DOHA: Over a hundred art enthusiasts from different age categories gathered at a workshop recently launched by Katara Art Studios and UK-based Prince’s School for Traditional Arts.
The workshop, which continues until June 29, is aimed at renewing people’s awareness and interest on the origin of art and Islamic art and design.
The workshop is divided into several sections, one of which focuses on geometric design in which participants learn to construct Islamic geometric patterns from different parts of the Islamic world using traditional methods.
Another section explores the art of manuscript illumination, in which participants are exposed to more complicated manuscript design and the principles of Islamic art, learning traditional Moroccan and Andalusian manuscript designs.
They are also taught how to draw ﬂoral motifs and Arabic Kuﬁc script as well as design using gouache gold and watercolour.
In another workshop, participants explore the links between geometry and the natural world in addition to traditional Islamic pattern.
The term Islamic art is used to mean art in the Arab-Islamic countries or Hindu, Turkish or Persian art. Although Islamic art has unified form, style and content, there are differences according to the region, era and historical tradition of each nation. The impact of this art reached Europe in the Middle Ages through the artifacts transferred from Islamic countries to Europe.
The Prince’s School for Traditional Art was established in 2004 to raise awareness on traditional arts related to different religions. Among the courses taught in this school is Islamic architecture and arabesque in addition to educational programs on Arab-Islamic and Asian regions.