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SHORT COURSE: Geometry of the Alhambra

SHORT COURSE: Geometry of the Alhambra

Learn how to draw beautiful Alhambra patterns using the traditional tools of compass and straightedge.

The Andalusian Nasrid masterpiece the Alhambra has for centuries proved a rich source of inspiration for artists, scientists, mathematicians and poets.

The human soul has an inherent yearning for the True, the Beautiful and the Good; tourists flock in the millions annually to experience these timeless principles present in the patterns and architectural proportions of this magnificent palace.

We'll focus on the construction of a handful of distinctively Alhambra patterns which will be taught in a gentle step-by-step manner suitable for both beginner and intermediate ability levels. Time allowing and we'll also explore Alhambra colour schemes.


"Immersing oneself in the rich artistic tradition of Islamic geometry was so good for one's being and soul. Daniel is an excellent teacher - very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. Different patterns of varying complexity kept me completely involved. The environment of Emerson college was very conducive to learning and reflection. SAOG Studios is serene and a sanctuary. One seems to be in the studio of Abul-Wafa al Buzjani ( 10th century Persian mathematician and astronomer in Baghdad)- working with compass and ruler, understanding the interplay of mathematics and art. I do hope to enrol on further courses that Daniel and Kira are planning for the future. Thankyou and shukran."

 June/July 2017 course participant