Course: Islamic Pattern Construction

Teaching Philosophy
In my role as Community Education Instructor, I teach an introductory class in Islamic Pattern Construction at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar. This course typically runs for 7-8 consecutive weeks and meets for two hours per week. In the first session, students are introduced to the necessary construction tools and start right away with drafting their first basic grid. The following sessions are dedicated to drawing up to 6 patterns followed by a demonstration of transferring methods, an introduction to color theory and palettes, and lastly color application. By the end of the course, participants leave with a final art piece they create in a medium of their choice featuring one of the studied patterns. Participants don’t need any prior experience to register for the course.

Sahar Mari instructing a community course at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, 2016 © Aziza Iqbal

The instructor is knowledgeable in the subject. The instructor is patient, teaches in a way that students understand and is very helpful.

Participant Testimonial

This course is typically offered Monday nights, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at VCUArts in Qatar.
To learn more about this and other community courses and to register, please visit VCUArts Community Class Schedule.

Images below show participants and artwork created within the course.

With the always ready to help instructor, I had a great time being there. My love to pattern and detailing has increased many folds.

Participant Testimonial