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Islamic Art: The Mastery of Geometry

This hands-on course will teach you how to construct the geometric shapes that have played a dominant role in Islamic art and design over the centuries. With a compass and ruler, you will learn how to create the circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, and their segments that underpin the non-figural decoration of both objects and structures in Islamic art. Each class will begin with a lecture on the history and geometric principles of a particular pattern, followed by a step-by-step tutorial in constructing the design. Artwork from the Islamic Art galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago museum will act as a source for inspiration and discussion.


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ACE Geometry Islamic
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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Class meeting days Tuesday, Thursday
Building and room Online
Course number 1080
Course instructor Xenia Gazi