Illustration at the Intersection of Byzantine and Popular Cultures

Pera Adult

  • December 14, 2021 / 19:00

The exhibition “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!” brings together today’s understanding and the vibrant world of popular culture with the aesthetics and antiquity of the Byzantine period. We discuss the importance and examples of illustration as part of the workshop’s multidimensional look at the past and present of the art form. Afterwards, we learn about Byzantine art, aesthetics and decorations, and create our own Byzantine patters using symbols from pop culture. 

Materials
Digital devices (tablets, etc. optional)
Acrylics / Gouaches / Watercolors
Pastels
Colored pencils
Ecolines (optional, various colors)
Brush
Water
Water bowl 

Related Exhibition: “What Byzantinism Is This in Istanbul!”: Byzantium in Popular Culture

Instructor: Merve Atılgan
Capacity: 15 participants
Duration: 90 minutes 

Participation fee per workshop: 45 TL
Participation fee per workshop for students: 25 TL 

A participation certificate will be emailed to participants.
Participants are required to bring their own workshop materials. 
The event will take place on the Zoom Meeting app, with a guided online exhibition tour followed by a workshop activity on the exhibition. Workshop link is only shared with ticket owners.
Participants must have their webcams and microphones enabled in order for the instructor to see the participants and provide instructions. By registering, participants give their consent for the above. 

For more information: ogrenme@peramuzesi.org.tr

About Merve Atılgan

Merve Atılgan is an Istanbul-born illustrator with a degree in cartoons and animations. She is a world citizen—part alien, part stardust—who is open to every source of inspiration as she produces character design, concept art and animation, with a particular focus on children’s books. She has been producing, illustrating and dancing since she was five, and with nature as her main source of inspiration, which she translates into posters, wine bottle labels, walls, books and dance.

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