16-8 Rosette, watercolour on paper, by Jeea Mirza

NOTE: This work shop was presented LIVE on 1st August 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 ‘post-beginner’/intermediate workshop is suitable for those with some experience of constructing patterns with compass and straight edge. It is open to beginners, but if you are new to this discipline it would be advisable to start with earlier workshops in this series.

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 will recreate the classic Moroccan 16-Fold Rosette surrounded by 8-fold rosettes, framed within an octagon (images above and below). We will consider this design within the context of a wider family of Moroccan designs and demonstrate how to establish the critical proportioning of the individual shapes with 100% accuracy. 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: ££15. Full series of 15 classes: £70 – £90.

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)
Zouaq door panel, Dar Seffarine, Fez, Morocco

Course Details

On-line GeometryExploring 8-Fold Symmetry (5)
AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
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.
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Payment Option
Previously enrolled?Earlier payments will be refunded when enrolling for the full series. Ask for further details.
Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.