A Pattern Tour of Uzbekistan with Esra & Samira

​In this series of live online classes, we revisit Uzbekistan virtually, by drawing & painting some of the beautiful patterns we saw on our trip to Uzbekistan in 2019. As well as guiding you through the geometry & biomorphic drawings, the live sessions will be enriched with a few travel photos, videos and stories from a most excellent adventure in this beautiful country.

All are Saturdays, 4 to 6pm London  time


6th & 13th February 2021


3rd & 10th: April 2021


5th & 12th, June 2021


7th & 14th August 2021


TASHKENT - 4-6pm GMT (London), Saturdays 6th & 13th February 2021

KHIVA - 4-6pm GMT+1 (London), Saturdays 3rd & 10th: April 2021

BUKHARA - 4-6pm GMT+1 (London),  Saturdays 5th & 12th, June 2021

SAMARKAND - 4-6pm GMT+1(London), Saturdays 7th & 14th August 2021

We will be teaching 4 to 6pm, London time, the first two Saturdays of every other month starting in February 2021.



£45 for each month’s course or purchase all four courses with a 10% discount (£162), you can choose your preferred option from the drop down menu. This price includes access to the two live sessions, a step by step PDF pattern guide and access to recordings of the live sessions. Booking is

possible via this page or Esra's website. (Only purchase it once please). 


The TASHKENT Sessions

In the first session, Samira will take you through the construction of the beautiful 12/8 pattern from a Metro Station in Tashkent. In the second session, Esra will guide you with the free-hand biomorphic drawings that will be filling the geometric shapes. 

The patterns for the other city sessions will be published shortly.


These workshops will be hosted zoom (an online platform). You will need to download Zoom on your phone or on your computer. You will receive a link the day before every session.



Every session will be recorded for you to access after the live session. These will be accessible to view via a link. You will receive the link 48 hours after each session and you can view it as many times as you want for life. 

Suitable for

Intermediate level geometers with experience of drawings  and participants aged 16+. If you are a beginner and would like to enroll, we suggest you practise plenty before the start of course to make sure you are better prepared. Try working through Five & Tenfold patterns or Twelvefold Islamic Geometric Rosettes.  We will work at a pace aimed at intermediate level geometers, however if it is difficult to keep up do try to have the PDF step by step guide to hand and remember you can always continue after the session following the recordings.


Tools needed for session 1

  • A3 & A4 smooth paper;

  • A compass;

  • 30cm transparent ruler;

  • 2H & 2B pencil;

  • Fineliner pens;

  • Tracing paper;

  • Masking tape

Tools needed for session 2

  • Drawing from session 1

  • Tracing Paper (2 A4 sheets), you will need that for the drawing stage. You can use baking paper instead!

  • Sharp HB pencil

  • Fine Eraser pen

  • Masking tape

Please make sure you have the tools/equipment needed to participate. For recommendations visit 

www.samiramian.uk/equipment or https://www.islamicillumination.com/blog/paints-papers-brushes-for-islamic-illumination  

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend one or more of the sessions, please do remember that you will have access to the recordings as described above as well as a PDF step by step guide. If you would still like to cancel your place, a refund is only possible if we are notified before links & resources have been emailed to you (usually the day before the course start date).

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