Downloadable course packs by Adam Williamson
Includes guest appearances from Paul Antonio, Leila Dear, Yasmin Hayat, Katya Nosyreva, Stephanie June Ellis, Lisa Delong, Soraya Syed and Adam Tetlow.
Courses pack includes class video recording plus additional resources which can handouts, slideshow and class conversation and supporting material.
Learn how to draw this glorious woven radial biomorphic (arabesque) Mamluk pattern. This class will combine both freehand and geometric elements. There will be an overview of the terminology associated with Mamluk decorative forms and explore the various motifs and compositional devices used to build classical biomorphic patterns.
The Dome of Ali Qapu
Online session absorbing the hidden majesty of the sublime 16th Century Dome of Ali Qapu Palace in Isfahan. Its delicate earthy tempora contrasting the shamsah tiles of the Lotfollah dome on the opposite side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The floral motifs alternate between hatayi and bulut cloud forms. Ali Qapu is unique for its naturalistic wall paintings by the miniature painter Reza Abbasi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I, and his pupils. The palace served as the official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty.
Enneagon Muqarnas , art of Afghanistan
To celebrate the arts and crafts and rich decorative history of Afghanistan we will study the famous Boteh symbol (also know as the paisley) over two sessions. This sacred symbol representing the (cypress) tree of life and originally the Zoroaster sacred flame proliferates the sublime Great Mosque of Herat in Afghanistan.
Biomorphs of the Indomalayan Realm
Study patterns from the The Forbidden City in Beijing, China. From Kelantan, Malaysia and Jepara, Java. Many Islamic styles in the Middle East have been inspired by Chinese art forms and then returned to Southeast Asia in a confluence of styles resulting in sublime syncretic masterpieces.
Patterns of Palermo ~ Moorish Sicily
RECORDED LIVE ON LOCATION IN ITALY We will explore Sicilys rich history and confluence of styles through two Unseco World Heritage sites. A cultural fusion of Norman ambition, Fatmid Architecture, Moorish interlacing arches and Byzantine mosaics of The Monreale and Palermo Cathedrals.
Lotfollah Iwan Panel
raw this sublime 17th century Safavid 8 fold pattern under the Iwan at the entrance gate to the Sheikh Lotfollah in Isfahan. The body of the sumptuous bioficating spiral pattern is a series of reflecting isosceles triangles surrounding a central illuminated 16 fold peacock medallion
ONLINE – Online Drawing Prayer / Fundraiser13:00 - 15:30 PM GMT Sunday 12th, 2023
Join us for a free conscious drawing practice to raise funds for the ongoing humanitarian crisis, spotlighting the power of art, history, and universal prayer as a means to bring diverse communities together. The spirit of this event is to transcend politics and religion, focusing on the inherent humanity we all share.