3 Week Series: Drawing Advanced Moroccan Patterns

3 Week Series: Drawing Advanced Moroccan Patterns
Contributed By: events coordinator
Organizing Institution: VAWAA
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: January 29, 2022 (7:00pm)
End Date: January 29, 2022 (10:30pm +03)
Cost: $40 – $145
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3-week-series-drawing-advanced-moroccan-patterns-tickets-221049965397?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch
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For a deeper dive, in this 3-week series, each session will be 3.5 hours long with a 30min break in between.

Two hours is not enough to learn advanced Moroccan Geometric patterns. Hence we’re introducing a new format for deeper dives. In this 3 week series, each session will be 3.5 hours long with a 30min break in between.

For three consecutive Saturdays starting January 29th, with Hamza as your guide, you’ll discover and learn how to draw 3 geometric patterns found in various historic landmarks throughout the city.

This pattern has been specially selected for those at an intermediate level, but participants of all levels are welcome to join the challenge and will find it useful. You can also check out other online sessions by Hamza here.

As always, you’ll meet others in the community from around the world. There will be live Andalusian oud music by Hamza, plenty of time to ask questions, draw together and share. After the session, we’ll have the opportunity to continue discussions and share in the private FB group.

If you are not in the EST time zone, be sure to convert the time.

Session 1: January 29th 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST

In the first session, we’ll be learning how to draw the pattern “Tnashri Qraa” – Pumpkinned 12 Fold pattern from the late 19th C. Dar Batha Palace in Fes Medina.

Session 2: February 5th 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST

In the second session, Hamza will be guiding us to draw the pattern “Ankaboutiya”, or the “Spiderwebbed” pattern.

Session 3: February 12th 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM EST

The final pattern in the series is “Tnashri Qraa bel Meejm” – Pumpkinned 12 fold Ft. the Wooden Mallet from the early 1700s Nejjariine Fountain in Fes Medina.

What you’ll need

A compass, divider, mechanical pencil: 0.5 HB (any), ruler, sheets of paper (A4 or A3), eraser, sharpener, and coloring pencils.

How to join

We’ll be hosting this VAWAA Online on Zoom. We’ll send links and details to join via email 1 day and again 1 hour before it begins.

About Hamza

Hamza is a geometer, brass-smith, bookbinder, an Andalusian Oud musician, and founder of a crafts studio dedicated to Moroccan arts and crafts in Fes. He comes from a multigenerational family of artisans and passing on crafts knowledge is a family culture. He apprenticed under his father and traveled around 15 countries crafting and learning from masters. Now his mission is to continue this legacy and help people around the world connect with old Moroccan crafts. His traditional art revolves around the art of Compass & Ruler. With those two instruments, he draws and traces Moorish and Islamic geometric patterns, etches and engraves them on brass and copper trays, and embosses them on leather book covers.

Visit his artist page to learn more about his in-person VAWAA.


“Working live with Hamza was truly inspiring. He is an excellent teacher and was also able to ground us with the cultural significance of his art all throughout the lesson.” – Steve

“Mr. Hamza is an amazing teacher. He taught in a simple way and he gave a nice historical speech about Islamic geometry. I love how he gives variations and different possibilities of the pattern. This opens up our curiosity and nourishes our creativity.” – Mona

“Excellent creativity and imagination showed in the works” – Richard

“This class was such an immersive experience. Not only learning a new skill but sharing that with a handful of people from all over the world, right in my living room (well, through a screen). I highly recommend taking the leap.” – Kait

“The surprise moment was when Hamza played this instrument for us after we were done with the pattern making. This made the whole experience personal & real.” – Hitasha

“Well conducted using Zoom enabling us to understand the process and produce an attractive repeating pattern in a short time.” – Sally

“Another amazing two hours spent with Hamza. So much insight and rich cultural context, but also Hamza has a special ability to make the complex and advanced access to people of any level.” – Ezr

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