This ONLINE course has been prepared by Adam Williamson and Leila Dear. Originally analysed and taught by Keith Critchlow and Paul Marchant.

To celebrate the Valley of Roses festival which would be taking place in Dades Valley, Morocco around this time year, we will draw this famous 14th Century hexagonal masterpiece from the Attarine Medersa, Fez and and
also the Sala de los Ajimeces, Alhambra Palace, in Spain. These mysterious honeycomb patterns combine root two and root three grids and star forms.

We will draw a series of Alicatados (cut ceramic) rosettes from the Attarine and also look at versions that appear elsewhere in Morocco and Spain.

The famously fragrant Pink Rose (Rosa Meldomonac) is the Official “National flower of Morocco”. This class will honour the Valley of Roses festival which would have taken place in Dades Valley around this time year.

To register click the links below. Suggested donations of £5, £15 or £30 to enable us to continue these classes

The Marinid Roses


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REQUIRED equipment & materials

  • A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)
  • A ruler
  • Cartridge paper – A3 size ideally heavy weight (120gsm plus)
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Drop Bow Compass
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)

Course Details

The Marinid Roses
Suggested donations of £5, £15 or £30 to enable us to continue these classes
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