Islamic Pattern Introductory Course

30 September '17 at 10:30 am - 6 January '18 at 1:00 am

This is a practical introduction to the principles of Islamic Pattern. Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge we will each week re-create a beautiful pattern from a different part of the Islamic world. By working with designs of progressive complexity students develop a solid grounding in the language of symmetry in Islamic Art. As the course progresses, students are also introduced to the principles of free-hand biomorphic design (also known as Islimi/Arabesque) and learn to integrate these more fluid designs with geometric pattern.

The practical work is supplemented by contextual slide lectures and each student receives a comprehensive series of handouts detailing the steps undertaken to re-create each pattern. This is so that students can practise and develop their work at home between and beyond the sessions.

The course culminates with each student creating a final piece in plaster using traditional Moroccan tools and techniques.

Group Size: We normally limit group sizes to 14 students. This ensures maximum attention for each individual student.

Materials: Students are advised to purchase a good quality compass (approx £20) in advance of the course. All ot


Stour Space

7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London E3 2PA


Art of Islamic Pattern

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