The spring intensive is open to students who are new to Islamic Patterns, as well as those with some previous experience.
NOTE: Students may choose to attend 1 or 2 weeks of the programme. Participants who choose to enrol for 2 weeks are entitled to a £100 discount.
Week 1 – Introductory
10.30am- 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, 22-26th April 2019
Week 1 is an intensive version of our weekly introductory course and will offer students a practical grounding in the principles of Islamic Pattern. Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge we will over the course of the week re-create a series of beautiful patterns from across the Islamic world. By working with designs of progressive complexity students develop a solid grounding in the language of symmetry in Islamic Art.
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 they can consolidate and develop their work beyond the sessions.
The course culminates with a traditional Moroccan plaster carving class in which each student create a final piece.
Week 2 – Mamluk Patterns
10.30am- 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, 29th April – 3rd May 2019
Week 2 offers an opportunity for students, who already have some experience of constructing geometric and arabesque patterns, to gain a deeper understanding of the principles underlying a range of designs found within Egypt and Syria.
In this new follow-on course students who already have some experience of constructing geometric and arabesque patterns now can build upon these skills by focusing upon patterns associated with the Mamluks in Egypt.
This course will explore the interweaving of geometry and Nubati (Arabesque/biomorph) designs created during this prolific period. It will bring to life ancient patterns from majestic Qur’ans, such as those of Sultan Baybars and Sultan Uljaytu. There will also be a strong architectural focus with an emphasis upon the door patterns and screens from Medieval Cairo and studies of surface ornament within the mosques of Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hassan.
The course culminates with a 3 session period of practical application using designs studied and developed during the course. Individual project work will focus on traditional painting & gilding techniques, using 23ct gold leaf.
(Week 2 can be taken as a stand-alone module for those who have already completed an introductory course, or have an equivalent level of experience)
Students are advised to purchase a good quality compass (approx £20) in advance of the course. All other specialist materials are provided and included in the course fee.
Group Size: We normally limit group sizes to 14 students. This ensures maximum attention for each individual student.