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Splendors of Spain

ADULTS - This class will be held in English

Date: 22, 29 May, 5, 12 June
Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: via Zoom

The Splendors of Islamic Spain Workshop Series explores the history and patterns of Islamic Spain. Over four classes will cover the flora, fauna and geometry of Al Hambra and Madinat al Zahra. Classes are beginner friendly, although each class builds on the previous. You can sign up to single classes or all!

Session One: Andalusian Geometry and Mosaics (Beginner / Intermediate)
This beginner geometry class will focus on the geometric zilij mosaic panels found in the museum's collection. We will contextualize the patterns and the beginnings of the Umayyad Andalucian Sultanate. Students of all levels will enjoy this class. Students will learn 2 different patterns and how to paint them with watercolours, using a traditional zilij colour palette.

Session Two: Seville Zouaq and Geometry Painting (Intermediate)
This class will build on the first geometry class. We will analyze the patterns on the museum's Seville zouaq panel. Students will learn how to transfer geometric panels to watercolour paper and to create the weaving geometric border. Students will learn the biomorphic borders and internal patterns and how to apply them to the finished geometric pattern using watercolour and gouache.

Session Three: Manafi al Hayawan (Benefits of Animals) - Patterns from the Doha Hind (Beginner)
This class will explore the Book of the Benefits of Animals, a 12th Century encyclopedia of animals. We will analyze and draw the exquisite patterns from the Doha Hind said to be from Madinat al Zahra.

Session Four: Majestic Nasrid Textiles (Intermediate/ Advanced)
This class will be the final in the series where students will learn how to analyze the fabric rapport and recreate the motifs. We will contextualize Nasrid Textiles and look at their similarities, common themes and motifs. By the end of the class, students will have recreated the patterns and will be well on their way to a finished piece!


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MAJLIS BOOK CLUB

ADULTS - ENGLISH

26 May, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us to read and discuss a wide variety of books online – whose topics link with Islamic Art history, museums and collections, and regional artistic themes. A new text is chosen for each new meeting, inspiring readers to exchange ideas and thoughts amongst this creative group, and exploring the world of Islamic art from a new perspective. Book Club will be discussing: How to Read Islamic Calligraphy (The Metropolitan Museum of Art - How to Read)by Maryam D Ekhtiar. Please register via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reading Goals

5 - 10 YEARS OLD

on 7 June, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for “Reading Goals Book Club” an online monthly discussion and activity. This month we are reading Oscar and the new Oryx by Johanna Handley This is your chance to meet the author, enjoy a craft-inspired activity and participate in a Generation Amazing 'activation' to get you moving around! to book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we are delighted to ofer this progrram with coopration with our Partners Maktaba and Generation Amazing
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Reading Goals

5 - 10 YEARS OLD

on 5 July, 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join us for “Reading Goals Book Club” an online monthly discussion and activity. This month we are reading Tuttle the Turtle This is your chance to meet the author, enjoy a craft-inspired activity and participate in a Generation Amazing 'activation' to get you moving around! to book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we are delighted to ofer this progrram with coopration with our Partners Maktaba and Generation Amazing
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