Alhambra Alicatado design. Artwork @ammarjiman
Alhambra Alicatado design. Artwork @ammarjiman

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 fourth of an ON-LINE series of workshops exploring 8-fold symmetry. There will be 5 ‘Exploring 8-Fold Symmetry’ sessions in total. In this workshop we explore the family of ‘Kite Chase’ chase patterns, often referred to as ‘Mafrooka’. We will consider their underlying proportions, in particular the Silver Ratio, and recreate the classic design (above) from the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra, amongst other related designs. Each participant will receive a video recording, and supporting material, including 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 earlier workshops in the Exploring 8-fold Symmetry Series, 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. Full Series: £45 – £70 of 5 workshops.

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 12:00 midday 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)
Multi-level Kite Chase design from the Jameh Mosque, Isfahan (photo: R Henry)

Course Details

On-line GeometryExploring 8-Fold Symmetry (4)
Date:11th July 2020
Saturday:3:00pm - 5.30pm BST (GMT + 1)
Standard Fee £15:
Concessions £10:
Full Series £70:
Concessions £45:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Payment Option
Previously enrolled?Earlier payments will be refunded when enrolling for the full series. Ask for further details.
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.