Islamic Geometry at


A four week course

Drawing Sixfold Islamic Geometric Patterns

Thursdays, 2 to 4pm:

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March

£80 (£68 concessions)

​This is the first in a series of new short courses at OPEN Ealing.


In the course you will gain a fuller understanding of one family of Islamic Geometric Patterns. This family of patterns can be described as sixfold because of the symmetrical properties of these patterns and their shapes. They can be found across the Islamic Lands in architecture and manuscripts from different periods & locations since the 8th century AD. We will reference examples from history as we work through the patterns, their chronology and increasing complexity.


Our focus throughout the course will be on drawing geometric patterns in pencil or pen. We use the same tools as the countless artisans and geometers who first created these patterns. The compass & straight edge enable us to transforms a blank piece of paper into layers of lines and circles. From these usually hidden underlying grids we can discover many sixfold Islamic Geometric Patterns. All patterns will be accompanyed by PDF guides emailed to participants in advance of the course, so they may view on a device/phone during the course or printed out.


Although the following will be provided:

Smooth A3 & A4 drawing paper;

Tracing paper & masking tape;

Compass, Ruler, 2H, H and 2B pencils, erasers and sharpeners;

Colouring pencils & fine liner pens;

Black pigment markers;

Feel free to bring your own materials & resources.


This course is suitable for any ability aged 14+

Beginners are most welcome, no previous knowledge is needed.

All bookings receive a confirmation by email when a booking is made and a follow on email with further details & PDF handout in advance of the class. Please be sure to check your paypal account email address junk mail or spam folder.


If more than 7 days in advance of the course: A full refund or transfer to an equivalent course on alternative dates.

Less than 7 days in advance of the course:  I’m afraid I am unable to offer a refund nor transfer. I will still send you the email and PDF resources that will accompany each week's sessions.  I appreciate that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend, so please do consider sending along a friend to take your place. All I I would need is their name and email prior to the workshop.

Unit 14, OPEN Ealing Arts Centre, London W5 2TD
The unit between Jigsaw and Gym Box in the passage known as School Lane.
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