This is a practical introduction to the principles of Islamic Pattern. Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge we will each week re-create a beautiful pattern from a different part of the Islamic world. By working with designs of progressive complexity students develop a solid grounding in the language of symmetry in Islamic Art. As the course progresses, 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 students can practise and develop their work at home between and beyond the sessions. The course culminates with each student creating a final piece in plaster using traditional Moroccan tools and techniques. Group Size: We normally limit group sizes to 14 students. This ensures maximum attention for each individual student. Materials: Students are advised to purchase a good quality compass (approx £20) in advance of the course. All other specialist materials, which may include natural stone, ceramics, real gold leaf, plaster, wood veneers, kiln firings are provided and included in the course fee.

  Plaster carving  

Course Details

Next Presentation:August 1st - September 26th
8 week course:Saturdays, 10:30am - 1pm
NOTE:No session Sept 12th
Location:Studio DG1, Bow Arts Lane, Bow Rd, London E3 2SJ
Public transport:Bow Road Underground (District + Hammersmith & City line) is a 6 minute walk from the studio, Bow Church DLR is 3 min walk.
Course fee:£280 (including specialist materials)
Terms & Conditions:We require a 50% deposit of £140 to reserve a place. The balance of £140 is payable before the first day of the course. Deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course, or replaced with a ‘course voucher’ if 5 weeks notice of cancellation given.
Deposit/Balance £140:
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