Upcoming Workshops & Courses


I teach courses and give lectures in geometric design (with a focus on Islamic geometric pattern) throughout the year at various locations in the UK and abroad with the aim of inspiring students to discover the traditional skills of geometric construction as fundamental tools for design in the modern world.

The practical courses I deliver involve drawing patterns with the ancient tools of ruler and compass. I demonstrate the stages of construction and help students to draw the designs themselves, but most importantly I try to impart an analytical understanding of the structure so that the core principles are understood with a view to enabling the student to explore the infinite possiblities of this rich artform.

Upcoming workshops and courses are listed below.


Upcoming courses in 2020

Dual Level Geometry – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
17 February 2020 – 21 February 2020

The creation and application of dual-level or self-similar geometric patterns (where the same forms appear at two different scales in one design) is one of the creative and conceptual pinnacles of Islamic geometric design.

Students on this course will explore the qualities of dual-level designs by looking at historical examples and then will learn to construct one large eight-fold and one large ten-fold pattern with ruler and compass.

 

Geometry of the Islamic World

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
1st-7th March 2020

I’ll be joining Daniel Docherty on Friday 6th March to share some pattern constructions. Come and join us on this practical journey of discovery as we travel half way around the globe to source the finest examples of Islamic Geometric Pattern; Persia, Turkey, Syria, India, and Moorish Morocco and Al-Andalus will feature in our travels.

 

Geometry of Twelve – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
8th – 12th June 2020

Twelvefold symmetry produces some of the most versatile and flexible geometric patterns. Starting from the simplest 12 pointed star patterns and building up to more complex rosette patterns, students on this course will learn to draw 10-15 related but different patterns with ruler and compass. Working through the designs in a systematic way will help students to develop an analytical understanding of the structure of these patterns and give an insight into how the designs may have originally been discovered by the designers and craftsmen of the past. We will also explore semi-regular (Archimedean) tilings which will open the door to at least another 50 possible pattern variations.

 

Geometry of Nine – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
15th – 19th June 2020

Learn to draw a series of geometric patterns featuring nine-pointed stars, of which there are diverse variations throughout the Islamic world, from the Alhambra Palace in Spain to Itimad-ud-Daula’s tomb in India. Understand the underlying constructions and how the designs are developed from a hexagonal grid. Learn how to weave a geometric pattern using the correct proportions.

By the end of the course, participants will have explored a range of construction methods for nine-pointed stars, and completed drawings for several patterns. They will also have developed an analytical understanding of them, which will expand their understanding of geometric patterns in general.

This practical art course will involve drawing geometric constructions using ruler and compass. Students will be guided through the practical steps and given analytical insights into the constructions.

 

Alqueria de Rosales Summer School in Islamic Geometric Patterns

Alqueria de Rosales, Andalusia
11th-18th July 2020

After a successful first course in July 2019, we are pleased to announce that we will be running a second iteration of this eight-day residential course in Andalucia, Spain from 11th to 18th July 2020.

Tutors Alan Adams, Rajen Astho, Samira Mian, Ameet Hindocha and Daud Sutton will return to present practical and theoretical sessions designed to cater for a wide range of abilities, from complete beginners to the highly experienced.

Full details and registration.

 

Paper Folding and Geometry

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
12th and 13th September 2020

Mattias Jones and myself will lead a weekend exploring the correlations between geometric paper-folding and ruler and compass pattern construction. More details tbc.

 

√2 grid systems and the Silver Ratio

SAOG Studios, Emerson College, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX, UK
12th and 13th November 2020

The Silver Ratio, though less well know than it’s shinier cousin, has similar mathematical properties and hence can be used to generate a highly flexible grid structure for pattern design.

Course participants will learn how to construct a master grid based on the silver ratio and √2 and will learn how to extrapolate numerous Islamic Geometric Patterns from it. Particular emphasis will be placed on the drawing out of simple but sophisticated one and two piece patterns from the magnificent Alhambra Palace in Granada, Sth Spain and the jaali screens and stone work of Mughal India.

 


Previous Courses, Speaking Engagements & Exhibitions

Alqueria de Rosales Summer School in Islamic Geometric Patterns

An eight-day residential course where I taught alongside Alan Adams, Rajen Astho, Samira Mian and Daud Sutton.
Alqueria de Rosales, Andalusia
July 2019

Geometry of Nine – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
June 2019 / 2018 / 2017

Geometry of Twelve – 5 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
June 2019 / 2018

Dual Level Patterns – 4 day course

Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London
March 2019 / 2018

Decriminalising Ornament Symposium & Exhibition

Lecture on The Use of Vocabularies of Geometric Forms in Ornamental Pattern Design
Screenprints and drawings in the exhibition
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
November 2018

Topkapi Scroll Patterns – Weekend course

with Daniel Docherty at Sacred Art of Geometry Studios, East Sussex
October 2018

4th Workshop in Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Lecture on The Use of Square and Isometric Grids in Geometric Pattern Design
Istanbul Design Center, Istanbul
September 2018

Prince’s School of Traditional Arts 1st Geometry Summer School – Residential Course

Teaching alongside Daud Sutton, Lisa DeLong, Alan Adams, Delfina Bottesini
Dumfries House, Scotland
August 2018

3rd Workshop in Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art

Presentation of my work and a practical pattern drawing workshop
Istanbul Design Center, Istanbul
September 2016