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 £40 discount.
Week 1 – Introductory
10.30am- 4.30pm, Monday – Friday, 22-26th April 2019
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 – Pigment, Paint and Pattern
This is an opportunity for students to create their own water colour set and use it to paint geometric compositions.
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 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.