel by December 18, 2021, to receive a full refund.

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