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

4 copyMonday – 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)

1Summer School – Week 2  –Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 12th – 16th August 2019

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 – Mamluk Patterns

Monday – Friday 10:30am – 4.30pm, 19th – 23rd August 2019

2aIn 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.

This course will explore the interweaving of geometry and Nubati (Arabesque/biomorph) designs created during this prolific period. It will bring to life ancient patterns from majestic Qur’ans, such as those of Sultan Baybars and Sultan Uljaytu. There will also be a strong architectural focus with an emphasis upon the door patterns and screens from Medieval Cairo and studies of surface ornament within the mosques of Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hassan.

The course culminates with a marquetry class inspired by the famous wooden masterpieces of the Mamluks. Students will experience using chisel and mallet and a variety of exotic veneers to create a beautiful piece inspired by designs studied and developed during the course.

(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)



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Course Details

Summer School:5th-23rd August 2019
5, 10 or 15 day intensive course:Mon -Fri, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Location:Bow Arts Trust, 183 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 for 1 week:£320 (including materials)
£160 Deposit:
Course fee for 2 weeks combined: £560 (including materials)
£280 Deposit:
Course fee for 3 weeks combined:£800 (including materials)
£400 Deposit:
Terms & Conditions:If enrolling for the full 3 week programme, we require a 50% deposit of £400 to reserve a place. The balance of £400 is payable on the first day of the course. If enrolling for just one week, we require a deposit of £160. Two weeks will be a £280 deposit. Deposit refundable if 6 weeks' notice of cancellation given.
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