CE3) Introduction to Islamic Art - Journey Through Geometric Patterns of the Islamic Lands (Online)

Islamic Geometric Patterns have adorned palaces, madrassas, and mosques and Illuminated Manuscripts from Spain across North Africa and Asia to China from the 8th century till now. In this course, participants will have the opportunity to recreate a few of these beautiful patterns from different corners of the Islamic Lands using a compass and straightedge, the same tools that would have been used by countless geometers & artisans for centuries across the Islamic Lands.

Every session will begin with providing an overview of the pattern’s context in terms of its location & historical context. The second half will provide a guided step by step process of drawing an underlying grid of circles and lines, leading to outline & colour shapes to form beautiful patterns.

This course would be ideal for anyone interested in gaining a fuller & contextualized understanding of the range and variety of Islamic Geometric Patterns across the world. Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience in drawing patterns.

Class Outline

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

A4 & A3 smooth paper

2H pencil/mechanical pencil

2B pencil, 30cm ruler

Technical compass



Fineliner pens & colouring pencils and/or pens.


See www.samiramian.uk/equipment for detailed recommendations or visit www.amazon.com/shop/samira.mian for quick links (affiliated links).

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

Mon, 23 May, 2022
Wed, 15 Jun, 2022
Mondays and Wednesdays
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
QAR 2500


Samira Mian

Breathing new life into the centuries-old technique of straight edge & compasses rigorous geometry to create beautifully simple & intricate patterns, Samira Mian uses her background in Mathematics and Education to share her knowledge & passion for Islamic Geometric Patterns. 

For the last 6 years, she has regularly taught in-person in the UK and had opportunities to teach abroad in the UAE, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Spain & Morocco.

Prior to the pandemic, Samira had always enjoyed connecting with & teaching a diverse range of people online via her social media and online courses. Being part of a global community enables her to teach virtually online with her own recorded & live courses & workshops as well as bespoke workshops tailored to schools, societies, museums, charities, corporate staff events & families.

You can read more about me on my website: https://www.samiramian.uk/about


Asma Ul Hosna