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Leicester Print Workshop

Leicester - Introduction to Islamic Geometry

Join us at Leicester Print Workshop for a three-day course to learn an introduction to Islamic Geometry Visit Leicester Print Workshop to book

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Leicester - Introduction to Islamic Geometry
Leicester - Introduction to Islamic Geometry

Time & Location

01 Sept 2023, 13:54 – 14:00

Leicester Print Workshop, 50 St George St, Leicester LE1 1QG, UK

About the event

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Note - this is a three-day course

The course centres on the construction of Islamic geometric patterns, using the simple tools of ruler and compass. You will learn how to design and create repeat patterns and to paint your designs. 

Through this process, attendees will explore aspects of practical geometry, the simple and elegant mathematics behind the patterns, and examples of their application in historical works. 

Attendees will explore eight-fold, ten-fold and twelve-fold patterns. Each session will explore a different family of patterns from a different region around the world, including Mughal, Persian and Abbassid architecture. 

This three-day course is suitable for those new to geometry as well as those who have some experience of it and looking to develop their geometry skills. The patterns will be different to those previously taught in the Islamic Geometry for Beginners Course. 

No previous experience is required.

Course Structure

Day 1 – Twelve-fold patterns

  • An overview of twelve-fold patterns with a focus on patterns from Cairo
  • Draw a twelve-fold pattern and learn its variations
  • Trace, transfer and paint this as a final pattern

Day 2 – Ten-fold patterns

  • An overview of five and ten-fold patterns with a focus on Persian architecture
  • Learn to construct a pentagon starting with a circle
  • Draw a ten-fold pattern
  • Trace, transfer and paint this as a final pattern

Day 3 – Eight-fold patterns

  • An overview of eight-fold patterns with a focus on Mughal architecture
  • Draw an eight-fold pattern
  • Trace, transfer and paint this as a final pattern

About the Tutor

Safira Ali is a visual artist and calligrapher based in Coalville. Her work explores the disciplines of geometry, tezhip and calligraphy.

Safira studied Islamic geometry, islmi and plaster carving at the Art of Islamic Pattern, in London. She continued to learn traditional arts through a VMCTA diploma programme via The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

For the past three years she has been studying Arabic calligraphy in Leicester and is undertaking a traditional apprenticeship programme to learn tezhip with an Islamic illumination teacher in Istanbul.

She exhibited her art as part of the In Praise Exhibition in Leicester in March 2022.

 Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.  We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Please contact Leicester Print Workshop to book a place - details below:

Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking.


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.


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