A weeks study in Fez.
This is a practical introduction to the principles of Islamic Pattern. Using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge participants will re-create a beautiful pattern from the Islamic world. By working with designs of progressive complexity students develop a solid grounding in the language of symmetry in Islamic Art.
Art of Islamic Pattern’s 2013 study trip is to Fez, Morocco. Classes will take place in Dar Seffarine, a superb 600-year-old courtyard house deep in the oldest part of the medina and covered with original splendid carved plaster, woodwork, zellij and zouaq (painted wood).
This study trip will include visits to some of the most remarkable architectural masterpieces in the Islamic world: the Bou Inania Madrasa (1356) and the Al-Attarine Madrasa (1331) and to other important hidden gems.
The course offers the opportunity to experience making geometric and biomorphic designs using traditional methods, on-site. There will also be a zellij (mosaic tiles) class at a local workshop in which participants can produce their own pieces.
This is a mixed level course and open to both beginners and returning students. The venue is also booked for participants to lodge, although places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants should plan to arrive by Tuesday evening 17th September for a Wednesday 18th September morning start. The course ends on evening of Saturday 21st. We check out of Dar Seffarine after breakfast on Sunday 22nd September (total 5 nights).
For more information see – http://artofislamicpattern.com