Master Class: Drawing Moroccan Geometric Patterns (US/EU Time Zones)
- June 27, 2020
- 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Join VAWAA Artist and multidisciplinary craftsman Hamza for a 2-hour long sacred Moroccan geometric patterns drawing master class. On Saturday, June 27th, 11:00 AM EDT, we’ll use compass and ruler to construct a pattern frequently found in Fes which appeared in the 14th Century. It is notably seen in the 18th Century public fountain of the Rcif Market in the old medina.
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What you'll need
A compass, pencil, ruler, paper (A4 or A3), eraser, sharpener, and coloring pencils.
How to join
We'll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We'll send link and details to join via email a few hours before it begins.
Hamza is an Andalusian Oud musician, a geometer, brass-smith, bookbinder, paper-maker, paper-marbler and founder of a crafts studio dedicated to Moroccan arts and crafts in Fes. He comes from a multigenerational family of artisans and passing on crafts knowledge is a family culture. He apprenticed under his father and traveled around 15 countries crafting and learning from masters. Now his mission is to continue this legacy and help people around the world connect with old Moroccan crafts. His traditional art revolves around the art of Compass & Ruler. With those two instruments, he draws and traces Moorish and Islamic geometric patterns, etches and engraves them on brass and copper trays and embosses them on leather book covers.
Visit his artist page to learn more about his in-person VAWAA.
"Working live with Hamza was truly inspiring. He is an excellent teacher and was also able to ground us with the cultural significance of his art all throughout the lesson." - Steve
"Mr Hamza is an amazing teacher. He taught in a simple way and he gave a nice historical speech about islamic geometry. I love how he gives variations and different possibilities of the pattern. This opens up our curiosity and nourish our creativity." - Mona
"The surprise moment was when Hamza played this instrument for us after we were done with the pattern making. This made the whole experience personal & real." - Hitasha
"Well conducted using Zoom enabling us to understand the process and produce an attractive repeating pattern in a short time." - Sally
"The two hours with a fantastic teacher flew by! I'd recommend it if you get the chance!" - Ezra
"It’s addicting!" - Candy
"Being able to participate in the Moroccan Geometric Patterns workshop with Hamza was educational and inspiring. Not only was his teaching wonderful but getting to hear him play the oud was a treat every week. My classmates were also inspiring and I hope to take more classes with Hamza in the future... perhaps one day in Morocco." - Tania
"Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! Hamza is a wonderful--and very patient--teacher, who guided students to learn and successfully create designs we thought impossible to master." - Nicole
Sessions are ticketed to support artists, makers and our small team. If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please reach out. We may have a generous participant who has paid it forward and would ask that you pay the love forward by sharing online sessions with 3 new friends.