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Geometric Patterns from Morocco
Course Date: Sunday 3rd December 2017
Category: Painting & Drawing
Price: £80

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Explore the art of Islamic geometric pattern construction using a compass and straight-edge. Beginning with a point and circle participants will construct a myriad of intersections to form the hidden underlying grid. From selection of different divisions participants will reveal a number of four fold geometric patterns, inspired by zillige tiles from Fez.

Further Detail

The aesthetic beauty of Islamic art is underpinned by geometric proportion and balance. Muslim builders and artisans knew of the “inner laws” in constructing spaces and patterns. The relations among various parts can be seen everywhere in ancient buildings designed with particular care, exhibiting mastery in pattern design of their spaces and surfaces.

Join this workshop to understand the hidden order of Islamic geometric patterns.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • Step by step drafting of a four-fold geometric grid using compass & straight-edge
  • Revealing a number of Islamic geometric patterns
  • Tessellating patterns to cover an infinite space
  • Transferring a pattern for ornamentation
  • Basic decoration using watercolours and gold leaf (time permitting)

The course is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels and participants will re-create a geometric composition and decorate with watercolours and other mediums.


  • Materials are not covered by the course fee
  • Some materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £4 payable to the tutor during the course. 
  • Please bring cash or cheque for materials as the school cannot take card payments for the tutors

We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

Please bring with you:

  • HB pencil, pencil sharpener & eraser
  • 12” ruler
  • Small selection of coloured markers (fine tip are preferable)
  • Sketch/notebook and pencil/pen for notes and compositional development
  • Selection of watercolour brushes (e.g no.0, no.2) 
  • Kitchen Roll / Tissues

Tutor Profile

Sharmina Haq is an experienced visual artist. With a mathematical background she has a keen interest in the study of geometric principles and design features of traditional Islamic patterns, involving geometric proportion analysis and has lead workshops this area.

Sharmina has undertaken international Islamic art study in Granada, Istanbul and Morocco and studied at the Princes School of Traditional Arts in London.

She is inspired by travels to Morocco, Turkey and the Middle East and to India and the Far East.

She has developed her own style in watercolours and traditional illuminated artwork.  Alongside her art, Sharmina is a keen advocate for the revival of traditional Islamic arts and methods.  Sharmina has undertaken international commissions and her work has a wide following, some of her pieces can be seen on her Instagram account at


Timings & Refreshments

Please aim to arrive between 9.30 and 9.45am to allow for a 10am start. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with homemade cookies in the morning, a complimentary sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. As peoples' allergies, intolerances, special diets and preferences are so many and varied, we are not able to cater for these. However, we will be able to cater for a gluten free diet so please tell us on arrival if you require this option