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Art and Design: Islamic Geometric Patterns

Saturday, May 16th 2015, 5:00pm

Join us at this unique illustrated presentation and hands-on workshop on the art and design of Islamic geometric patterns with Carol Bier, Visiting Scholar with the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and former Curator at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

After a brief illustrated introduction to Islamic ornament in ceramic tile, carved woodwork, and illuminated manuscripts, we will explore the basic principles that underly geometric patterns in Islamic art through hands-on activities. Using paper-folding and coloring exercises you will learn to visualize circles and centers and the intersecting axes of grids that allow for the repetition of designs to create a pattern. Come to understand the organization of historical designs and find your own forms of expression through the use of color and symmetry.


Time: Saturday, May 16th, 5–7PM 
Location: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Registration information:

  • Registration Fee: $30 Adults, $25 Students & Youth. Space is limited and online registration is needed before one day prior to the workshop. Registration at the door on the day of the program is possible only if there is a space.

  • Workshop is conducted for adults and all materials are provided.

  • This workshop is in English, open to the public.

  • Limited free parking is available on site; The Center is near the 12th St. BART station.

  • The registration fee is also payable on the day of the workshop at the door.

  • Please go to the following website to register:!geometric-design-workshop/cm5o