The summer school is a 1, 2 or 3 week intensive programme. It is open to students who are new to Islamic Patterns, as well as those with some previous experience. Week 1 is an intensive version of our weekly introductory course and assumes no previous knowledge of Islamic Patterns. On Week 2 the teaching is also at an introductory level, but has different content to our other introductory courses, so it can be taken as a ‘refresher’ course, or as a stand-alone course in its own right. Week 3 of the Summer School will comprise an advanced course focusing on a particular region. This year the course for Week 3 will be one of our most popular follow-courses Creative Design.
Over the three weeks we will cover all aspects of Islamic pattern making, including geometric drawing, biomorphic design/Arabesque and each week will culminate a traditional craft element.
NOTE: Students may choose to attend 1,2 or all 3 weeks of the programme. Participants who choose to enrol for 2 weeks are entitled to a £80 discount. Those who enrol for all 3 weeks receive a £160 discount.
Summer School – Week 1
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 5th-9th August 2019
This introductory module will introduce 6-fold and 12-fold geometric patterns from across the Islamic world, together with elementary biomorphic patterns, with a focus upon the Rumi motif. There will be two brief contextual slide lectures. The module culminates with a practical element, in which students create work in a traditional medium. In Week 1 students will have the opportunity to explore painting and gilding with real gold leaf.
(Week 1 can be taken as a stand-alone module, or together with Week 2&3)
This module will cover 4 and 8-fold geometric patterns from across the Islamic world, together with elementary biomorphic patterns, with a focus upon the complex Rumi patterns and introducing the Hatayi style. The module culminates with a practical craft element. The craft focus in Week 2 will be 3-dimensional carving. Students will have the opportunity to produce in plaster, using traditional tools and methods.
(Week 2 can be taken as a stand-alone module, or together with Week 1&3)
Summer School – Week 3 – Pigment, Paint & Pattern
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 19th – 23rd August 2019
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.
Learn how pigments are made from roots, berries, beetles, oxides and minerals and make your own set of water colours. Explore how pigments are sourced, precipitated and ground and how various binders are used to turned pigments into paint.
The course will also cover colour theory, alchemy & symbolism. It will culminate in a series of geometric pattern paintings within an enlarged composition, using the hand-made colours created by the students.
(Week 3 can be taken as a stand-alone module for those who have already completed an introductory course, or have an equivalent level of experience)