Art and mathematics come together in Islamic pattern workshop
People & Community October 03, 2017

Art and mathematics come together in Islamic pattern workshop

A group of people from different backgrounds gathered together at The National Theatre to learn how Islamic patterns merge mathematics and arts.

Art and mathematics come together in Islamic pattern workshop

Who would’ve thought that so much mathematics goes into creating art?

After all, the artist behind the Mona Lisa, Leonardo Di Vinci, was also a mathematician, scientist and inventor.

Participants in a recent Islamic art workshop were able to channel their inner Di Vinci by using basic mathematics to create different forms of art.

The Islamic Pattern Design workshops are held by Abu Dhabi-based organization, Bayt Al Qindeel. Held three times a year, the classes aim to provide an introduction to Islamic pattern design.

More than 20 people of different ages took part in the most recent event at the National Theatre. During the five-day class, students learned about different mediums of Islamic Art using a variety of materials.

The basic-level class taught students how to draw symmetrical shapes and patterns to form a piece of art using a ruler, protractor and coloring tools.

For the more advanced class, they were tasked to replicate a piece of Islamic art by making and painting ceramic tiles to form geometric shapes.

Zeinab Farah, the Founder of Bayt Al Qindeel, said: “I personally come from a pure science field with no artistic background. However, when I started to learn more about the arts I realized there was more math and science involved than people think.

“That’s when I decided to start this initiative to incorporate science and art together to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). It is a method of detaching from technology and learning in a hands on atmosphere.”

Students learned about the UAE’s growing art scene and the history of art in the region. They picked up new skills and knowledge, and also appreciated the huge effort that goes behind creating something from scratch.

People from both art and science merged the two fields and leveraged one another to continue to create and innovate.

Emirati Artist Abdulla Suliaman said: “Taking part in these workshops allow Emirati’s skills and passions to be continuously nourished to reach their maximum potential.”

Engineer Maram Qouqa said: “People might think the two fields are too far off, but I do feel they are interrelated, and that art is a science as well. Behind each pattern there is so much mathematics and geometry that goes unseen.”

Stay turned for more art stories when we interview a group of UAE students who travelled to Italy for the Venice Biennale.

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