Pierced screen from North India with dual-level 8-fold design.




Taught by Richard Henry, this NEW SERIES will focus upon the geometry of Jaali Screens and lattices.

Found throughout the Islamic world, Jaalis and lattices are essential in the  demarcation and articulation of architectural space.  On a physical level, they moderate and modulate the passage of air and light and thus contribute to temperature, atmosphere and ambience.  They also serve as a symbolic veil, shielding the exteriority of the temporal world from the interior world of the spirit. Composed of unique and dynamic symmetries they create stunning patterns of evanescent light cast upon the  floors and walls of buildings.

In this 7 week course, we will re-create a number of classic screens, studying their underlying geometry and examining the extent to which they both confirm to and deviate from the traditional rules associated Islamic geometric patterns. For this course our main geographical focus will be the Indian sub-continent, where many of the most striking examples are found. Patterns taught will be new designs not previously taught on-line by Richard Henry.

NOTE: There will be an additional ‘course review’ session on May 29th, a one hour open forum during which participants can share their completed work, offer feedback and reflect back upon the course.

This is a beginnersintermediate level course. We will start with some of the simpler designs and then move onto more complex patterns. Scroll through header images to see examples of patterns typical of those that will feature in the course.

Each session will be 2.5 hours long (although occasionally we will overrun slightly). All registrants will receive weekly invites to upcoming LIVE sessions, as well as life-time access to all access to video recordings of all previously presented sessions. A workshop video and additional supporting material (including PDF ebooklets with staged drawings and instructions) will be available to download to ALL registrants after each session, whether they are able to attend the ‘live’ session or not. 

On-line Registration Fee – Full Series: £70 – £95.

You will receive payment confirmation and within 24 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 1:00 pm GMT 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 24 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 – A2 size ideally heavy weight (120gsm plus)
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)

Jaali Screen in Cut Stone, Humayyan’s Tomb, Delhi

Course Details

On-line:Jaali Screens
Dates:27th Feb - 29th May
Course Review:29th May 2021
Saturdays3:00pm - 5:30pm (GMT)
Standard Fee £95:
Concessions £70:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Payment Option
Missed first session?Registrants can join at any stage during the presentation and receive access to recordings of the previous sessions as well as invites to all upcoming LIVE sessions.
Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.