Online Introductory Workshop exploring 8-fold Symmetry.
NOTE: This work shop was presented LIVE on 9th May. 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.
This is the first of an ON-LINE series of workshops exploring 8-fold symmetry. 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. Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge we will consider a range of 8-fold designs, with a particular focus upon patterns from from Morocco and Andalucia. There will be a brief contextual slide lecture referencing the underlying symbolism of the designs and illustrating their historical occurences. Each participant will receive 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. The course content will complement, but differ from our other ON-LINE courses. (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical 8-fold designs and former students’ work ).
Registration Fee: £15. Full Series of 15 sessions: £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
- Optional – Coloured pencils.
- Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)