14th C Egyptian Quran, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Online Introductory Workshop series exploring 8-fold Symmetry.

Taught by Richard Henry, this introductory workshop is suitable for beginners, or those seeking to refresh their skills.

Patterns based upon 8-fold symmetry are found across the Islamic world and represent one of the three main families of symmetry in Islamic geometric art. This is the second of an ON-LINE series of workshops exploring 8-fold symmetry. In this workshop we will recreate the classic 8-fold rosette within an expanded composition, establish the correct proportions the rosette and understand its relationship to an underlying subgrid of Archimedian tiles. We will consider examples from Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Andalucia and there will be a brief contextual slide lecture surveying historical instances and variations, as well as common mistakes in the recreation of this pattern. Each participant will receive a PDF handout detailing the steps undertaken to re-create each pattern, so that students can re-create the design at home after the class. Although this can be taken as a stand-alone workshop, we will build upon themes introduced in ‘Exploring 8-fold Symmetry 1’, which can be downloaded from our archive. (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical 8-fold designs and former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee: £10 – £15

You will receive payment confirmation and within 48 hours before the start of the workshop, a link with joining instructions for the zoom workshop will be sent my email.

Late Registration and Cut-Off: Anyone registering any later than 11:00 am BST (GMT +1) on the day of the workshop, may be too late to receive the access codes in time to access the afternoon workshop. However everyone who registers will receive a link the recording and other supporting materials within 48 hours of the end of the workshop.

The course will require you to download the free app Zoom

REQUIRED equipment & materials

  • A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)
  • A ruler
  • Cartridge paper, 3 sheets – A3 size ideally heavy weight (150gsm plus)
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Scissors
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)
8-fold Rosette Composition – Student’s work in progress

Course Details

On-line GeometryExploring 8-Fold Symmetry 2
Date:30th May 2020
Saturday:3:00pm - 5.30pm BST (GMT + 1)
Standard Fee £15:
Concessions £10:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Paypal:
Payment Option
Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.