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
9.00am – 3.00pm, Monday – Friday, 30th April – 4th May 2018
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 – Persian Patterns
9.00am – 3.00pm Monday – Friday
7th – 11th May 2018
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 Persia.
The focus of the course will be upon patterns from medieval Iran/Persia, where Islamic art reached an extraordinary peak of perfection. We will look in particular at the stunning 10-fold rosette patterns, the use of the Golden Section in constructing these patterns and explore links between more recently discovered ‘Penrose’ tilings and medieval Persian ‘girih’ (knot) patterns. Students will learn to integrate these complex geometric designs with the family of Persian biomorphic motifs and explore more advanced compositions. A number of new patterns will be introduced, so former students are invited to return for this refreshed presentaiton.
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.