REGISTRATION STILL OPEN – New Registrants receive recordings to previous classes and invites to remaining LIVE sessions.

Taught by Richard Henry, this NEW SERIES will focus upon Complex and Combined Rosettes.

The presence of complex geometric designs, in which different rosettes are combined to stunning effect, is one of the unique characteristics of the Islamic geometric tradition. Over 6 sessions we will study a range of complex and combined rosettes, looking at varying number combinations, such as 12-fold and 8-fold combinations, 16-fold & 8-fold, 12-fold & 9-fold and the incorporation of heptagons and pentagons into more exotic designs. We will ask what are the general principles underlying these patterns? Is there a unified approach to their analysis and reconstruction and what do we do when presented with a novel combination that we’ve never seen before? Designs studied will cover the full breadth of the Islamic world from the Indian subcontinent to Iran, Anatolia, Egypt, Syria and the Maghrib.

This intermediate level course is suitable for students who already have experience in constructing patterns by hand with compass and ruler (complete beginners would be advised to complete either the Primer Series or one of the Explorer Series in order to gain the most from this course).

Each session will be 2.5 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 complex and combined rosettes, typical of those that we will examine in this series, as well as former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee – Full Series: £60 – £90.

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)

Alicatado (cut ceramic tile) panel from the Alhambra in Spain, combining 16 and 8-fold rosettes.

Course Details

On-line:NEW SERIES: Complex Rosettes
Date:29th August - 3rd October 2020
Saturdays3:00pm - 5:30pm BST (GMT + 1)
Standard Fee £90:
Concessions £60:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Payment Option
Missed first session?Registrants can join at any stage during the presentation and receive access to recordings of the previous sessions as well as invites to all upcoming LIVE sessions.
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.