Childhood Education

Key Stage 3 Islamic Art

Key Stage 3 Islamic Art

This course is an introduction to Islamic Arts. It focuses on introducing terminologies, basic skills, appreciation and understanding of the fundamentals of the arts.  This course consists of 3 modules; 1.  Arabic Calligraphy - Riqa’a script 2.  Geometry 3.  Biomorphic Patterns/ Islimi or Arabesque patterns Arabic calligraphy will run every week, while Geometry and Biomorphic patterns will run every other week.

Key Stage 3 Islamic Art


  • Childhood Education


April 29, 2024 - July 6, 2024








1:00 am


4.5 (110 ratings)


£20 per month


In progress

Key Objectives

  • Basic Understanding and application: to be able to draw and tessellate simple patterns, understand the underlying geometry, use materials around them to make inks/stains for paper, to understand and make biomorphic patterns
  • Reading and Writing: read and write text in Riqa’a script
  • Artistic awareness: Develop the fundamentals of Islamic Arts in understanding geometry, free hand drawing and writing clearly in Riqa’a script
  • Research and Observation: carrying out research, recording findings and creating a final project piece incorporating one, two or all the Islamic Arts principles learnt in the course
  • Cultural Awareness: Gain insights into understanding the principles of Islamic Arts
  • The course includes

  • Lecture Sessions: Twice a week (1 hour each)
  • Workshops: once a term on Islamic Crafts and preparation of tools
  • Cultural Activities: Inviting guest speakers on special techniques and how to apply them
  • Individual Journals: Keeping a course journal and organising research journal for final project
  • Course Schedule

    Schedule UTC+001
    Wednesday2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Thursday3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


    Week 1: Introduction and Basics

    • Fundamentals of Islamic Arts: Explore the essence and elements of Islamic arts and understand the cultural significance.
    • Tools and Techniques: Introduction to tools for Arabic calligraphy, and beginning geometric and biomorphic pattern exercises using compasses and freehand methods.

    Week 2: Geometric and Biomorphic Patterns

    • Geometric Patterns: Learn the Alitacado pattern, hexagon patterns, and basic 4-fold patterns including tile and floral designs.
    • Biomorphic Forms: Practice drawing basic biomorphic shapes like leaves, spirals, and freehand circles; examine historical examples.

    Week 3: Advanced Arabic Calligraphy and Complex Patterns

    • Arabic Calligraphy: Practice more complex letters and connecting groups (ع، ف, ك، ل، م).
    • Geometry and Biomorphic Integration: Delve into 4-fold patterns in nature, khatam star construction, and more complex biomorphic patterns including the bees eye motifs.

    Week 4: Integration of Forms and Techniques

    • Advanced Geometric Patterns: Focus on the language of 4-fold patterns, zilij pattern construction, and introductory tessellation techniques.
    • Advanced Biomorphic Forms: Pencil techniques for more complex flowers and guest lecture on painting techniques for leaves.

    Week 5: Specialized Techniques and Guest Lectures

    • Specialized Arabic Calligraphy: Integrate multiple alphabets, write full phrases like Basmallah and Surah Kawthar.
    • Guest Lectures and Practical Applications: Sessions on making inks, staining techniques, and transferring designs to paper.

    Week 6: Final Projects and Comprehensive Review

    • Comprehensive Application: Apply all learned skills in Arabic calligraphy, geometry (including freehand geometry and step patterns), and biomorphic forms to create complex final projects.
    • Review and Exhibit: Construct Archimedean solids, explore geometric proofs, and finalize projects for an end-of-course exhibition.


    • Able to use a compass and ruler
    • Able to commit to 15-30 minutes of practice time
    • Course Materials:
      • Textbook for Arabic calligraphy: Maskh by Muhammed Izzet, Workbook by Yusuf Dannun
      • Supplementary Materials: Digital copies of poetry in Riqa’a script, worksheets
      • Calligraphy Supplies: Practice sheets, ink, crafters knife, and bamboo pens for calligraphy
      • Geometry tools: Compass set, A3 cartridge paper, ruler 30cm, ruler 12cm, set square, mechanical pencils, mono line/putty erasers, fine tip markers/ colour pencils, tracing paper, masking tape
      • Biomorphic patterns: A3 paper, pencils, putty erasers, student grade gouache/watercolour, A3 watercolour paper, sable hair/ synthetic paint brush – size 0,1,5, paint palette/ ceramic plate, jars for water
    • Resources: Islamic Art of Illumination, Curves by Lisa DeLong, Arts & Crafts in the Islamic Lands, Drawing geometry by John Allen, Celtic Patterns, Motifs in Turkish Decorative Arts



    Halima Bashir

    4.5 (110 ratings)

    30 Courses • 525,181 students
    Calligrapher and Artist with a focus on West African calligraphy, art and craft. Graduated from The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts with a Masters in Arts with a distinction. Studies with master Arabic calligraphers from the UAE, China and England in Riqa’a, Thuluth and Sudani scripts. Also studied classical Latin scripts Copperplate, Italic and Uncial scripts. Lives in Reading,UK, married with 3 children.

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