School of Geometric Patterns in Islamic Art (Basic-Intermediate Level)

Geometric patterns from scrolls of medieval architects

Level: Basic / Intermediate

Program Summary:

In this course we will cover methods of designing geometric patterns from the scrolls of architects from medieval and later times. We will look mostly into the scrolls of architects from Central Asia, especially the scrolls from Bukhara and Samarkand. Some patterns from the Topkapi scroll and Mirza Akbar scrolls will be also covered. Many, but not all, patterns in this course were not presented in any of the past courses at the Istanbul Design Center.

Tools and materials – usually IDC provides all drawing tools and materials for the registered course participants. However you may feel more comfortable if you decide to use your favorite drawing tools and paper. Thus consider bringing with you your own drawing set (A2 or larger), your favorite tools and selection of good quality A2 papers.

Program Schedule:

23-27 September, 2019 from 10:00 - 16:00 daily.

Participants: architects, mathematics teachers and students, artists, and those interested in this subject.

Course language: English, with translation into Turkish for those who is in need.

Miroslaw Majewski

Born in Poland, educated in mathematics. Obtained the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in non-classical geometries. Professor of mathematics and computer science in a number of universities – PNG University of Technology, Inter-University of Macau (now it is Saint Joseph University), Zayed University in United Arab Emirates and New York Institute of Technology. Author of a number of papers and books in computer graphics, applications of computers in education, and geometry of art and architecture. Some recent papers and books are related to the geometry Islamic art and history of medieval Islamic mathematics. His book titled ‘Islamic Geometric Ornament in Istanbul’ shows detailed geometric constructions of many Islamic ornaments that can be seen in Istanbul. His new series of books titled ‘Sketches on geometry and art’ is a systematic overview of various geometric ideas embedded in ancient, as well as, in modern architecture and architectural decorations.