IA03) Islamic Geometry: Moorish Patterns (Advanced)

With a focus on the beautiful mosaic patterns from Andalusian Spain and Morocco, this is a course for designers and returning students with an interest in Islamic geometric construction. Participants will study Moorish patterns using different grids, learn how a range of patterns is developed, understand tiling and repetition techniques, and overall improve their drafting skills.
* Some drafting experience is necessary for this course.

Class Outline

Class 1

Introduction to the study of Moorish patterns, grids and tiling. Construction of a basic Zellige pattern. 

Class 2

Exploration of Zellig mosaics and their geometry. 

Construction of pattern

Class 3

Construction of pattern

Class 4

Construction of pattern 

Class 5

Construction of pattern

Class 6

Construction of pattern

Class 7

Final project in a medium of the participant's choice – creating a mosaic or a painting

Class 8

Completion of the final project

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

• A3 smooth Bristol paper pad (200/250gsm)
• Clear plastic ruler, short (~15cm)
• Clear plastic ruler, long (~minimum 30cm)
• Professional drafting compass set (contact the instructor for recommendations, if needed)
• Sandpaper to sharpen leads
• A3 Tracing paper
• Mechanical pencils:
For drafting, preferably 0.3mm pencil, with 2H or HB leads, but 0.5mm pencil will also suffice.
For tracing, 0.7mm, with soft 2B lead.
• Set of pigment/fine-liner pens, assorted colors, and preferably waterproof.
• Eraser
• Removable scotch tape

• For final project: Watercolor paper / Illustration Board / Canvas / Paints / Any media of student’s choice. 
This can be purchased later during the course, and is not needed for the initial sessions.

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Thu, 21 Jan, 2021
Thu, 11 Mar, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00pm
QAR 1000


Aziza Iqbal

Influenced by tradition and channeling the contemporary, Aziza Iqbal is a visual artist and pattern specialist based in Qatar. Her foundation lies in the geometry and spirit of Islamic art, crafts and architecture.

Previously a graphic designer, and having always been inclined towards mathematics with a penchant for details, she has done several courses in sacred geometry with the UK-based Art of Islamic Pattern tutors and workshops with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

Aziza has travelled extensively to Andalucía, Turkey, India and Morocco to study Islamic architectural heritage, and this has been the main inspiration for her work. She is also greatly influenced by the geometric tribal carpet patterns from across the Middle East/North Africa region (MENA) and Central Asia.