Miniature Painting

Humaira Abid is a contemporary artist from Pakistan who works with wood. Her recent work combines traditional miniature painting with wood sculpture. Her work examines women’s roles, relationships, and taboos from a cross-cultural perspective.

Humaira Abid picks up ordinary images from everyday life and makes them extraordinary. Her basic interest is situations in ‘relationships’ and their after effects. Some of her work is humorous, some ironical. Her themes are timeless. The presentation is contemporary. She turns, carves, constructs in wood and combines it with different mediums with great skill and detailing.
Abid is one of a small number of female sculptors to rise to the top of her field. Her commitment to her artistic career is illustrated by her continuous pursuit and participation in art residencies, art exhibitions, symposiums and workshops.

Abid’s work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Stranger, KUOW Public Radio, the Seattle Weekly and the Huffington Post. She has appeared in the Stranger’s Arts & Performances Quarterly magazine, Sculptural Pursuit, American art collector magazine and in-flight magazine of AIR INDIA. Documentaries have been produced on Abid’s work by PBS KCTS9 TV Chanel (which got nominated for NW Emmy Awards) and Bellevue Arts Museum, WA, USA.

She has exhibited her exquisite work nationally and internationally including in Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Nepal, Kenya, Dubai, Bolivia, Germany, Russia, UK, USA and won many awards and grants. Abid recently got awarded Artist Trust Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in prestigious galleries and museums throughout the world and been published in books, catalogues and newspapers internationally.

6:30-9:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
Please bring all materials on the first day of our class.

  • Brushes: no. 4 and 6 (sable hair)
  • Brushes: no. 0, 1 and 2 (Cotman/Winsor & Newton, da Vinci or equivalent brand)
  • Liner (Princeton, size 10/0)
  • Winsor Newton, Cotman water colors, studio set
  • White gouache small tube (Winsor & Newton)
  • Shells (will be available in class)
  • Artbin or similar box/container to store colors (preferably with lift out tray box)
  • Small drawing board
  • Arches watercolor paper HP 300 lb. (natural white) 22 x 30
  • 2 White poster board (Pacon brand or similar) with very Smooth surface to practice fine lines
  • Clutch pencil and ‘H’ number refills
  • Tracing paper/sheet (booklet form is ok too and can be shared between students)
  • Scale ruler and lead pencil eraser
  • Gum arabic (small bottle in liquid form is available at art stores. Crystal form is ok too)
Learn the basics of Miniature Painting with renowned contemporary artist and sculptor Humaira Abid. Students will learn line control, different types of rendering, mono- and multi-color approach, color mixing, and making your own gouache using pigments. The course will introduce students to two basic techniques: transparent color rendering known as ‘Neem-Rang’ and opaque color rendering, known as ‘Gad-Rang’. Student will create two paintings during the ten-week class.