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.
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.
A4 & A3 smooth paper
2H pencil/mechanical pencil
2B pencil, 30cm ruler
Fineliner pens & colouring pencils and/or pens.
On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.
Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:
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 is a VCUarts Qatar alumna with a major in Interior Design. She acquired her first Master from University College London in Qatar (UCL Qatar) in Museum Studies and currently pursuing her second Masters from Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Islamic Art and Architecture. She is working at VCUarts Qatar as Community Education Coordinator and has been teaching community classes for over four years. She has experience teaching interior design classes as part of the community classes and enjoys the process of understanding and transforming spaces. Her work experience includes retail design, marketing and branding, exhibition design, and education.