Geometry of the Alhambra



The Andalusian Nasrid masterpiece the Alhambra has for centuries proved a rich source of inspiration for artists, scientists, mathematicians and poets.

The human soul has an inherent yearning for the True, the Beautiful and the Good;
tourists flock in the millions annually to experience these timeless principles present in the patterns and architectural proportions of this magnificent palace.

Participants will develop a portfolio of Geometric Patterns from the Alhambra and will also develop a deep appreciation of the process of Islamic Geometric Pattern designing/constructing from first principles using the traditional tools of compass and straightedge.. The patterns, ranging from the simple to highly sophisticated, will be taught in a gentle step-by-step manner suitable for all ability levels including beginners.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tuition costs, materials and refreshments.
Lunches and accommodation may be booked directly with Emerson College.
Please get in touch or visit our website for further details and to book.


Daniel Docherty at SacredArtofGeometry


SAOG Studios
Emerson College
Forest Row, (1 hour from London)
East Sussex
RH18 5JX

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Tutor can travel


3 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

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In-person course
Tess Wakeling - - #16220

I had a wonderful time on the ‘Patterns of the Alhambra’ course with Daniel. It was a treat to have the five days to fully immerse ourselves in the patterns and meanings behind them. I found it fascinating to learn how these designs were constructed and make connections between patterns found in palaces, churches, mosques and celtic sites all over the world. Daniel would also regularly blow our minds with knowledge linking what we were drawing with our pencil and compass to the cosmos and the laws of the universe. We produced a lot of work over the week, and I even made one of the designs into ceramic tiles which were then fired and glazed. I have come away with a whole portfolio of designs which I will now continue to work on, as there are infinite possibilities in these patterns and how to multiply the tiles or add colour. I loved this course and hope to come back to the Scared Art of Geometry Studios again, Thankyou.

In-person course
Jacqui Saunders - - #13860

Thanks for a wonderful 5 days learning about sacred geometry and making tiles. I had the best time and had a real sense of satisfaction seeing the end result. I would never have guessed that we could get so much done in a few days, especially in such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Thanks for the tea and cakes too!​

I'm looking forward to coming back and doing another course with you.

In-person course
Yusuf Hayat - - #13859

I recommend this course for anyone who is interested in Moorish Tile designs, Islamic Pattern and Geometry. Daniel is a great tutor and responds to learners interests and needs. The course met all my expectations and has given me lots of things to go away and research further.

In-person course
Samya - - #11504

Thanks for a truly magical weekend of geometry at Emerson. Very special studio and person!! ...
Samya (Washington DC/Nov. 2017 course participant)

In-person course
Jenny Pruess - - #9633

A wonderful and friendly studio in which to study the art of geometry, in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. Daniel's and Kira's instructions are clear and go at a pace that are easy to follow. It is a delight and revelation to watch the beautiful patterns unfold before our eyes from the initial grids we have constructed.
Thank you for all your inspiration!

In-person course

Immersing oneself in the rich artistic tradition of Islamic geometry was so good for one's being and soul.Daniel is an excellent teacher - very knowledgeable, patient and encouraging. Different patterns of varying complexity kept me completely involved. The environment of Emerson college was very conducive to learning and reflection. The Art room of SAOG is serene and a sanctuary. One seems to be in the studio of Abul-Wafa al Buzjani ( 10th century Persian mathematician and astronomer in Baghdad)- working with compass and ruler, understanding the interplay of mathematics and art. I do hope to enrol on further courses that Daniel and Kira are planning for the future. Thankyou and shukran.

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