The Underlying Unity of the Rosette

Subject: Geometry
Dates: 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Alan Adams
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£ 385

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This one-week course explores the unifying structure that underlies the infinite variety of the Islamic geometric rosette.

The Islamic art tradition offers an endless number of patterns and variations. On this course you will be guided by a Master geometer in the exploration of the structural order and unity of this striking variety.

Specimen patterns will be selected from diverse craft traditions and families of symmetry. This allows participants to understand the relationship between these elements. Students will then learn about the basic shared structure of the 8,10, 12 and 14 rosettes (tiling of simple polygons) gradually moving towards the more complex rosettes surrounded by pentagons of the Mamluk minbars.

Beyond the above, other key questions that will be addressed on the course are:

  • What is a rosette as opposed to any other pattern?* What are the ideal proportion of a rosette and why?* How do rosettes tile?* How can I generate variety of design from a unifying geometrical structure* How do we control those bothersome five point stars in the rosette patterns?* By the end of the course, participants will have completed a number of drawings and gained an understanding of a remarkably general and useful method which unlocks the world of the rosette patterns.

Who is this class for?

Previous experience of drawing geometry is preferable.

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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