Taught by Richard Henry, this introductory workshop is suitable for beginners, or those seeking to refresh their skills. This is the second of an ON-LINE series of workshops exploring 6 and 12-fold symmetry. This week we will using the an expanded Creation Diagram as our basis to re-create a stunning curvilinear pattern from the Court of Myrtles in the Alhambra, Granada (image below). There will be a brief contextual slide lecture exploring the historical variations on this design and its Andaluz relatives, with suggestions of how through transformation and tessellation it can be a rich source of striking new designs. Artist Delfina Bottesini will share her innovative design work across her numerous commissions inspired by variations upon this pattern. Each participant will receive a PDF handout detailing the steps undertaken to re-create the design, as well as access to a video recording of the session and additional supporting material. The course content will complement, but differ from our other ON-LINE courses. (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical instances and variations on the pattern, as well as former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee: £15, or register for the whole series of 15 workshops for £90 (£70 concessions).

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
  • Masking Tape
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)
Intro Course: 6/12-fold

Curvilinear Alicatado (cut ceramic tile design) from the court of Myrtles in the Alhambra, Spain.

Course Details

On-line GeometryAlhambra Alicatado
What will I receive? 2.5 hour class video, plus contextual material, including e- booklet with instructional drawings.
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Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.