Join artist and printmaker Saba Rifat to explore traditional geometric pattern through screen printing. You will be shown how to create simple geometric patterns, how to transfer these onto a screen, and experiment with printing your pattern in different combinations and colours to generate new compositions.
Plato said ‘Geometry is study of the eternally existent’ and is the basis of shape and form. Traditional Geometric Patterns are rooted in distinct symmetry with an underlying universal grid system. Islamic Patterns are usually based on a repeat unit that is systematically arranged and repeated to create elaborate compositions with sophisticated, intricate, mesmerizing, abstract, repetitive, infinitive and kaleidoscopic effects. Patterns can be created by manipulating use of polygon as ‘repeat units’ or by ‘tessellating’ such equilateral triangles squares, and hexagons. Geometric patterns allow a multitude of possibilities for individual artists to self-express through the clever use of abstraction, form, colour, and tones to produce original ideas.
If you have a hectic life and have to squeeze your creative time into a tightly-packed schedule, our CREATE! Saturday Sessions are for you! They are hands-on, inky, creative and experimental. You can learn a new skill and indulge your creativity, and get home in time for tea! Some preparation will have been done before you start on these sessions, and therefore you may still need further training before using the workshops as a member, depending on the technique taught.
Our CREATE! sessions are designed for people who have little or no prior knowledge or experience of printmaking, but are also great for those who want a refresher of a particular technique.
Saba Rifat has been a regular in the screen room here at WYPW for the last few years. Her work aims to harness the interplay of universal principles of balance, harmony, proportion, colour and simple essence of forms to produce visual work that is beautiful, timeless and contemplative. The principles of Islamic geometry are at the heart of her work, and she explores this using a variety of visual media, including screen print.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
Want to carry on screen printing? As some of the process will have been done for you on this workshop, we would recommend that you attend one of our weekend courses for more in-depth training before joining as a member to use the facilities. Feel free to give us a call to discuss your options. Find out more about membership here: http://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
If you need to cancel your place on a course and you give at least 10 working days notice, you will be offered a credit note, valid for one year, which can be used in payment towards another course. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any refunds if the period of notice given is less than 10 working days. West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel courses. If this happens, full refunds will be given.