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Turkish Marbling - Ebru Classes

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Address: Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus Sk. No:19 Floor :3 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34400, Turkey
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+90 544 220 1022
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

We are an Art Gallery and organise Traditional Turkish, Ottoman marbling -...

We are an Art Gallery and organise Traditional Turkish, Ottoman marbling - Ebru workshops in our Art Gallery in Sultanahmet. Lessons are 2 hours with our local professional teachers from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul.Turkish Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to marble or other stone, hence the name. You can also draw flower figures which is traditional in Ottoman Art. The things you can capable of painting with Ebru is unlimited. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution known as size, and then carefully transferred to a sheet of paper (or other surfaces such as fabric). This decorative material has been used to cover a variety of surfaces for several centuries. It is often employed as a writing surface for calligraphy, and especially book covers and endpapers in bookbinding and stationery. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monoprint.Need a break from the hustle and bustle of tourist life in Istanbul? Come take an art class with us.

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I took the marbling class and it was one of the highlights of our trip. It was not my first time in istanbul but taking this class definetely made this time around more memorable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 March 2015
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2015

I took the marbling class and it was one of the highlights of our trip. It was not my first time in istanbul but taking this class definetely made this time around more memorable. Mrs Betul is just the sweetest lady you will ever meet. She's so patient and she really let me take my time with my Ebru pieces.... More 

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2014

I am a great admirer of ebru art. For this, even though I live in Athens, I made the decision to make myself a present enrolling for an ebru seminar in Istanbul, which happens to be my grandfather’s birth place. I searched on the internet and came across Les Art Turcs Gallery, and finally, last week I had the overwhelming... More 

Thank Rozanthe
Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014 via mobile

I booked this class as a surprise for my wife but then noticed that Calligraphy classes were also on offer so I booked myself in as well. Ali, Betul & Hakkan were perfect hosts and were passionate about their work and their mission. Wonderful human being engaged in important work. My wife enjoyed her first 2 hour session so much,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2014 via mobile

I had a really fantastic time learning the art of ebru. The session absolutely flies by! Ebru itself is actually very relaxing - it's kind of meditative! But also really fun. The perfect antidote to istanbul's sometimes overwhelming frenzy of activity. The lesson was a mix of being guided on how to do many different techniques and being able to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

What fun we had leaning to marble with Betul! An outstanding artist, she was so patient with my daughter and I and so enthusiastic about our successes. We made quite a few pieces of art that we were able to bring home with us. This lovely studio in the third floor of the art shop she shares with her husband... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

For anyone interested in Ebru, Turkish Marbling, spending an afternoon with these folks is a delight. We were able to take a two-hour class with their master instructor on the very last day of our two week vacation. What a top-off way to spend the day! We made about 10-15 art pieces of varying technique, which we brought home and... More 

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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

Betul and Ali are lovely, warm people and the morning we spent with them was most enjoyable and informative. Six of us took turns in learning the art of Ebru and it was fascinating. At the end of it, we had several frame-worthy pictures. Ali spent time chatting and relating trivia about the place. He mentioned an Indian restaurant, Dubb,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

I'm so happy I signed up for this introductory course. Betul welcomed me up to the 3rd floor studio of her house/store as her only pupil that morning. She is a very patient teacher who first demonstrates basic ebru techniques and then lets you try your hand. Betul makes it look all so easy and the student work she showed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

After going to the Topkapi Palace and seeing the fine examples of Turkish marbled paper adorned with a tulip design, you can walk down the hill by the palace walls to Sengular Travel and take a class in Ebru (Turkish Marbling). My husband and I discovered Les Arts Turcs on a trip to Istanbul last October and we spent an... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

If you are trying to figure out how to make your trip to Istanbul more meaningful and more interesting (in a city that is already fascinating) this is the place. The Ebru marbling class was professional and top notch. I felt like I learned something about the art, the artist, and the people of Turkey on a larger scale. The... More 

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