Last week, I was back at Cambridge University to deliver my second Islamic art workshop for the year. I had a full day to work with the wonderful trainee art teachers, so I decided to go into a little more depth in teaching Islamic geometry. I also gave students the opportunity to try their hand at plaster carving – a skill I intend to include in my forthcoming summer workshops. In the morning session, I delivered a short illustrated talk on Islamic design. We also discussed how Islamic art might be integrated into schemes of work in the art curriculum, and talked about cultural sensitivities that teachers might need to be aware of when teaching Muslim children.
After a quick geometry “warm up”, (yes, it is possible to warm up for geometry!) we moved onto creating 12-fold patterns, where students used tracing paper overlays to experiment with their own personalised 12-fold designs. We also constructed a traditional 12-fold pattern from the Islamic world.
After lunch, students started work on the plaster carvings! They were given the opportunity to work from their own designs, developed in the morning session, or to work from the traditional 12-fold pattern that we constructed together.
As usual, their work was absolutely beautiful! I look forward to seeing the finished results next time I am in Cambridge.
If you like what you see here, and would like to book me for a workshop or an art commission, please do get in touch via the contact form on my website. I am happy to develop a bespoke workshop or course to suit your requirements. I teach from my studio in Windsor, Berkshire, UK, where I run Islamic art courses for the public, as well as engage in small group and private tuition. I can also travel to you – there are lots of options! Drop me an email to discuss further!