Persian Art/Islamic Art Painting (Art Therapy)

What You'll Do

Experience Persian/Islamic art painting in an art therapy session with me. You will enjoy the experience of small Persia (Persian music, atmosphere, drink and sweet while painting).


Tazhib (or tezhip in Turkish), is an Arabic word derived from “zahab” meaning “gold”. Tazhib is the art of painting arabesque and floral design with gouache, watercolor and crushed gold. The art of Tazhib (gilding or illumination) is the manifestation of Iranian Nature-oriented spirits. The breadth of the climate and diversity of plant species in the country along with their abstract look has led to the creation of this delicate art.


  • All the necessary tools are included in the price. You don't need to have anything with you.
  • Persian special drink and sweets are also included in the price.
  • You will enjoy experiencing small Persia (Persian music, atmosphere, drink and sweet while painting).


To my experience, tazhib is a type of Meditation best defined as a practice to focus one’s mind on an activity (here; tazhib), to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Simultaneous focus of both mind and hands on an activity which is very miniature and sensitive, makes our soul float in a world created by the mind and heart. Painting tazhib is a good chance to make our soul travel to wherever we wish, like a secret garden that no one has ever stepped into, as if God has granted the chance to create our own unique garden!

Moreover, the architecture and painting patterns of the gardens created in Persian painting have a definite traditional and symbolic character. This garden serves as a 'reminder' and 'copy' of Heaven, so it is the terrestrial image of the celestial garden of paradise. The tazhib artwork is also inspired by order and unity in the physical world (nature).

The art of tazhib creates an atmosphere for the observers to make their imagination fly in a serine and peaceful world, away from the chaotic material life.

You will enjoy experiencing small Persia (Persian music, atmosphere, drink and sweet while painting).

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I am Maryam Nadimi and I am a 34-year-old Iranian origin woman, full of passion to the beauty of nature and art. I was interested in painting and artworks from childhood and I was always engaged with creating what I had in my mind. When I was 12 years old I entered to the beautiful world of Persian calligraphy. Later, after I got entered to the university in the field of biology, I obtained the professional degree of Persian calligraphy. At the same time, I started to learn the art of Tazhib (Persian art of illumination and gilding) under the direction of a famous professor in Iran. After moving to Canada to continue my academic domain in university, I haven’t had enough time to get involved in artistic projects, however, after gaining the PhD degree in Genetics from University of Montreal, I started to let my imagination, creativity and artistic talent to move on to create new art pieces. Now, my aim is to transfer love, peace and beauty of Iranian art in multinational atmosphere of Canada and Montreal.