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 of work in a traditional medium. The studio space is especially well equipped and can support work in gilding, marquetry, ceramics, stone and plaster carving.
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 other specialist materials, which may include natural stone, ceramics, real gold leaf, plaster, wood veneers, kiln firings are provided and included in the £300 course fee.