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Workshop Y1: Geometric Concepts in Islamic Art for Kids!
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Oakland, CA
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Workshop Y1: Geometric Concepts in Islamic Art for Kids!
Workshop Code: Y1

Workshop Title: Geometric Concepts in Islamic Art

This workshop is a glance into the never ending possibilities in geometric design.  Students will learn about the significance of geometric design in Islamic art, and will then have the ability to create their own unique design using the principles of geometry.  Finished designs will turn into beautiful decorative tiles embellished with the student's personal creative touch.  The child will also gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for the use of geometric design in Islamic art.  Students should be familiar with using a compass, and should have an understanding of basic measurements (center, radius, diameter, etc.).  Familiarity with the use of paints is also important.

Instructor:  Lubna Shaikh
Ticket Price:  $35 online / $40 at the door
Date:  Sunday, November 11, 2012
Time:  10:00 AM  12:30 PM (2.5 hours)

Materials provided by Zawaya:  8×10 sheets of graph paper, carbon or transfer paper, fine point sharpies, glass/ceramic paints, sealer, palettes or plates, paint brushes, painters tape, containers for water

Materials you need to bring:  compass (sturdy ones with lead attachment if possible), eraser, ruler, pencil

About the Instructor:  Lubna Shaikh is a California native who studied fine arts at San Jose State University.  Having a passion for Arabic Calligraphy, she traveled to Cairo and studied under Master Arabic Calligrapher Ustadh Syed Fathy.  Lubna also teaches Art and Arabic Calligraphy in the community.


This workshop is but one of 34 workshops that are part of a larger event called "Doorway to Islamic Civilization:  Hands-On Workshops on Islamic Art & Culture".  To see the complete list of workshops offered, please visit:  www.zawaya.org


Islamic civilization boasts an intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage that spans continents and centuries.   The gradations of shape, color, taste, texture, and sound that exist within and between Muslim peoples and cultures are as rich and diverse as their ideas and attitudes, as well as their languages, races, and ethnicities.  Out of this fertile and potent mix of elements emerged artforms and practices that can enrich and beautify our lives.

Zawaya thus launches an original event:  "Doorway to Islamic Civilization", a weekend collection of hands-on workshops on Islamic art and culture set against the current social backdrop of Islamophobia.  These workshops are meant to give those interested the opportunity to get to know Islam and Muslims by providing a safe space within which to explore and experience the Islamic sense of beauty embodied in art, crafts, music, architecture, and more.  In addition to the workshops, there will be a film showing of "Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World" followed by a panel discussion between the filmmaker, Michael Wolfe, and Islamic art and architecture experts.  The Mevlevi Order of America will also be present to offer a Dhikr (a devotional act) by Mevlevi musicians and dervish turners.

This event is co-sponsored by The Afghan Coalition, The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco (ACCC), Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), Aslan Media, The Center for Islamic Studies at GTU in Berkeley,  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights (CLUE CA), Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), Islamic Network Group (ING), and Ziya Art Studio.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (View)
1433 Madison St.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Workshops

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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