Student work from Module 2: Exploring 8-Fold Symmetry


Taught by Richard Henry, ‘Drawing Islamic Geometric Patterns’ is an on-line intensive course, specifically aimed at beginners and builds from the simplest to designs to the most complex. It will enable participants to develop a strong foundation in understanding classical designs and accurately drawing them, as well as showing multiple examples within their historic context.

There are 15 classes in total, equivalent to a 15 week course, each class is a minimum of 2.5 hours, a total of approximately 40 hours of teaching material. The material is divided into three modules covering each main family of symmetry within Islamic geometric art. Students can enrol for an individual module, or join the whole series for a discount. Scroll through header images above to see examples of patterns covered and former students’ work.

Module 1

Exploring 6 and 12-fold symmetry. Classic proportioning rectangles, isometric layouts, tessellation and common rosette designs. Focus upon historical designs from Morocco, Andalucia, Anatolia and Egypt. 5 classes, 13 hours approx.

Module 2

Exploring 4 and 8-fold symmetry. Focus upon the ‘zillij’ language of geometric designs, most closely associated historically with the Maghreb. 5 classes, 13 hours.

Module 3

Exploring 5 and 10-fold symmetry. The role of the golden mean in Islamic geometric patterns, historical focus upon patters from Mamluk Cairo and medieval Persia, how to develop more complex rosettes. 5 classes, 14 hours approx.

Expanded 20-fold rosette design from the Museum of the Alhambra, studied in Module 3: Exploring 5 and 10-fold symmetry

Course Details

On-line:Drawing Islamic Geometric Patterns
Full Series
What will I receive?40 hours of class videos with supporting material.
Full Series £160:
Concessions £120:
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.