Cut-stone floor tiles, Mosque of Suleymaniye, Istanbul

NOTE: This work shop was presented LIVE on 3rd 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 Geometry Primer  workshop is suitable for beginners, or those seeking to refresh their skills.

This is second in a new series of ON-LINE workshops each Wednesday, introducing key geometric principles and ‘starter’ patterns. Each class length will be limited to 90 minutes in length.

This week we will recreate the classic Breath of the Compassionate design, examining its variations and exploring its potential for creating multi-level self similar designs. There will be a brief contextual slide show examining historical examples and a discussion of the symbolism and origin of the name. A workshop video and additional supporting material, including a PDF handout detailing the steps undertaken to re-create the design, will be available to download to ALL registrants after the workshop, whether they are able to attend the ‘live’ session or not. Although this can be taken as a stand-alone workshop, we will build upon themes introduced in Geometry Primer 1 which can be downloaded from our archive. . (Scroll through gallery in banner above to see images of historical designs typical of the patterns that we will examine in this series and former students’ work ).

On-line Registration Fee: £8 – £12

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.

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 48 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)

Dual-level Breath of the Compassionate design in carved plaster, Palais Bahia, Marrakech, Morocco.

Course Details

On-line:Geometry Primer: 2
Standard Fee £12:
Concessions £8:
Full Series £90:
Concessions £60:
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.