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CANCELLED Family Masterclass: Islamic geometry AM (age 7–12)

Learn to construct different Islamic geometric patterns in this Family Masterclass, aimed at ages 7–12 with their families.

Exploring Islamic geometry with art
Peter Gallivan

Event description

PLEASE NOT THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We are in the process of contacting ticket holders about refunds. 

Draw, tile and colour Islamic Geometric Patterns: Using a pencil, compass and straightedge, lines and circles are drawn to create an underlying grid. From this, patterns can be outlined, repeated and brought to life with colour. These patterns have existed for centuries and can be found in architecture across the Islamic Lands from the tiled fountains in Morocco, the wooden Mamluk Minbars in Cairo, the Nasrid Palace in the Alhambra, the Blue Mosque in Turkey, the Paradise Gardens in Isfahan, Iran and the Mausoleums of Mughal India to name just a few!

This workshop is aimed at 7–12 year olds with their families, but older students and adults are welcome. There must be at least one paying adult attending with each booking. Please note, this event is repeated at 1:30pm on the same day.

About the Speaker

By tapping into her 12 years secondary school maths teaching experience, Samira Mian has been able to share her passion for the compass and straightedge constructions of Islamic Geometric Patterns in the UK, abroad and online over the past 5 years. She regularly leads workshops for adults at Cass Art Art Spaces in Islington, Kingston, Manchester, as well as Harrow Arts Centre and SOAS University. For those who can’t make these workshops, she has two online courses with over 2000 students in 90 countries as well as plenty of content via social media platforms and YouTube. Being part of a wider Islamic Arts community has taken her to teach abroad at Kids and Adults workshops in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Spain and Canada.

Please note

There must be at least one adult attending with each booking.

This Family Masterclass is based on our Masterclasses, and is an opportunity for children and adults to work together, taking a hands-on approach to exploring different topics. Royal Institution Masterclasses inspire young people to experience the creativity, practice and relevance of mathematics, allowing them to explore the diverse ideas and applications within this far-reaching subject. 

Discounted tickets are available to Members of the Ri. Find out more about how to join.