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…