32) Islamic Pattern Construction (Advanced)

A further glimpse into the hidden order behind Islamic geometry, this is a course for returning students or students with past drafting experience. Participants will be working on a variety of different grids to expand their range of pattern possibilities. The course concludes with a more detailed study of color application and with each participant’s rendering their final project in a medium of their choice. Suitable for intermediate levels.

Pre-requisite: Having taken a beginner’s course or previous drafting experience

Class Outline

1. Introduction to course goals and construction of pattern 1.

2. Construction of pattern 2.

3. Construction of pattern 3.

4. Construction of pattern 4.

5. Construction of pattern 5.

6. Review and transfer of patterns onto high quality paper for final project. Discussion of color and paint media.

7. Review and exploration of color application, coloring of final artwork 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

- A3 smooth paper pad (200/250gsm) preferably Bristol paper

- Clear plastic ruler, 30cm

- Drawing compass set
Example of a bow compass: (http://www.technicalpens.com/staedtler-mars-comfort-552-compass-set-in-case.html)

- Sandpaper to sharpen leads

- A3 Tracing paper

- Colored pencils 

- Range of drawing pencils (2H,HB, 2B)


- Mechanical pencil 0.3mm with leads

- Sharpener, eraser

- Removable scotch tape

- Set of pigment or fine liner pens (colored)

- For final project: Watercolor paper / Illustration Board / Canvas / Paints / Any media of student’s choice

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

Sat, 23 Mar, 2019
Mon, 15 Apr, 2019
Saturdays and Mondays
11:00am - 1:00pm
VCUQatar, Room 255
QAR 1000


Aziza Iqbal

Influenced by tradition and channeling the contemporary, Aziza Iqbal is a visual artist and pattern specialist based in Qatar. Her foundation lies in the geometry and spirit of Islamic art, crafts and architecture.

Previously a graphic designer, and having always been inclined towards mathematics with a penchant for details, she has done several courses in sacred geometry with the UK-based Art of Islamic Pattern tutors and workshops with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

Aziza has travelled extensively to Andalucía, Turkey, India and Morocco to study Islamic architectural heritage, and this has been the main inspiration for her work. She is also greatly influenced by the geometric tribal carpet patterns from across the Middle East/North Africa region (MENA) and Central Asia.