Art of Islamic Pattern

Courses, Educational Tours & Resources

Discover how patterns of profound beauty and subtle complexity can be created from the simplest of means and develop practical skills in the arts and crafts of the Islamic world.

In these unique skills-based courses students use traditional methods to explore a range of classic Islamic designs and learn how to integrate freehand biomorphic motifs (Islimi/Arabesque) with geometric patterns. Students also have the opportunity to develop work using traditional techniques, including painting, gilding, ceramics, marquetry, stone and plaster carving. The practical work is supplemented by contextual slide lectures and the underlying symbolism of the forms is examined.

Art of Islamic Pattern was founded in 2008 by artists Richard Henry and Adam Williamson read more…

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Islamic Art Biennale in Jeddah and open public workshops with the V&A Museum

Articles Aramco World Magazine exploring Patterns from around the world. These publications are accompanied by films exploring each pattern in detail. 

In The News

Our online classes were featured in the Wall Street Journal.

India ~ Nov ’24

India ~ Nov ’24

Join us for an artist immersion into the otherworldly wonders of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. We will draw geometric and biomorphic ornamental pattern...

LONDON ~ Plaster carving Aug/Sept ’24

LONDON ~ Plaster carving Aug/Sept ’24

Plaster carved Rosette ~ London studios, 31st August - 1st September 2024 Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Granada ~ Sept ’24

Granada ~ Sept ’24

Studying patterns of the Alhambra and create a leather embossing artwork. 25 - 28th Sept 2024

Marrakech ~ April ’25

Marrakech ~ April ’25

Study trip to Marrakech, Morocco. 14th – 18th April 2025

LONDON ~ Gothic Drawing and Carving – August ’24

LONDON ~ Gothic Drawing and Carving – August ’24

Plaster carved Rosette ~ London studios, 10 & 11th August 2024 Saturday & Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Istanbul ~ Sept ’24

Istanbul ~ Sept ’24

Classes within the exceptionally well-appointed 17th century Tekke in the heart of the historic area. 17th - 21st Sept 2024

Córdoba October ’24

Córdoba October ’24

Four-day workshop in Córdoba & Seville, Spain studying Moorish Patterns, 1st -5th October 2024

LONDON ~ Wood Marquetry ~ August ’24

LONDON ~ Wood Marquetry ~ August ’24

Weekend Wood Marquetry workshop, in our London studios. 17 & 18th August 2024

Cairo ~ Feb ’25

Cairo ~ Feb ’25

Visits to the famous medieval Sultan Hasan Mosque & Ibn Tulun Mosque. The course will take place at the historic UNESCO Bayt Yakan

Online Classes

Online Classes

All online class listed here

Fez, Morocco ~ April ’25

Fez, Morocco ~ April ’25

Study trip to Fez, Morocco. 21-25th April 2025

V&A Museum ~ Free workshop

V&A Museum ~ Free workshop

Take part in this families workshop and explore 3D shapes and structures! 11.00 – 16.00 Wednesday, 10 – Friday, 12 April 2024