The Art of Islamic Pattern

 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).

Al-Attarine Madrasa

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.

islamic Pattern

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).

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