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Introduction to Miniature Painting Online Short Course

Course description

Immerse yourself in the vivid colours and wondrous stories of Persian and Indian miniature paintings. On this short course you will explore Eastern and Western, ancient and modern influences and you will create your own miniature painting using traditional and contemporary techniques.

You will learn how miniature paintings are created, using techniques including burnishing, inking and various tracing and transferring techniques. You will explore miniature painting colours, with an option to make paint from pigments.

Each week will start with an online session introducing the techniques with individual assignments to complete during the week. The following week the tutor will provide personal feedback and introduce more techniques to build your knowledge. We delve deep into focusing on individual brush technique via minute hand movements and brush angles.

At the end of this course youll have your own miniature painting and knowledge of basic techniques which you can use in a wide range of contemporary painting, illustration and design applications. You could apply the knowledge and skills gained from this course to any professional career in the art and design worlds, including illustration, painting and fashion design.

Who is Introduction to Miniature Painting (Online Short Course) for?

It is perfect for artists, professionals, students, illustrators, designers and anyone who wants to learn new skills and be inspired by different art forms.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Created your very own miniature painting showcasing the variety of techniques you have learned
  • Acquired a foundational knowledge of the basic miniature painting techniques
  • Been exposed to a variety of different paper preparation and tracing and transferring techniques
  • Developed confidence in brushwork techniques including different ways of brush handling
  • A basic understanding of colour, composition and framing theory and ideas how to develop this further
  • Acquired an appreciation of how different art forms can influence your own work in positive and exciting ways

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

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  • Paper preparation
  • Burnishing
  • Variety of tracing and transferring techniques
  • Inking in lines
  • Brushwork tips, tricks and techniques
  • Pigments and paint making (optional)
  • Paint application techniques
  • Colour, composition and framing theory and ideas
  • Special rendering and shading techniques
  • Special outlining techniques


Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -


  • Paper:
  • At least 2 x A4 sheet of 300gsm hot-pressed watercolour paper (with very smooth surface) eg Fabriano or Bockingford brand (other brands are fine) and A4 tracing paper
  • Ink:
  • Chinese ink
  • Paints:
  • Set of artist-quality watercolours preferably in pan form rather than tube form (but tube is ok) to include -
  • ivory black
  • titanium white
  • burnt umber
  • ultramarine blue
  • cadmium red
  • cadmium yellow
  • any other colours you like
  • Brushes:
  • One main brush: The Rocks brush available here:
  • Other handmade brushes for painting in this style can be purchased online at above link or during the course with 10% discount for course students.
  • Alternatively, you may use your own 000 (American 00000 – tiniest size) brushes that you currently paint with, plus larger size sable watercolour brushes up to size 5-6
  • Palette with wells to contain water-based paint, water pot
  • Drawing equipment:
  • Sharp HB pencils, erasers, sharpeners, rulers, ruling pen, masking tape
  • Burnisher or polished agate egg or smooth stone/pebble. If not easy to get hold of then a spoon with a smooth back that doesn’t leave marks when rubbed onto paper.
  • Other:
  • Kitchen roll/paper towels and rough paper, clingfilm
  • Cotton wool balls
  • Sponges (washing up sponges, brand new)
  • MDF board that you don't mind ruining on which to stick paper
  • CLEAN FLAT SURFACE that you don't mind getting wet, eg the above MDF board or equivalent, as we'll use masking tape to tape the paper to so as not to destroy your tables
  • Black tea in tea bags, kettle, bowl, sponge for paper preparation - 1st session only
  • Starch (wheat, corn, potato, tapioca, rice – any) and access to cooker/hob plus whisk for paper preparation - 1st session only
Meet the Tutor:

Immerse yourself in the vivid colours and wondrous stories of Persian and Indian miniature paintings. On this short course you will explore Eastern and Western, ancient and modern influences and you will create your own miniature painting.

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