11) Islamic Pattern Construction (Basics)

Do you like grids, patterns and colors? This is the course for you. Participants are introduced to basic geometry concepts used in Islamic art and will learn how to construct a variety of patterns using the traditional tools of compass and straight edge. The classes conclude with each participant rendering their final project in a media of their choice. Suitable for all levels, beginners and returning students.

Class Outline

  1. Introduction to Islamic geometric patterns. Explanation and demonstration of symmetry and how to construct the principal grid. Construction of pattern 1.
  2. Construction of pattern 2.
  3. Construction of pattern 3.
  4. Construction of pattern 4.
  5. Continuation of pattern 4.
  6. Transfer of pattern onto high quality paper. Discussion on color theory and selection of color palette. Exploration of color application.
  7. Coloring of final artwork, class presentation and conclusion of the course.

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials beforehand and bring them to every class

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Mon, 27 Jan, 2020
Mon, 9 Mar, 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm
VCUarts Qatar
QAR 900


Sahar Mari

is an interdisciplinary designer who graduated from VCUQatar in 2010 with a BFA in Graphic and Fashion Design in addition to an Art History minor. She is passionate about learning new things and incorporating different elements in her designs. She attended various courses and workshops on the construction of Islamic pattern designs and wants to share the joy of understanding the simplistic and sometimes more intricate grids and systems behind them. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring new things and collaborating with like-minded people.