Over the course of six weeks you will learn how to construct beautiful patterns which have adorned Mosques, Madrassas and Palaces for over twelve centuries across the Islamic Lands and beyond.
Each week students learn to construct new patterns step by step using a compass and straight edge. Led by Samira Mian, a gifted and generous tutor, you will progress from fairly simple patterns to more complex compositions through the course. All patterns are accompanied by a detailed step by step guide emailed to students each week to enable them to work on and reproduce the patterns at home independently.
The final two weeks will be practical sessions dedicated to you producing your exhibition pieces. Inspiration will be taken from traditional colours & patterns seen around the Islamic world. You will use the patterns and skills learned on the course to enable you to trace, tile and transfer your designs to water colour paper to be painted in water colour or gouache.
The Exhibition takes place in the cafe after the course is completed. It is a wonderful opportunity to share and appreciate our work with friends, family and fellow students.
Recommended equipment and materials – Samira and OPEN have stocks which you may use to start. As you build confidence and enthusiasm, Samira guides you in the best buys.
Compass, ruler, pencil, A3 plain paper, eraser, sharpener, coloured pencils and fineliner pens
For full details visit www.samiramian.uk/equipment
About Samira Mian – workshop leader
A budding artist and experienced educator interested in tapping in to her 12 years teaching experience to lead Islamic Geometry workshops. Samira began studying this form if Islamic Art in September 2013 with The Art of Islamic Pattern. The genuinely inspirational teaching of the Adam Williamson & Richard Henry lead her to complete three 10 week courses and a field trip to Granada, Spain with them. She spent 2015 in Fez, Morocco, studying Arabic and in her spare time analysing, constructing and painting geometric patterns in the inspirational environment of the old Medina. She also went on to run a series of workshops there with the American Language Centre. Since returning from Fez, Samira has begun running workshops closer to home in Harrow, Kingston, Leeds and Manchester and now Ealing. http://www.samiramian.uk/