Analysis of Islamic Geometries: From Pattern to Layout

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 29 July 2019 - 2 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Alan Adams
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Life is short, the Art is long. There are a vast number of Islamic geometric patterns. In theory, an infinite number. Life is too short to learn a specific layout for all, or even a tiny fraction, of them. Mastering the art requires an understanding of the unifying logic beneath the finished pattern.

This one-week course is an attempt to show how to identify that underlying logic of Islamic geometric patterns in the final product. We will apply that logic to the process of discovering the compass and straight edge layout of several kinds of Islamic geometric pattern, including the layout of the very common tool of interlaced banding.

Understanding the underlying logic and order makes the infinite world of pattern accessible.

Who is this class for?

Some previous experience of geometry would be helpful. A command of just the basics of compass and straight edge geometry will be assumed.

What should I bring?

All materials are provided on this course. If you have your own preferred compass, straight edge, etc. you are welcome to bring them to class.

You may find it useful to bring a notebook to take notes.

What days do I attend?

Monday - Friday.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes, we offer concessions for full-time students and OAPs.

To receive a concession, please apply via our online form.

What if I need to cancel or change my booking?

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This course is made possible with the generous support of Aramco.

Tutor biography

Alan Adams

Alan Adams retired in 2008 to pursue a lifelong interest in understanding the structure of Islamic geometric art, particularly the stunning executions in wood of the Mamluks. A grounding in technical drawing from years as a draftsman, before the introduction of CAD, and a career as a scientist served as a foundation for a self-taught path. As an independent student it was clear that there was no good founding text to guide the way. A community Facebook page was established in February of 2014 to share the knowledge, questions, and discoveries of his and of the thousands of members’ individual journeys of discovery; “Drawing Islamic Geometric Designs.” Many helpful contributions from experts and novices have made it a very interesting forum. Lessons in the technicalities of drawing, answers to specific questions, and discussions of the geometric foundations of designs are common exchanges. The ideal end of Alan’s journey would be to master the Mamluk art of wooden panel construction in intricate pattern and to describe it in an English language publication.

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