REGISTRATION WILL REMAIN OPEN THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION New Registrants receive recordings of previous classes and invites to remaining LIVE sessions.

Taught by Richard Henry, this NEW SERIES will focus upon patterns for the Topkapi Scroll

Housed within the museum of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul the 30 meter scroll, believed to have been prepared in Safavid Persia in the 15th century, is one of the most important historical documents within the field of Islamic geometric pattens. Comprised of 114 drawings, it offers key insights into the thinking of the medieval pattern masters, often illustrating hidden sud-grids from which surface patterns are derived.

In this 6 week course, we will dive into this extraordinary document and recreate a series of key designs from the scroll. We will uncover connections to a much broader range of designs found throughout the Islamic world and consider the implications for  our own contemporary work.

This intermediate-advanced level course is suitable for students who already have experience in constructing patterns by hand with compass and ruler (complete beginners would be advised to complete either the Primer Series or one of the Explorer Series in order to gain the most from this 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 will be available to download to ALL registrants after each session, whether they are able to attend the ‘live’ session or not. (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of complex and combined rosettes, typical of those that we will examine in this series, as well as former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee – Full Series: £60 – £90.

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 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 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)

Course Details

On-line:NEW SERIES: Patterns from the Topkapi Scroll
Dates:24th October - 5th December 2020
NOTE:No Session on 14th November
Saturdays3:00pm - 5:30pm BST (GMT + 1)
Standard Fee £90:
Concessions £60:
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.
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.