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
Due to the restrictions arising from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Prince’s School courses and the Alqueria de Rosales Summer School have been cancelled. I hope that the course below scheduled for November will still run. In the meantime, I will consider private tuition and may offer an online course later in the year. Get in touch if you have any enquiries about learning to draw Islamic patterns.
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.