Islamic Geometric Design 101

Learn how to understand and make Islamic Geometric Patterns.


This course will enable you to make patterns and to learn to understand Islamic geometric compositions. You will only need a ruler/straight edge, a pencil and a marker to make these patterns. You won't have to make any calculations, just follow my step by step instructions and you will be amazed at what you can create, using the same design techniques Islamic craftsmen have used for centuries. I will also show how to tessellate patterns in an efficient way and, importantly, how to embellish patterns. Islamic geometric design is not just about drawing patterns with black lines. What you do to the patterns after you have drawn them, how you make them more beautiful is a very important part of using your personal creativity. I will show some techniques and styles that have been used over the centuries in different part of the Islamic world to make geometric compositions more beautiful.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge required
  • You will need a ruler (straightedge), a pencil and a felt tip marker. You might also need an eraser..
  • I provide PDF templates for this course, which you should print out for a few of the lectures

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 13 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to draw four Islamic geometric patterns
  • In this course, you will learn about the crucial role of grids in Islamic geometric design
  • In this course, you will learn about fourfold and sixfold geometric patterns
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to better understand how Islamic geometric patterns are constructed
  • In this course, you will learn the techniques used by craftsmen to embellish patterns

Intended Audience: artists

Objectives of This Course
Highlights of Islamic Geometric Design: A Visual Introduction
The Essential Principles of Islamic Geometric Design
How Grids & Patterns Work Together
A Simple Fourfold Star Design
Another Fourfold Design
How To Tessellate a Fourfold Design
A Tour of Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech
A Simple Sixfold Star Design
Another Sixfold Design
How To Tessellate a Sixfold Pattern
Making Your Pattern More Beautiful
What Next

Excellent course! Thank you.

Sarah Brewer , 10 months ago

What's included

  • 13 Video Lessons

  • Works on all devices
  • Certificate of completion

Eric Broug

Instructor