Spring Intensive

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
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 24 – 28th April 2017


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 each student creating a final piece of work in a traditional medium.

Week 2 – Moorish Patterns
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 1st – 5th May 2017

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 the Maghreb and Andalucia.

We will look at the more complex multi-petal rosettes so typical of this region, and study their underlying geometric principles with a view to creating both classical and original designs. We will learn to integrate these geometric designs with the family of Moorish biomorphic motifs and explore more advanced compositions.

(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.

Plaster carving


Course Details

Spring Intensive:2018 Dates TBC
5 or 10 day intensive course:Mon -Fri, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Location:Studio 31 Cell studios 80-84 Wallis road London E9 5LW
Course fee for 1 week:£320 (including materials)
Course fee for 2 weeks combined: £600 (including materials)
Terms & Conditions:If enrolling for the full 2 week programme, we require a 50% deposit of £300 to reserve a place. The balance of £300 is payable on the first day of the course. If enrolling for just one week, we require a deposit of £160. Deposit refundable if 5 weeks' notice of cancellation given.
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