I recently delivered an Islamic art workshop to trainee art teachers on the PGCE course at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. I demonstrated a few simple techniques that these new art teachers could use to generate Islamic-inspired floral patterns with their classes. I then showed the teachers how these designs could be translated into silk paintings (see their incredible work below!)
I’m looking forward to returning to do some more teaching at Cambridge University in the next academic year. Having completed my PGCE at the Faculty of Education a year ago, it feels as though things have come full circle. I don’t remember there being much inclusion of art from diverse cultures on the curriculum then I was at school, so it’s a great feeling to know that my skills and expertise are being used to help introduce Islamic art in schools.