Curves and Composition: Arabesque Design

Subject: Geometry, Painting
Dates: 10 October 2019 - 28 November 2019
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Lisa DeLong
Full price
£ 350

Learn how to develop floral and foliate compositions inspired by historical examples, and create your own unique painted composition.

Begin by closely examining beautiful floral motifs in a variety of media and cultures, including examples from Iznik ceramics, carvings in the Alhambra, and medieval cathedrals. This will build an understanding of the key principles of compositional design used through the centuries.

Explore techniques such as geometric frameworks, drop repeats, turnover motifs,  and tessellations through drawing and painting. These methods can be applied in many settings including textiles, wallpapers and ceramics.

As the course progresses, you will compile your own visual research and design analysis. By the end of the course, you will have a series of drawings and a finished, coloured painting.

Who is this course for?

All levels and abilities welcome.

What should I bring to class?

Students are asked to bring their own watercolour brushes in sizes 1, 3, 5.

A palette with wells is also useful, if you would like to take some pigment home between classes or after the course finishes to work on your painting.

All other materials will be provided.

What days do I attend?

This course will take place over 8 consecutive Thursday evenings.

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?

You can view our policy here.

The School reserves the right to discontinue or suspend a Course up to fourteen (14) calendar days before the advertised start date of the Course.

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Tutor biography

Lisa DeLong

Dr Lisa DeLong completed her doctoral studies at the School in 2007, specializing in the principles of geometric design in Islamic and Western traditions. Lisa's book "Curves: Flowers, Foliates and Flourishes in the Formal Decorative Arts" was published in November 2013, and she is currently Outreach Project Manager for the School, designing and conducting educational workshops internationally.

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