As part of our From a line to.. project celebrating the power and potential of drawing, author and artist educator Eric Broug will show you how patterns are made. Using step-by-step instructions, you will be amazed by what you can create in only a few hours.

This workshop will take place alongside The Creative Spiral: Nature, Art and Maths. This exhibition by Artist John Hyatt with mathematician John Borseen explores the form of the spiral through playful experimentation to present a creative cornucopia of results.

Taking inspiration from the exhibition you will learn how to draw Islamic geometric patterns with just pencils and a ruler. Take part in this design tradition for a few hours and learn how craftsmen in the Islamic world could draw complex designs with just lines and circles.

The geometric patterns that we find in mosques and madrasas, in places like the Alhambra in Spain, in Cairo and in Isfahan, were designed by craftsmen who worked with a ruler and pair of compasses. They weren't mathematicians; they didn't use calculations because they didn't have to! And nor will you have to when you come to this workshop!

This family friendly workshop is suitable for ages 10 and up. You don't need to bring anything except your curiosity and enthusiasm.

You can find more information about The Artworks, John’s exhibition and the From a line to.. project at www.theartworks.org.uk

Have a look at Eric's School of Islamic Geometric Design for some examples of what we'll be doing on Sunday 23rd October.: www.sigd.org

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