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Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course

at Turkish Cultural Center New York - Midtown

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Midtown, Manhattan
56 W 45th Street New York 4th Floor
(6th Avenue - 45th Street)
New York, New York 10036
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 12 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Mustafa Yasar

What you'll learn in this marbling class:

Ebru, also known as Water Marbling is the beautiful ancient art of painting on water and then transferring the image to paper. Learn about the paints, additives and tools required, then create your own unique masterpiece under the guidance of our talented instructor Mustafa Yasar. 

Ebru’s original name was Ebre in Jagatai dialect and during its journey through Iran via the Silk Road this name was changed into Ebri (cloud-like) then ABRU (face of water). Seljukian and Ottoman periods saw a widespread performance of this art in the Asia Minor with its final name Ebru. Ebru is the only word used today in Turkey.

As the Europeans discovered this art via merchants and pilgrims at the beginning of the 17th century, they called it Turkish Paper and later Water Marbling.

Ebru Practice:
Traditionally Ebru is done in Water that has been thickened with the addition of the naturally occurring substance, Gum tragacanth, a special type of glue.

Paints obtained form mineral oxides, again another natural product, one mixed with Ox-Gall, and then sprinkled over the surface of the water and dispersed with the help of brushes made from rose branches and horse hair.

The design that occurs on the surface of the water can be given form, motifs and flower Designs can be added, and then placing a sheet of Paper over the design, the design is transferred to the new medium.

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We try to accommodate in the event of difficulty attending classes and will try to fit you into the next season of classes. If that is not suitable, 90% refund will be offered if cancellation is made within 48 hours before or immediately after 1st class is taken.


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Question from anonymous
Will I need to wear old clothes or an apron? Will the paint splatter?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Everything is provided, so no need to bring anything to the class. Thanks!
Answer from anonymous
Hi Brenda, Thanks for the info, but it didn’t answer my question. Will I need to wear clothing that might get paint on them?
Answer from anonymous
Thank you, Brenda, but this did not answer my question. Do I need to be concerned about my clothing and paint splatter?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The school will provide everything for the class like an apron and other things but you can bring your own apron if you prefer. They will teach how to use the brush so if students are careful, they should be okay. But if you are concerned about your clothes getting paint on them, you may wear old clothes. Hope this helps, thanks!
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Question from annique a.
I really want to take this class. Would it be ok if my daughter who is 6 comes and she will sit and play her phone game? I don’t have baby sitters
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Annique! Yes, you can attend the class with your daughter. Hope this helps.
Question from Anonymous
Hello! Do you offer classes on silk scarf water marbling?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Turkish Cultural Center New York use only paper for the class and they do not offer classes on silk scarf water marbling. Thanks!
Question from Anonymous
I would like to take this Ebru class with Mustafa Yasar, at the Turkish Cultural Center, but I cannot this weekend (27 Oct, '18) - Will it be offered again soon? Thank you.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! The course is only available on the published date and time. We do not have the new schedule yet but if you like, you may save this class on your wishlist so you'll be automatically notified when we add new dates.
Question from anonymous
How can I join this course from Oman and how to arrange material required. What will be the cost of material?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The class is in New York, hence you have to be in New York to join the class. Students don't have to bring any material to the class. Everything is included. The school doesn't sell materials, but students can find it online on Amazon (type; water marbling supplies - the set is around $100).
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Reviews of Classes at Turkish Cultural Center New York (42)

(42 Reviews)
Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/8/2019
Loved this class. Mustapha is a wonderful teacher. So much fun and learned a lot. The small class size gave everyone a chance to make two pieces. Was just as interesting to marble the paper as it was to watch others. I look forward to taking more classes with him in the future.
Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course
Reviewed by Lale U. on 7/7/2019
The instructor was very knowledgeable, thoughtful, patient and kind — we had plenty of time to try out different techniques. Super fun class!
Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/1/2019
The information & technique involved are fascinating but the instructor is there to give information too. He should have given us a handout with all the materials needed & written instructions on how to make the water necessary for it. Additionally, he needed more than 2 water trays for the 15 people, since it takes time to make a painting experimenting with the technique, & only 2 people at a time can have a turn, meaning some people waited til the class was almost over. It also takes time for the paper to dry and more information about this & perhaps where to purchase materials could be given such as websites & stores. But it was an interesting & fun class! I’d recommend it.
Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course
Reviewed by Sarah R. on 6/17/2019
Mustafa was an excellent instructor. He was patient and modeled several different designs for us. By the time my friend and I got up to try it on our own I felt very confident in my abilities. I am very happy with the Ebru art I created during the class and hope to do more on my own.
Water Marbling: Ebru Art Course
Reviewed by Stephanie C. on 4/21/2019
Super enjoyable and such a great intro to Turkish culture and Ebru marbling. The instructor is passionate about this art and is patient with all of the participants. I highly recommend this course for both adults and children. At the end, it was such a treat to have Turkish tea and drink it while learning about book culture and the Ottoman empire, brought me back to when I visited Istanbul.

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Turkish Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable, cultural, educational non profit organization dedicated to promote harmony in diverse cultural setting in the United States. Building, increasing and/or fostering a strong and lasting friendship by promoting a better understanding that...

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