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

NOTE: This work shop was presented LIVE on 11th July 2020. A video recording, together with slides, handouts and supporting material is available by registering on the right-hand panel. You will receive access to the material within 24 hours of registration.  

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).

Individual class fee: £15. Full series of 15 classes: £70 – £90.

You will receive payment confirmation and within 48 hours before the start of the workshop, a link with joining instructions for the zoom workshop will be sent my email.

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)

Course Details

On-line GeometryExploring 8-Fold Symmetry (4)
Standard Fee £15:
Full Series £90:
Concessions £70:
Note:The concessionary fee is available for full-time students, or those in low paid non-professional work.
Payment Option
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.