Mirador, Sala De Las Dos Hermanas, Alhambra

This series is a structured course and was presented live on Wednesdays from 5th August – 9th September 2020. REGISTRATION STILL OPEN. New registrants will receive access to video and all supporting materials from all the sessions to work through at their own pace.

Taught by Richard Henry, this NEW SERIES will focus upon the Alhambra.

The Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra, dating from the 13-15th century, represent a high point in Islamic civilisation and are a lasting symbol of the Golden Age of Andalusia. The building complex contains an extraordinary array of designs, many of which are unique in the Islamic world and have proven an inspiration for artists of both east and west, including M C Escher, whose brilliant design work was transformed upon visiting the Alhmabra.

This introductory / post-beginner level course, is open to beginners and those more experienced students seeking to refresh or develop their skills. Over 5 weeks we will study some of the most characteristic surface patterns from the building complex, starting from the simplest designs and tessellations we will progressively work towards more complex patterns. Each session will be 2 hours long. 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 patterns from the Alhambra, typical of those that we will examine in this series, as well as former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee – Full Series: £50 – £75.

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 – 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)

Course Details

On-line:NEW SERIES: Patterns from the Alhambra
Standard Fee £75:
Concessions £50:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Payment Option
Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.