Geometric, Arabesque & Plaster carving workshops


Toronto, Canada 
23- 26th July 2020

This 4-day program will include 8 distinct but complementary sessions. Participants are welcome to take one or all the sessions.

Classes will be held inside the Ismaili Centre Toronto / Aga Khan Museum

Those signing up for 2 or 3 days will receive a 10% discount.

Register for day 1 & 2 Islamic Pattern Classes $405 CAD.

Register for day 1 & 2 Islamic Pattern Classes + day 3 Plaster carving $540 CAD

All course materials and equipment will be provided.

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DAY 1

Thursday 23 July 2020

Introducing Islamic Geometric Patterns 
9.30am – 12pm  $75 CAD

Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge we will a create a traditional geometric design and explore principles of tessellation.

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Arabesque Pattern
2 – 4.30pm   $75 CAD

Introduction to the fluid, versatile freehand biomorphic aspects of Islamic Pattern.

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Geometric Mamluk Patterns
6 – 8.30pm $75 CAD

Architectural focus upon the door patterns and screens from Medieval Cairo and studies of surface ornament within the mosques of Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hassan

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DAY 2

Friday 24 July 2020

Geometric Persian Patterns
9.30am – 12pm   $75 CAD

This session will focus on building patterns from medieval Persia and 5&10-fold symmetry. 

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Arabesque Mamluk Patterns
1.00 – 3:30pm $75 CAD

Learn beautiful biomorphic motifs from Egypt & Syria and draw this stunning 12 fold frontispiece of the Sultan Uljaytu Quran (pictured right).

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2 copyArabesque Persian Patterns
6 – 8.30pm $75 CAD

Create a beautiful 6 fold ‘Rumi Islimi pattern’ from Kerman (pictured right) & learn about the ‘Rumi’ family of biomorphic motifs.

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Pattern and Symbol in Islamic Art
Public Lecture
9-10pm  (free)

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DAY 3

Saturday 25 July 2020

SPECIAL CLASS!

Draw the Ismaili Centre Toronto’s Carpet Motif
6 – 8.30pm $75 CAD

This session will focus on drawing the 8 fold Aga Khan symbol.

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DAY 4

Sunday 26 July 2020

Plaster Carving
2 – 8pm $150 CAD


Experience one of the most satisfying carving processes and complete a geometric and biomorphic pattern of your choice. Using traditional Moroccan tools and techniques.

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Course Details

9 separate 2.5 hour long classes23- 26th July 2020
Location:77 Wynford Drive in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Booking:We require the course fee to be paid in order to register a place. Payments refundable if 5 weeks' notice of cancellation given.
Reserve a Place:
Register for day 1 & 2 Islamic Pattern Classes $405 CAD
Register for day 1 & 2 Islamic Pattern Classes + day 3 Plaster carving
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Introducing Islamic Geometric Patterns, 9.30am – 12pm . Thursday 23 July 2020
Arabesque Pattern 2 – 4.30pm . Thursday 23 July 2020
Geometric Mamluk Patterns 6 - 8.30pm . Thursday 23 July 2020
Geometric Persian Patterns 9.30am – 12pm. Friday 24 July 2020
Arabesque Mamluk Patterns 1.00 – 3:30pm. Friday 24 July 2020
Arabesque Persian Patterns 6 - 8.30pm Friday 24 July 2020
Public Lecture 9-10pm, Friday 24 July 2020FREE
Draw the Aga Khan star 6 - 8.30pm, Saturday 25 July 2020
Plaster Carving 2 – 8pm, Sunday 26 July 2020
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