Silk Road Patterns

Subject: Geometry, Dunhuang
Dates: 29 May 2017 - 2 June 2017
Time: 10:00-14:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London EC2A 3SG
Tutor: Lisa DeLong, Tom Bree, Ramiz Sabbagh, Leila Dear, Delfina Bottesini
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£ 385
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£ 310

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This practical art course will concentrate on the drawing of geometric patterns from different regions & spiritual traditions along the Silk Road. The course is taught by a different tutor each day who will introduce participants to the artistic tradition and geometric character of each cultural centre. Learn the art of compass and straight-edge construction and create a dazzling portfolio of geometric patterns from the Silk Road. Explore how geometric patterns evolve as we travel from East to West, how the laws of geometry are the same everywhere yet are expressed uniquely in each new context.

All materials will be provided.


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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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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Ramiz Sabbagh

Ramiz Said Sabbagh currently resides and works in Azerbaijan as the Baku Programme Manager for The Prince's School of Traditional Arts. He completed his MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the School in 2001. Ramiz has since continued to explore, practice and teach geometry and its practical application in design extensively in the Middle East, Azerbaijan as well as China

Tutor biography

Leila Dear

Leila Dear is an artist working with traditional craft techniques and materials to explore patterns inspired by the Islamic tradition and natural forms. Leila trained in geometry, ceramics and painting at The Prince's School of Traditional Art, completing the MA program in 2012. She is now a key member of PSTA’s China research team.

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Delfina Bottesini

Delfina Bottesini is an artist and teacher based in London. She holds an MA in Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and a BA in Visual Communications from Camberwell College of Art. She practices as a visual artist with a specialisation in painting and handmade ceramic tiles. Delfina’s work reflects her particular interest in geometry and the traditional arts of the world. She currently works as a Project Manager for the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts' Outreach Programme.