Islamic Geometry

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 5 April 2017 - 14 June 2017
Time: 18:30-21:00
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Tom Bree, Mahmud Manning, Amber Khokhar, Daniel Docherty, Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh
Full price
£ 350
Student and pensioner concession
£ 280

A hands-on introduction to geometries and patterns of the Islamic world expressed in different cultures and eras – Mamluk, Persian, Mughal, Moorish and Ottoman.

Different tutors cover each topic offering wide experiences and knowledge.

All materials are provided on this course.


5 & 12 April, Tom Bree,  Introduction & Mamluk Geometry

19 & 26 April,  Mahmud Manning,  Ottoman  Geometry

10 & 17 May, Amber Khokhar, Mughal Geometry

24 &  31 May, Daniel Docherty, Moorish  Geometry

7 & 14 June, Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh, Persian Geometry

Wednesday evenings*

*Please note there is no class on Wednesday, 3 May. 

This new course is made possible by the generous support of the Bagri Foundation to expand our Asian arts offering.

Tutor biography

Tom Bree

Tom Bree is a geometer-artist, teacher and writer. He completed his M.A. at the School in 2003 and has since been researching and teaching in the area of geometry and symbolism. Tom has been teaching on the Open and M.A. programmes since 2008 and also organises his own geometry courses both in the UK and abroad. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the School in which he is analysing the underlying geometric design of Wells Cathedral in Somerset.

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Tutor biography

Mahmud Manning

Mahmud Manning is an Urbanist and Illuminator who trained at The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture (V.I.T.A. MA) and at the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, where he honed his skills of TES-HIB under two Turkish Masters, Semih Irtes and Mamure Oz.

Mahmud also studied at Camberwell School of Art & Craft, London (BA Painting) the Guildhall University, where he learnt Metal Engraving and Jewel Setting, University College London, studying Archaeological Drawing, Morley College, Aquatint/mezzotint engraving as well as a further M.A. in Urban Design at Birmingham City University.

Tutor biography

Amber Khokhar

Amber Khokhar has a wealth of teaching experience, including being a Sessional Lecturer at Birkbeck University. She has designed a carpet for the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace inspired by traditional floral motifs. Amber is currently designing a series of window panels for a 'Prayer Hall' and continues to paint highly collectable ceramics and paintings from her studio in Greenwich.

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Tutor biography

Daniel Docherty

Daniel Docherty lives and works in Australia and the UK, teaching, lecturing and researching. He is particularly interested in how the revered quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy) inform the world’s artistic and cultural traditions.

He earned his City and Guilds Basketry diploma in 2003 and his MA from the Prince’s School in 2004.

Tutor biography

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh

Farkhondeh Ahmadzadeh is an Iranian artist based in London. Her work explores the disciplines of Persian poetry manuscripts, sacred geometry and Persian miniatures. She has worked both as an academic and an artist in Iran, America and Europe.

For the last 20 years, Farkhondeh has regularly spent time living and studying under calligraphy masters in Iran. She graduated with distinction from The Prince's School's MA programme in 2011 and was awarded the Jerwood prize for Islamic traditional art.

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