Curves & Composition: Arabesque Design

Subject: Painting, Geometry
Dates: 17 November 2018 - 8 December 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Lisa DeLong
Full price
£ 350

Learn techniques of arabesque composition and design that can be applied in many settings - such as textiles, wallpapers and ceramics.

This intensive week-long course will begin by closely examining biomorphic compositions in a variety of media and cultures. This will give a better understanding of the basic, essential principles of arabesque design which have been used through the centuries.

Then, learn how to build your own floral and foliate compositions. Techniques such as drop repeats and turnover motifs, geometric frameworks and simple and complex tessellations will be explored in drawing and painting.

As the course progresses, you will compile a portfolio of visual research and design analysis. Your drawings and a finished, coloured painting of your own biomorphic composition will form part of this portfolio.

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 4 consecutive Saturdays.

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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.