Quran Baybars al-Jashnagir 1306:705 – ref David James Cat 1

NOTE: This workshop was presented LIVE on 6th June. 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 5 and 10-fold symmetry are among the most beautiful and subtle found within Islamic art. There are a number of traditional approaches to drawing these designs. In the previous session, we considered the ‘polygonal’ method. In this workshop will explore an alternative layout based upon radial intersections and proportional modules, typically used in the design of the Quranic pages, as in the Quran Baybars al-Jashnagir illustrated above. There will be a brief contextual slide lecture and each student will receive a video recording of the workshop, together with PDF handouts and a additional supporting material. Although this can be taken as a stand-alone workshop, we will build upon themes introduced in ‘Exploring 5-fold Symmetry 1’, which can be downloaded from our archive.  (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical 10-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)

Zillij panel combining 10-fold rosettes from the Bou Inaniya Madrassa (Merinid period), Fez, Morocco

Course Details

On-line GeometryExploring 5/10-fold Symmetry
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
Payment queries:islamicpattern@gmail.com
Terms & Conditions:Fee is non-refundable, except in the event of cancellation of the course by the host.