Depiction of Paradise on the elevation of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, completed 96AH/715AD

NOTE: This one-off series is being presented with our partner organisation Scripts’n’Scribes, who will handle all registration details. Register Now.

Taught by Richard Henry, this NEW SERIES will focus upon a series of  geometric Patterns from Damascus.

Damascus sits at the junction between east and west in the Islamic world and can be thought of as a gateway of transmission of designs from the east to the west. In this 4 week series we examine a representative selection of designs from the city, looking at such key sites as the Umayyad mosque and Azzem palace and exploring a broad range of historical designs. The class will be suitable for beginners, as well as those seeking to refresh their skills. Taught by Richard Henry, and drawing upon his 2001 research trip to the city, all patterns taught will be new designs not previously taught online before by Richard. All classes will be recorded and available for download after the live presentation for a limited period.

NOTE: There will be an additional ‘course review’ session on August 14th, 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 time-limited access (3 months) to all 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 + review session): GBP £78 / $110 USD


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)

Cut stone panel, Azem Palace, Damascus

Course Details

On-line:Patterns from Damascus
Dates:10th July - July 31st
Course Review:14th August 2021
Saturdays10:30am - 1:00pm (EDT)
2:30pm - 5:00pm (GMT)
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.