Sacred Geometry

In this class kids will make the most essential and stunning geometric pattern that has been seen in art throughout the millennia: the flower of life. They will learn how how to use basic shapes to create other geometric patterns and transfer their image onto crisp new paper to then color pencil. Students will then…

Paradise Gardens

In this workshop, young artists will learn about the role of the paradise garden in Islamic civilization and culture. A garden is a representation of the archetype of a heavenly experience that joins fragrance, beauty, refreshment and relaxation. After feasting on visuals with stunning examples throughout history, from Spain and other regions, students will undertake…

Moroccan Tiles

The bedazzling designs of Moroccan zellige tiles are used to decorate buildings, floors and fountains. In this class, students will see beautiful examples of Moroccan zellige tiles and learn how their geometric, interlocking systems create ongoing patterns that reflect the infinite universe. Then they will make their own mixed media ’tiles’ and assemble as a…

Traditional Tapestries

There is a popular Uzbek saying: “The home begins where a carpet is spread”. In this class, students will learn about the wonderfully intricate, symmetrical tapestries from history. They will explore some of the highlights of calligraphic, geometric, and floral patterns as detailed in Islamic art. They will learn the important role that harmony and balance…

Blessed Blooms: Flowers and Traditional Turkish Art

Did you know that for a short time, between 1718-1730 the Ottoman Empire had a period of time called the Tulip Era? In this class, students will learn about the significance and inspirations of roses and tulips in the Ottoman Empire. After seeing examples of the flowers in various art mediums, kids will get to…

Astrolabes & Great Galaxies

The night sky has always inspired and mesmerized the human soul. In this workshop, students will learn about the development of space observation. They will be in awe of the early mapping system of the stars in outer space and how the astrolabe was used as a multi-angle measuring tool.  Young learners will make their…

Geometric Embroidery

After the conversion of the Berbers to Islam, Morocco was greatly influenced by Islamic geometric motifs and architecture. Young artists will learn about the history of geometric patterns and embroidery and learn how to transfer a traditional Moroccan pattern onto burlap. After learning a basic running stitch (or back-stitch for older kids), students will stitch…

Awesome Sacred Arches

Budding artists will learn about the mystical and symbolic meanings of arches and their functionality. Through examining some of the greatest examples of arches in sacred spaces throughout history and from various regions children will gain an appreciation of how different cultures interacted and influenced each other. Students will transfer great arches templates or sketch…

African Fabric Printing

In this workshop students will learn all about the West African bògòlanfini (mud cloth). Through visual aids and storytelling, we will explore its fascinating history and cultural significance, as well as traditional methods of production. Then the children will produce their own mud cloth designs on paper, creating personal handmade stamps to replicate their design…

Radiant Radials

Inside the repeating patterns of geometry are sacred meanings, order and wonderment. Young artists will learn about and see displays of the sacred geometry of the universe, how those patterns repeat in nature and have been reflected in art since the earliest ages.  They will make their repeating patterns using traditional Turkish art methods that…

Intuitive Art

The most sacred of all spaces is the place of intuition within the human soul. Long ago, our ancestors expressed their intuitive sparks of creativity using the natural world around them, both as a canvas and as a source of inspiration. In this workshop, students will explore their own intuitive artistic expressions through various mediums,…