Photos > captured in Fez, Morocco April 2018
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Learn the beautiful art of Geometric Patterns
This workshop is an introduction for those interested in architecture, pattern design, culture, and sacred art.
Together, we will learn some fundamental principles behind Geometric Patterns and create a tessellated design using only a ruler and compass.
Each Workshop focuses on a different pattern found in / or inspired by the ancient world of traditional Islamic Art
These classes are deigned for all skills levels
These workshops begin with the divine symbol of unity, the circle.
You will be guided step-by-step through the process, whilst
using only a compass and ruler to create a geometric pattern.
Students are advised to purchase a good quality compass in advance of the workshop. Helix or Stadler * Recommend
Please bring an A3 Visual Diary
ALL other materials are provided including step by step manuals
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NO artistic skills required
What is Geometry?
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Geometry helps understanding of spatial relationships - This language of symmetry and proportion creates a clear perception of space and position through studying the size and shape of everything in the world.
Knowing about different shapes and their sizes allows the mind to visualize innovative patterns - by building with the learned shapes.
Creating using this method can help aid in bringing together both sides of the brain.
The left side of the brain is the logic-driven, technical side, while the right side is the creative and artistic side. Most people have a dominant right brain or left brain.
Geometry can help combine both to create a perfect symmetry between the two sides.
Geometry in Islamic Architecture
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Geometric patterning in Moroccan architecture is one of its fundamental principles. Its use in Morocco stems from the country's Islamic heritage and its Islamic artistic traditions.
These include elaborate geometric patterns, Biomorphic design * arabesque (naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms) and calligraphy.
Moroccan, Berber and Islamic patterns are not just beautiful, but reflects its cultural values and reveals the way people view the spiritual realm and the universe.
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Art is thought as expressed by the hands.
The essentials are form and life.
With masks, for instance, the soul must be, in the eyes.
It is very hard to accomplish this,
and sometimes only one out of fifty masks will have a soul.
Peace of mind is necessary for successful work."