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On-line Geometry
Exploring 8-Fold Symmetry (4)


What will I receive?
2.5 hour class video, plus contextual material, including e- booklet with instructional drawings.



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Terms & Conditions:
Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.

Alhambra Alicatado design. Artwork @ammarjiman
Alhambra Alicatado design. Artwork @ammarjiman

Taught by Richard Henry, this introductory workshop is suitable for beginners, or those seeking to refresh their skills.

Patterns based upon 8-fold symmetry are found across the Islamic world and represent one of the three main families of symmetry in Islamic geometric art. In this workshop we explore the family of ‘Kite Chase’ chase patterns, often referred to as ‘Mafrooka’. We will consider their underlying proportions, in particular the Silver Ratio, and recreate the classic design (above) from the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra, amongst other related designs. Each participant will receive a video recording, and supporting material, including a PDF handout detailing the steps undertaken to re-create each pattern, so that students can re-create the design at home after the class. Although this can be taken as a stand-alone workshop, we will build upon themes introduced in earlier workshops in the Exploring 8-fold Symmetry Series, which can be downloaded from our archive. (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical 8-fold designs and former students’ work).

REQUIRED equipment & materials

  • A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)
  • A ruler
  • Cartridge paper, 3 sheets – A3 size ideally heavy weight (150gsm plus)
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Masking Tape
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Scissors
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)
Multi-level Kite Chase design from the Jameh Mosque, Isfahan (photo: R Henry)

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